Best time to visitN/A
Things to doSight seeing, Pray
Best MonthsAll year
Rank2 out of 65 attractions in Srinagar
Places to stay near Dal Lake
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Located in Srinagar , it's also known as 'Jewel in the Crown of Kashmir '.
Dal Lake: is the main attraction because it’s in the middle of city and you can enjoy Sikara Ride, Water ski and most beautiful you will stay in Houseboat (most amazing thing). In Dal lake you feel surprised with floating market they sell flowers, vegetables and snacks. Don’t miss to see Floating Post Office.
Delhi-SrinagarWe landed at Srinagar Airport from Delhi late afternoon. Our cab driver dropped us at our houseboat which had a commanding view of the lake. It was really beautiful. We spent the entire evening sitting on the wood planks of the lake, chit chatting and eating. We opted 30 minute shikara ride as well. It started to drizzle by the time it got dark and the entire backdrop became gorgeous. (Ask for complimentary shikara ride when you book your stay with houseboat).
1700 hrs: Have lunch near Dal Lake, proceed for Shikara Ride (Lunch @2500 for 6, two shikaras @ INR 600)
Those who are looking for a spot to refresh your senses and unwind in some fresh air away from the pollution, a shikara ride in Dal Lake of Srinagar would be an icing on the cake for them. Famed as the Jewel of Srinagar, Dal Lake is also one of the famous offbeat honeymoon destinations in India.Best Time To Visit: AugustOther Things To Do: Hari Parbat, Floating Garden and Kayaking. 18. The Ever-Beautiful Taj Mahal In Agra, Uttar Pradesh
When we think of Kashmir, the first thing that comes to our Mind is 'Houseboats'. Staying on a Houseboat means like living in Paradise, an experience one is not likely to find anywhere else on the surface of the earth. In the evening, enjoy a romantic Shikara ride on the Dal lake. Overnight in Srinagar. (L, D)You can stay at-
Later, enjoy a tranquil ride on the Shikara at Dal lake. Overnight in Srinagar (B, L, D)
Dal LakeHave always heard about Kashmir’s Dal Lake – either, parents have always spoken about this one place or it has been made tremendously popular with the numerous movies & songs shot here. Truly scenic, Dal Lake could definitely do with some less crowd to preserve its natural beauty. Nevertheless, the lake surrounded by towering mountains on three sides is scattered with colourful & brightly painted shikaras all along it - the most unique feature of the lake being the floating market. There would be shikaras rowing all the way up to you giving you options of buying veggies & flowers, shawls & souvenirs or just wearing the already-worn-a-million-times traditional Kashmiri attire & pose for a snap. Don’t forget to grab some kulfi from a vendor sailing by!Mughal GardensShalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh, Chashme Shahi & Pari Mahal, together form the touristy Mughal Gardens in and around the Dal Lake. All of them are pretty botanical gardens built during the Mughal times, blooming with roses, the hundred odd years old traditional Chinar trees, refreshing fountains & natural springs, making it a perfect picnic spot for a bright Sunday afternoon. Kashmir for foodies!How can you travel to Kashmir & not taste the rich & regal Kashmiri kahwa – light liquor tea drenched with dry fruits – clearly tea for the rich, what with one small ‘paper’ cup costing some 30 bucks.For dinner, we zeroed in on ‘Mughal Darbar’. Mughal Darbar is to Kashmir what Peter Cat is to Kolkata, Britannia to Mumbai & Kareem’s to Delhi – old, traditional, authentic, oozing with culture & lots of food! Being thorough carnivours, we ordered the Kashmiri Wazwan – a state of the art dish with various kinds of meat preparations served on a heap of rice. Guests sit together & share this meal, out of a large plate. Apparently the original Wazwan is supposed to have around 36 courses – after this, all I could say was...burrrp!
Now the best at the end. Dal Lake might as well be a geological monument given its characteristics and location, making it the most important lake in India. Surviving the city of Srinagar, this lake has become a part of the culture, history and future of Kashmiris. With floating gardens that feed the population, to a circumference decorated with historical buildings such as Hari Parbat, Shankaracharya Mandir, Hazratbal Dargah and Chashme Shahi, the Dal Lake stands as the last surviving symbol of secularism in Kashmir. The lake also serves as a flood lung of the life-giving Jhelum river that flows through the entire Kashmir valley. During severe winter, this lake freezes, and delivers its ice surface as a field for sports such as ice hockey.
