We had booked houseboat for 1 night and then we moved to hotel. It was great experience. The houseboat was very cleaned and washrooms was also very hygienic. WiFi was working properly. The hot water was available everytime. Ashiq bhai was very supportive. The food was very tasty. The view was amazing and very peaceful. The overall experience was very nice.
I traveled to Kashmir six times between 2005 and 2008. During this time period I booked a fly fishing trip through Fayaz Raga, and I stayed on Moonshine Houseboat, which is owned by Sultan Raga. I did not deal exclusively with the Raga family during my visits, but my experiences with them, by far, surpassed my experiences with other outfitters in Kashmir. In general, my experiences in Kashmir, doing business with Kashmiri people have always been great, but the Raga family's genuine care for my enjoyment and for me to have only good experiences make me look back on them with the fondest of memories. These a good people. All they want is for you to appreciate the beauty of their home and their culture and spread the word. Fly fishing with Fayaz Raga at Aru, near Pahalgam, is one of my most beautiful memories. He arranged for my driver, my gear, my licenses, and took me to his favorite fishing spot. This fishing spot was magical. Our tents were pitched in the front yard of a gypsy family's sod roof dugout house, directly on a beautiful spring with emerald colored water. The stream's waist-deep rapids ran continuously in both directions, and we did not run out of spots to hit. We caught 42 emerald trout that were all about 7-12 inches. We brought them back to Srinagar afterwards, and the women cooked great food with them. It was a truly beautiful trip. Fayaz Raga and Manzoor Karnai made sure that I did not have a single thing to worry about. They even entertained me with some campfire singing. Fayaz Raga is a great person to hang out with. As a white woman, it is rare when you can find a male friend in India that will not try to make an advance. Not only did Fayaz not make any advances on me, he made my entire time relaxing and comfortable, because he made sure that no one else did either. He said, "You are my sister, and I will make sure that people treat you as well as they treat my sisters." He is true to his word. He and his father, Sultan, and the other people they work with all made a point to make me feel safe and at ease. This is extremely rare in India. Sultan Raga's houseboat is named "Moonshine." It is on the inner shore (fortress shore) of Lake Nageen. When staying in a houseboat in Srinagar, it is ideal to be on Lake Nageen over Dal Lake. It is a much smaller lake and a more strategic location. There are fewer people on Nageen, and the boats are spaced wider apart. This means you have a better view of the natural beauty. I have stayed on other houseboats in Srinagar, but I am by far fondest of Moonshine. One very special thing about Moonshine is that it has a bathtub. Yes, a bathtub in India. The bathroom is a nice size. It serves as a little haven when you return from a trek or a day out. The boat has gorgeous woodwork. The beds are comfortable. The food is great. They are flexible about cooking. Your wish is their command. They bring you fresh Kashmiri bread and Khawa chai every morning. During my travels in India, my digestive tract was the steadiest while staying on Moonshine. The people, the natural beauty, the quality of life, and the food all make Moonshine a truly purifying environment. By far, I recommend staying here over any place else in Srinagar, Kashmir.…
Amazing Hospitality..!! Really helpful staff specially the owner..!! He himself caters for each and every minute requirements of the client..!! If one is visiting Srinagar, then definitely Moonshine Houseboat should be theri stay..!!
The houseboat and it's interiors are absolutely stunning.the host (ashik ji) and his family are genuinely the some of the best people we've ever met. The food is extraordinary just like everything else. 10/10 would recommend to everyone.
It was a wonderful experience in moonshine housebout....staff was awesome...Brilliant food ...veg non veg both ...once in a life most go there n enjoy housebout....every thing is in budget...nice n clean ...really want 2 go there again...thnx to asik bhai..5 star is less for them🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