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“if there was a heaven , it is here. thank you kashmir and its beautiful people.”

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Fantasia Houseboats
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delhi
2 reviews
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“if there was a heaven , it is here. thank you kashmir and its beautiful people.”
Reviewed 27 June 2012

i got to learn about this houseboat and its owner, Rahim, purely by chance. and can never say enough to acknowledge that my chance encounter was an unforgettable experience of absolute bliss and happiness.
as kashmir has come back to life of happiness, keeping its unfortunate violent events of past few years behind ( let us keep our fingers crossed ) , the travellers have reached the valley in hordes. that meant, no hotel rooms available anywhere in the valley and full house signs are up everywhere . that explains my opening line of chance encounter with Fantasia houseboat and its people. i learnt about the prperty and its owners through pages of Trip Advisor reviews and made connection with Rahim.
obviously we arrived with a fear of unknown as this was the maiden visit of my family ( my wife, 2 daughters and most importantly, our grandson of 8 years ) to the valley. though i had been to Srinagar on official work couple of times in not so happier times !
and there we arrived. cool 30 minutes drive through the city , followed by a shikara ride of 10 minutes to the boat , to be welcomed by Rahim and his efficient staff with hot cup of tea accompanied by freshly baked cookies.
rooms are adequate, clean and tidy. You need to occasionaly ask for some cups or glasses or an additional furniture to sit. but that is provided without having to remind a second time. we stayed there for 4 nights and 5 days and got used to the amenities without having the need to complain.
city dwellers like me, used to enjoy luxuries of * hotels would do better not to look for same kind of ambience as the life on a houseboat provide a different lifestyle experience which can make one yearn for coming back to this charming world of life, surrounded by nature's bounty.
can you imaging a life where only noise are from playful movements of birds , like when a heron or a kingfisher or a swift or a hawk jumps down to catch a fish from the lake and resultant splash in the water ! or when you see a lone boatman rowing in the lake looking for a customer to buy his wares, for example, seeds of exotic flowers.
i have seen some comments here regarding privacy in the boat or owners' being too close for comfort etc. to be honest, i never had the reason to aprehend intrusion to the privacy of our own leisure time nor anyone forcing us to buy anything against our wishes. it is to be understood that the boat has 6 rooms ( ? ) and unless one rents the whole boat , it is but natural there will be other travellers. we found nothing wrong with that . dining halls and lounges and common areas in hotels are always shared and that is same here as well.
what struck us most about the boat was its efficient administration, lingering fragrance of wood used to make the boat, a rejuvenating hot shower, any time of day or night and sincere effort of Rahim & Co. to make one feel at home. He even ensured that i did not miss any of Euro 2012 matches and i shall never forget the majestic hill in the night in front of me when i would sit in the deck for some fresh air when there was an interval during football match in middle of night.
go ahead, and stay in this houseboat, if you like nature, if you like tanquility, if you like water , if you like quality time with your friends and family and if you like to listen to birds singing from sunrise to sunset.
thank you Rahim, Mushtaq, Anna and others ( whose names i unfortunately do not remember ), we shall come back to your houseboat and comeback soon.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Chandigarh, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2012

I booked Fantasia houseboat for two days (May 28 and 29, 2012). For next two days I had planned to stay at a hotel in Srinagar. But the hospitality offered by staff and courteous owner of houseboat Rahim (09906737847) made me to extend the stay at the houseboat till May 31. Teh window pane of my car got damaged in an accident while on way to Srinagar. Rahim, a well educated and fluent in english not only received me at the Nageen club himself at 10 pm, he tried to get the new window pane fixed in my car next day. As the car company had no dealer in the Srinagar and repair was not carried out,Rahim took the responsibility of parking it at safe place during my stay at Srinagar,
While the rooms and washrooms at houseboat were impeccably maintained, Rahim arranged the shikara ride in the lake. The food served by Manzoor and Mushtak was fantastic and they cooked the food according to our requirements.
Arun Sharma,
Sector 38, Chandigarh

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Goa, Goa, India
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2012