Dal Lake - a must visit place when u'r in Srinagar...its one of the most colorful sites you'll ever see...all these beautiful houseboats and Shikaras spread all around you in the middle of a beautiful green valley! Must see places in Dal Lake (yes you read it right - there are places to be seen within this hugeeeee lake) - Floating Gardens, Meena Bazar, Golden Lake area
It is said to be one of the most scenic lakes in India, and Indeed it is if you visit it During Summers.
Iconic exclusive of Kashmir---the Shikara ride, a blissful experience of floating on the waters of Dal Lake where pics can be taken wearing traditional costumes.You can get to see a number of house boats (of course from outside) and you can also stay in one :) . The ride includes Shopping at meena bazaar on Dal Lake where saffron to shawls,general provisions to medicines can be got and the catch is, all the shops are on water (shop boats).And the price is much cheaper when compared to any other place in the entire trip.
A NIGHT STAY IN THE HOUSEBOATS OF DAL LAKE AND EXPLORING THE FLOATING MARKETS IS A MUST DO IN SRINAGAR
A good way to experience living in houseboat
A beautiful lake, where you will find school kids playing and traing. A place to relax or you can even join them for a run. :P
I read somewhere that staying at a houseboat is not recommended due to filthy Dal Lake, mosquitoes around and dependency on shikara guys if you have to go and explore the city, but I chose to stay at a houseboat and it turned out to be brilliant experience. The vintage houseboats with hand carved designs, royal interiors and magnificent view of snow clad mountains and lake makes you forget all chaos of your metropolitan life and you wish to stay here forever. The cold breeze you feel while sitting outside the houseboat at night is so majestic, the view of Dal Lake and mountains in sunrise was just spellbound that I kept on looking at it jaw dropped and forgot to capture. *Oops..!!!* Shikara ride on Dal lake is a "must do" thing. Shikara guy shows the various spots in Dal lake including Floating market which was an unusual and pleasant site.
A Shikara ride on this azure blue lake will undoubtedly be a blissful experience.
Topping my list of places to visit; we headed out straight for the Shikhara ride on the wee hours of the morning. Facing the twinkling yellow lights from wooden cottages, yawning my way up I saw a mesmerising sunrise- big and bright with a splash of purple and pink across the sky.
1. Dal Lake – I have not experienced anything as beautiful as the Dal Lake in my life. It is not just because of its splendor, but because of the amount of adventures I have had there. In my three years in Srinagar, I have made the most memories in the Dal Lake. It has so much life to it. Sitting in a Shikara, listening to the water splashing against the oar, and looking at the mountains visible at a distance, there is no better meditation than this. The experience is enhanced at night, under the moon, the darkness, and the quietness. The Shikara moves along the lined up houseboats – well decorated floating abodes – and moves towards the exquisite garden of Char Minar and further takes you through a floating garden of the lotus flower. After you have relished the peacefulness and natural beauty, the royal boat then takes you to the market and colony built on the lake waters. The whole experience is overwhelming and romantic. Spend a night in one of the extravagant houseboats. Watch the setting of sun as you enjoy a beer in peace or in company. Dal Lake also offers some water sports like water skiing and kayaking.
Stayed overnight. Enjoyed Shikara Ride, Floating Market
Another option for either the luxury or budget traveller is renting a houseboat on Srinigar’s Dal Lake. Sitting on the deck of a houseboat is an invitation to relax. For those inclined to watch birds, the lake offers some prime birding with swarms of eagles and multiple varieties of kingfishers and waterfowl to gaze at. For those who don’t care to watch birds, the enchanting and varied bird songs deliver a charming soundtrack that naturally invites peace and calm. The houseboats on Dal Lake are parked, but that isn’t much of a problem. For the adventurous, canoes are provided for those wanting to explore the labyrinthine maze of waterways that cut through islands of vegetation. And for the laidback traveller, there’s never a shikara (brightly coloured gondola-like passenger boat) far away to paddle you around the lake on a romantic “Venice in India” boat tour.
If coming to Kashmir, then a visit to Dal Lake is a must. As I drove to the lake, got down from the car and stood on the pavement bordering the lake, I took in the panoramic view. It left me awestruck. The huge lake with the countless shikaras in the backdrop of the snow-capped mountains created an enigmatic view. Quintessentially as I took a ride in the shikara, the cost of the boat ride depends on the type of boat we opt for. There are beautifully decorated manual boats called shikaras as well as motorized boats. The prices depend according to season from 300Rs to 800Rs. I found myself skirting through narrow lanes, as there were markets and restaurants, sprawling beside me in the lake. It was like a little town was floating on the lake which in turn created a Venetian experience.