We spent three very happy days at Gurkha Houseboat on the serene waters of Lake Nigeen. We first explored several houseboats and resorts on Tripadvisor and the reviews were spot on; Gurkha Houseboats are superb.
From the first email response till our farewell, staff at Gurkha were helpful, friendly and prompt. Their cheerful and helpful driver Nazir picked us up at the airport and dropped us off at a Shikara (small comfortable boat) docking site, and a Shikara took us across the lake to Houseboat Number 1. What a dramatic and beautiful approach to a hotel!
Each houseboat is served by two staff members; we were served by Rayees and Riyaz, who did everything they could to make our stay pleasant and comfortable. We are strict vegetarians, so Rayees ensured that we were provided with very tasty and ample veg food for dinner and fruits for breakfast. The rooms are large and well furnished; the bathrooms are modern and have running hot water. The common dining room is elegant and the dining table seats ten. The boat has a nice verandah/balcony with comfy cushions and pillows; we spent many pleasant hours gazing at the awesome scenery, enjoying the peace and serenity.
Shoukhat Ali, the manager, visits the boats several times a day to make sure that his guests are comfortable; he arranged trips for us to Gulmarg and Pahalgam. Try and get Nazir to drive you around, you won't regret it.
To summarize, Gurkha Houseboats provide all the conveniences that good, modern hotels provide; in addition, there's the romance of floating on a lake overlooking amazing scenery.
How much did we enjoy thus experience? Enough to want to go back to Srinagar next year and stay at Gurkha Houseboat!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A houseboat on a placid lake ringed by flowering trees is by far one of the most attractive choices for accomodation. It sets the tone and pace for a visit to this ethereal city and WelcomHeritage Gurkha Houseboats on the Nagin Lake is an amalgamation of all that is the last word in pampered comfort, elegant lavishness and abiding romance. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gurkha Houseboats Hotel Srinagar
- WelcomHeritage Gurkha Houseboats Srinagar, Kashmir