Srinagar‘s jewel, Dal Lake has rightfully become an icon in Kashmir. It is considered to be the second largest lake in Jammu and Kashmir. The impressive silent waters of Dal Lake surrounded by snow-capped hills on its three sides unquestionably make it one of the most beautiful lakes of India. Besides offering splendid and exotic scenery, there are multiple things that tourists can do when they visit here which makes Dal Lake one of the most visited & adored destination in the Kashmir tourism industry.
Let us take a look at some of the things to do in and around Dal Lake during your visit:
Opting for a Shikhara Ride will be one of the most pleasurable ways to explore Dal Lake. It is a small boat that adjoins houseboats and will take you on a smooth sail over the lake. Enjoying a Shikhara ride in the tranquil atmosphere of the lake is highly overwhelming. One can also visit the floating markets and some other sightseeing destinations like the Mughal gardens during their Shikhara ride. The best part about Shikharas is that they are very much affordable.
Visiting the Floating Gardens is one of the must things to do in Kashmir. The best time to visit here is during July and August. This is because you can get to see a mesmerizing sight of the beautifully bloomed lotus flowers. Not just lotuses; tomatoes, cucumbers and even melons cultivate remarkably in these gardens. You can also visit the floating gardens by road; along the eastern edge of the lake and enjoy a beautiful view.
Go for a swim
Enjoying a swim in the amazing crystal-clear waters of Dal Lake can be quite refreshing. Although it is advised not go towards the deeper part of the lake as there many houseboats chained there. You can enjoy a swim during a hot afternoon and shall definitely be joined by many swimmers.
Visiting the Boulevard Road
This is the main street along the Dal Lake that offers a spectacular view of numerous houseboats that are lined up in the lake. The Boulevard Road is perfect for an exquisite evening walk especially during sunset time. The Boulevard Road also makes up a perfect spot to enjoy the sunset.
Stopover at the Lal Chowk
The Lal Chowk or Ghanta Ghar is located at a short distance from Dal Lake and is a lovely destination that you must visit. The Ghanta Ghar is a tower with a clock and a bell and is surrounded by a bustling market. It is also one of the best places in Srinagar for interacting with the locals.
Tip while visiting Kashmir
While on a vacation to Kashmir, the sensible decision to take is to book your Kashmir tour packages and customize your itinerary so that you can explore a location like Dal Lake to the fullest and not regret on missing out on visiting these stunning destinations around the lake.
We’re sure these beautiful tips will surely make you want to visit Kashmir soon. The beauty of the valley is beyond describing & every tourist who visits the place falls in love with it.