Dal Lake is a beautiful lake located on a
hillside. It truly reflects the culture of Srinagar. It extends to over 26
square kilometers in length and is considered the gem of Srinagar.
famous Dal Lake offers you the chance to spend your time over water in
beautifully crafted wooden houseboats that embellished within. You can see
people selling vegetables and an entire market on slender Shikara boats in the
mornings. There are beautiful green gardens from the Mughal era also the shore
of the lake that give it an appealing look.
beauty of Srinagar is at its peak during summers. This is why Mughals and
Britishers regularly paid visits to enjoy and spend time in peace when almost
half of India would scorch. The Dal lake has four primary char chinars or Rupa
Lank trees located beautifully at its center.
The Mughals realized how much scope the lake had in terms of amplifying
the beauty of Srinagar and constructed beautiful gardens and pavilions. They
built the famous Shalimar Garden and Nilshad Garden strategically so that they
could view the entire lake from one place. After the Mughals, Britishers
introduced the concept of vessel houses within the lake to bolster tourism. A
traveler center now, one ought not to miss the flawless excellence of Dal Lake.
Houseboats and Shikaras on Dal Lake
are a popular means of transport for people in Srinagar. You will be able to
see people ferrying vegetables and goods from the lake to the land on shikaras.
Shikaras are wooden boats that are pointed at both ends and have a beautifully
decorated canopy overhead. They have been featured in many movies and songs as
well. The influence of cinema and the beautiful experience of a ride on shikara
has made it a must-do on the checklist of tourists.
will find an entire market on shikaras in the middle of the lake. Vendors
display their products on the shikara itself and buyers reach out to them on
shikaras to purchase items. The entire lake market is a fair caricature of a
roadside market, where vendors display their products. Vendors usually have a
shikara of their own and sell wooden craftsmanship, authentic saffron and
lake is also famous for its beautiful houseboats. Tourists from all parts of
the world visit Srinagar to relish the experience of staying on a lake
overnight. These houseboats offer accommodation to tourists. The interior of a
houseboat is similar to a hotel room, except that they are made of great quality
wood with exquisite engravings and furniture. People prefer staying on
houseboats because of the exquisite view they offer of the lake and mountains
surrounding the valley. Most of the houseboats are owned and run by families.
Good home-cooked food is available in houseboats. They also offer a host of
facilities, such as hot tubs, wiFi, and endearing hospitality to top it all.
These might run from a basic one-room undertaking to tremendous sumptuous
suites and are reviewed appropriately by the Division of Tourism. Frequently,
the add are flawlessly enhanced with Kashmiri carpets, precious stone
chandeliers and extravagant furniture. The houseboats are run by locals and are
usually family-owned businesses that offer a host of facilities along with
great food, WiFi and good service.
Main Attractions of Dal Lake
Lake is even more special because it is a combination of three lakes that are
separated by causeways. During summers, you also get the opportunity to swim in
the Dal lake. It is a great and refreshing experience. The floating gardens of
the Dal Lake are a major crowd puller. If you are planning a trip to Kashmir, a
ride on the Shikara is a must to enjoy an experience of a lifetime.
on a Shikara ride, you might encounter sellers approaching you with their
products, like ice creams, saffron, handicraft items, and edibles. In winter,
the lake often freezes and tourists enjoy ice skating on it. The Dal lake is
not all that beautiful in Srinagar. There are plenty of tourist attractions
nearby that you can visit. Nagin Lake is another beautiful lake in the
vicinity. The likes of Chashme Shahi, Hari Parbat, Shankaracharya Sanctuary,
Hazratbal Sanctum, and Mazar-e-Shura are among the many places you can visit.
Dal Lake Layout
to an area of approximately 18 square kilometers, the Dal Lake averages 5 feet
in depth. Its maximum depth is 20 feet. Its shore extends to a distance of 15.5
km. Made of four basins – Lokut Dal, Nagin, Gagribal and Bod Dal – the lake has
floating gardens in the middle. A small island, named Sona Lank, is located in
the middle of Bod Dal. Lokut Dal is also
known as Rup Lank and Char Chinari.
the months of July and August, the beautiful lotus flowers bloom in the
floating gardens located in the center of the lake. In winters, the temperature
drops to as low as -11 °C and the lake freezes. The government is taking strict
measures to clean the Dal Lake is and bring it back to its former glory.
Best Time to Visit Dal Lake
best time to visit Dal Lake is from May to November when the temperature is
bearable. Srinagar becomes really cold during winter.
Stay Near Dal Lake
would miss one big experience if you visit Srinagar and do not rent a
houseboat. These houseboats, run by locals, offer the finest accommodation with
great hospitality. On the off chance that you would like to lease inns, you can
try the likes of Inn Modern Green See, Lodging Ab-i-Hayat, Inn Akbar, Inn Duke,
and Jamal Resorts.
Sightseeing Around Dal Lake
lush gardens and the mountains surrounding the valley offers an experience that
can only be lived and not described. The beauty of Srinagar is particularly
hypnotizing during the dawn and sunset when the sun offers some exquisite
sights to behold.
Restaurants Near Dal Lake
are plenty of options to dine around Dal Lake. You can find lip-smacking food
at Heaven Eatery, Shamyana Hold up & Eatery, Pincer Vegan Nourishments, and
Stream Eastery. If you love street food, Srinagar has scrumptious delicacies
you can feast on at the roadside.
How to Reach Dal Lake
Lake is Srinagar’s biggest crowd puller. Since it is widely popular, there are
plenty of ways one can reach it. Buses and auto-rickshaws are available
throughout the day. People in Srinagar are helpful too. They will guide you to
the lake and help you navigate easily.