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Houseboats and the Dal lake are widely associated with Srinagar and are nicknamed "floating palaces". The houseboats are generally made from local cedar-wood and measure 24–38 metres in length and 3–6 metres in width. Many of them have lavishly furnished rooms, with verandas and a terrace to serve as a sun-deck or to serve evening cocktails. The houseboats usually have intricately carved wood paneling. The houseboats are of different sizes, some having up to three bedrooms apart from a living room and kitchen. Many tourists are attracted to Srinagar by the charm of staying on a houseboat, which provides the unique experience of living on the water in a cedar-paneled elegant bedroom. They are mainly moored along the western periphery of the lake, close to the lakeside boulevard in the vicinity of the Dal gate and on small islands in the lake. Each houseboat has an exclusive shikara for ferrying guests to the shore. A shikara is a small paddled taxi boat, often about 4.6 m long and made of wood with a canopy and a spade shaped bottom. It is the cultural symbol of Kashmir. All houseboat owners provide shikara transport to their house guests free of charge. Source : wiki

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