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Located in Srinagar, 2 miles from Lal Chowk Ghantaghar, Iram Houseboats has accommodations with a restaurant, free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk, and a shared kitchen. I chose this boathouse because it had good rating and reviews, and it did not disappoint. Ahmed and his family made me feel really at home. The houseboat has 2 bedrooms, but the 2nd one was unoccupied so I had the whole boat for myself. The dining room and living room both have beautiful carved furniture. The bedroom I stayed in has a bed so big that a couple with a child could comfortably sleep in it. The verandah was my favorite place to sit, and watch life on the lake go by. The boathouse has a great location, not too far from the jetty but not too near from the road, so no noise from cars. It's impeccably clean. Ahmed's wife has a great hand for cooking, her meals were delicious and very abundant. Ahmed will organize trips for you if you like, with his friend Ali who owns a car and is a very nice man in his early 60´s, very polite and respectful. With him I did a whole day sightseeing trip of Srinagar (it pays off to have a car with driver for the full day, as the interesting sights are very far apart (gardens, hindu temple, mosques) and impossible to cover on foot if you do not have a lot of time, and a day trip tp Sonamarg which is a beautiful place in the mountains, 80 km from Srinagar. I also did 2 shikara (small beautifully decorated boat) trips on the lake and the adjoining backwaters. This region was a great surprise for me, it´s really gorgeous, and I am longing to go back and spend more time, and also trek. If I ever come back to Srinagar I will stay here again. I felt very comfortable, also because the owners do not put pressure on you buying anything from any local shops, and even asked the boat vendors (there are quite many on the lake) to not bother me.
Featuring free bikes, Snowgoose Group of Houseboats offers accommodations in Srinagar. The accommodations features a hot tub. Some units include a seating area and/or a terrace. The staff was really helpful, he arranged everything we wanted for us, such as taxi and so on. If I have a chance again, I will go back there for sure.