Karnai Houseboats

Karnai Houseboats

Opposite Hotel Boulevard, Karnai’s Golden Lake, Dal Lake, Srinagar 190001 India
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We are in the tourist trade since 1931 and are owners of large fleet of Deluxe Houseboats moored on the exquisite surroundings of Dal Lake. Ours being self owned and managed Enterprise, this has given us added advantage, as we supervise and attend personally to all our customers and send them back satisfied with all aspects of services provided by us. The unique feature of our fleet of Houseboats is that we offer uniform standard of accommodation, service, gourmet and are connected by foot bridges, offering easy communication for groups. Each Houseboat is tastefully decorated and luxuriously furnished in typical Kashmiri design and décor with lawns. Give us a chance once and we are friends for ever.
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Opposite Hotel Boulevard, Karnai’s Golden Lake, Dal Lake, Srinagar 190001 India
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asg45 wrote a review Aug 2015
Srinagar, India
5.0 of 5 bubbles
One of the best place for House Boat Stay at Karnai House Boat. I enjoyed a lot with Family. Boats are like PALACE and you feel relax at the opposite site of DAL LAKE at Karnai House Boat. I hired Taxi also from Karnai Travels and They provided a good driver also so due to his support, trip was comfortable. For Family Traveller, opt this facility.
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Date of stay: June 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Ghat No 12 Karnai Boats at Dal Lake Road Srinagar
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alkapinto wrote a review Jul 2015
Montreal, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were a family of four (one senior citizen and one child) and we stayed on the Karnai Houseboats (New Golden Gem) for 4 nights. We had an amazing time!!

Booking The Karnai Houseboats was a stroke of luck - the houseboat is a well kept secret to their regulars and it's amazing that until now they have not been listed on tripadvisor. Hamid Karnai the owner of the houseboat is an exceptional host and he graciously showed us letters written by their European guests as far back as 1931. Thier regulars have kept coming for decades, and it's easy to see why.

The houseboat itself is gorgeous - Fine walnut furniture is tastefully arranged across the houseboat and everything, including the incredible walnut awning at the entrance is intricately hand carved with exquisite patterns of flowers and leaves; the curtains and furnishings feature the beautiful crewel and chainstitch embroidery that Kashmir is so famous for, and wall to wall carpeting and modern bathroom fittings complete the feeling of serene luxury. The rooms are kept immaculately clean.

Everyone really made us feel so welcome - the staff are helpful but know how to give you your space. It was very beautiful to just sit out on the patio of the houseboat with the view of the Zabarwan Mountain range and the lake. As for the food - we were treated to an array of hearty home cooked meals. I highly recommend the trout and the poha.

Hamid's boatmen know all the right shops in Meena Bazaar to go to, from crafts at the Asian Crafts House to top notch walnuts at Royal Kashmir. The quality and price were top notch and we ended up going to Meena Bazaar multiple times.

We came as strangers and left as family. I would highly recommend staying here!!
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Date of stay: July 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: The room right at the end of the Houseboat is the largest and features three beds
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Response from hamidkarnai, Owner at Karnai Houseboats
Responded 6 Aug 2015
Dear Ms. Alka, Thanks for your wonderful review. It was nice having you as my guest. In your review, you have mentioned that you came as guest and left as family. We also feel same way. It was so nice meeting you along with your family. Take care. Hamid Karnai.
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Volker S wrote a review Jul 2015
Hamburg, Germany
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Welcome to paradise! At least when we came back from bustling & dusty downtown Srinagar (the dust is a result of the flood last fall), Hamid Karnai’s houseboat felt like heaven to us.
In the beginning, we were sceptical since you can only get there by boat and since it’s not the closest row of houseboats to the shore. If you only want to stay for a night, this might indeed be a point. However, if you look for a real vacation the boat is almost 100% of it. After hiking in the mountains, we loved the peace of the place. Inside it’s like a charming castle. And we loved the hospitality of Hamid Karnai and his staff who can organize close to everything you might need at Srinagar and around. And the “boat problem” turned out to be fun: instead of waiting for Hamid’s Shikara, he gave us a little boat for ourselves so we had the private sunset ride for free every night.
WiFi worked well when there was electricity which didn't always run in the area (not a hotel problem)
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Date of stay: June 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: take the first or last room bec. in the other rooms, you hear your neighbors from both sides....
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ravindramcajss wrote a review Nov 2015
Ghaziabad, India
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed at New Golden Gem Houseboat for a day only.But wish was able to extend our stay at Srinagar more on that houseboat.Cooperative and helpful staff also stay at houseboat was moreover like a stay in palace.

