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There is not a boat on Dai Lake to rival Sukoon, just one boat away from the ‘madding crowds’ which are massed together further down the line. It feels peaceful, exclusive and private!

Sukoon (meaning ‘tranquillity’ or ‘relaxation’) is also a Sufi term referring to an elevated state of mind that combines peace, wisdom and contentment. This is what the inspired owners of Sukoon aim to achieve for their guests by bringing the traditional concept of a residential houseboat into the modern era, whilst losing none of the charm of these boats’ historical past.

Today Sukoon raises the level of houseboat accommodation on the lakes to an all new high. Even in Kashmir’s tourism peak of the 70’s and 80’s, there was not a boat on the water to rival the comforts that Sukoon now offers. Each of the 5 spacious rooms (including one suite) has a large window facing onto the lake and a roomy bathroom with both a separate shower and bath tub and gallons of piping hot water!

The original glass chandeliers have been polished up and are now gleaming and the cedar wood panelling has been retained and beautifully restored so that the intricate carving is clearly visible. The furniture throughout the boat is in keeping with the traditional style of ‘a houseboat’ but has been adapted to cater to the modern day traveller so that it ‘works’ and fulfils its purpose.

The bedrooms are lined up towards the rear of the boat with the front of the boat being home to a spacious sitting room and cosy dining room.

The front verandah is a lovely place to while away a few moments watching life on the lake quietly unfold before you. Unique to any boat on Dal Lake is Sukoon’s stunning roof terrace where guests can relax and enjoy the views, either under a shamiana (canopy), or soaking up the full glory of the sun, gazing across the lake to the mighty Himalaya.

All meals can be served on board - in the dining room or roof terrace (weather permitting) and, after a memorable rooftop sundowner, dining here is a treat and a feast. Kashmiri, Indian and limited continental dishes are served by a team of friendly staff from both Kashmir and Kerala. Come and relax here for a heavenly few days of sunshine, walking, exploration, water trekking in the warm days of summer or use it as a wonderfully comfortable, restorative break after some energetic skiing in Gulmarg.

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