It was during the peak winter season that we planned our visit to Srinagar, as we wanted to experience the feel of Kashmir with snowfall. Had originally planned on a one night stay at Peacock Houseboats, but due to the heavy snowfall (just what we wanted,) we had to extend our stay to five nights (during which we also visited Gulmarg and Pahalgam.)
Not only are the Peacock Houseboats "the" epitome of what an houseboat experience ought to be, but they are very well maintained, too. The service is "par" excellence. I have to mention one Mr. Mushtaq who took very good care of us and so did Mr. Tanveer. Everything that we needed was paid heed to (sometimes, even without asking.) It is rare to find such a level of hospitality and service, especially in the extreme weather that we were staying in.
They even arranged for a car when we needed one for sightseeing in Srinagar and our one day visit to Gulmarg & Pahalgam. I wouldn't be wrong in saying that they actually went out of their way to help us in every which way they could.
The decor of the Houseboat too, had an old world feel, which almost disconnected us from our ever "connected" lives and gave us a calm and serene sense of being. And, experiencing heavy snowfall, during our stay, was like "icing" on an already awesome cake.
Words fail me to describe the overall experience that Peacock Houseboats gave us during our stay from the 15th to the 20th of Jan, 2017. I would surely recommend this houseboat to anyone who wants to have a firsthand experience of the same.
my husband and i together with a friend of ours recently stayed in peacock houseboat from 3 january - 6 january 2017. It was such an amazing experience for us and we left kashmir with nothing but fond memories that will last us a lifetime. Mr Bashir was such a wonderful man who helped us a lot when our flights were cancelled and delayed for a few days. He went above and beyond to get us a flight out as soon as possible and welcomed us with open arms. He was like a father figure to us and is truly an amazing man. Our houseboy, Farooq, and also our driver, Mushtaq, were really nice people and they became more than just friends.
Overall, I have to say there is nothing to complain about because we truly enjoyed our kashmir trip and our stay in peacock houseboats!
We stayed at Peacock Houseboats for one day, and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay there, because of the beautiful surroundings, great weather and well maintained ambiance in the houseboat. The house boat interiors were good and overall exceeded our expectations. However, the food was just about okay and the service person was a bit hostile (well, just like many other Kashmiri people :P)-- He was behaving as if he was doing us a favor by providing a good service. The owner (senior person there) was good and talked to us in a friendly manner, though. Note: One has to go by a boat from "ghat1" to reach the houseboat, so, one should not plan to go out in the city before checkout.
Peacock Houseboat arranged a tour for a group of 6 of us from 11DEC16 to 14DEC16. We were very well taken care by the owner, Mr Bashir and his son, Mr Rahil Ahmad. The stay was good with good hospitality. Mr Bashir's staff also served us well. The price were fair and we enjoyed the entire tour.
Thank you Mr Bashir, Rahil & team. We will be back soon.
Bala and friends from Malaysai
Location of the houseboat is suitable to some and not suitable to some. Very remote location. Silent location. The representative is OK. They don't provide room heating facility in day. U have to pay for it. Food is average. Can control outside shop vendors to boat house.