The very well-known Dal Lake in Srinagar is a delightful entry on the Srinagar’s list of attractions. The Lake is the second largest lake in the state of Jammu and Kashimir and has gardens all along its shores. The Dal Lake with its sparkling quiet waters is surrounded by the beautiful snow-capped mountains on three sides making the Dal Lake one of the most beautiful lakes in India which is immensely popular amongst tourist.
The stunning ‘shikaras’ loaded with fresh flowers look like some metaphorical version of the gondolas of Venice. You can see these gaily decorated shikaras floating around the lake for transporting goods to markets, children to school and travellers from houseboats to shore. The dramatic houseboats equally attract tourists for a peaceful and unforgettable stay on the lake. These houseboats are well-equipped and well-attended and make for a very pleasant stay. Both shikaras and houseboats form an integral part of the scenery of the Dal Lake. To get a glimpse of the life style of Srinagar a joy ride on a Shikara or a houseboat is a must.
The shores of the Lake have some Mughal monuments and the campus of the Kashmir University surrounding it. The Shankaracharya and Hari Parbat temples are on the two hillocks overlooking the lake. The Lake covers an area of 18 square kms and has a floating garden which blossoms with various flowers during July and August. You can enjoy the colourful spectacle by visiting the floating garden or flower and vegetable markets via shikaras.
Apart from the houseboats and shikara rides the Lake you can also indulge in activities like kayaking, water surfing and licensed angling on the lake. An experience of gliding through the Dal Lake in a shikara is indeed an experience of a life time.