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Review of Dawn Group of House Boats

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Dawn Group of House Boats
Ranked #54 of 533 Speciality Lodging in Srinagar
India
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31 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A rip off”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2010

The house boats on Dal LAke are an absolute rip off....Please bargain on the price for a night stay before you decide to board one..They can be very friendly and buttery but when it comes to money they will squeeze you for every penny. The Dal lake is absolutely beautiful but the locals are greedy and are only interested in making a quick buck out of you.

  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2010

Dal lake has many faces - there are parts which are congested, some parts are very dirty and some parts very serene. This group of houseboats are located in the open, quite and serene part of the Dal Lake. The view of the open Dal Lake is amazing from this houseboat. The lake is really wide over here. Takes 10 minutes by Shikara to reahc the shore. There are dedicated Shikara walas who will wait for you at their stand unless you come back. We came back pretty late sometimes and found them waiting in the shivering cold.

The interiors are pretty good and rooms spacious altough I am sure they may be even better decorated houseboats in the lake. The hospitality of the staff (Manzoor Bhai) and owner (Aksar Tunda) was very good. They kept us very warm in the cold Kashmiri november nights. We stayed in the Happy Dawn boat. Food - we had dinner once with them - it was homemade delicious stuff. The rooms and toilets are pretty clean.

No hassles here of floating salesmen trying to sell you their stuff. I have heard that in some places the salesmen keep on appearing through out the day. Here, it is only if you ask the staff - they will arrange for their preffered salesmen to appear at the time you want them to come.

The kitchen comes in very handy for getting your quick cup of coffee. Running hot and cold water in the bathrooms almost through out the day - no issues even in November.

Overall - very good. We had planned to stay here for 2 days. Ended up staying 5 days. We also got a very good deal as it was off-season. Our team consisted of a 3 yr old, 3 people above 60 and 3 people in 25-35 group.

  • Liked — Location, service
  • Disliked — Mode of transport (shikara - 10 min)
  • Stayed November 2009, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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8 Thank Puranjoy
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Kolkata
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2009

Excellent place to stay. we were there 5 nights.. lovely view ...HAd great time with family.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank JayaKolkata
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Virginia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2008

House Boat Lucky Dawn, part of the Dawn Group of house boats is delightful. Having read bad comments/concerns from other travelers re: some house boats on Dal Lake being musty and hosts frightening, I was concerned. But House Boat Lucky Dawn was wonderful and exceeded my expectations. My daughter and I stayed there three nights. It is clean and fresh and the rooms very spacious and comfortable. The host Yaqoob and his brother Lateef are warm, friendly and accomodating, but not intrusive. It is in an excellent location, not far from the Boulevard, an easy shikara (water taxi) ride. The view of the lake and mountains is lovely and I enjoyed listening to the birdsong and watching eagles and kingfisher birds. The meals were made to order. This is a very nice place to stay on the lake.

  • Liked — Fantastic location and view. A houseboat in Kashmir!!
  • Disliked — bathroom, but considering the location on a boat, not a problem.
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank MissMelis1
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Additional Information about Dawn Group of House Boats

Property: Dawn Group of House Boats
Address: P.O. Box 67, Nehru Park | Near Maharaja Place, Dal Lake, Srinagar, India
Region: India > Jammu and Kashmir > Kashmir > Srinagar
Hotel Style:
Ranked #54 of 533 Speciality Lodging in Srinagar
Price range (per night): ₹ 4,805 - ₹ 3,24,264
Number of rooms: 30
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