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New Buckingham Palace Houseboat
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Reviewed May 18, 2012

We stayed for only one night at New Buckingham Palace Houseboat in Nigeen Lake. We were quite apprehensive about staying on a houseboat initially but it was worth the try. When we approached Capt. Hameed the houseboat was already sold out for the dates of our travel but we could somehow get a last minute booking for one night and hence we could not provide much preference. It was actually a house on a boat comprising of a bed+living room, dinning room, restroom and a small balcony overlooking the Himalayas covered with snow and the serene Nigeen Lake. But unfortunately we could not spend much time in the balcony as it was raining that day. The decor of the entire place was very tastefully done. There was a small collection of books as well. Our caretaker Khalid was very polite and courteous. He took good care of us. The food was great. It was just like home cooked food. Overall it was great to be on New Buckingham Palace Houseboat. Will sure love to stay there for a longer duration.

There are only a very few number of houseboats in Nigeen Lake as compared to Dal lake. So for people who wish to spend some time in calm and serene environment Nigeen is the place but for people who wish to have a more lively experience, Dal Lake would be suitable.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 16, 2012

We just returned from a fantasitc 8N vacation in Kashmir. We were a group of eight adults and 4 kids. I approached Mr. Hameed to plan our entire vacation in Srinagar (4N), Gulmarg (2N) and Pahalgam (2N) and he came back with a perfect itinerary to enjoy our vacation without any hassles. I was a bit concerned earlier as we had 4 elderly parents with us and I was not sure if they would be comfortable with frequent movement in and out of the houseboat from Shikaras. To our surprise HB New Buckingham Palace turned out to be the most suitable houseboat for our families as it is parked right next to a beautiful public garden. This nice garden has lots of flowers and open space to play around which fascinated my kids. It also has a giant Chinar tree which provided us with an excellent opportunity to enjoy their home-cooked meals in the open space,soak the morning sun, admire the breath-taking beauty and listen to the calls of Kingfisher birds. Mr. Hameed's insightful guidance, Khalid's cheerful nature and Kashmir's delightful weather made our vacation a memorable one. We will now try to visit Kashimir in the fall season.

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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 11, 2012

