Venice of the East

"If there is heaven on earth — it is here, it is here, it is here…"
Dr. Allama Iqbal


Glimpse of Kashmir

3N/4D Srinagar & Gulmarg

Package 1
Transport by car
3N/4D accomodation in Srinagar
Breakfast & dinners included
Half day tour of Mughal Garden
Full day excursion to Gulmarg
Shikara cruise on Dal Lake

Valley of Kashmir

3N/4D Srinagar & Sonmarg

Package 2
Transport by car
3N/4D accomodation in Srinagar
Breakfast & dinners included
Half day tour of Mughal Garden
Full day excursion to Sonmarg
Shikara cruise on Dal Lake

Discover Kashmir

4N/5D Srinagar, Gulmarg & Pahalgam

Package 3
Transport by car
2N/3D accomodation in Srinagar
1N/2D accomodation in Gulmarg
1N/2D accomodation in Pahalgam
Breakfast & dinners included
Half day tour of Mughal Garden
Shikara cruise on Dal Lake

Glimpse of Ladakh

4N/5D Leh,Sham Valley, Pandong Lake

Package 4
Transport by car
4N/5D accomodation in Leh
Half day tour of Sham Valley
Excursion to Khardong La
Excursion to Pangong Lake

Best of J&K

9N/10D Katra, Patnitop, Pahalgam, Gulmarg & Srinagar

Package 5
Transport by car
3N/4D accomodation in Katra & Patnitop
2N/3D accomodation in Pahalgam
1N/2D accomodation in Gulmarg
3N/4D accomodation in Srinagar
Breakfast & dinners included
Half day tour of Mughal Garden

Ladakh & Kashmir

9N/10D Leh - Nubra - Alchi - Lamayuru - Sonamarg - Srinagar

Package 6
All transfers by car
3N/4D accomodation in Leh
1N/2D accomodation in Nubra Valley
2N/3D accomodation in Alchi / Uleytoko
1N/2D accomodation in Sonamarg
2N/3D accomodation in Srinagar
Breakfast & dinners included
Half day tour of Mughal Garden
Shikara cruise on Dal Lake



Welcome to Kashmir

Kashmir is India's Switzerland, attracting local and international tourists seeking cool summer air, alpine scenery and Srinagar’s romantic houseboat accommodation.

The beauty of the state cannot be described in words; it has to be seen to be cherished in the real sense of the word. It appears as if Mother Nature has blessed this valley with all her bounty and grandeur! The Valley is full of the mighty mountains, lush greenery, and blossoms of pinks, whites, yellows and flowers of all the rarest varieties. The Chinar trees account for most of the elegance, painting the entire canvas with myriad of colors. It is often quoted by the locals that our former Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi visited Kashmir often to relish this picturesque state when the chinar trees were in their full bloom.

It takes one’s breath away to see the nature in all its colors of greens, oranges, yellows, and reds! The skies here are awesome azure with cotton like ivory clouds! The magic the valley wreathes one with is accentuated with the quaint charm of houseboats or Shikaras of Dal Lake.


  • 24/7 room service
  • Attached bathroom with heated water
  • Lakeside deck & attached garden
  • Indian, Continental, Moghulian & Kashmiri
  • Laundry facilities
  • Hot and cold beverages
  • Cable TV / WIFI / STD / ISD
  • Travel Agent: Sighting & domestic tours
  • Heating system during winter months
  • Money exchange / Credit cards accepted
  • Doctor on call
  • Souvenir boats on call

The Khar family

Has owned and operated Chicago group of Houseboats in Kashmir for four generations. They are proud of Kashmir and the heritage of  both the valley and the mountains and have been warmly welcoming travelers from honeymooners to mountain trekkers from all over the world.

Guests are our priority and we will make certain your visit is safe, enjoyable and filled with warm hospitality and good cheer.

Welcome home


We serve superb Kashmiri food, enjoying the opportunity to share the culinary seasonable delights of our kitchen, where all products are fresh, local and organically produced. Individuals with dietary needs can be easily adapted, we make excellent vegetarian food, English breakfasts, or other special requests can be graciously accommodated.

