12 of us stayed 3 nights in two houseboats in the middle of Nigeen Lake.Rooms are spacious and clean and beds comfortable with thick warm blankets and hot water bags to keep warm at night. Some rooms are with heated up pads. The only weakness is Wifi is poor and electricity may cut off sometimes. But that is a normal phenomena in this area. The owner arranged our transports (boats and vans) and food during our stay. Food prepared by the ladies of the family were delicious and up to our taste. It's an advantage to stay in the middle of the lake. We enjoyed the tranquility and serene atmosphere at all time. We witnessed sunrise and sunset and at night and early in the morning, we contemplated the lights from the neighboring houseboats and the moon in the sky glimmering through the mist and the reflections shimmering in the water. The sights are amazing. Once my booking was confirmed, immediately I received a message from Yakub the owner asking me if I needed any help. He helped to arrange our airport transfers and all the day tours during our stay with reasonable price. Highly recommended.
This houseboat located in Nigeen lake might not be the first choice for usual travellers - as majority of them book houseboat in dal Lake, but if you are like us who wants to have peace and relaxation after the end of the day this is the only place to be..reasons being -
A. Nigeen lake is away from usual hustle and bustle and commercial dal Lake
B. The houseboat feels so comfortable and relaxed the moment you step into it.
C. The host greets you and treats you like you are the part of their family and extends warm gestures which makes your stay comfortable
D. Warm, homely cooked food and as per your food preferences..they say no for nothing..:)
Overall our experience was amazing specially the hour long chat we had with yakoob bhai made us see kashmir from different perspective..he went out of the way in helping us with rest of our itinerary and some do's and dont's during the trip..
this is us with the host !!
My Mom had a dream to visit Kashmir & stay at Beautiful Houseboat.
And the Dream comes true with New Golden Flower House Boat. Host Yakub Bhai is phenomenon. Got wonderful hospitality from Yakub Bhai.
Rooms are truly beautiful so did the toilets.
Food is ok. Yakub Bhai made Kawa for us.
The problem with any House Boat is if you forget something at Houseboat you have to take a Shikara to get back the thing, the price is bit high though Government fixed the price but you have to bargain.
After leaving Houseboat we noticed that we forgot to bring my son's Water Bottle & my Wife's Spects. Next day we went to Ghat No. 2 & had to pay Rs 300 for a Shikara to bring those things back, where Government fixed price is Rs150 for that.
Palace on water
This was my Fourth visit to Kashmir and my fourth stay at New Golden Flower Heritage Houseboat. I have taste all four seasons of Kashmir like Winter, Spring, Summer and now I came to see Autumn in Kashmir. I came for short time just 2 days and my dream was to see Autumn in Kashmir so my dream came true. I am very thankful to Yakub bhai and Ayub bhai who always treat me like their brother and provide me the best hospitality. I have no words enough how to express. In a nutshell whoever wanna visit Kashmir should stay at New Golden Flower and feel the family atmosphere among Dunoo family.
This is my first time in Kashmir, the owner and his family are caring me. And Im very enjoyable the perfect holiday of the week.
The houseboat also provides an outing trip . If you have a longer stay, you can discuss the camping trip with the owner.