Dal Lake, Kashmir
Kashmir Valley is a favourite of millions of tourists and holidaymakers. In
the midst of all the exotic landscape and the natural splendours, the Dal
Lake serves as the 'beauty tag' of Kashmir. This second largest lake of the
state of Jammu and Kashmir has a number of gardens and orchards dotting its
shores. The University of Kashmir too occupies a position along the lake.
For tourists, the Dal Lake serves as a complete travel package, offering a
variety of experiences.
Spend a couple of days in the heart-stirring Kashmir Valley and take out
time to be around the Dal Lake. You will have myriad options to fill your
days with fun and flavour. The lake itself is considered as one of finest
lakes in the country. Whether you are a newly-wedded couple, an individual
or a family, the lake proves to be equally charming to all.
The first thing that strikes you most is the string of houseboats that
resemble the gondolas of Venice. These luxurious houseboats have been
specially designed and come in different categories. Once you book a trip
through these houseboats, you will soon find out why a houseboat cruise is
the first love for tourists arriving here. A complete lifestyle can be
observed on and along the lake. An atmosphere of peace and serenity welcomes
you as you experience a smooth ride along the lake.
Floating along in the shikaras, you can observe the complete cycle of life
that goes on here. You have everything on the lake, from the grocer to the
barber and the florist to the doctor. The exotic houses with sloping roofs
and the beautifully laid-out gardens make a wonderful sight for tourists.
Surrounding Areas of the Dal Lake
The vicinity of the lake is as impressive as the lake itself. As you
advance, you come across with more and more wonderful sights that are fit
for your travel snaps. The islands around are dotted with groups of houses
that have been built in a special way and are characterised by sloping
roofs. The landscaped gardens are another fascinating sight for
holidaymakers. Further advancement gets you to the Bod Dal and the Lokut
Dal Lake leads you next to the comparatively smaller Nagin Lake, dotted with
water lilies and shikaras, which serve as mobile shops. The lake contributes
much to promoting the tourism of the state. Apart from enjoying the peaceful
atmosphere, you also have the opportunity of soaking up the stunning views
of the mountains from here.
Mughal Gardens & Hazratbal Mosque
Your Dal Lake trip also includes visits to the world-famous Mughal Gardens.
The specialty of these gardens Nishat Bagh, Shalimar and Chashma
Shahi is that they make the visitor feel special too. Amid the lush
ambiance you can surely spend moments that you will cherish all your life.
Another must-see for tourists is the famed shrine the Hazratbal
Mosque. Lying on the western banks of the Dal Lake, the mosque is built in
white marble. It definitely is a worth-remembering sight as the structure
reflects itself in the placid waters of the lake.