We stayed with Mr Butt and his staff for four nights in July. We were met at Srinagar airport and greeted with a delicious pot of Kashmiri tea when we arrived at the houseboats which are in a secluded spot adjacent to a small Moghul garden. Since another group had extended their stay we were welcomed to the houseboat where Michael Palin stayed which accommodates up to 10 and is very grand and comfortable. Bedrooms are spacious, each with its own bathroom. Our tariff included all our meals which were excellent and through Mr Butt we were able to organize shikara rides on Lake Dal and car trips around Srinagar at reasonable prices.
Mr Butt is a very attentive host and his staff are very helpful and informative. While we had come to Srinagar to enjoy the peace and calm of Dal Lake we were equally interested to hear about local politics and conditions. The highlights of our stay were the shikara rides with Lassa who told us about the local flora and fauna and showed us the floating gardens, and the time we spent on the houseboat, watching birds and eating the delicious meals that Ramzaan brought us.
Through Mr Butt we were able to arrange for an excellent driver to take us from Srinagar to Leh, so after four nights we left the peace of Lake Dahl for the grandeur of the mountains.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Butts Clermont Houseboats are moored on the western shores of Dal Lake besides an old Mughal Garden believed to have been built by the Emperor Akbar and called the Garden of the Morning Breeze. BCH is the ONLY houseboat lodgings in Srinagar which combines a secluded and private location with glorious views across Dal Lake to snow covered peaks. Their essence is- Peace and Rest.Just next to the houseboats you can step directly onto Naseem Bagh-the beautiful mughal garden with more than 400 years old Famous Chinar Trees. BCH has a wide spectrum of International/Domestic clientele including Ambassadors, Head of States, Entertainment personalities, Journalists, Members of International Organizations, Business people and discerning travelers from numerous countries. BCH have been awarded for providing one of the best hospitality services by Washington Post, New York Times, Times Magazine, National Geographic, Swagat (In flight magazine of Air India). ... more less
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- Butt's Clermont Houseboats Srinagar, Kashmir