Dal Lake, Srinagar

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Sail the vast, placid waters of Dal Lake, surrounded by lush Mughal-style gardens and lined with British-built houseboats. Nestled in the foothills of the Zabarwan mountain range, the lake, nicknamed “Jewel in the Crown of Kashmir,” was for centuries the region’s favorite summer destination, known for its pleasant, cool climate. Relax on the deck of one the houseboats and enjoy the scenic vista, or take a ride on a "shikara" (a gondola-like boat) and admire the sight of floating gardens and markets, filled with vibrant lotus flowers, fruits, and vegetables. Add Dal Lake to your Srinagar travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Srinagar trip itinerary builder.
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  • August 17, 2017
    we did shikara ride twice during our stay one in the evening and another one in the day time. It's an amazing experience and it's very beautiful place to visit. But don't go for the points and it's ba...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Its dirty, commercial and crowded, sort of places I avoid. However, when you are floating on a shikara on this grand lake, surrounded by one of most beautiful scenery, it just works.  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    It was my dream to have shikara ride and it was amazing experience. Even during boating you can get shopping experience in the middle of dal lake.  more »

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The moderate climate of Srinagar has made it a popular destination for locals during the summer, hence its good range of accommodations. Hotels basic and luxury, great and small, jostle for position alongside the main waterways, and across from the city's many historic gardens. However, staying on a houseboat on Dal Lake remains the most iconic way to ejoy your Srinagar holiday, with options ranging from budget to high-end. If you don't fancy spending your nights on the water, the palatial scale of the main tourist area makes it one of the more relaxing and popular areas to stay in. More cost-effective accommodations sit on the side streets of the residential districts further to the north.
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