Water Dwellings

March 7, 2010

A Kashmiri man boats past the shaded windows of a boathouse on Dal Lake. - Srinagar, Kashmir, India - Daily Travel Photos
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A Kashmiri man rows past the shaded windows of a houseboat on Dal Lake.

To take advantage of a loophole in taxation, Raj-era British families built floating homes on Dal Lake. Today the houseboats serve mostly as floating hotels for Indian and foreign tourist alike. On the budget end, paper-thin walls separate sparsely decorated rooms. On the overpriced end, rooms are classed with multiple stars by Srinagar's houseboat owners association.

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A bearded Kashmiri man paddles past a boathouse on Dal Lake. - Srinagar, Kashmir, India - Daily Travel Photos
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A bearded Kashmiri man paddles past the deck of a boathouse on Dal Lake.

The Lonely Planet dictates that no trip to Srinagar is complete without a stay on a houseboat. As a result, drooling tourists mindlessly queue up to experience Srinagar's authentic tourist experience ignoring their mid-lake imprisonment (relying on the owner for boat-rides back to shore), mediocre, in-house cuisine while paying accommodation prices that far exceed their on-land equivalent. Give me the freedom of a typical Indian guesthouse over a houseboat any day of the week, including Sundays.

Archived photos (on the weekends) concludes. Stay tuned. Tomorrow, we resume our regularly scheduled Thai island programming.

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3 Comments - Water Dwellings

1) kelvin -

how do you manage to sustain yourself thru your long long journey?

March 8, 2010
2) Beezer -

Excellent... great work!

March 8, 2010
3) TravelGuy -

@Kelvin, I sent you a private message regarding your question.

@Beezer, thanks for the kind words. It's comments like yours that help me learn that people are actually enjoying my photos.

March 9, 2010

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