Dal Lake, Kashmir
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Dal Lake

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Dal Lake
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About Dal Lake

Dal lake, one of the most beautiful lakes in India, is the second largest lake of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Encircled by mountains on three sides, the banks of this lake are adorned by several blooming gardens and orchards. Some of the main features of this lake include five basins and numerable channels, which are well linked with each other.

With a size of 6 km by 3 km, the embankments of this lake also house plenty of Mughal monuments along with the campus of University of Kashmir. In addition, the lake has two hillocks that house the popular shrine of Shankaracharya along with Hari Parbat Temple.

The lake is also known for its Shikaras and Houseboats for which it is visited by number of tourists. The Shikaras available at the lake provide travellers with ferry rides to and from the banks to the houseboats.

Divided into four parts by causeways, namely Gagribal, Lokut Dal, Bod Dal and Nagi, the lake is also the second largest industry of fishing. It is believed that Dal Lake originated from the Pleistocene Oligotrophic Lake, which at some point of time covered the Kashmir valley.
 

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What travellers are saying about this Sightseeing

Experience scale
  • Excellent 22
  • Very Good 13
  • Good 5
  • Average 2
  • Below Average 0
  • Poor 0
  • Terrible 2
Travellers recommend
  • Best Time:  During Sunset
  • Length of visit:  More than 3hrs
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  • Food available for purchase
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  • Camera/Video allowed
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44 traveller reviews for Dal Lake

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Hari Lal
  • Hari Lal
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 5 Reviews

"Beautiful and romantic" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
It was a beautiful experience, the water is still by the day and dancing in the evening. Its a nice place to have a shikara ride. Nice romantic shikara ride, Please do not purchase anything during the shikara ride as they are really expensive & not worth but if you like please go ahead.
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Prathamesh Bodke
  • Prathamesh Bodke
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review

"Clean surrounding" new review

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Nice place worth the visit and worth the money. Cleanliness around the lake is very good :) Plus there are boating facilities and afternoon time is recommended for visit.
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Anoop
  • Anoop
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review

"House are better than hotel" new review

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Do shikara ride if possible & you have time must stay in houseboat, actually these houseboat are really luxuries better than 2 star hotel.
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Rahil Mahajan
  • Rahil Mahajan
  • Lives in Jammu
  • 3 Reviews

"Evening is the perfect time" new review

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
I love the place sooo much when sun is going down it is the perfect time for boating there. Lake water is too clean and cold, I spent an amazing evening over there.
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Rohan Khillon
  • Rohan Khillon
  • Lives in Karnal
  • 1 Review

"Travel on Shikara is the best"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
When I travelled to Kashmir I found the best thing to travel on Shikara. You should visit there with family it is such a peace there. You will find shops on the water people living in house boat and many more.
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Virat
  • Virat
  • Lives in Agartala
  • 19 Reviews

"Very well-equipped and the lake is very scenic"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
A houseboat is perfect for all tourists. The whole lake is commercialised with hundreds of houseboats. Prices ranging from 1000 per day to 10k per day. They are very well-equipped and the lake is very scenic. One can go on scenery view rides in the Shikara or for shopping tot he local markets on the lake itself!
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John Kazmi
  • John Kazmi
  • Lives in Srinagar
  • 2 Reviews

"A best place"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The best place in the kashmir, I use to stay for a almost 5 hours at its bank whenever I visit there, this is most romantic place in Kashmir. Really said it is the heaven, just visit one time, then you will visit again and again.
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Dhairya Ganatra
  • Dhairya Ganatra
  • Lives in Rajkot
  • 11 Reviews

"Good to have a visit"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
One of the very good location to visit when you are visiting Jammu kashmir. Nice look, peaceful atmosphere. Very well maintained, whenever I get the chance I'll visit again.
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Kazi Sunny
  • Kazi Sunny
  • 4 Reviews

"Nice lake, carry water"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted Oct 26, 2014
Nice Place, Wonderful destination, You can enjoy the beautiful lake's view, Really awesome feeling to feel this place, carry some cool drinks because the water not so good.
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Santanu Mondal
  • Santanu Mondal
  • 1 Review

"Awesome lake"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Oct 23, 2014
It is the best lake in the world, it is situated very high, its area almost 45 kms length. It really awesome. I love this place very much. The shikara ride in Dal lake was awesome.
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