Houseboat Accommodation

Houseboat Helal, Lake Nagin

Moored on the shores of Lake Nagin.

Houseboat Helal, Lake Nagin

The view across Lake Nagin from the balcony of Houseboat Helal.

Living Room

The spacious living area provides ample room to relax and unwind.

Dining Room

The formal dining room opens onto the large living room and houseboat balcony.

Dining Room

All meals are freshly prepared to your taste and served in the houseboat dining room.

Main Corridor

All bedrooms are accessed via the corridor the runs the back length of the houseboat.

Main Bedroom

Main Bedroom

Main Bedroom

Double Bedroom

Main Bedroom

Lake Nagin

The full moon rising over the lake.

Our traditional super-deluxe, 5-star houseboats are made of ornately hand carved, fragrant cedar wood and furnished with carved walnut furniture, Kashmiri carpets and embroidered curtains and covers. We have one 4-bedroomed boat, two 3-bedroomed boats and one 1-bedroomed boat, the "Honeymoon Boat".

Apart from the 1-bedroomed houseboat which has a large living/dining room, each houseboat features separate dining and living rooms, a large balcony overlooking the lake and a spacious roof terrace. All are comfortable and roomy, the large ones being some 54 metres long and 5.5 metres wide.

You can book by the room only, sharing the living areas with other guests staying on the boat. Alternatively, you can book by the boat in which case you will have it all to yourselves. All bedrooms have an ensuite bathroom with combined bath and shower, hot and cold water and modern sanitation. You can choose from rooms with large four-poster double beds or rooms with both a double and single bed. Child and baby cots can be provided upon request.

Each boat has a bearer to take care of you and the houseboat. He will keep the boat clean and tidy and serve all your meals which are cooked in a kitchen just behind the houseboats. A dhobi-wallah (laundryman) calls each day to take your washing and bring it back clean the next day, for a small additional cost.

Houseboat holidays began in the days of the Raj, when the British were stationed in India. During the searing Indian summer heat, the British would escape to Kashmir to enjoy the cooler summer temperatures. By law, they were not allowed to own land so instead they stayed on the lakes in luxurious houseboats.

We are the fifth generation of the Wangnoo family to have offered houseboat holidays on Lake Nagin. Our great-great-grandfather was known as the "Prince of Kashmiri Houseboatmen" and we strive to maintain his reputation. We have been hosts to some very well-known people but no-one will be more important than you during your stay with us. From the time we welcome you at the airport until the time you leave, we will share with you our knowledge and love for this place in which we live.

Price list

Room Only

Prices are for room and full-board only, on a three- or four- bedroomed houseboat. Prices do not include tips and you should budget for an additional 10% of the total to be divided between your bearer and cook as advised by the Wangnoos.

Double Room (Single occupancy) US $36 per day
Double Room (Two people sharing) US $48 per day
Cost for child under 10 (Sharing parents' room) US $15 per day
Cost for child over 10 (Sharing parents' room) US $18 per day
Baby cot hire (Traditional, unpainted) US $9 per day

Sole Occupancy of Houseboat

Prices are for sole occupancy of a houseboat and full-board. Prices do not include tips and you should budget for an additional 10% of the total to be divided between your bearer and cook as advised by the Wangnoos.

One-bedroomed Houseboat (Single occupancy) US $48 per day
One-bedroomed Houseboat (Two people sharing) US $60 per day
Three-/four-bedroomed houseboat (Single Occupancy) US $96 per day
Three-/four-bedroomed houseboat (Two people sharing) US $108 per day
Three-/four-bedroomed houseboat (Three people sharing) US $114 per day
Three-/four-bedroomed houseboat (Four-six people sharing) US $126 per day
Cost for child under 10 (Sharing parents' room) US $15 per day
Cost for child over 10 (Sharing parents' room) US $18 per day
Baby cot hire US $9 per day

Heating

Wood stoves are required to heat your room/boat from October to April.

Single stove US $6 per day

Airport Transfers*

Includes pick up and drop off between airport terminal and houseboat.

Return journey (Up to 4 people) US $21

*We strongly recommend that you do not accept rides from touts at the airport terminal or offer your name when looking for your guide. If you are unsure, ask the person meeting you to confirm the name of the person they are picking up. If they do not have your name do not accept their help. Our guides will know who you are and the details of your booking.

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