Dongola Palace Houseboat
P.O.Box 402, Srinagar, India
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Heaven on earth..but more heavenly people with warm hearts Jul 27, 2010
I was on my way back from our epic himalayan adventure from ladakh. Had been through a lot physically and mentally all these days and a 1 day stopover in srinagar before i catch my flight back to mumbai had to be something soothing. But Srinagar was under curfew and we were waiting at Sonmarg army cantt. for the roads to get safe.... hoping that our stay at Dal lake wont screw up.
Dongola palace owned by Mr.Abdul Majid, was visited by my family before and they highly recommended it because of the warm behaviour and hospitality of the Majid family. We booked up with them and we felt the warmth when we talked to Abdul Majid on phone. The world things Kashmir is a land of trouble mongers but here are the lovely people of Kashmir who just know how to love.
We called up Abdul Majid from Sonmarg apologizing that we will be only able to reach late night due to safety issues and he promised Shikaras (Kashmiri transfer boats) will be waiting for us. So 6 of us arrived 10:45 PM and 2 Shikaras were waiting for us. Mr. Majid was waiting for us and as soon as we started rowing across Dal lake the serene sound of only our heart beat and the oars splashing on the water took all our stress away. The Houseboat was absolute grandeur and wooden work actually felt like taking us back to moghul ages. We booked the entire houseboat which has 3 HUGE rooms and a common lounge and dining space. The highlight was the dinner that the family had cooked for us. The yummiest Mutton korma and chicken curry that i ever had in my life...we hogged like crazy.
Later on we all sat on the steps of the houseboat dipping our feet in the water and chatted till late night..it was heaven for sure. Next morning Mr.Majid arranged for a shikara for us to take us around the lake in the early misty morning which was so pleasant.. Alas the experience came to an end so soon..but we are going back soon again..
I highly recommend the place... Give our SALAAM to Mr.Majid if anyone goes there after reading this
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