Lack of flexibility
Staying in a houseboat may be unique but it also impedes our freedom and flexibility.....
This is because tourists are left without any transporation except for the shikaras.... and unless one manages to hail a shikara, he/she will be trapped in the houseboat!!
Our boathouse owner wanted for us to visit the many cottage industries in the floating villages and as communication with the "public" shikara owners are limited, we're forced to spend big portion of our days visiting each and every cottage industry in the lake... time which we can use for additional sightseeing actually...
Unique Suggestions: 1. Not to spend all your days in srinagar by staying on the boathouses
2. to negotiate with other shikara owners in arranging for pick-ups from your houseboats so that you would not be left at the "mercy" of the boathouse owners some of whom have hidden agendas.. :PRelated to:
- Budget Travel
Houseboat accomodation on Lake Dal (Srinigar /Kashmir)
Unique Suggestions: Be clear , firm and polite from the very beginning of your stay on a houseboat that you do not want to be bothered with regular visiting shikaras (arranged and plotted by your hosts who get a comission). Be consistent and firm...they are very very persuasive and persistent.Do not lose your cool...remain polite!
If they are convinced that you have sussed their scams and plots to get more money out of you...then they turn hostile and very unhelpful . Pretend that you are just wanting to 'do your own thing' .Also if they try and get money out of you for a trip/guided tour ...plead poverty...and negotiate a much smaller price. Its unfortunate but you have really got to be ahead of their game....which is difficult because they have mastered the art of trickery.
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Jammu & Kashmir Popular Tourist Spots
Jammu & Kashmir is commonly called as the Paradise on Earth by the nature lovers. The land of Jammu and Kashmir is bestowed with wonderful beauty of nature. With the blizzard mountain-tops, striking orchards, green and blossoming field, alpine woodland and so on… The heavenly and enchanting terrain of Jammu & Kashmir is a bonus to the global lovers of nature.
The state of Jammu & Kashmir owns many good spots that have obtained enormous recognition as the best of tourist places of interest since eternity. Each and every tourist spots in the state of Jammu & Kashmir is unique from the picturesque point of view. The distant view of the long unfolds of sun kissed mountain peaks and vast spread pastures make the distinguished enchanting land of Jammu & Kashmir, a real heaven on earth.
Some of the most famous and cherished tourist spots of Jammu & Kashmir are:
Srinagar- is also known as the ‘City of Lakes’This city contains the world famous Dal Lake, Hazratbal Shrine and the Mughal Gardens.
Pahalgam- is also a most beautiful valleys in the land of Jammu & Kashmir. The Pahalgam wildlife sanctuary is a major attraction of this place along with the trekking routes.
Gulmarg- is also one of the most valued tourist spots in Jammu & Kashmir. The natural beauty of the place is sublime and among the sight seeing spots, the ski resort and the world's highest golf course are the most famous.
Some of the other famous tourist destinations in Jammu & Kashmir are:
and many more.....Related to:
- National/State Park
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
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