We stayed there for two nights at the rate of a three star hotel. Frankly, we weren't expecting the boat owners to do what they did for us. They used to keep our electric blankets turned on for quite some in advance. We used to roam around in the market and reach the houseboat in temperature near zero, and find the blankets warm and cozy. They arranged for a boat ride in Dal lake (I must say, complimentary here). And, what a coincidence it was, Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor were shooting in Dal lake right in front of us. About other attractions nearby, you can roam around in the bazar on your own. But, for other tourist spots you will have to hire a cab.