Outstanding hospitality, we originally booked 3 nights at Veena palace, ‘Sonny’ (Fiderous) mentioned he also does mountain trekking
and river boat camping trips, we loved his company and they were two things we were planning to do anyway. We got on with him so well, he was the obvious person to take us. So we ended up staying for around 3 weeks. When we arrived back from trekking it really felt like home.
Anything you wanted Sonny would try his best to get for you. Nothing was more than a request away. Any sales person who tried to rip you off, Sonny would point you in the right direction. With some of our experiences in India, it’s hard to know who to really trust, But we can vouch for Sonny and his friends 100%. The room itself was perfect for a couple needing time away when necessary. Breakfast, lunch and dinner can all be provided and sonny gets to know your preferences. WIFI is excellent. Boats to the mainland are on request at any time. There are a lot of fancier houseboats on Dal Lake, but not as quiet and peaceful. It’s in the best spot. We felt really lucky to have chosen this Houseboat. But we based it on his fantastic reviews! We even got invited to a Kashmiri wedding through Sonny’s family. If you’re considering this place then book it!!
It was our first visit in Kashmir and of course we wanted to live in houseboat. We are very happy that destiny brought us in Veena Palace. This HB is situated in very quite place, not in the first line of houseboats. We lived in room with super view on the water lily field! The room was clean, the bed was comfortable. There was open terrace, where we liked to spend evenings. There are possible to have family-made dinner or breakfast at Veena. And the main plus of Veena is it's owner Firdous! It is the best owner that we met in our many trips! You can verify this yourself when you get there. I think, you must visit this HB when you will visit Srinagar!
We stayed in Veena palace for almost two weeks and it was pure bliss. For a fair and modest price we got a great room, home cooked meals, a hot shower and a blanket heater (it was February).
But it was Firdous, the owner, and his worker Younis, that made it all worth while. From the minute we reached the houseboat we were treated like family. Firdous would wait for our return every evening like a caring parent. And it goes without saying that every question or need we expressed we're answered with full care.
So I conclude from the depth of my heart, highly recommended! It for ever will be our home in Kashmir!
We stumbled upon Firdous and his family houseboats tucked away in a quiet little canal on the glorious Dal Lake. This man made our stay unbelievably memorable, we were immediately made to feel a part of his beautiful family and at one with this beautiful land that is Kashmir. You will not be disappointed, Firdous provides all that you need for a relaxing stay- Comfortable beds, hot shower, lillypads and mountain views from every room, a lovely little terrace and exquisite traditional Kashmir food. He can also provide treks into the mountains to explore the surrounding areas- also not to be missed! Don't think twice- this is the place to stay to experience Dal Lake in all its glory! You will be so well looked after you will not want to leave! I know I didn't. Thanks again Firdous and family for an amazing stay.
After some hard travels in Ladakh I was so happy to land at Veena Palace. It felt like home. It rained all day long when I came but I could not have found a better place to spend a rainy day. I was happy to watch the world go by on the lovely terrace and drink endless cups of yummy Kashmiri tea. The room was cosy, bathroom clean, shower hot and wifi fast. But most of all I appreciated the Kashmiri hospitality which comes from the heart. Firdous is an amazing host and I enjoyed some great conversations with him. I highly recommend this place for a good night's sleep and an authentic Kashmir experience.