Very nice houseboat: we checked others and this one was the best choice. It's clean, new, good bathrooms with hot water, pleasant rooms with full furniture. Rahim, the "boss" (+919906737947), is a very educated and kind man, and his staff (Mustak +919906735656) is also very polite and helpful (compared to other experiences in the area, this was quite an issue… for example not many speak english…).
The food is also some of the best we had around, considering that Srinagar doesn't offer much as restaurants (even the good ones are very Basic) and shops.
In cold months they provide electric stove in the room.
The Boat is on the Nagged Lake, what is much better as the Dal Lake (full of Tourist and Sellers)
If You stay longer, You can get a good prize … :)

Moving from the houseboat ("LalBazar" to town is very easy and cheap with local buses (8Rp) and Shikara boats (50Rp crossing or 300Rp p/h), the way back with Ricksha 100-150Rp.
Good to have a GPS Map on your Phone, if you go cross town.

Location Fantasia Houseboat:
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To stay in the lake for few days is beautiful, but forget what is around: Goulmarg and Pahalgam are fully touristic and super expensive, doesn't worth it.
Goulmarg looks like is better in the Winter, just Ski Tourist, maybe 5% what is here in this time, but still not cheap (Room from 2000Rp(basic&cold) to 20000Rp) …

Love Atit (German) & Kosha (Italy)

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Rahim L, Owner at Fantasia Houseboats, responded to this review, 1 May 2012
I am pleases to know that Atit and Kosha enjoyed their stay on Fantasia very much.

Please note that the telephone numbers they have given are not correct:
- my telephone number for enquiries and bookings for Fantasia is +919906737847
- Mustak is a helper and cannot provide information on enquiries and bookings and his telephone number should not be used for contact with Fantasia

Thank you
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Wicklow, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 April 2012

Our stay at the houseboat was a memorable and pleasant experience. It was very clean and comfortable. All efforts were made to provide us with a cosy and relaxed environment. They consulted with us regarding our choice of food. The owner interacted with us constantly throughout our stay. Access to the houseboat is by 'shikara' (a small wooden boat) and we found this part of the charm as the tranquill crossing with the breath-taking scenery was beautiful.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2012

After 7 mainly disappointing days in Gulmarg, our 3 days' stay at Fantasia was quite a treat. First of all, thanks to Ashrap for fantastic cooking, definitely one of the best i've ever had.
Thanks to Rahim for pleasant conversations and driving us to Sonomarg! We felt at home on his cozy and clean houseboat and he did his best to keep the service up to the highest standard. If i am ever back in Srinagar (which i certainly hope for the sake of tracking in
Ladakh), i already know where i am going to stay. Ask for day trip to the kashmiri carpet-makers, one thing i regret i didn't get time to do! One thing i'd suggest Rahim to make people's stay even better: do a bit of research on the sellers that are trying to do business with your guests, we were cheated by the safran vendor who tricked us into buying quite a bit of very low quality stuff, our fault really but some pointers on who to avoid would be quite a bonus.

Vlad

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Fantasia Houseboats

Property: Fantasia Houseboats
Address: Nigeen Lake, Srinagar 190001, India
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Region: India > Jammu and Kashmir > Kashmir > Srinagar District > Srinagar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 570 Speciality Lodging in Srinagar
Price range (per night): ₹ 1,941 - ₹ 3,105
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If your dreams include a sojourn on a houseboat in Kashmir, kingfishers darting between the blossoming lotus, herons and moorhens darting for fish, and snowcapped mountains in full view, then imagine yourself on Fantasia Houseboat on fresh, unpolluted Nigeen Lake. Fantasia Houseboat combines modern amenities, such as electricity, hot showers with a good food and friendly personal service. Each well-decorated bedroom has an attached private bathroom. Fantasia has a beautiful dining area and a lounge with a new flat screen TV. There are great views across the Lake and onto the lower Himalayas from the veranda and the garden. The sunset views are wonderful. There is a well-maintained pretty private garden for the use of guests. We have a 24 hour power back up and clean water supply. We have free internet access. Accommodation, sightseeing, and trekking are all available for your enjoyment. Ski arrangements for Gulmarg in the winter can also be organised. We look forward to meeting you and offering you our best hospitality. ... more   less 
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