Srinagar Houseboat in Winter
Views from Shankracharya Hill
Srinagar (5000+ ft asl), lies in a valley and is renowned for its lakeside beauty. Houseboats are a unique experience with hundreds of boats moored together on the banks of Dal Lake with guests accessing banks of the lake and move around in a long narrow boat called Shikara.
Much of the advertised and talked about houseboat experience in Srinagar refers to summer period. In Winters, the lake sometimes freezes and staying in a houseboat in Winter is a bit different to staying in Summer. However enjoying fresh snowfall while wading ones way in and out of the lake itself can be an experience. Guests who like to enjoy winter conditions, snow and don’t mind braving tough conditions revel here. There are days when lake is engulfed with haze and visibility is poor and there are days when wading through thin ice in Shikaras can be daunting.
Guests looking for a bit of action stay in houseboats accessed from Boulevard. Where as guests looking at completely cut off stay look to stay in houseboats moored in Nagin area. Gulmarg (50 kms) turns itself into a ski resort in winters and is a popular excursion / extension