Dal Lake, Kashmir
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Dal Lake

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Dal Lake
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About Dal Lake

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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 31
  • Very Good 18
  • Good 7
  • Average 3
  • Below Average 0
  • Poor 0
  • Terrible 2
Travellers recommend
  • Best Time:  During Sunset
  • Length of visit:  More than 3hrs
Facilities available
  • Food available for purchase
  • Bathroom facilities
  • Camera/Video allowed
  • Wearing of shoes/footwear allowed
  • Lockers/Storage

61 traveller reviews for Dal Lake

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Ashish Sukhadiya

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  • Ashish Sukhadiya
  • Lives in Surat
  • 14 Reviews
  •  16 helpful votes
  •  343 readers

"Amazing view and chill weather" new review

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Dal lake view was amazing, specially from the house boat. We enjoyed the chilly weather with the tea and some Gujarati snacks. We visited the floating market and even made some purchase also visited nearby shopping streets near Dal lake.
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Khalid Bhat

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  • Khalid Bhat
  • Lives in Sopore
  • 1 Review
  •  20 readers

"Great place to visit" new review

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Dal Lake is a very beautiful lake situated in Srinagar. The water of this lake is very clean, there are many activities for doing in Dal Lake. Boat surfing is one of the must do thing in Dal Lake.
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Pritesh Mehta

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  • Pritesh Mehta
  • Lives in Baroda
  • 42 photos
  • 295 Reviews
  •  93 helpful votes
  •  47624 readers

"Dal Lake - An amazing place" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
It is very good and amazing place. My famous place of kashmir. There houseboat is very nice and there interior is nice. All things and all types of markets are available in the Dal Lake. We sat in shikara. It is our amazing rides. We bought Kashmiri sol and other things around Dal Lake. Their items are costly but very good. Don't miss it.
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Kalpesh Jain

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  • Kalpesh Jain
  • Lives in Udaipur
  • 2 Reviews
  •  161 readers

"Nice sightseeing"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Very good sightseeing, Shikara ride is awesome and we need at least 3 hours to visit this place. When visit Dal lake then you should spend 1 day at Houseboat where we have excellent arrangement of stay.
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K k goswami

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  • K k goswami
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 3 Reviews
  •  937 readers

"Sail in Heaven"

  • 5.00/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Shikara, a unique decorated small boat, ideal for a couple or a small family to go round the lake, enjoy the floating shops, local refreshment etc. Water scooter, motor boat and watersports are main attractions for young. House boat, the floating home are of amazing place with all modern amenities and delicious Kashmiri food, is really keep in your heart for life long. You will desire to go again and again.
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Aashwiin Pardessi

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  • Aashwiin Pardessi
  • Lives in Pune
  • 1 Review
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  209 readers

"Good shopping around and must visit at least once"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Everyone must visit at least once. I can go 100 times. Nice stay, cool people, good behaviour of people around. Good shopping around in Dal Lake. Very reasonable price. Winters are really cold. Need to have good warm jacket.
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Prabir Headliner

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  • Prabir Headliner
  • 3 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  5163 readers

"Romantic and awesome place"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Its a very good place to visit and it's very romantic to spend with my dear one. I would like to tell you this place is very cold in the season of Dec to Jan. I don't know how can people stay at this place in whole year. But still for travelling on this place is awesome.
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Sumit Taneja

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  • Sumit Taneja
  • Lives in Chandigarh
  • 2 Reviews
  •  559 readers

"Can enjoy in the houseboat"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Stay in houseboat and have and go around to Dal lake which is one of the main attraction in Kashmir. You can get a houseboat just for Rs 1200 per night with breakfast included in it. Its value for money.
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Mousmi  Parmar

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  • Mousmi Parmar
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 2 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  627 readers

"Chill water with sweet experience"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted Apr 29, 2015
I really enjoyed the ride of Shikara at Dal lake. The water is too cold and feeling cold weather is additional enjoyable moments. Next time whenever I want to visit there, take more time like 4 to 5 hrs to feel more excitement.
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Nikita Singh

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  • Nikita Singh
  • Lives in Jammu
  • 2 Reviews
  •  653 readers

"Amazing lake, famous shikara and awesome food points"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted Apr 24, 2015
Dal is an awesome tourist attraction the place is so safe for kids, adults and girls. Dal has an amazing and famous shikara ride, it has beautiful shops all around but bit expensive, yes but eating points are awesome.
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