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Chicago Group of Houseboats
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

Just came back 2 days ago from Srinagar. Me and wife wanted a short getaway for a few days to celebrate the new year weekend. Couldn't have picked a better destination or a better host than Mr. Ajaz Khar of Chicago houseboats group. From the moment we were picked up from the Srinagar airport till we were dropped back 5 days later, there was never a shortage of hospitality. We were treated like family by him and his loyal staff who were there to assist and guide us whenever needed. Mr. Tariq drove us in Srinagar, Pahalgam, Sonmarg and Gulmarg and showed us some amazing sights. Mr. Khan was there to spoil us completely. We took break fast and dinner at the houseboat and requested for Kashmiri cuisine and it just blew us away. True value for money and an unforgettable experience.

Wishing the Chicago team all the best and keep up the good work.

PS: Do not try to book online via agoda as it's a scam. Always contact the group directly for all booking and arrangements. Contact details are available on trip advisor.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

While researching for a place to stay at Srinagar during a recent trip in Dec 12, Chicago houseboats came up consistently recommended on TripAdvisor and hence we booked it for three nights.

Overall the experience was truly amazing and way different from hotel stays. The nice personal touch and service by Mohammed bhai added to the charm. The staff was extremely courteous and was ready to attend to all our needs.

Highly recommended.

Room Tip: All rooms are good
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Sanjeev41924
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

Chicago Houseboat was a dream for us. I would like to thanks Ajaz for arranging such a hospitality for us. The boat is just like a mini Rajasthan Palace where you have come to live life like a King. The Houseboat attendant (forgot his name) gives you a complete fatherly treatment. The food cooked is super tasty and the kids love the Maggi which is served as and when you want in a hot casserole.
We visited this boat on 31 Dec 2012 and stayed for a day only - leaving beautiful memories and a commitment to ourselves to return back and stay in the same houseboat every time.
A little caution to new visitors is that you should spend maximum time during the evenings in the central place and allow the heater (firewood based) to start late in your room --- like 9:00 PM onwards so that the heat stays for longer time in the night.

Each Rs worth spending on this houseboat.

Room Tip: Dont start your firewood room heater earlier in the evening.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

We visited Kashmir in Feb 2012. My wife and me were just remembering the trip yesterday and first thing that came to mind was this amazing houseboat . The hospitality was awesome. Infact Mr. Ajaz gave us a customized package that would suit our plan . We had everything right about the trip. Food was very good and the other arrangements were spot on. I would highly recommend it for anybody visiting Srinagar.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank b2_amar
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Reviewed December 23, 2012

Desperately wanted to go for a vacation and which place best to see before the world ends (was supposed to happen on 21st December 2012) – Kashmir Valley. So the first thought was to look for a houseboat for which I spend almost 15 days and zeroed in on ‘Chicago Group of Houseboats’. Thanks to the reviews that other travelers had posted. While the name is quite unique but the hospitality is just the way we Indians want – like a Family. We were put up in Persian Gulf with the amazing interior, clean rooms and mouthwatering food (thanks to Mohammad bhai). Special thanks to Ajaz bhai for taking special care and making our trip memorable. I am looking forward to another vacation in Kashmir thanks to the breath taking beauty of the valley and hospitality of Ajaz bhai and his team.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank Suman1409
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Reviewed December 12, 2012

I have been researching house boats to stay in Srinagar and noted that when I was at the Trip Advisor 'Chicago Houseboats' page and clicked 'show prices' a different house boat came up called 'Lady of Shallot'. I emailed Ajaz at at Chicago House Boats and he replied that it was a scam. So take care Srinagar is a great destination but things are very competitive so scams abound. I haven't stayed at this house boat so cannot comment but to put this information on the comments page I had to rate it so please ignore my ratings.

Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
3  Thank Trampsie
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

Based upon reviews in Tripadvisor we ( 4 of us ) opted to stay at the Persian Gulf House boat belonging to Chicago group of Houseboats in Srinagar during the last week of Nov 12. The HB was very wee located, well appointed, neat and clean and had adequate heating arrangements in the bedrooms and common areas to take care of the chill. The services rendered by Mohammad bhai were excellent. The food was like homemade. The owner of the HB Mr Ajaz Khar is extremely resourceful, helpful and reliable. We had also hired a vehicle through him for the duration of our stay in Kashmir. The driver yousuf was courteous, helpful and punctual and provided us with lots of local titbits. My advise to any one visiting Srinagar is to get in touch with Mr Ajaz Khar.

Room Tip: If possible opt to stay at either Chicago or Persian Gulf HB of the group.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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4  Thank sudhirdubey
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Address: Gate No 9 | Golden Dal Lake, Srinagar 190 001, India
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Location: India > Jammu and Kashmir > Kashmir > Srinagar District > Srinagar
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 589 Specialty Lodging in Srinagar
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
There are spacious three-bedroom boats and cozy two-bedrooms; all feature attached bathrooms, electricity and modern plumbing. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Chicago Group Of Houseboats Hotel Srinagar
Chicago Group Of Houseboats Srinagar, Kashmir

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