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Royal Dandoo Palace Group of House Boats
Ranked #38 of 575 Speciality Lodging in Srinagar
New Delhi, India
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Fimaly Trip”
Reviewed 26 July 2011

i stay in dandoo house booth with my family and i stay 03 night good house boot and pepla is very good given a severis and food is very good and boss is good person i recemead all my friend and all pepal plz come in Kashmir and stay in dandoo palace house boot

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2011

Please check the location and names of the reviews - the good reviews are all from New Delhi, and actually written by the staff of the travel agency that books accomodation in the Dandoo boats (it has several different names, that should tell you something). It is all a big big scam, they will lie to you, try to make you pay 3-4 times the price of everything and if you're in the houseboat you'll need to pay everytime you want to leave the boat - Ali got particularly agressive when other tourists asked us how much we paid for our trip (because they had paid three times the price for the same deal!) Simply stay away from Ali and Nazir in Delhi and Latif in Srinagar.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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New Delhi, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 May 2011

Houseboat very good, food was excellent ad the people were very coutious, I highly recommend the houseboat and trekking.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled on business
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new delhi
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Reviewed 21 May 2011

Well where do I start.
Booking well this was so easy through e-mail to Nazir who was very helpful with anything we wanted to know.
Arriving at the houseboat and gave us a little tour and told us where best to go (or not go !!!!!!).The houseboat itself is very very clean. That is the thing when we go any where on holiday you want to believe the pictures and sometimes they are not what you expect. But this house boat has everything you need.Food options were perfect and we enjoyed the local Kashmiri Wazawan cuisine that was offered. Srinagar houseboat experience is highly recommended who would like a holiday on the mountains with a difference.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2010

We've travelled in India extensively but never to Kashmir-travelling with kids for a few months this year through Asia and got a flight to Srinigar-did entirely the wrong thing & booked blind in Delhi, but didn't want to hang around choosing a boat, knowing that Srinigar would be tense (which it most certainly is-many soldiers, guns & the feeling of Belfast in the 1980's, but it's a different world on the lake..). Promised a deluxe boat and instantly shown a rotten heap out the back, protested, argued, given deluxe boat after all. Beautiful boat, amazing location, but constant pressure from owners to buy a trek, excursions etc, mostly declined, but feeling like prisoners on the boat so resigned to paying over the odds for shikara rides etc.... Lovely days' excursion ruined by unwanted diversion to carpet factory (whose owners became very angry after we flatly refused to buy a carpet, so no free cup of tea!!!) and demands for exorbitant amounts of money to pay for the trip from Dandoos on our return (presumably in response to not getting the huge commission from a carpet sale).

Food was OK and the "boat boy"/slave to the Dandoos, Bashir is an really lovely guy who is treated like dirt by his bosses.

Kashmir is truly beautiful, the lake and wildlife astounding and most people lovely but desperate for business in the most awful and troubled times, but the owners of this place are, we found, unfortunately superficially friendly but cynical, hardnosed folks who make tourists feel like walking dollar signs.

Eventually booked (for an inflated fee) a jeep to Leh, ladakh through the owners and had their demands for money ringing in our ears as we drove off-we were worried that our refusal to pay the "extras" would result in instructions to the driver to mess us about, but early on deduced that our driver (the amazing Mr Abas) was a Ladakhi with a less than favourable opinion of our Kashmiri hosts........................In summary, Srinigar is a difficult place to be, people there are suffering & desperate for trade, but the Dandoo family could do a better job of making friends from those that visit rather than leaving them with a bitter taste in their mouth..........

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Royal Dandoo Palace Group of House Boats

Property: Royal Dandoo Palace Group of House Boats
Address: Nehru Park | Dal Lake, Srinagar 190001, India
Region: India > Jammu and Kashmir > Kashmir > Srinagar District > Srinagar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #38 of 575 Speciality Lodging in Srinagar
Price range (per night): ₹ 2,567 - ₹ 3,466
Hotel Class:4 star — Royal Dandoo Palace Group of House Boats 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
DANDOO GROUP OF HOUSEBOATS is one of the Kashmir's leading and largest hospitality enterprises founded in 1960. The group owns and manages 5 luxury super deluxe houseboats. Prompt service is one of the main norm. From three generations, the Dandoo Group of Houseboats is in houseboat business. Well liked and respected by the department of tourism of this earthly paradise, they have enjoyed continue success in this highly competitive field. Your needs and will go out of their way to make your stay with them a time to remember. Dandoo has worked all his life for promotion of tourism in the valley. He is a very keen trekker, angler, bird watcher, environmentalist and a conservationist. ... more   less 
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