Naivasha @ Ladakh House is a quiet retreat, with urban amenities close at hand. The studio overlooks a beautiful apple orchard with a view of the mountains and offers a rare green oasis in an urban setting. Naivasha is a short walk from the Dal Lake, Naseem Bagh and Hazratbal. It is also en route to Sonmarg and Ladakh. But, once in Naivasha, you may not want to go anywhere else! Here you can commune with Nature or travel the world in our Kashmiri/Ladakhi home named after a Kenyan lake!
“My wife and I feel Kashmir has the best scenery in the world. The best people . And the best food. We discovered it also has the best AirBnB in the world - Naivasha We landed up in Srinagar just a week after the phone curfew was lifted. Internet was still unavailable. We called up Fozia just before we landed up in Srinagar. Our itinerary was coming unstuck. We were loving our trip to Kashmir, and we were overstaying everywhere. Fozia , despite not having received our reservation due to the lack of internet, was extremely helpful and accomodative and offered to fit to our changed schedule. We were to check in on Nov 1. A Friday , and a day after the Art 370 abrogation became law. The media would have us believe that this was as potentially an unstable time to travel as any in Kashmir as any. Of course, it has no basis in reality, as safety is dependent on the local people. And in our fortnight of travel in Kashmir, we found the Kashmiris hospitable, extremely helpful as if from a bygone era, and very warm. Seeing women move around alone even late at night only reinforced our sense of security . Coming back to Nov 1.... we planned to leave Kokernag early and travel to Srinagar. We knew Naivasha had a late afternoon check in. As we were wondering what we would do in the 3-4 hours till then, we got Fozia's call, asking when we were coming so that the keys could be arranged to be handed over. When she found we were almost in Srinagar, asked us not to worry and come right over. About the Naivasha room, there's so much to write . But let me leave these wonderful pleasures for you to discover, and not spoil it for you . The attention to detail in Naivasha is beyond all expectation. We carry many memories .. The orchards and garden behind . The many birds attracted by the bird feeders, the proximity to Naseem Bagh and Hazratbal, the early morning hot girdas, lavasas and kulchas from the Kandoor down the road......... Fozia and Siddiq , who we were fortunate to meet during our 3 day stay are a remarkable couple . Talented, knowledgable, warm and so down to earth. We learnt so much from them . Hope you get to stay there on a Friday , like we did. You can do a long walk from Naseem Bagh to Hazratbal and see the varieties of wares and stalls at the Friday Dargah Market . And maybe even do a Shikara ride from one of the ghats there. We try to leave the rooms we stay in as clean as we found them. We failed in Naivasha .”
This is Captain Hameed, proprietor of "New Buckingham Palace" houseboat. Hosting is my family business since 1864. The said houseboat is like big ship mainly made of wood with artistic talent "Walnut Wood Carved" furniture, wall to wall carpets, hand embroidered curtains. Bath rooms with modern plumbing. The said property is in main Srinagar city near Kashmir University, heritage "Mughal Garden Shalimar" & Hazratbal Shrine. The guests are welcome to have Early Check-In & Late Check Out !!!
“Captain's boat house is an amazing experience. If you're planning to stay in a houseboat in Srinagar, this is a great and reasonable option. Nasir, the attendant is also very responsive and always available. We came back from dinner late at night around midnight, but he was there waiting for us, to ensure our safety. Food was also delicious with some local cuisine. Overall a superb experience.”