Dal Lake, Srinagar
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Dal Lake

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About Dal Lake

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Dal Lake remains crowded throughout the year and is popularly known for its houseboats and Shikaras. This lake covers an area of about 26 sq. km. and has a long shore line of approximately 15.5 km. It is divided intro four different sections that are connected through four causeways and can be reached easily from the city of Srinagar. It is an ideal site in the region for enjoying swimming, kayaking, houseboats, canoeing, angling, Shikara riding and water surfing.

This place is regarded as the summer capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and is the second largest lake in the state. It is popularly called as 'Srinagar's Jewel' or 'Jewel in the crown of Kashmir'. This place is also ideal for fishing along with water plant harvesting. During the winter season, the temperature at the destination reaches about -110 Celsius, which freezes the Dal Lake.
 

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What travellers are saying about this Sightseeing

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  • Good 21
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  • Below Average 4
  • Poor 0
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  • Best Time:  During Sunset
  • Length of visit:  More than 3hrs
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185 traveller reviews for Dal Lake

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Sharif
  • Sharif
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 7 Reviews

"Awesome ride in shikara over the lake" new review

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
I was there with my wife. Dal lake was fantastic. We enjoyed a lot there. We even went on Shikara ride over Dal lake. Touching water in shikara ride feels too good.
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Vedant Prajapati
  • Vedant Prajapati
  • Lives in Varanasi
  • 7 photos
  • 4 Reviews

"The lake has a market" new review

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I stayed 3 days in Bulbul Houseboat having a great experience with Srinagar peoples and night view of lake was excellent. I have seen many type of birds and whole market on a lake is great.
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Sandeep Kumar
  • Sandeep Kumar
  • Lives in Gurgaon
  • 2 Reviews

"Nice experience to shop while boating" new review

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It was calm and windy time at Dal lake. We took a shikara and did shopping on boat. Overall, nice experience to shop while boating. There was a fountain in between lake which gave a royal look.
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Aditya Sood
  • Aditya Sood
  • Lives in Ludhiana
  • 21 photos
  • 7 Reviews

"Eat and shop while you enjoy the beauty of this lake" new review

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
The shikara ride is a must do and if that is during sunset then you are really in for a treat. The pristine water and sound of nature in the backdrop was enchanting. There are markets and houses right in the middle of the lake and you get to shop and eat while being on shikara itself.
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Zainuddin Aarif
  • Zainuddin Aarif
  • Lives in Visakhapatnam
  • 1 Review

"Music on water" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
The pure pleasure of getting on to the shikara (boat) and sailing across the Dal Lake is sheer music to the hearth and soul. The sound of the ores clattering on the surface of the water is the only rhythm we hear.

Situated in the very midst of Srinagar, this picturesque location, selected and developed by the Moguls, is one of the most visited spots in Kashmir.
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Arun Bansal
  • Arun Bansal
  • Lives in Adalaj
  • 2 photos
  • 14 Reviews

"A must visit place" new review

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
A visit to the Dal is a must for anybody visiting Srinagar whether first time or on a subsequent visit. If you want you can even stay in a Houseboat, a shikara ride helps you absorb nature.
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Rafiq Rafique
  • Rafiq Rafique
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 2 Reviews

"Beautiful lake" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Srinagar Dal Lake is a beautiful lake. It's unbelievable lake like a Jannat. Travel between December to January as it's the best month and time.
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Hemant L
  • Hemant L
  • Lives in Pune
  • 8 photos
  • 2 Reviews

"A place to experience - Shikara ride" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
The dal lake is a beautiful place. There are many boat houses where you can select one and stay. The shikara ride is excellent. You can shop on the dal laike itself.
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Gazanfar Gulzar
  • Gazanfar Gulzar
  • Lives in Anantnag
  • 2 Reviews

"Enjoy lot with friends" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I am very happy that I got a chance of visiting the Dal Lake of Kashmir that is in Srinagar. I had gone there with my friends enjoyed a lot. Although I live myself in Kashmir but I live very far from that area. You could stay in hotel there are many hotels available near the lake.
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Nirmal Mangal
  • Nirmal Mangal
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 6 photos
  • 14 Reviews

"Beautiful lake, floating market and Lotus"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The lake is very big and beautiful. It is a must watch for the first-timers. The shikara ride is a must if you haven't been in it before. It is a very peaceful experience with your family in the shikara and the best part is the entire market floating in the waters.

It is amazing to shop while in a boat. Since it is very pleasant there in Kashmir, you can take a ride at any convenient time. The lake is very clean and you will be able to see pretty lotus at regular intervals. Also there is a small garden in the middle of the lake with beautiful trees.
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