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Dal Lake in Srinagar

·  Summer: April-September (14°C - 30°C)
·  Winter: October-March (-2°C - 14°C)
·  Monsoon: July-August

Best time to visit:  April-October

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The iconic symbol of Srinagar’s enormous natural beauty, Dal Lake is accurately called the ‘Jewel in Kashmir’s Crown’. Covering an area of about 21 km. sq., the lake is surrounded by gigantic Himalayan peaks and ensures that its visitors witness the most alluring facets of nature. A group of four basins, Dal boasts of islands, floating gardens, houseboats, shikaras and bustling life on its surface and many remarkable landmarks at its shores.

Uncountable lotuses bloom on Rad (floating gardens), adding incredible worth to the scenic beauty. More than 117 species of macrophyte flora extends the visually appealing vistas of the lake. Char Chinar Island, where char (4) trees of chinar stand, is another attraction. The most pleasurable part is to stay in a fully-furnished stationery houseboat boasting of sundecks and serving exotic cocktails. Tourists also prefer to ride shikaras (colourful and comfortable boats) to access various attractions. A floating vegetable market in the evening is also worth attending.

Numerous Mughal gardens located near the lake adorn the overall area with extensive splendour. Hazratbal Shrine, Hari Parbat Fort, Shankaracharya Temple and many other notable structures overlook the lake and are worth visiting as well. A well-known shooting location for Bollywood filmmakers and an unbeatable destination for honeymoon couples, the lake is indeed India’s pride.

Road: Located in the heart of Srinagar, accessing the lake by road is not at all a concern. Hire a taxi, motorcycle, auto-rickshaw or board a local bus and you can easily access the enthralling shores of the lake.

Railway: Jammu Tawi Railway Station is about 305 km. from the lake. Buses and taxis can be used to cover the long journey of the road connecting the two destinations.

Airway: Srinagar International Airport is about 22 km. from Dal Lake and is accessible by a well-connected road. Prefer to hire a taxi for the trip, though buses and auto rickshaws are also available.