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“Floating Palace”: Houseboats in Srinagar

Athikhom's Travel & Photography

For many travelers who visit Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir in Northern India, the travel experience is not complete, until you have spent at least a night in a houseboat.

A tourist admiring the beauty of houseboats in the Dal Lake. Srinagar, India, July 2014. A tourist on a shikara boat ride, admiring the beauty of houseboats in the Dal Lake. Srinagar, India, July 2014.

The houseboats in Srinagar originated during the British Raj period. During that time, the Kashmir king, Gulab Singh, did not allow foreigners to own land in the Kashmir valley. So, they had to convert cargo boats into houseboats, which were decorated beautifully with carved wooden panels (khatamband). Nowadays, many houseboats are furnished lavishly with elegant furniture, chandeliers, grand dining and living rooms, bringing nostalgia for the 1930s Raj era. Most houseboats offer very personalized service, both from houseboys and the owners and their families, who live close by.

Therefore, the charming boathouses in Srinagar are sometimes…

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