Looking forward to have a trip again to Srinagar....
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Date of stay: November 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from hamidkarnai, Owner at Karnai Houseboats
Responded 18 Nov 2015
Dear Mr. Ravindra, Thanks for your review. It was nice meeting you along with your family. Thanks for Choosing our Houseboat New Golden Gem for your stay during your Kashmir Visit. I am sorry that I couldn't extend your stay in New Golden Gem as it was already booked for that night. For your next visit you can book our Houseboat in advance for as many nights as you want. It was nice having you as my guests and hope it will continue in future. Take care. Hamid Karnai.
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Ravi P wrote a review Nov 2015
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The best house boat. Beautiful wood carving inside. Great location. Lovely scenic views. Very good staff. 100% recommend for all. Must experience. Have spent good amont of tym alongwith family. All the best to Karnai House boat. Rgds Ravi Pant & family.
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Date of stay: November 2015Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from hamidkarnai, Owner at Karnai Houseboats
Responded 18 Nov 2015
Dear Mr. Ravi, Thanks for your review and choosing our Houseboat New Golden Gem for your stay and cab for your transfers and sightseeing during your Kashmir Tour. It was nice talking to you during your stay with us. Hope to see you again in near future. Take care. Hamid Karnai.
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Vikesh S wrote a review Nov 2015
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Kashmir a place of beauty but to know about beautiful place u need strong hand who can show the beauty. I got strong hand Mr.Hamid who belongs to kanrai houseboat he gave me strong confidence about my kashmir tour. I hire a car from him start to end for my trip as was with my wife and my 8yr old daughter. When i landed at srinagar on that day there was strike but my driver never let me fell so. In fact he and Mr. Hamid suggested me to change my trip route plan so that i and my family will not face any kind of inconvenience. I travel srinagar, Sonmarg, pahalgam, Gulmarg & srinagar. As per my experience i can strongly recommend anyone to deal with Mr Hamid for their memorable trip in KASHMIR. ..His houseboat is awesome with all facilities. ..it never seems to be on top of water ..excellent. .Thank you once again Mr .HAMID and his driver Sajad Ahmed for making my trip a life time memorable .😊
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Date of stay: November 2015Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from hamidkarnai, Owner at Karnai Houseboats
Responded 18 Nov 2015
Dear Mr. Vikesh, Thanks for your review. It was nice having you as my guest. Thanks for Choosing us for rendering our service to you. Moreover, thanks for uploading the picture. Hope to see you in near future. Take care. Hamid Karnai.
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tushar m wrote a review Oct 2015
Lucknow, India
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Best place to visit in karnai houseboat.. and most reliable person for taxi booking.. his service is best...bcoz he provide safe,honest and best facility to his visiter.. trust him.
His taxi service is fast and most trust ful.
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Date of stay: October 2015Trip type: Travelled with friends
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NSV11 wrote a review Aug 2015
Mumbai, India
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My family of three arrived in Srinagar on 9Jun15 after a lovely stay at Pahalgam & Gulmarg. Mr. Hamid Karnai's houseboat ' New Golden Gem ' at Dal Lake was a beautiful experience for us. We loved the feel, warmth, cleanliness & tasty homely food at the HB , alongwith the helpful, friendly in-house staff . Our to& fro pick-up & drops on the Shikara were always well planned & executed. The staff there really helped us handle our " over- enthusiastic" 4-yr little dare-devil.. We stayed there for 2N3D. On the first night , we were late for dinner at the HB but were so surprised & touched to see hot dinner being sent to our room within minutes of our arrival there, that too without having to ask them.
My family would definitely recommend New Golden Gem HB under the Karnai group of HB for your stay in Srinagar. They truly make your stay comfortable & is absolute value for money. Hamid Karnai made it a point to either meet us in person or drop a message for us during the days we were there.
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Date of stay: June 2015Trip type: Travelled with family
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Magic M wrote a review Nov 2015
India
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed in their houseboat in several occasions during my visit to Kashmir. From warm reception of Mr. Hameed Karnai to quality of accommodation and food is really a sweet memory of my stay there.
Lastly when I stayed there, a great change was noticed. They have renovated the toilets, which is looking beautiful now. Entire boat has been polished and the face-lift is really made the houseboat more attractive.
Their location is very advantageous, facing Boulevard Road (Ghat No.13), from where all the tourist sights, restaurants, shops are not far off and conveniently connected.
My suggestion to the management : Replace the coloured ones with white towels in the toilet.
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Date of stay: April 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: The last room of New Golden Gem Houseboat (Karnai houseboats) is spacious.
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Response from hamidkarnai, Owner at Karnai Houseboats
Responded 26 Nov 2015
Dear Mr. Ashis, Thanks for your review.. It had been so nice to have you as my guest often along with your family. I love to have discussion with you while you stay in our Houseboat New Golden Gem. Moreover, thanks for your suggestion for changing the coloured to white towels, After polishing the whole Houseboat walls from inside, we have change the coloured towels to white ones already. Please do write me if you have any other suggestion. Hope to see you again in near future In Shaa Allah. Take care, Hamid Karnai.
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Aishwarya K wrote a review Nov 2015
Mumbai, India
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The golden gem house boat gives you a feeling of living in a country side luxurious hotel on the lake.

