Kashmir House Boats Solicitude
As we all know Kashmir is a beautiful piece of land on earth even though it is known as the elegant land of India but they don’t even care because they are polluting and destroying it in multiple manners.
Jammu and Kashmir, popularly known as “heaven on earth”, is located in the Himalayan mountains. It consists of three regions Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. Jammu is famous for its temples, while the Kashmir valley is known for its lakes and gardens. Other major tourist attractions are Srinagar, Mughal Gardens, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Patnitop and Dal Lake. Dal Lake is so clear that you can see clouds in the clear blue sky when looking at it.
Kashmir Houseboats: As we all know Kashmir is a beautiful piece of land on Earth even though it is known as the elegant land of India but they don’t even care because they pollute and destroy it in many ways. Taking an example of houseboats in Kashmir, as we know, houseboats are floating houses which are anchored along the shores of some of the shores of some of the beautiful lakes such as Dal Lake, Nagin Lake, Lake Jehlum. Houseboats are like a mix of hotel and homestay on the water.
Since the houseboat has been in use for 30-40 years as it was discovered by the British in the 19th century, but it was a rule that no foreigner could buy land in Kashmir. The British were fascinated by the beauty of Kashmir. So when the British tried to buy land there in the 19th century, they were denied permission. It was then that they came up with the idea of building houseboats for people to live on Dal Lake, thus Kashmir houseboats were born. After the British left, decided to use houseboats for business.
Thus, they have increased in number over the years. When viewed from afar, the houseboats look like a small village on the lake. There are about a thousand houseboats on the Dal Lake alone. Although the 15.5 kilometer journey around Dal Lake is amazing and Mughal Gardens can also be seen from the lake, while Nagin Lake has about 150 houseboats. It is located in the Zabarwan Mountains. This is why most houseboats have English names such as Lady Juliet. Shikara takes you from one end of the lake to your houseboat. Now the houseboat is designed as our house, it makes us feel at home because it has many beautiful and attractive things.
When entering the houseboat, you must first remove your shoes in the departure area, as to show respect for Namaaz (prayer) which occurs 5 times a day. You can smell walnut wood, attar (local fragrance), fresh cardamom and cinnamon once inside. The living room has a bed, a sofa with colorful silk cushions, a few coffee tables, a study table and an antique looking book shelf. In the early morning, tourists are served with a cup of tea called kahwa. Each houseboat has a porch like seating area, living room, dining room, small kitchen, and one or two bedrooms with private bathrooms which depends on the site of the houseboat. Many dishes are served in houseboats such as Rajma-Chawal, Kashmiri Saag, Pulao.
There were trinkets on display all over the houseboat _ Paiper Mache wares, brassware and Kashmiri wall hangings, to name a few. On the other hand, houseboats pollute the lakes. We are destroying our nature and our beautiful flora by contaminating the lakes. The rich flora of these lakes is threatened with extinction due to the addition of wastes to these freshwater bodies such as ‘save Dal lake’ and ‘save Nagin lake’ seen all over Srinagar . We must not contaminate because it is the richness of the flora of Kashmir. In my opinion, we should raise awareness on social media not to allow tourists to pollute the lakes or raise awareness by making posters and using effective slogans.