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Travelling the road from Leh to Srinagar, Kashmir: a photo diary (Page 5)

Taking a shikara across Srinagar’s Dal Lake © Craig FastTaking a shikara across Srinagar’s Dal Lake © Craig Fast

Arriving in Srinagar after two days of dusty roads was like crossing the finish line of a marathon. Crinkling out of the jeep, we were guided into a shikara and paddled across Dal Lake to our houseboat. The shikara has got to be the ultimate mode of transport. There is nothing more peaceful in this world than being gently ferried through the lotus flowers with a mountain backdrop and dinner and a comfortable bed waiting!

The Royal Palace houseboat on Dal Lake © Craig FastThe Royal Palace houseboat on Dal Lake © Craig Fast

The Royal Palace houseboat was our home for the next four days. Not bad eh?! This luxury houseboat is a throwback to colonial times when the British weren’t allowed to own land in Kashmir, although they could stay on the water. In typically British fashion, they went about making themselves as comfortable as possible by building floating palaces in which to live.


Many thanks to Glacier Travels, who organised our journey, and Indus Tours who arranged the houseboat.

Read related features and reviews
The roads of Himalayan north India
Review: Royal Palace Houseboat, Srinagar
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