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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  • Best Time:  During Sunset
  • Length of visit:  More than 3hrs
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Neha malhotra Malhotra

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  • Neha malhotra Malhotra
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 9 Reviews
  •  23 helpful votes
  •  4442 readers
  • Posted 2 months ago
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7/7
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Neha malhotra Malhotra

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  • Neha malhotra Malhotra
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 9 Reviews
  •  23 helpful votes
  •  4442 readers
  • Posted Apr 12, 2016
Overall Rating
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  • 353

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Pratik Ghosh

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  • Pratik Ghosh
  • Lives in Ghaziabad
  • 5 Reviews
  •  8 readers

"Nice place to travel" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
The place is nice for all traveller. Snow clapped mountains around this lake. You can find some fountains also which are so beautiful. The special thing is SHIKARA ride. This is one of the memorable thing.
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Gurwindersingh

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  • Gurwindersingh
  • 2 Reviews
  •  27 readers

"Most beautiful lake" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Dal lake is the most beautiful lake in Srinagar especially in night fells like in Venice. We had a Shikara ride in Dal lake for almost 3 hours and it was fabulous one.
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Riveedranath .

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  • Riveedranath .
  • Lives in Palakkad
  • 3 Reviews
  •  41 readers

"Nice lake" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
We had a stay in the boat house and a trip on"shikara". The boat house was nice. Nice people, friendly and good food.

Shikkara was beautiful. The lake was beautiful to see but was not clean. Full of some kind of plant. There was a smell of oil in some places probably due to spillage from motor boats.
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Praveen

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  • Praveen
  • Lives in Mysore
  • 2 Reviews
  •  56 readers

"Best place to relax"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We would actually thank person who thought of creating this fabulous boat house on lake. Really we had awesome time in the lake ride, felt very relaxed, romantic, hospitality of boat rider, Mobile & tea shop, snack shop, fruit shop and all shops are excellent.
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Nasa Yadav

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  • Nasa Yadav
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review
  •  201 readers

"The true janat experience"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
After experiencing 50 degree of North India in the month of May, evening shikara ride at Dal lake was like walking in clouds with cool and fresh breeze. Wonderful fresh and lively experience. Will never forget the floating market at the lake and the awesome traditional Kashmiri food.
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Mehul shah

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  • Mehul shah
  • 3 Reviews
  •  327 readers

"Experience a ride and relax"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Firstly, one should not be bothered with the bargaining that one has to do with the boat riders. I think one should estimate the cost based on tourist information boards at various places and then settled down and stay firm on the cost. Once on the shikara, simply enjoy the surrounding and the lake. I visited the 4 chinar on the shikara and it was a very nice spot. The navigators here prefer to talk less whereas some travellers may prefer that they get to know more about the lake, Srinagar and Kashmir as a whole. The lake looks clean and overall you like the natural beauty around you provided people around your shikara allow you to enjoy in Silence!!
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Aruna

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  • Aruna
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 32 Reviews
  •  46 helpful votes
  •  44472 readers

"Picturesque Lake"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Dal lake is such a huge and beautiful lake with the mountains in the horizon and looks breathtaking. But the lake is bordered by a heavy traffic road.

The shikara ride is lovely but could have been better had it not been for the touts who continuously hassle you for buying their wares and will not stop at all. It spoils the experience.

The lake needs a bit of cleaning as well. Please negotiate well with the shikara owners before getting in the ride, otherwise they will not take you to the vast and beautiful expanse of water, but they will only take you to the side which has the meena bazaar and other shops.
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Rajan Shah

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  • Rajan Shah
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 187 photos
  • 30 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  10537 readers

"Beautiful! A must see in Srinagar!!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
The Dal Lake - as I expected - provides a very beautiful sight to behold. The lake is humongous and is surrounded by snow capped mountains and is located in the heart of Srinagar city.

Shikara ride in the Dal Lake is a must do activity and surely can not be missed. The shikara ride typically lasts between an hour to two and covers a few points within the lake. The shikaras are quite clean and comfortable. The shikara owners are very nice guys. They are polite and will double up as temporary guides!! Shikara ride is a nice family activity and one must indulge.

The moment you start your sail, the local vendors will start approaching you. You can buy a lot of food, beverages, jewelry, flowers etc.

One can see floating farms, floating markets, houseboats etc.

In the lake. The lake is clean. Local administration take a lot of efforts to keep the lake clean.

Overall - very good! A must see attraction in Srinagar. Enjoyed the Shikara ride!!!
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Raghu Babu

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  • Raghu Babu
  • Flashpacker
  • Lives in Vijayawada
  • 1 photo
  • 6 Reviews
  •  3807 readers

"Enjoyable spot"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Has to be included in tour package otherwise they will cheat. On boat tikka grill fish is very tasty. All tourist items available on boats but little costly.
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Vsk Madhavi

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  • Vsk Madhavi
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 14 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  4807 readers

"Evening ride in dal Lake is a lifetime memory"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
We went for a dal Lake shikara during evening hours and enjoyed the ride having kulfis, local kashmiri shopping, floating boats with shopping stall inside the dal Lake. The houseboats are worth stay but I personally believe the shikhara promises more romantic evening. Should not miss the floating post office which is a rare view to see around in India.
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