Dal Lake, Srinagar
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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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  • Good 31
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  • Best Time:  During Sunset
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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260 traveller reviews for Dal Lake

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Saurav

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  • Saurav
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews
  •  10 readers

"Good Shikara ride" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Shikara is very well for riding in Lake. Many things are available in the Lake like hot coffee, snacks and many more best time for going to Dal Lake is after 4 pm.
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Rajeev Kumar

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  • Rajeev Kumar
  • 2 Reviews
  •  43 readers

"A lifetime experience not to miss" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
If you have not visited Dal Lake in Kashmir than you have missed a lifetime experience. It's a different experience altogether. Shikara ride is another experience you would not want to miss and you will explore a different world floating on Lake.
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Neeraj bhandari

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  • Neeraj bhandari
  • Lives in Mohali
  • 5 Reviews
  •  141 readers

"Shikara the heart of Kashmir beauty"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Good to be there on shikara, all the facilities of eatables are allowed in the boat. You can get each type of eatables there, we got the eatables of small to large items from chips to tandoori chicken.
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Aditya Agrawal

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  • Aditya Agrawal
  • Lives in Raigarh
  • 24 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  2020 readers

"Calm and mesmerizing place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Dal Lake is a place where you witness the beauty of nature. Situated in the mid of Srinagar, it is a place where you feel calm and mesmerized.

We did shikara ride in the lake for about 3hrs and time flew like seconds. The sunlight falling on lake makes it much more beautiful. You can enjoy here anytime be it morning, afternoon or evening.
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Darshana Deshmukh

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  • Darshana Deshmukh
  • Lives in Jalgaon
  • 4 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
  •  661 readers

"Enjoy the experience at houseboat"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Shikara ride was good, our houseboat Honolulu was too good, and we enjoyed there photography in Kashmiri costumes. Shopping of original dry fruit was good, dinner, breakfast, drinks were very nice. Loving people and very good sightseeing, nice experience in staying the whole night in cold water.
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Parminder Brar

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  • Parminder Brar
  • Lives in Solan
  • 1 photo
  • 1 Review
  •  81 readers

"Most relaxing hour of the day"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We went to Dal Lake after visiting all the Mughal Gardens, Chashmashahi, Shalimar Bagh, we were very tired when we arrived here. We took a shikara ride with a guide, the ride was so relaxing, the view and feel of the lake was beautiful. There are many local seller on other shikara boats, you can do shopping while enjoying your ride. There are hundreds of houseboats in the lake, there is also a small nehru garden in lake. Best hour of the day.
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Aakshi Chauhan

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  • Aakshi Chauhan
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 12 photos
  • 5 Reviews
  •  253 readers

"Awesome and different experience"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It's worth going because this will take anyone to a different experience and most different thing is there are shops inside the lake and house boat too. Don't forget to stay in houseboat for at least one day but yes do check it's neatness and cleanliness. It will close by 7-8pm.
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Manthan  Thakkar

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  • Manthan Thakkar
  • Lives in Ahmednagar
  • 1 Review
  •  81 readers

"Dal Lake - A reason for Kashmir to be heaven on earth"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Had a visit at Dal Lake in December 2015, one of the attraction to visit in the Kashmir a huge and big lake. There are houses inside the lake built by people and there is small market for shopping to do for first time tourists: There can be 2 types we can enjoy in Dal Lake either you can go for 2 3 hours Shikara Ride yah a stay in Shikara boat in Dal Lake. We went for the 2-3 Hours ride. Person has to bargain to get a Shikhara. We hired 3 boats for 2000 for 12 people. Moreover the photographers are damn bad, if we want to take 1 photo which is 90 Rs/photo, they take 2, 3 poses and when we come back for originals they bring 2, 3 pics hard copies and loot us, so just be aware!!!
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Sushma Choudhary

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  • Sushma Choudhary
  • 1 Review
  •  80 readers

"Awesome place to visit with great attraction of Shikara shopping"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Awesome place to visit and it has lots of attraction over there. Sightseeing is very good and shikara shopping is a great attraction for tourists. I loved the sunset over there and would like to visit again.
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Sajid

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  • Sajid
  • Lives in Jammu
  • 2 Reviews
  •  97 readers

"Most beautiful"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is the most beautiful place on the earth, warm clothes are important. Food is delicious you can enjoy the special Kashmiri Wazwan. The street food is at Khayam Chowk Khanyar very close to Lal Chowk which is famous for Seekh Kabab, fish fry and special Kashmiri Tuji.
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