There are spacious three-bedroom boats and cozy two-bedrooms; all feature attached bathrooms, electricity and modern plumbing. The cedar interiors are intricately carved and display the consummate artistry of Kashmiri craftsmen. The furnishings include embroidered native rugs and fabrics, and solidly comfortable Victorian and Edwardian furniture. These luxurious boats also feature rooftop sundecks from which to take in the Himalayan views and enjoy the brisk fresh air.

Char Chinar

Island of Char Chinar

Located in the heart of Kashmir Valley Srinagar sits calmly on the Dal Lake and Jehlum River. The Kashmiri houseboats are associated closely with the valley's culture and traditions. Dating back to the British rule, houseboats became home to these people after they were denied land grants in the state. A brilliant idea that started from constructing small boats was later revolutionized with transforming these boats into spacious modern styled floating hotels. Houseboats are all made of the finest cedar wood that follows with intricate walnut wood carvings, paneled walls and tiled baths. Our boats are categorized in the super deluxe category and each boat has an assorted number of two to four bedrooms with a private bath and wash room. The houseboats also have a fine dining area and a lounge cum sitting room.

The houseboats come complete with a large front seated balcony, a sun deck and a small kitchenette. We generally have a 24 hour power back up and clean water supply. Each of our houseboats has a cook and a care taker who work for you during your entire stay. All of our houseboats have a boat landing place for transport. These small paddle boats can take you out into the open lake or take you across on your way for any sightseeing.


Srinagar

Stunning mountains, gorgeous lakes. Isolated from the plains of the sub-continent, surrounded by the high Himalayan mountains and passes.


A city with a vast expanse of legendary lakes, that are woven with an intricate network of canals and backwaters which famously makes it known as the houseboat capital of India. A land dotted with natural landscapes, exotic mountain valleys, picturesque villages and comfortable houseboats, Kashmir has been rightly pronounced as the Paradise on Earth.

Once you step in this small Himalayan kingdom your holidays change into a magical fantasy where you can unwind and relax yourself at our comfortable houseboats that are located at a quite and peaceful location away from the city noise in the Dal Lake. Imagine yourself about the fun when your planned tours are turned into exciting fishing trips, boating tours, leisure car safari's, sightseeing and excursion trips across the valley.

Old City

With its almost medieval charm, the old city of Srinagar has sights, smells and sounds to enchant the most jaded traveller. Its labyrinthine roads and bustling bazaars are a photographer's delight. Traditionally dressed men and women on their way to the city's many mosques and shrines, burnt brick buildings with their rich warm colour, these are some of the old city's moods which linger in the corners of a traveller's mind, long after one leaves Kashmir.

Shah Hamdan mosque

Jama Masjid

The Jama Masjid at Nowhatta, in the heart of the old city, is the other important mosque in Srinagar at which thousands of people congregate for the Friday prayers. Of imposing proportions, the mosque is built around a courtyard and is supported by 370 wooden pillars. The hushed quiet of the mosque counterpoints the bustle of the old bazaars surrounding it. Originally built by Sultan Sikandar in 1400 AD, and enlarged by his son, Zain-ul- Abidin, it is a typical example of Indo-Saracenic architecture. Destroyed thrice by fire and rebuilt each time, the mosque, as it now stands, was repaired during the reign of Maharaja Pratap Singh.


Dal Lake

One of the most beautiful lakes of India and the second largest in the state. Its three sides are surrounded by majestic mountains and a large number of gardens and orchards have been laid along the shores.. Dal Lake is unique in having hundreds of houseboats, which afford an opportunity for tourists to reside on the lake in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility.

Morning vegetable market

Nageen Lake

Located just a small distance away from Dal Lake. In fact both the water bodies are interconnected by a small water channel. In summer time the water is pleasantly cool. The lake is one of the best ions, which you can enjoy a captivating round of boating. Even in the middle of the lake you can experience the thrill of shopping.

