What is Shikaras

  • Shikaras are flat-bottomed wooden boats traditionally found on Dal Lake and other water bodies in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. 

  • They're iconic to the region 

Used for various purposes:

  • Transportation: Shikaras are a primary mode of transport on the lake, ferrying people between houseboats, markets, and other destinations.

  • Leisure: They offer scenic tours of the lake, allowing visitors to soak in the beauty of the surroundings.

  • Commerce: Some shikaras are equipped as shops or restaurants, providing a unique shopping and dining experience on the water.

Dal lake

  • Dal Lake is a renowned lake in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India. 

  • It's the second largest lake in the region and a famous tourist destination, known for its:

  1. Picturesque beauty: The lake is surrounded by lush mountains and dotted with colorful houseboats, creating a stunning panorama.

  2. Shikara rides: Take a traditional wooden boat called a "Shikara" for a leisurely ride on the lake's tranquil waters.

  3. Floating gardens: Marvel at the unique floating gardens, where vegetables and flowers are grown on the lake's surface.

  1. Rich history and culture: Dal Lake has been a part of Kashmiri culture for centuries and finds mention in numerous poems and songs.



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