Dal Lake, Kashmir
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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

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  • Very Good 11
  • Good 5
  • Average 2
  • Below Average 0
  • Poor 0
  • Terrible 2
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  • 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

40 traveller reviews for Dal Lake

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Rohan Khillon
  • Rohan Khillon
  • Lives in Karnal
  • 1 Review

"Travel on Shikara is the best" new review

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 2 weeks 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" new review

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 3 weeks 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" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 4 weeks 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
  • 10 Reviews

"Good to have a visit"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 2 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
  • 3 Reviews

"Nice lake, carry water"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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 3 months ago
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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Parveen Sulthana
  • Parveen Sulthana
  • Lives in Warangal
  • 7 Reviews

"Heaven On Earth"

  • 5.00/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I was listened a lot about Dal lake as i went to see live by myself and my wife it was as beautiful as i never imagined in my dreams. The journey in the boat the surrounded by beauty hills take my breath. It was a everlasting site that I never forget in my lifetime.The people were so courteous and the way entire Kashmir brought back my life to new heights. Visiting Jammu and Dal lake were memorable experience i will cherish in entire my life.
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Smit Shah
  • Smit Shah
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 1 Review

"Ultimately super"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Dal lake superb place to visit for everyone who has came to kashmir. It is heart of Srinagar, sunset view is superb and very good for shopping. There is facility of also staying in the lake in the houseboat which is entertaining. For shoppers Also it is good place many products are available such as clothing, ayurvedic products etc. Ultimately Dal lake is nice place to visit.
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Munneer Khan
  • Munneer Khan
  • Lives in Anantnag
  • 1 Review

"Beautiful sightseeing"

  • 4.00/7
  • Posted Oct 1, 2014
An eye catching scenery across the lake, once you focus your eyes on it you would not turn them away! Lots of boats and shikaras can be seen moving smoothly on the clear waters and adding to the beauty of the lake. Nearby there are hotels and cafes to give a delight to your tummy. There is also Zabarwan Park nearby where one can enjoy the balloon ride.
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Sandip Bhatt
  • Sandip Bhatt
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Surat
  • 1 photo
  • 6 Reviews

"Exploring Dal, Colour changes in the lake and sky"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted Sep 30, 2014
Exploring Dal in a shikara boat is an exciting and excellent experience. You can see the changes in the shades of sky as well as water of Dal. The char Chinar Iceland is an amazing place.
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