Sukoon Houseboat
The Sukoon Houseboat is the perfect choice for accomodation when visiting Srinagar. One of the best houseboats on the lake, Sukoon is perfectly positioned to enjoy wonderful views of this enigmatic lake that has drawn visitors and tourists for 100s of years. Set at the southern end of the lake which is conveniantly close to Srinagar, Sukoon shares panoramic views with guests of Dal Lake and the Pir Panjal mountains beyond. The decor on-board reflects the heritage of many of Dal Lake's Houseboats, when during the colonial period of the British Raj, Dal Lake was a popular summer retreat. Dal Lake has in fact been the summer retreat of choice since the Mughal Empire with the banks of the lake decorated with pleasure palaces and beautiful landscaped gardens. And in more recent times, movies stars and musicians from Bollywood and Hollywood have seeked inspiration from the glass-calm serene waters of Dal Lake while staying on a Dal Lake Houseboat, possibly inspired by the Beatles who stayed here with Ravi Shankar in the 1960s. The Sukoon Houseboat features 4 deluxe double cabins and 1 suite. The suite is set at the bow of the houseboat and has large picture windows in both walls and the deluxe rooms which are set along one side of the boat have 1 picture window. Beds are dressed in luxury bed linens and can be set as large double beds or twin single beds. All of the deluxe rooms and the suite are set with a private ensuite bathroom - the team at Sukoon are serious about protecting their lake home and it's fragile environment and the Sukoon Houseboat was the first houseboat on Dal Lake to be fitted with a bio-tank, which ensures no waste enters the lake. The atmosphere onboard is one of old world charm from the gentle, warm and discreet service style of the boat's staff, to the classical design of the interiors with its beautifully carved wooden wall and ceiling panels, handmade wooden furniture and beautiful chandeliers. Sukoon offers two dining spaces where the chef serves guests his delicious plates of Kashmiri, Indian and International cuisine. The dining room within the boat is a cool and bright interior space lit by large picture windows sharing lake views with diners. The sun deck, on the roof of the houseboat, with its 360 degree views of the lake and surrounding mountains is both the perfect place to dine by candlelight, and a heavenly spot for a pre-dinner sundowner after a fascinating day discovering Srinagar and its vibrant culture and its rich and long history of the region evidenced in the forts, temples and mosques, palaces and gardens that are set around the lake. Simply breathtaking, simply unmissable, simply Sukoon.
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