Staying on a houseboat is one of the city’s main attractions, but when first arriving you might prefer to sleep at least the first night or two in a hotel while carefully selecting a suitable boat. While hotel choice is enormous, many rely primarily on noisy, self-catering groups of domestic tourists, especially during Indian holidays (notably April, June and October). Others have subcontracted to the army. A useful string of lower midrange options are dotted along Old Gagribal Rd and around Dalgate. Srinagar’s most deluxe option, Vivanta Dal View, is out of town on a hill beyond the Botanical Garden.