ExcellentRated By TripAdvisor
"Kashmir, I love You! You have my heart."
Reviewed on Sat Jul 12 22:20:49 IST 2014 by Dervil
After already spending 2 weeks travelling around Northern India, i arrived back in Delhi to meet my friend Breda who was joining me for the next 2 weeks ahead. We had no real plan and were advised my some lovely helpful people we met on the street to visit the tourist office.This was the beginning of a beautiful Journey.. We met with our Tourist advisor Shafi Shalla who planned out our next 2 weeks. Shafi went beyond the call of duty for us and organised every last detail of our holiday. First stop was the Young Alzira house boat on exquisite Dal Lake. I cant describe how incredible beautiful this place is. The lake itself was breathtaking and surrounded by the natural beauty of the Hymalayas, The lake was filled with the most colourful water flowers and equally colourful Shikaras . When we arrived on the Houseboat we were greeted by the wonderful staff of our host Bashir. Khaliq and Salim took care of our every need. The food was incredible and can i just mention Khaliq again.... This man has one of the warmest hearts you will ever find. His dedication and commitment to his work and to making our holiday one of the most memorable was outstanding. The house boat itself was beautifully decorated with Kashmir carpets and rugs .Everything to suit our needs. The bedrooms were spacious. Here in my beautiful home for 10 days on this incredible luxurious house boat i found peace in my body and mind. The days i spent just relaxing without disturbance on the rooftop taking the sun, and day trips around the glorious lake in the Shikaras, stopping off at little river villages along the way, listening to children singing in there boat school. Listening to the beautiful happy laughter of other children swimming and diving in to the lake. Gazing at the exquisite birds ,( the kingfisher and the eagle to mention a few) that happily flew around us. In the middle of my stay at the houseboat Bashir organised our trekking and camping trip to the Hymalayas. This was so amazing and again thanks to Khaliq for being our guide, our cook and most importantly our friend. I trusted this man with every fibre of my being. He took care of us like we were his family.. Here in the mountains we were invited in to the homes of the Gypsies and given Chai and Chapatti... There kindness will always stay in my heart. i could continue to rant and rave about this beautiful place, the wonderful kind and warm hospitality of the staff and owners of the Houseboat Young Alzira but you just have to experience it for yourself. After our stay of 10 days we travelled on and when we arrived in Delhi before our Journey home, we were invited to the home of our tour advisor and friend Shafi where he organised a beautiful home cooked delicious meal for us. i have to mention the address of this Tourist information office and anyone who reads this please find this office . You will be most welcomed and given great advice by this very trustworthy man Shafi. The address is as follows N Block Connaught Place New Delhi. To finish my comments i just want to say how sad i was to leave Kashmir. It was the highlight of my entire trip to India. I have met wonderful new friends there and they will always be in my heart. I hope to return there again to see there wonderful smiles. i miss them all so much and i miss my lovely house boat home.Read More