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“our happy movements in kashmir.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of New Buckingham Palace Houseboat

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New Buckingham Palace Houseboat
Certificate of Excellence
Lucknow, India
1 review
“our happy movements in kashmir.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013

hi,
i am rashmi saxena. accodinig to me sometimes go for visiting tourist place fills our life with beautiful colours.so this time we decided to go to kashmir.it is so beautiful place that we can say it 'jannat'.we reached there on 24 dec.2012.we had booked two days accomodation in a houseboat,because we enjoyed hotels,resorts before but living in a houseboat was new experience for us. mr.hamid is the owner of the boat .khalid bhai is also there to assist us.both were very kind and good person.in a boat we found very caring and homely environment.living in a houseboat was really a good experience. in our boat there was one side beautiful lakeview and another side was a garden where our kids could play .before our stay in a houseboat we were worried that how we would survive in houseboat in such a cold weather but on reaching there we feel releaxed .there was very good heating system which kept the room heated .there was electric blanket also which gave us cozy feeling.in kashmir in such a cold weather in the month of dec we NEVER FELT COLD in cozy environment of houseboat.the hospitality of hamidji and khalid bhai was memorable they made our holidaytrip excellent.the caring out look of mr.hamid made us feel that we were in a home of some close relative.he helped to plan our tour in kashmir & gulmerg.khalid bhai went with us to drop in gulmerg we enjoyed snow ,snowfall,cable car etc.hamidji provided a local guide & importent guidelines to visit gulmerg which help us a lot to visit gulmerg.gulmerg is a very beautiful place we stayed for two days.in kashmir we very much enjoyed shikara riding,duljheel, parimahal & daichi nationalpark.we also enjoyed kehewa & kishmiri food very much.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2012

If you are a Westerner this houseboat will be a bit of a roughing it experience, especially in the colder month, as the rooms are heated by a simple wooden stove, that does not last through the night. Do ask for sheets to be put on the bed as the local custom in winter is to make up beds wiith only extra warm blankets acting as sheets. The set up is very simple, and basic, but the warmth and hospitality of Mr. Hameed, his famly and his devoted assistant Khalid outweighs the negatives The location of the houseboat is preferable to any other as it is on the less crowded and much cleaner Nalgin lake with a lovely lake view and a walk trough a small park on the other side. The big cinar trees flanking the boat are spectacular. We enjoyed the fall foliage but they must be amazing in full greenery, too. Be aware that you might be kept awake at all hours by the calls to prayer and muslim sermons blaring from many different loudspeakers throughout the area.

We were very glad to have Mr. Hameed as our driver and guide up to the famed valleys of Srinagar. He was happy to accomodate our interests, particularly in pashmina and silk carpet weaving and other crafts and managed to take us to places off the beaten path instead of tourist traps, where we could meet local people and see their skills. He also took us to deliscious local restaurants to enjoy inexpensive authentic meals. The home cooked meals on the boat were also good.

While the everyday life is permeated by religion and the influenece of Islam is strongly felt, the people are very warm and open to strangers, in particular if you offer the first greetings in Arabic and a smile. We were able to visit local mosques, accompanied by Mr. Hameed and in particular the old mosque with hundreds of wooden pillars is quite impressive. At no point as Western tourists did we ever feel unwelcome or in any danger. While there were quite some Indian tourists, we only met one other Westerner, which gave the destination a special charm.

We were unfortunately very dissapointed by the environmental polution -smog on the Lake, nearly totally obscuring the view and the garbage strewn everywhere ,including in the waterways of the Dal Lake, famed Moghul gardens (not as impressive as one would think), and even on the mountain trails. If you were wanting to experience untouched nature, you are too late.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hyderabad, India
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2012

mr. hamid,
firstly thank you for the valuable service you have provided to us... your boat house is an awesome place to live in a perfect holiday...Also the veiw from the houseboat was very beautiful & the atosmphere was calm & peacfull and khalid has also provided us with the best hospitality ever...We would also like to thank you for all you valuable suggestion which saved our pocket.. We hope to come again some more time
thanks & regards
mounika

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2012

Before I start, would like to thank Mr. Hameed to make our trip to Kashmir indeed a memorable one. Mr.Hameed and his assistant Khalid are always there for you to make you feel comfortable and homely. Hats off to your hospitality and principles...!!!!!

