Republic of Incredible India, the world's biggest democrazy
Jammu & Kashmir
Dal Lake (c. 1,730 m above sea level)
Houseboat “Poppy Day” +919906739539
Spotlessly clean aft double cabin of a traditional houseboat for INR 1,000.- or US$ 22.70 per night, including unlimited 24/7 ferry service.
Beer: 650-ml bottles of chilled but non-halal Carlsberg “Palone 8”, Kashmir's x-tra strong premium beer (8 % alc./vol.), available for INR 80.- or US$ 1.80 from our friendly and non-jihadist Muslim host family, cheers!Click below for an interactive road map of the houseboat "Poppy Day" in Srinagar, which we would highly recommend, and for directions:
Hanging out on the the porch of our traditional houseboat HB “Poppy Day”, firmly anchored in the idyllic Lotus Garden of the (hyper-)eutrophic Dal Lake, having a non-halal jar, getting slowly drunk and miscounting the clouds and the stars in the sky over Kashmir, nevertheless (i) enjoying the incredible beauty of the snow-covered peaks of the Pir Panjal Range, (ii) saluting both (a) local folks, e.g. the floating baker, the floating greengrocer, the floating flower man, the floating spice merchant (who sells saffron, the most expensive spice in the world) and the floating junk dealer (who sells Kashmiri silver jewellery, cashmere pashmina and shahtoosh shawls and lacquered papier-mâché boxes) as well as (b) domestic holidaymakers from all over India who criss-cross the scenic Dal Lake on elfin shikaras, which are the only means of transport between the shore and the house-boats on the lake, and (iii) rendezvousing with our close Swiss friend and seasoned globetrotter Oliver (La Grande Vadrouille Asiatique).