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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- New Buckingham Palace Houseboat Srinagar, Kashmir