Last year December, I and my wife decided to have a 8 days holiday tour in Kashmir on April 2012(02-04-2012 to 10-04-2012). Since it is “Kashmir”, hence we decided to do a lot of information gathering since then about Kashmir, its safety and security situations, accommodations, tourist spots and suitable itenary etc and we started to follow Kashmir forum in tripadvisor regularly and religiously. After reading enormous number of reviews, comments and suggestions in this travel forum, we decided to have 2night stay in New Buckingham Palace Houseboat in Nigeen lake and to have the owner of the houseboat, Captain Abdul Hameed Dunnoo as our personal travel guide throughout our tour. So we contacted him last week of December 2011 and booked the royal suite of the houseboat but getting him as a personal guide throughout the tour with his own scorpio car was not so easy initially as he is a very busy person with his business. Hence I had to book him 3 months before and that decision was 200% prudent which I am going to describe now.
First let’s talk about the houseboat. It is situated in less crowded Nigeen lake where one can really enjoy the true serenity of the nature of Kashmir. The location of the houseboat is excellent. In one side, you can see the view of the lake and the snow-capped Himalayan range and in the land side, there is a well-decorated, lavish garden with 150 years old chinnar tree. The royal suite was royal and elegant in its true sense with sincere maintenance. The Bedroom was spacious, luxurious with beautiful antique wooden furniture giving a “maharaja suite” appeal of the interior. Bed was spacious and comfortable for a good night sleep along with hot water bag facility in night time to beat the cold. Television is there with Tata sky facility. The suite is attached with a balcony where you can sit and enjoy your morning and/or evening tea with a full glimpse of Nigeen lake, snow capped mountain and the picturesque garden altogether. Bathroom was clean with bathtub, hot water facility and all. The interior of the dining hall adjacent to the royal suite was also elegantly designed with wooden furniture like the bedroom. Food was home-cooked, tasty and well hygiene with different options to choose. Power off is a terrific problem in whole Kashmir but they have a back-up generator to give no discomfort to guests because of that reason. Last but not the least I must talk about the caretaker of the Houseboat, Khalid. He is a very sincere, hard-working young guy with a tremendous caring and attentive attitude towards the guest with his ever-smiling face.
Now let’s come to Captain Abdul Hameed. He was with us with his scorpio SUV throughout our tour. On very first day, he arranged a shikara tour for us in the afternoon with Khalid as our guide. That shikara ride through the lake , floating gardens, charchinnar was really memorable for both of us. Along with Captain Hameed in his car, we travelled Sonmarg, Gulmarg, Srinagar sightseeing, Dachigam National Park, Yousmarg, Manasbal Lake, Narayannag, Charar-i-sharif and stayed 2days in Pahalgam. He has immense knowledge about the history, mythology, botany as well as tourists’ interest places in and around Kashmir Valley which definitely enriched us with the true and extensive knowledge about each and every part of the valley. But what we liked about him most was his caring attitude with a personal touch which I believe is rare to get from any ordinary travel agent or tour organizers. He always used to give his unbiased and fruitful suggestions starting from tour itenary, sightseeing spots to good restaurants for food, trustworthy shopping places with reasonable price, places hiring for dress and shoes for snow walk and ride. In our Pahalgam stay, one day we decided to visit Aru, Chandanwari and Betaab Valley with car. Even there also he arranged a new Tavera car with a very trustworthy , good driver for that visit. The most useful thing he did was to advice us to buy Gondola tickets of Gulmarg directly from Srinagar JK tourism office itself. Otherwise we would have to spend an extra hour in the queue near the Gondola ticket counter in Gulmarg. Such personal approach of him has given us a feeling that we were not only with a professional guide Captain Hameed but also with a caring big brother “Hameedbhai”.
So I would like to recommend New Buckingham palace Houseboat to everyone who wants to stay in houseboat in a calm, serene environment and enjoy the beauty of nature of Kashmir . And please don’t feel unsafe for any moment over there. We stayed there as a couple, not even as a big group and yet we never felt anything uncomfortable regarding safety and security in and around the houseboat.
N.B: I thank from my heart to all those members in the tripadvisor who suggested and recommended New Buckingham Palace Houseboat and Captain Abdul Hameed for Kashmir Tour.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

NBP is situated on nigeen lake which is more quiet and has lesser house boats as compared to dal lake. We were there for 3 nights. Since we didn't have much idea we didn't provide and preference for room. We were put up in the centre room which is slightly small as compared to the rooms on either side of the boat. When we expressed our desire to move to a bigger room, khalid took care of it and we spent 1 night in the bigger room. All rooms have view of the lake from the huge window. Ask for the suite room if available it has a private sit out.
Food: food was excellent, there is no set menu and whatever u wish to eat will be cooked. Less oily and spicy, just like home cooked food.
Service: This place surely stands out due to the service provided! Khalid takes care of you like a baby. We could meet Capt Hameed only briefly as he was going out for a couple of days. Don't worry everything will be taken care of was an assurance given to us by Capt. Hameed and Khalid really took care of everything with a smile!! Service is nothing less than royalty!
Cons: creaking sound of the floor can be sometimes be disturbing, there aren't any cupboards for keeping your things.

  • Stayed: April 2012
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Reviewed April 6, 2012

Nice location and wonderful service of Mr. Khalid,made our 3 nights stay in Srinagar memorable. NBP houseboat is surely better than the crowded Daal lake. But at the end Mr. Hameed disgrace it. He told that he will charge 25050 for 10 people for 3 night stay and at the end he charged 28500. When we told him to look for hotels in Gulmarg and pahalgam,he did advanced booking there without letting us know. Those hotels were not so good. There was no water in toilet of hotel in which we made our stay of Gulmarg.When we decided to move out of those hotels,Mr. Hameed insisted us to not to leave those hotels or to make our stay in the Hotel which he would suggest us. But finally we made our stay in those hotel which we liked. But Mr. Hameed made our stay in Kashmir a little hard!

