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Photo gallery: Ghulam Butt's Clermont houseboats on Dal Lake

Published on Oct 24, 2012 5:30 AM

Houseboat operator Ghulam Butt loves to talk about the good old days.

The Dal lake in Kashmir Valley was once a magnet for celebrities from Bollywood great Dilip Kumar to Hollywood leading lady Joan Fontaine and world-renowned American violinist Yehudi Menuhin who stayed on Mr Butt’s Clermont houseboats.

Mr Butt’s fleet of nine houseboats has since shrunk to five. These are impeccably maintained, boasting intricately carved cedarwood wall panels, plush carpeting and even a chandelier.