We visited Kashmir from 21st to 29th November 2012. Mr. Hameed accompanied us with his personal Car during our entire journey for 9 days.
He picked us from the airport and drove us to Pahalgam, there he suggested the places to visit and places to skip....he helped us get the right poniewala's at best rates.
On the way to Gulmarg, we were obstructed by Snowfall......and Mr.Hameed was at our rescue. He advices us to not to take the risk of driving to Gulmarg as it was the first snowfall and the roads become slippery making brakes useless and inviting death.....This was when at around 7.00 pm he took us back to Srinagar in houseboat and made all the necessary arrangement in such short duration.
This is the advantage of being accompanied by Mr.Hameed who is always at your service with appropriate suggestions.
Next day early morning he drove us to Gulmarg and made all the arrangement of another Car from Tunmargh, helped us hire the jackets from the best place...
During our road journey, Hameedji opted roads which went through local villages where we could explore the real beauty of Kashmir .....small houses with river flowing by, walnuts & apple orchards, excellent location with pine trees covering us.....keeping us mesmerized.
Thank you Hameedji for showing us the real beauty of Kashmir with fresh Kehwa on the way and freshly grown apples and dry fruits.
Our 4 nights stay in New buckingham Palace Houseboat was magnificent.
Khalid assisted us in the houseboat and was always on the tip of his toe to serve us. As it was chilling outside with temperature almost -1degree , he made sure our rooms were well heated with electric blankets and heating system.
On the day of our anniversary, they made the necessary arrangements for us on our demand and graced our occasion with beautiful flower bouquet.
The 3 hr Shikara ride was arranged at the most affordable price taking us from Nageen to Dal lake which was the most amazing part of the tour.
Also would like to mention, we were impressed with the safety in the houseboat as all our belongings and valuable were kept unlocked in our absence but were placed in the same place untouched when we returned.
The food served was excellent, homely with the Kashmir speciality dishes on the front. The cook made such dishes which we might not even get if were staying in 5star property. As were pure vegetarians, complete care was taken from utensils to the quality of food.
The walnut chutney was sooo yumieee that we asked him to pack for us so we can carry back home.
Winding up,
We Highly recommend New Buckhingham Palace houseboat to every tourist who visits Srinagar (Kashmir) along with the services rendered by Mr.Hameed and Khalid. (Hameedji is also an expert trek advisor who organizes trekking tours).

It was truly a pleasure to meet Mr.Hameed and Khalid who made our trip to Kashmir...(rightly called - Paradise on the Earth) a Splendid one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We shall be looking forward to a trip in near future and meeting you again...

Best wishes,
Riddhish & Mehali Joshi
Mumbai.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Noida, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

My wife and I visited Kashmir from 16 September to 22 September, 2012 and engaged the services of Capt. Adbul Hameed Dunoo for our stay in Srinagar in his house boat and for taking us around in the valley in his Scorpio.

As planned Capt. Hameed received us at Srinagar Airport, drove us to Pahalgam and showed us Avantipura ruins and Mattan Temple on the way. Capt. Hameed guided us to right outlets for Lunch, Kehwa and purchase of Saffron and Walnuts at reasonable prices. He also arranged for our sightseeing around Pahalgam and advised us about the places to be visited and avoided. Thereafter, Capt. Hameed safely drove us from Pahalgam to Gulmarg and to Srinagar on days when there was strike in Srinagar and nearby towns.

The houseboat New Buckingam Palace is parked along a public park on the banks on Nageen Lake in peaceful surroundings and is furnished with richly carved walnut furniture. The boat on account of its location offers an excellent view of Nagin Lake and Srinagar Fort. One can take morning and after dinner walk in the park and even make use of the facilities of Nagin Club, which is at a walking distance. I was impressed by the safety of our belongins in the house boat as our cameras, laptop and other valuables were left in unlocked enclosures during our absence.

Our stay was very comfortable on the houseboat and were well looked after by Khalid, who also escorted us for sightseeing in Srinagar and Sonmarg. Both Capt. Hameed and his assistant Khalid are highly skilled drivers and made our journey very comfortable during the entire trip. They arranged a full day shikara ride for us from Nagin Lake to Dal Lake (Char Chinar, Nehru Park and Floating Market) and back, which turned out to be our best experience in Srinagar.

Capt Hameed and his team provided us services which were commensurate with the amount charged and turned out to be a better deal than group packages being offered by many portals. We intend availing services of Capt. Hameed and his team (Khalid) for our future plans for trekking around Sonmarg or Pahalgam and a drive to Leh.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2012

Before writing anything about New Buckingham Palace, I would like to thanks Captain Hameed and Khalid for making our stay great and memorable in Srinagar. I was in Srinagar for 5 days in month of July along with my wife, we both enjoyed the trip managed by New Buckingham Palace. From first day to last day of trip all things like stay, food and transport was managed by Captain Hameed and Khalid. New Buckingham Palace Houseboat is great……Really great, view and environment around the houseboat is just brilliant and mesmerizing. Food was just like home and last not the least Khalid is great driver so now everybody can understand how was the transport. So in short everything was excellent and memorable. So to conclude I along with my wife would like to thank Captain and Khalid for attending us so well and making our stay unforgettable.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dharmapuri, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2012

myself from tamilnadu i stayed with my wife and kid for one night in this deluxe house boat the owner mr hameed sir is very caretaking person i booked before 3 month he reminded me before 3 days to collect my flight timmings etc for pickup us from airport after arrival of us the driver mr farooq waited outside with my name sign board after that we checked in they served nice veghot lunch and by eve mr khalid arranged for shikara ride from nagin lake to dal lake thats also very good after about dinner especially rajma served hot at time then mr captain sir arranged a cab xylo for my entire trip and i got valuable tips from him mr farook driver is also nice guy so mr hameed is a nice captain i will visit again i this houseboat thanks captain

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: New Buckingham Palace Houseboat
Address: Nigeen Lake, | Nigeen Lake, Srinagar 190006, India
Location: India > Jammu and Kashmir > Kashmir > 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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 558 Specialty Lodging in Srinagar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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