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Houseboat Omar Khayam

Boat hosted by Omer Baktoo
9 guests3 bedrooms9 beds3 baths
Entire home
You’ll have the boat to yourself.
Hot tub
This is one of a few places in the area that has this feature.
Our houseboat boasts of 3 big bedrooms with attached bathrooms, a dining hall and a spacious lounge area. The deck offers mesmerizing views of Dal Lake and the Himalayas.
WiFi & breakfast included, all other meals can be provided at moderate cost.

The space
GREETINGS!
Welcome to Kashmir and on our houseboat. We are happy to host you and to share with you all our beautiful valley has to offer.
With its extraordinary situation, Kashmir has long been a crossroads of cultures and goods. Be it as Ptolemeis' Kaspeiria, as the Hindus' drained lake or as the settlement of Israel's lost tribes, the valley has a rich history and folklore. Jesus is said to have sojourned at Yusmarg and Shiva is believed to have revealed the secret of life and eternity to Parvati in the Amarnath cave.
Ideas traveled from Kashmir, a religious and intellectual center from which in the 4th century missionaries spread Buddhism to China and Tibet. And craftsmanship traveled to Kashmir, when a 15th century ruling sultan invited artists from Central Asia to train local artisans.
The dual influence of consecutive Hindu and Muslim rule transpires in the culture at large and the architecture specifically, with our unique temple-shaped mosks.
Fast forward to the Empire days and the English, always in the market for a good view, discover the Kashmir valley, its merchant people and its floating lifestyle. Props to an ancient custom, written into law in article 370, only Kashmiris can buy land. Most of the fishermen and merchants lived on shikaras, the very same boats you can see bustling about today albeit bigger. The Brits saw the loophole and built houseboats for which evidently no land needs to be acquired. With the settling of this new demographic to cater to, the valley inhabitants strengthened and developed their networks.
Meanwhile, my family were traveling merchants, trading on routes from the Middle East, for centuries. Fishermen turned traders turned businessmen, each generation added to the network or ventured out into a new, often complimentary, industry. My father Gulam built this houseboat in the 70s and we've been welcoming travelers like you ever since.

Guest access
You will have full access to the entire boat as if it were your own!
Three bedrooms, a dining hall and a spacious lounge area, topped off with a deck from which you get an unforgettable view of the Himalayas.

Other things to note
We will be more than happy to organize day trips, excursions, activities and on-site shopping for you.
Our houseboat boasts of 3 big bedrooms with attached bathrooms, a dining hall and a spacious lounge area. The deck offers mesmerizing views of Dal Lake and the Himalayas.
WiFi & breakfast included, all other meals can be provided at moderate cost.

The space
GREETINGS!
Welcome to Kashmir and on our houseboat. We are happy to host you and to share with you all our beautiful valley has…

Amenities

Wifi
Hot tub
Heating
Fire extinguisher
Washer
First aid kit
Free parking on premises
Essentials
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm
Unavailable: Smoke alarm

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Location

Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India

The boat lays in Dal Lake. Dal Lake is in Srinagar. Srinagar is in Kashmir Valley in the heart of the most majestic mountain range of the Himalayas.
Srinagar consists of an old and a newer part, both can easily be visited from our boat.
The situation of the boat is very peaceful, the quiet is only interrupted by birdsong and calls for prayer.
The boat lays in Dal Lake. Dal Lake is in Srinagar. Srinagar is in Kashmir Valley in the heart of the most majestic mountain range of the Himalayas.
Srinagar consists of an old and a newer part, both can e…
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Hosted by Omer Baktoo

Joined in June 2015
  • 4 Reviews
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Hello, I'm Omer My family has a beautiful houseboat on Dal Lake in Srinagar, where my dad Fayaz hosts travelers. This is what Fayaz writes about his boat: "My family and me have been welcoming travellers from around the world for several generations. With them, we have shared our home, our cooking and our rich and varied culture. The houseboat, built by my father when I was a boy, will be yours exclusively. Myself and my family live in a house behind it, far enough for your privacy to be intact but near enough to assist you should you need anything. I will be more than happy to organize day-trips and excursions for you. In all seasons, our valley offers spectacular views and activities to suit each personality. If you are a wild child, you can go waterskiing or paragliding. If you are a tranquil soul, birdwatching and paddling across the lake will thrill you. Whoever you are, I am sure the experience of spending some time on our houseboat will leave its imprint on your being. " So we (Omer ) coordinate the bookings from Delhi and Fayaz makes sure your stay is delightful. We are always happy to provide tips and insights. Looking forward to welcoming you.
Hello, I'm Omer My family has a beautiful houseboat on Dal Lake in Srinagar, where my dad Fayaz hosts travelers. This is what Fayaz writes about his boat: "My family and me have be…
During your stay
we will leave you in privacy on the boat but are just across the garden would you need assistance with anything. Breakfast will be served on the houseboat, if you want to partake in our family lunches and dinners and see how an authentic Kashmiri family lives, you are more than welcome to do so. All the family members speak english, at various levels of fluency. ;-)
we will leave you in privacy on the boat but are just across the garden would you need assistance with anything. Breakfast will be served on the houseboat, if you want to partake i…
  • Languages: Nederlands, English, Français, हिन्दी
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House rules
Pets are allowed
Smoking is allowed
Safety & Property
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