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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

After reading so many reviews about the New Buckingham Palace Houseboat , I decided to go for it.And I would like to thank every reviewer as they were absolutely right. Its fantastic place to be in. We stayed for 5N/6D in this houseboat , and every day was memorable.

So whats special about New Buckingham Palace Houseboat ?

Most of the other houseboats are kept in parallel to each other, which means window to window view , disturbance and lack of good view. In Buckingham palace houseboat , every room has a great view of Nigeen lake as its not kept parallel to other boats. Complete privacy with great view.

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Nigeen lake is far clean , calm and peaceful than dal lake , this make the location of this houseboat even more promising. Unlike dal lake , no one will disturb you to buy something. This place is absolutely peaceful. A big private garden on one side of the houseboat and on the other side a great view of the lake

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This houseboat has 3 double rooms , with clean bathrooms which includes hot water facility , bathing tub, and all other modern facility. The rooms also include dressing area and a heating system as it gets too cold. Beds are very very comfortable , and every night hot water bags are provided to make things more comfortable. The houseboat has a backup generator , in case the power goes off . For entertainment ,every room has TV and Set top boxes.

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Homemade food is served at the convenient time as per the choice of guests. Guests will be asked about there preferences on breakfast , lunch and dinner. Food is cooked based on the choice the guests have made. We can select AP,MAP plans.

Hosts:
Captain Hameed is perfect host and his family is in tourism industry since 1864. There services have been appreciated by many important persons. We can see lot of appreciation letters in his houseboat. And trust me expect your selves to be treated likes VIP’s. They do everything to make your stay comfortable and safe. Captain Hameed has got very good knowledge about Jammu,Kashmir,Leh & Ladakh . He doesn’t force any one to follow sightseeing plans , rather he provides unbiased suggestions based on which we can easily plan our stay and sightseeing.


Mr Khalid , trusted helper , staff , friend…..well he is the person who makes sure that you are comfortable in the houseboat from arrival till your departure. With a smiling face , he always takes care of our requirements, very caring and trustable guy.

Sightseeing:
Captain hameed knows each and every place , so whether its 3 days visit or 1 month tour , he knows the places and always can give you unbiased suggestions. He can take care of all transportation and sightseeing requirement even with short notice. Trekking & camping enthusiastic, Mr Khalid is the right person to get in touch with.

Special thanks to Captain Hameed and Mr Khalid for making our trip so wonderful.

Without any doubt in my mind , and with absolute pleasure I can recommend New Buckingham Palace Houseboat for safe , secure , peaceful trip to Jammu , Kashmir , Leh & Ladakh.

Enjoy the vacation !!

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 20, 2012

We just back from heaven Kashmir
Thank so much for the good take care and very best service of Captain Hameed and all his staffs

We all are very happy and do wish to go there and use your service again and again

  • Stayed: March 2012
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Address: Nigeen Lake, | Nigeen Lake, Srinagar 190006, India
Location: India > Jammu and Kashmir > Kashmir > Srinagar District > Srinagar
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #7 of 598 Specialty Lodging in Srinagar
Price Range: $20 - $53 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This is Captain Abdul Hameed Dunoo, Proprietor of M/s "New Buckingham Palace" Houseboat, Nigeen Lake, Srinagar, Kashmir(India).My houseboat, New Buckingham Palace, is situated on the most beautiful lake in Srinagar Nigeen called 'jewel in the ring." Every window of the houseboat commands great views of the lake and historical fort, and on the other side of the houseboat, a huge well-kept garden with traditional trees called "chinar" and beautiful flowers can be found. The New Buckingham Palace houseboat is really a floating palace. The houseboat itself is 135ft. long and 17ft. wide, having large airy rooms. ... more   less 
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