Need to know
Five, including one suite.
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in: noon.
Double rooms from $161.54 (INR11,523), excluding tax at 28 per cent.
Rates generally include à la carte breakfast and dinner (excluding drinks).
The beautiful carved wood throughout the houseboat – including intricately detailed screens, sundecks and balconies – is typical of the woodwork Srinagar is known for.
15 November to 15 February
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: iPod dock, free bottled water, Kama Ayurveda bath products and air conditioning.
Our favourite rooms
All five of the cosy rooms are similar, with intricately carved wood panels and colourful furnishing. If you’re looking for a bit more space, spring for the suite at the end of corridor; it has a larger bathroom, too.
Bring your breezy linen best to beat the heat and pack delicate slippers to pad about the houseboat in the mornings.
Bring books and plan for a digital semi-detox: WiFi can be sporadic on the lake.
An extra bed can be added for Smiths eight and under, an extra room must be booked for over-nines. The hotel is child friendly and the staff love children, but keep in mind you're on a boat and parental vigilance will be required.
Sukoon uses green cleaning products and toiletries, has its own waste-management plant and leads a campaign to regularly clean the lake.