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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The stay in this houseboat is not what you would expect if you have stayed in a houseboat in Kerala. These houseboats dont move! They are stacked next to one another with hardly any view. There are multiple rooms and you have to share the boat with others!

The staff are very good though and prepare food etc as per your requirements.

The other aspect is the hassle of vendors walking in if they see you - they will keep persisting till you buy things from them - be careful and keep away - everything is way too expensive and not worth spending - just politely refuse.

Stayed: July 2018
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

There are a LOT of houseboats in Srinagar. Between Nigeen & Dal lake they are a dime a dozen, therefore knowing the RIGHT one to stay in is paramount for a good experience. Event though its slightly on the higher side (and rightly so), Gurkha houseboats offer the perfect off-land accommodation experience. It is situated on the Nigeen Lake which is less commercial as compared to Dal lake and therefore you may enjoy the peace and tranquil as you're supposed to.

The houseboats itself are in excellent condition and absolutely STUNNING! We were lucky enough to have a full boat to ourselves but the rooms and common areas are superbly maintained and super clean. The only problem we faced was, that we went in July and there was no AC, so it got a little warm. But any other weather, I am sure you dont need the AC at all.

We had Maqbool chacha & Riyaz as our caretakers, and they were just excellent and very kind. They took care of all our needs, including our request to watch the FIFA match in HD with English commentary :D!!

They have an in-house cook who prepares meals to order, we ordered 2 meals between the 4 of us, but the quantity made was wayy more than our stomachs could take, the food too was homely and delicious. The caretakers prepare the table and call us, they also extend their support to whatever is possible to deliver. We had the BEST TIME!

I strongly recommend Gurkha for the best houseboat experience in Srinagar. Goodluck to their full team, may they continue their great work.

Accessibility: From Srinagar you are brought to a drop off point, from where a shikara takes you to the houseboat. The same is already paid for by the Gurkha personnel.

Room Tip: All boats are on the Nigeen Lake & have same view. The honeymoon suite rooms are on level one and have a terrace.
  • Stayed: July 2018, traveled with friends
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Thank Khushnaz D
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Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

The accommodation was absolutely fantastic,clean, authentic and luxurious.
The meals were home cooked, tasty, made hygenically and served on time.
The service was extremely hospitable. We were on house boat 2. The care takers Maqbool and Riyaz were excellent and always there to serve us.
I would definitely reccomend this experience to anyone looking for a 5 star family experience on a luxury boat.

Stayed: May 2018, traveled with family
1  Thank Prabhleen T
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Reviewed 21 May 2018 via mobile

Located on Nigeen lake, this houseboat has the most amazing view. The staff is friendly and helpful, the food was amazing, the rooms were beautiful. We had every facility for our comfort - hot water, wifi, charging points, clean and comfortable washrooms. The staff helped us get a taxi in the morning and the owner stopped by to make sure we were comfortable. The top of our boat had a little honeymoon suite with a gorgeous balcony - see picture attached. This was recommended by a local friend and Was a great decision. The next time we go to Srinagar, will definitely stop by here for a couple of days.

Stayed: May 2018, traveled with family
Thank Elaine C
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Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

When you are greeted with - feel at home out here - it sure sets the stage for a warm peaceful stay. And that it was. Our caretakers Riyaz and Maqbool chacha were the perfect hosts during our 2 day stay out here. The houseboat itself was super luxurious - the carved woodwork exquisite. Bathrooms were spacious and modern. And I cannot even express how lip smacking the food was. The best food we had in Srinagar and we did try quite a few. One has to stay out here to experience being pampered and well taken care of. Their shikara guys too are wonderful. The fact that my 7 and 9 year old said that they want to always stay in a houseboat speaks volumes of how much they enjoyed it. A must stay whenever one is in Srinagar

Stayed: May 2018, traveled with family
Thank Michelle D
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