HB Chinar

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Location – Dal Lake – Front Row
Class – Relaxed Family Homestay,
Travel Style – Couples, families, solo adventurers
Style – Vintage Kashmiri
Bedrooms – 4  (3 x deluxe, 1 x suite)

HB Chinar is named after the majestic Chinar Trees (Platanus orientalis) that are ubiquitous throughout the Valley, in fact the worlds oldest Chinar Tree, at approximately 700 years, is in the Kashmir Valley. Although not related, it’s distinct Maple leaf shape is beautifully represented in the wood carved panels on this houseboat. Continue reading

HB Helen

Location – Dal Lake  – Front row
Class – Relaxed Family Homestay,
Travel Style – Couples, families, solo adventurers
Style – Vintage Kashmiri heritage.
Bedrooms – 4  (3 x deluxe, 1 x suite)

In the vast houseboat world of Kashmir, where many boats have similar features of carved wood, textiles of embroidered classic Kashmiri crewel and walnut furniture, every boat has its difference and unique charm. Continue reading

HB Heevan

Location – Dal Lake – Front Row
Class – Relaxed Family Homestay,
Travel Style – Couples, families, solo adventurers
Style – Vintage Kashmiri
Bedrooms – 4  (3 x deluxe, 1 x suite)

Four poster beds, chandeliers, tapestries and a distinctly floral theme are stand outs in HB Heevan.  Traditional Kashmiri paper-mache with intricate hand painted designs adorn picture frames and lamps throughout the rooms. Continue reading

HB Hollywood

Location – Dal Lake – Golden Lake
Category – Relaxed old school Heritage
Travel Style – Couples, families, solo adventurers and lovers of anything antique and vintage, budget travellers
Style – Vintage Kitch
Bedrooms -4 all with en suites (3 x deluxe, 1 x suite)

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HB Helen of Troy

Location – Dal Lake – Front row
Class – Stylish Family Homestay,
Travel Style – Couples, families, business travelers
Style – Regal palatial luxury
Bedrooms – 4  (3 x deluxe, 1 x suite)
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Of larger proportions than most houseboats, HB Helen of Troy is effortlessly spacious. Well placed on the prestigious and sociable front row of Dal Lake, she graces sweeping water views across to historic Shankaracharya Temple. The temple was originally built by the Hindu king “Sandiman” who reigned in Kashmir from 2629 to 2564 BC, but changed during different eras to Buddhist, Persian and Jewish. Continue reading

HB Katherine

Location – Dal Lake – Golden Lake
Class – Luxury
Travel Style – Couples, families, Business
Style – Regal bling palatial
Bedrooms – 4  (3 x deluxe, 1 x suite)

With impossibly high ceilings and sumptuous understated decor in royal colours and a Bling mirror tiled chandelier feature, HB Katherine oozes a quality and palatial feel that is unusual in the houseboat world. The rich timber khatamband ceilings and wall panelling add  warmth and it has a very uncluttered ambience. Continue reading

HB Haifa

Location – Dal Lake – Golden Lake
Class – Relaxed Family Homestay,
Travel Style – Couples, families, solo adventurers, women
Style – Vintage Kashmiri heritage.
Bedrooms – 4  (3 x deluxe, 1 x suite)

Coloured mauve and blue Haifa lives up to her name which is Kashmiri for *of beautiful body*. Kashmiri is the only one of the Dardic languages that has a literature which dates back to over 750 years and HB Haifa lives up to the romance of her name.  Continue reading

H.B. Shoda Palace

Location – Dal Lake
Class – Relaxed Family Homestay,
Travel Style – Couples, families, solo adventurers
Style – Classic Kashmiri heritage.
Bedrooms – 3 (2 x deluxe, 1 x suite)
Wifi available
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A personal favourite, HB Shoda Palace has a location that is hard to beat. Favoured by generations of European travellers, and tucked away behind the busy Dal Gate/ Nehru park area, Shoda commands pristine, uninterrupted views of Hari Parbat (Akbar’s Fort) and the majestic Pir Pinjal mountain range which is snow capped most of the year.

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H.B. Nanga Parbat

Location – Dal Lake front row
Category – Heritage
Travel Style – Couples, families, solo adventurers and lovers of anything antique and vintage
Style – Vintage lux
Bedrooms -3 all with en suites (2 x deluxe, 1 x suite)

Nanga Parbat, named after the 9th highest mountain in the world, and at the grand old age of 85 years is one of the oldest and last of the classic Heritage style houseboats. Formally named Rowallan, it has a rich and colourful history and featured in ‘The Secret Children‘ where there is an old photograph of the original boat. Continue reading

HB Sukoon

Location – Dal Lake
Category – Eco Luxury
Travel Style – Couples, families
Style – Modern stylish lux
Bedrooms – 5 all with en suites
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Popular Sukoon is located on the Esplanade front row in Dal Lake, a busy, vibrant corner of the lake. A traditional houseboat reinvented into its modern reincarnation, Sukoon retains a fresh, stylish air with open and  spacious shared living areas while boasting to be the only five star houseboat on Dal Lake.

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