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WelcomHeritage Gurkha Houseboats

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Though really expensive, but Welcome has one of the best houseboats in Srinagar's Nagin Lake. The issue is : the boats are not sailing in water, they are parked on the shore / banks of the lake, waking the houseboat experience as thought about different. Best is to buy dinner and breakfast included package. Bargain is really good and happens at the reservation number too.

It's an amazing place to stay at while in Srinagar. Not only has it got an amazing property and even better view but also it's got amazing service. The food provided to us was delicious and mouth watering. The accommodation was beautiful and spacious. The houseboat itself was beautifully decorated. Overall it was a really nice experience to stay there! I would definitely like to visit it again.

My wife and I stayed at the lavishly furnished houseboat moored in Nigeen lake, reachable only by shikara. Maqbool the English speaking caretaker was kind and responded with alacrity. Food was par excellence, the toilet impeccably clean with most modern fittings. The owner, soft spoken Rafiq Wangnoo took us to show his showroom with exquisite collection of carpets and shawls. We picked up a few shawls. Visit to Kashmir is not complete without a stay in the houseboat and I can recommend WelcomHeritage boats.

Excellent Houseboats;probably best in Srinagar;amazing food; service & hospitality r way much above the mark; Had a chance to have a cup of kava wid the owner who very much is a thorough gentleman. Much thanks to Mr. Akib

I cannot say enough good things about our overall experience of visiting Srinagar, but more than anything, staying on one of the Gurkka houseboats. The Wangoo family that run the houseboats are the most caring, meticulous, and hospitable people. The houseboats are impeccable in terms of cleanliness, and the wood carvings throughout the boat are absolutely amazing and jaw dropping!! Intricately carved walnut furniture throughout the boat as well. The two people on the houseboat that looked after our every need, Maqboor and Riaz, became like family to us. The most caring and helpful people!! The food was absolutely exquisite. I have been to Srinagar twice,before, and stayed at the 2 high end hotels, and I can categorically state that there is no other place to stay other than the Gurkha houseboats. I know that there has been a lot of media hype about the safety of visiting Kashmir. We felt absolutely safe at all times, and so long as you follow the normal safety precautions that you should, visiting any other place in the world, there is no problem. Overall I would rate the Gurkha houseboat experience an A+!

our family (2 adults and 1 child) stayed at Gurkha Houseboat for total 3 nights during end April and 2nd week of May. First 2 nights were at start of our vacation in Kashmir and last 1 night towards end of trip. I had read about Gurkha houseboat few months ago in some travel magazine and hence decided to stay there. I would like to thank Gurkha Houseboat for the excellent hospitality provided to our family (Mr. Rafiq Wangnoo - owner), Mr. Ishaaq and Mr. Imtiaz (office managers) and Mr. Majeed (houseboat in-charge). The houseboat was clean and nice décor. Hot water is available 24 hours and sleeping mattress is very comfortable. The food is delicious. It has amazing views on the front side (sit out area at entrance of houseboat) with mountains in the background; Nageen lake is peaceful and much less crowded than Dal lake. I would suggest fellow travellers to stay atleast 2 nights in Gurkha Houseboat so that they can really experience its good service and serenity of Nageen Lake. Mr. Majeed care about us is better than even most five-star hotel chains. He really cares for the guests from his heart and was ever smiling and helpful to our needs. Mr. Isaaq and Mr. Imtiaz went out of the way to open their office in night around 9.30 pm specially for me so that I could use their internet facility as the wifi connection on that particular day had some issues in houseboat. Its rare staff specially return back from home to their office in night just to help guest. Mr. Rafiq Wangnoo (owner) is nice gentlemen who oversees personally that his guests are being well taken care of. Also I must complement their driver Mr. Rashid who attended us during our stay. Mr. Rashid really took great care of us as a family member and made sure that we were safe all the time during our travel inspite of news about Kashmir which media writes about. Innova car was kept well cleaned all the times, good condition and safe driving. We enjoyed our stayed at Gurkha Houseboat and would love to come back again someday...

Only Houseboat by reputed hotel group ITC Welcome group located on serene Nagin lake away from crowded & polluted dal lake, it is for those who like to have peaceful vacation, you need to take shikara from.nagin ghat to reach houseboat , Rooms was good in size with dining & living room, Majid was gr8 caretaker prompt @ service, food was yummy with limited variety coz of which i have deducted 1 ☆, we stayed in houseboat no 4 which has two rooms , living room & dining room since second room was vacate so whole boat was used by us which was gr8, there was lush green lawns on one end of Houseboat, Rashid was very courteous who has came for airport pick-up he is a gr8 man with good knowledge of whole kashmir.

We stayed in the houseboat completely like in a heaven . Reception is the complete star which seven star property is expected to see from them .The dining to the scenic beauty of nagin lake is mind-blowing . A class is in every way in respect to food , caring and 24 hrs service to the guest . I am also adding photos of two good Kashmir guys whom u will never forget .

Luxury can be so serene and simple; holiday can be so relaxing; being with family in belonging mood can be an elixir for the spirit of grand sire age ! - The experience still sounds like a dream seen. Visiting Kashmir was a great fancy since childhood almost 7 decades ago; staying in such artistic and homely houseboat with an impeccable signature of WelcomeHeritage has been fantastic over the mileage of long travelling experience. We took a walk across 6 boats. They are being innovated with great eye for the beautiful tradition and architectural refinement giving a feeling of being in a floating royal palace. This review ought be read with my review on the Nigin Lake. Mr. Majid and Mr. Imtiaz were such good souls - humble and humane - who showered us with all the personal care we needed. Food was really superb; the setting splendid and service sweet. This shall linger long in memory and attract us to come back.

The Houseboat is In Nagin Lake which itself is a paradise. We travelled in the month of February 2016 and its was quite cold but very charming. We were greeted with warm Hospitality by the staff. The houseboat itself is a piece of art and being an architect by profession, I can appreciate it more in terms. Well the houseboat was clean and warm. As, we strictly follow jain diet, we were served as per our choice and it tasted good. Behind the boat there is a park where you can stroll and admire the snow clad mountain ranges. And if you are looking for woolen handicraft specially "Pashima" then there is Boutique store behind the houseboat where you can buy from wide variety.

Opp. Nagin Club - Nagin Lake Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir

Hotel highlights

  • Onsite dining

Located 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Hari Parbat Fort, WelcomHeritage Gurkha Houseboats is within a 15-minute drive of Mughal Gardens. The 18 rooms at this 4-star hotel include minibars, coffee makers, and flat-screen TVs. On a lake, the hotel is also close to Shankaracharya Reserved Forest and Royal Springs Golf Course.


Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, or enjoy a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant.


All of WelcomHeritage Gurkha Houseboats's 18 individually decorated rooms provide minibars, coffee makers, and phones. Guests can expect to find flat-screen TVs with satellite channels. Free toiletries are also standard.

Property features

At WelcomHeritage Gurkha Houseboats, guests have access to a porter/bellhop. Multilingual staff is on hand to answer questions.

Room options

Suite, 1 Queen Bed

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

89% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 382 reviews