A British traveller has been murdered on a houseboat in India, according to reports.

The woman, in her 20s, was found dead inside the boat this morning on the Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir, Indian media have said.

A Dutch national who had been staying in a neighbouring boat is said to have been arrested on suspicion of her murder.

Abdul Ghani Mir, the Inspector General of Kashmir, told NDTV in India: "The Dutch national had fled from the houseboat in the night, leaving behind his belongings.

"He was trying to flee from the valley, carrying only his passport. We flashed an alert for his arrest."

The young woman had been staying on the houseboat for two months, the owner told the television station, adding that she had been "like her daughter".

Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it is looking into the reports.

A spokesman said: "We are aware of reports of an incident involving a British national in Srinagar, Kashmir and are looking into it."