Srinagar: – The Dunoo family of Srinagar completes its 100 years in Houseboat Hospitality. The Dunoos made their century in the business by organising a commemorative event on the banks of the Nageen .
Starting its operations by late Muhammad SubhanDunoo and his son late Haji Abdul Aziz Dunoo in 1916 with a single houseboat “Henely” the Dunoo family has come a long way in leaving a mark in hospitality as well in tourism sector and has set new trends and standards for the fellow entrepreneurs.
The proprietor of the Dunoo houseboats Abdul Majid Dunoo has also penned a book Houseboat-The Heritage of Kashmir in which he talks about the hundred years of journey of houseboats.
In the book, Mr. Dunoo mentions that the 100-year milestone deserves special honor because it is precisely in times of struggle and tough economic conditions that bringing people together to support a common cause can be the most meaningful. He further emphasizes upon the need of a moment of pride to come together and celebrate this centennial celebrations present that opportunity.
Houseboat fraternity has witnessed ups and downs in the century, I have jotted down all in the book, said Abdul Majid.
Dunoo family has hosted a number of celebrities from across the globe. Zubin Mehta the world class music maestro, film celebrities like Shami Kapoor and politicians, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Monika Gandh also have been to their houseboats.
Zubin Mehta who stayed here in 70s and in 2013 to perform at Ehsaas-I-Kashmir concert asked for houseboat of Dunno family.
The two antique existing houseboats, which the Dunoo family owns, are six decades old. Golden flower constructed in 1950 and the New Golden Flower constructed in 1964.
Our hospitality is famous all over the world. We remain in contact with the hosts who have stayed here, said Yakub Ahmad of Dunoo family.
The celebration also witnessed the participation from the representatives of the Houseboat Owners Association [HBOA], Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries [KCCI], Travel Agents of Society of Kashmir [TASK] and Kashmir Hotel and Restaurant of Federation [KHROF].
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