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Dal Lake Srinagar


Location
Sri Nagar, Jammu & Kashmir, India

Dal LakeThe land of hills and dales construed with much care and intricacy by the Creator is Kashmir - the erstwhile "Paradise on Earth". The Dal Lake meanders through this paradisiacal valley carrying with it elongated shikaras or houseboats.

Lacing The Valleys
Jammu and Kashmir's second largest lake, the Dal, meanders through a course that is flanked by lush Mughal gardens and monuments, plummetted orchards, the University of Kashmir and what not to meet the river Jhelum . Elegant and elongated Shikaras or the Venician gondola look-a-like float through the lake carrying curious visitors, who at times feel benumbed by the serenity of the locale and perhaps wonder - can this same valley echo the gun-shots? Overlooking the lake are two hillocks that house the famous temples of Shankaracharya and Hari Parbat.

More than hundreds of houseboats animate these tranquil waters ferrying around tourists, vendors and fishermen. Salesmen paddle from boat to boat, selling every thinkable ware like fresh flowers and fruit from the valley, nuts, Kashmiri handicraft, handmade carpets and many more items that can be either carried back home as souvenirs or spice yourself or your rooms with an enviable Kashmiri flavour.

A cruise through the lake can be one of the most romantic sail through beauty in its most ethereal abundance.

Don't Miss these Out.....
Amarnath Cave» Amarnath - At about 141 km from Srinagar is Amarnathji, one of the major pilgrimage centres of the Hindu world. Hordes of pilgrims trek up the mountains to visit the caves at Amarnath where is housed the naturally formed ice-stalagmite of Lord Shiva.

» Hazratbal Shrine - The white edifice of Hazratbal Shrine stands on the northwestern bank of Dal Lake. With the backdrop of the snowcapped mountains, this is one of the holiest Islamic shrines that preserves a strand of Prophet Mohammed's sacred hair.

» Gulmarg - At Gulmarg you can stroll across the lush lanes of world's highest Golf Course at 2,650 ft. Winters come alive with skiing activities and tourists.

» The Mughal Gardens - The summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar, so fascinated were the Mughals with its natural abundance that they decided to frill the city with numerous gardens like Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, Chashma Shahi Gardens, to name a few. These continue to hypnotize beholders with the multi-colored diaspora of flowers and flitting butterflies.

Accessibility
The domestic airport is serviced regularly by several flights from all the major cities of India. Srinagar does not have a railway station. the nearest railhead is at Jammu which is well connected. To reach Srinagar by bus, you can travel from Jammu (290 km), Leh (434 km), Gulmarg (48 km) and Pahalgam (96 km). From the Indian capital it is 876 km by road.

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