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Those interested in Srinagar Beaches can enjoy the numerous
lakes in and around the city.
Dal Lake in Srinagar
The most renowned of all of them is the Dal Lake. It is also the
second largest lake in the state. The lake is within walking distance
from the main city. The total area of the lake is about 6 kilometers in
length and 4 kilometers in width. It is divided into four parts and they
are Bod Dal, Nagin Lake, Lokut Dal and Gagribal.
Beauty of Dal Lake
The lake is surrounded by mountains on three sides. The banks are
home to various gardens and orchards. Visiting Dal Lake is like
watching the raw beauty of Mother Nature. Surprisingly, man has never been
able to create a spell of enchanting beauty like this so far. This is
where nature is more creative. Imagine just listening to the oars of
the boat in the lake water, smelling flowers and watching the sun
playing its color on the hills with the snow clad Himalayas at the
backdrop. The amazing part is you can see the changing mood of the lake
with the time. No words could ever describe the feeling. You have to
experience it. Also there are several small islands that attract the
tourist with their serenity.
Things to do in Dal Lake
Your visit to Dal Lake will be incomplete without the Shikara ride.
These are small sized traditional boats that are decorated with vibrant
colors and give a royal feeling. The ride will take you along the
backwaters of Dal Lake where you can see the trees, gardens and floating
garden of flowers or vegetables. The rates for the ride vary from
distance to the number of people. And the locals do not over charge much.
House Boat Tour
These are cruise boats anchored on the banks of Dal Lake which are
fully furnished with five star amenities. Most of the furnishings are
done with the handicraft work of the Kashmiri craftsmen. These are the
mother boats which own the Shikaras. The floating market is a specialty
here where you can find almost everything from vegetables to crafts.
Sightseeing Tour in Dal Lake
The famous Mughal Garden is on the banks of Dal Lake. The garden is well known for its variety of flowers. Nishat Garden, Shalimar Garden and Chashma Shahi Garden are part of Mughal Garden. Pari Mahal is another main attraction which is adjacent to Chashma Shahi Garden. You can also visit the Mughal Fort at Hari Parbat on the banks of Dal Lake.