Moored on the mirror-calm waters of Kashmir’s Dal Lake surrounded by the snow-dusted peaks of the Himalayas, Sukoon perfectly symbolises it’s Sufi meaning; an elevated state of mind combining peace, wisdom and contentment.
Set among floating gardens of flowering lotus in a secluded corner of Dal Lake, with views of the misty Pir Panjal mountains, fairytale hilltop forts and temples, the Sukoon Houseboat has been sensitively restored to seamlessly blend the old-world charm of a traditional houseboat with modern comforts. Original intricate carved wood panelling, ornate chandeliers, whirring fans, creaky pine floors and colonial style furniture are complemented with cool cream linens and colourful silks to add a contemporary twist. The experienced chef offers a wide range of Kashmiri and continental dishes and there is even wi-fi.
There is much to be seen from the peaceful sanctuary of the houseboat. From sunrise to sunset gaily painted shikaras and floating flower sellers laden with roses and delphiniums drift by, parents paddle children to and from school and fishermen cast their nets. But if you can tear yourselves away there are fascinating days to be spent exploring. Visit Mughal Gardens, timeless mountain villages, and the bazaars and mosques of Srinagar’s old town, or recline in a shikara as you are paddled around the tranquil.
The Sufis teach that all life is inter-connected, and Sukoon is well aware of its ecological responsibilities. We work hard to preserve the local environment.
Sukoon is the first houseboat in Kashmir to be fitted with a bio-tank, which means that no waste is discharged into the lake. Plastic is banned on board.
All drinking water is purified by the latest method of reverse-osmosis, thus doing away with the need for plastic bottles that are creating such a pollution problem everywhere. Local and organically produced materials are used wherever possible.
These may seem like small steps in a long journey, but Sukoon sees itself as the signpost of the necessary future direction in sustainable tourism.
There are 5 bedrooms, all equally sumptuous and capturing the elegance and romance of nostalgic houseboat opulence. Deep mattresses and crisp cotton sheets ensure a restful night’s sleep and generous bathrooms with rainforest showers, bathtubs, piping hot water and delicious organic products pamper and soothe. Large picture windows afford stunning views of the lake.
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There are ample spaces to relax on the Sukoon Houseboat; curl up with a book in the opulent living room, or enjoy the stunning sun terrace - a private space to soak up the sights and sounds of life on the lake. Take Kashmiri tea with saffron and cardamon on the verandah or sip a sundowner on the terrace - the perfect place to relax before a delicious gourmet supper on deck or in the candlelit dining room. Find out more...
Take a traditional Shikara boat to explore the canals and hidden byeways of the aquatic paradise that is Dal Lake.
See the waterside shops and houses where the rhythm of life has hardly changed for centuries, or be adventurous and combine your time on Sukoon with a luxury camping safari experience.
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