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The Interiors of the Magical Houseboats in the Paradise on EarthBy Sahana Rajagopal
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Houseboat, the word itself sparks an excitement in most people. The thrill of living on water is something that everyone should experience at least once. I had an amazing opportunity of staying on a houseboat this summer when I vacationed in Kashmir with my family. Living on a houseboat is one of the attractions for the tourists who visit this “paradise on earth”.
Houseboats are mainly located in Dal Lake and Nigin Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir. Earlier, during the British period, these houseboats were a source of recreation and relaxation for the British officials and their families. Thus even today, these houseboats retain the charm of the colonial period. The architecture and construction have been maintained and modified a little to accommodate tourists comfortably.
Though the entire structure of the houseboat was remarkably attractive, I was most intrigued by the interiors. The décor of the houseboat in which I resided was royal and rustic in appearance. The prominent colors that were used were brown, beige and red. There was a verandah , a living room, a dinner arena, a small kitchen, 5 normal suites and 1 family suite.
The verandah was my favorite spot. It faced the water and was breezy throughout the day. There were two huge divans with intricate carving on the wooden bottom. The cushions had an exquisite floral print.
The Living room was designed to accommodate a huge crowd. It was a place meant for leisure and recreation. The furniture was made of maple wood and were royally decorated. There was a huge chandelier which caught the eye as soon as one stepped into the room.
The dining area was by far the most elegantly designed. The table was huge and rectangular in shape. The chairs had elongated backs and the cushions were red. The entire décor truly gave the impression of a royal abode. The Kashmiri cuisine served aboard was delicious as well!
My family and I resided in the family suite which had ample space and comprised of two huge cots designed according to the Mughal era with head posts and foot posts intricately carved. The room was dimly lit and provided a peaceful ambience. A chandelier hung from the roof which was the centerpiece. The room also comprised of a bathroom furnished with modern tastes which included a bathtub. There were multiple windows in the room which provided ventilation. The upholstery was beige and brown in color with small floral patterns.
My stay on the houseboat was extremely memorable and I consider it to be one of my best holidays. My suggestion to all those who plan to visit Kashmir in the near future is, do not miss out on the wonderful opportunity of residing in houseboat. It is certainly an exquisite experience!
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