Wular & Manasbal Lake

It is difficult to describe in mere words the beguiling beauty of Wular Lake. For one, its formidable size - this is one of Asia's largest fresh water lakes - for another, it changes character with every few miles. The drive from Srinagar will take you to the calm waters of Manasbal , where there is no other sound but birdsong.

Manasbal has often been described as the bird watcher's paradise, and as your shikara glides through this mirror of tranquillity, you will experience yet another facet of Kashmir.

From Watlab, the Wular Lake stretches away as far as the eye can see, edged by picturesque villages around terraced breeze-rippled fields of paddy, in a riotous burst of colour, the sheer grandeur of the spectacular countryside at leisure.

Island of Char Chinar


Tulip Garden

Tulip garden previously named as Model Floriculture Centre, is located at the base of Zabarwan Hills with partial fromnt view of picturesque Dal Lake. This garden was conceived, conceptualized and created by Mr. Gh. Nabi Azad, the then Chief Minister, J&K in the year 2006-07. Main aim of this garden is to boost floriculture and advance tourism in Kashmir Valley. Over 12 Lakh tulip bulbs of 68 varieties of different colours are said to be blooming here every year.


Nishat Garden

Nishat garden, the garden of Delight, is the largest Mughal Garden on Dal-Lake and was laid out by Asaf Khan, brother of Nur Jahan, The empress of Mughal India and wife of Jahangir, in the year 1632 A.D. It is located on Dal-Lake about 2.5 Kilometers to the south of Shalimar and commands a magnificent view in the west and with a panoramic back drop of mountains in the East. The garden had originally 12 terraces. Enchanting central water channel, rippling fountains in large tanks and channels and sparkling cascades amidst bountiful colours, lush lawns and mighty chinars are principal features of this pleasure garden.


Hazratbal

The Hazratbal Mosque is located in a village of the same name on the banks of the Dal. Its pristine white marble elegance is reflected in the waters of the lake. Hazratbal's special significance is derived from the fact that it houses a hair of the prophet Muhammad. This is displayed to the public on religious occasions, usually accompanied by fairs. Apart from these occasions, Friday prayers are offered at Hazratbal and attended by throngs of people. Hazratbal is remarkable for being the only domed mosque in Srinagar; the others having distinct pagoda like roofs. The shrine – mosque complex is situated on the western shore of the DalLake opposite Nishat Bagh and commands a grand view of the lake and the mountain beyond.


Tariff

Seasonal prices from 15 April - 15 October

Room E.P. C.P. M.A.P. A.P.
Double 3300 / 63 3750 / 72 4500 / 85 5300 / 99
Single 2250 / 43 2500 / 48 3150 / 60 3500 / 67
+1 Adult 600 / 12 800 / 16 1000 / 20 1250 / 25
Child (Age 3-10) 500 / 10 600 / 12 700 / 15 900 / 18

Sole Use of 2 bedroom houseboat = 6300 / 121 (E.P. basis only)



Off-Season prices from 15 October - 15 April

Room E.P. C.P. M.A.P. A.P.
Double 2700 / 53 3000 / 60 3600 / 72 4200 / 85
Single 1800 / 35 2000 / 40 2500 / 50 2850 / 57
+1 Adult 600 / 12 800 / 16 1000 / 20 1250 / 25
Child (Age 3-10) 500 / 10 600 / 12 700 / 15 900 / 18

Sole Use of 2 bedroom houseboat = 5000 / 100 (E.P. basis only)

Heating Charges from 15th October to 15th April each bedroom/night = 250 / 5


E.P. Rooms Only
C.P. Breakfast Only
M.A.P. Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner
A.P. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Free pickup from Srinagar airport or bus terminal






Chicago
Group of Houseboats


Ajaz Khar

Ajaz Khar


P.O. Box 68
Golden Dal Lake
Srinagar (J&K) - 190 001
Kashmir - INDIA

+91 (0) 194 250 2558
+91 (0) 941 906 1430
+91 (0) 969 734 5378

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