Karnai travels help with travel arrangements and details of overall tour customised as per your requirement or as per their standard plans.

Definitely suggest them to all friends and relatives
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Date of stay: October 2015Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from hamidkarnai, Owner at Karnai Houseboats
Responded 18 Nov 2015
Dear Aishwarya, It was nice having you as my guests. Thanks for your review for our Houseboat New Golden and Karnai Travels for Transport arrangements. It was nice meeting you and your Husband and hope to see you in again. Take Care, Hamid Karnai.
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Magic M wrote a tip Nov 2015
India39,562 contributions185 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"The last room of New Golden Gem Houseboat (Karnai houseboats) is spacious."
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asg45 wrote a tip Aug 2015
Srinagar, India24 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ghat No 12 Karnai Boats at Dal Lake Road Srinagar"
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alkapinto wrote a tip Jul 2015
Montreal, Canada5 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The room right at the end of the Houseboat is the largest and features three beds"
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Volker S wrote a tip Jul 2015
Hamburg, Germany14 contributions16 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"take the first or last room bec. in the other rooms, you hear your neighbors from both sides. Walls are thin..."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Karnai Houseboats
Which popular attractions are close to Karnai Houseboats?
Nearby attractions include Floating Post Office Dal Lake (0.9 km), Chapr Handicraft (0.3 km), and Royal Kashmir (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Karnai Houseboats?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and airport transportation.
What food & drink options are available at Karnai Houseboats?
Guests can enjoy breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Karnai Houseboats?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Karnai Houseboats?
Conveniently located restaurants include Stream Restaurant, Shamyana Restaurant, and Winterfell Cafe.
Does Karnai Houseboats have airport transportation?
Yes, Karnai Houseboats offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Karnai Houseboats?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Karnai Houseboats?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Kathi Darwaza (2.5 km) and Parihaspora Pattan (4.5 km).
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