Dal Lake


 

Nicknameddal lake Jewel in the crown of Kashmir, the Dal Lake is Kashmirs pride. The lake, which covers an area of 18 sq km and is part of a natural wetland, is fringed by illuminated houseboats and colourful shikaras. The houseboat and shikara communities have survived on the Dal for centuries. Do not miss out on a shikara ride, a boat ride like no other, and do stay in a quaint houseboat with its carved walnut wood furniture.

The shoreline of the lake, about 15.5-km long,is encompassed by a boulevard lined with Mughal era gardens, parks, houseboats and hotels.

The Char Chinar, four ancient trees on an island in the glittering water, is a mega attraction here. The floating gardens of Dal, known as rad in Kashmiri, blossom with lotus flowers in July and August.

Dal Lake is Srinagars jewel, a vast, mirror-flat sheet of water reflecting the carved wooden balconies of the houseboats and the misty peaks of the Pir Panjal mountains.