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vikram13dutt
Ahmedabad, India29 contributions
Jan 2023 • Friends
Dal Lake is just so beautiful and enthralling. You can stroll around the lake or take shikara ride. Ride is usually for an hour which takes you to four major points of attraction. Floating market is the best of them. You can also enjoy hot tea or Kahwa on the shikara ride. Houseboat stay is a lifetime experience. Must visit place.
Written 26 January 2023
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Abhi&Ramya
Udupi, India13 contributions
Dec 2022
Dal is a lake in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. It is an urban lake, the second largest lake in Jammu and Kashmir, and the most visited place in Srinagar by tourists and locals.
Written 22 January 2023
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Augustine U
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India2 contributions
Jan 2023
Beautiful place. Really cold and just amazing experience with the lakeside vendors and shops and a whole market to explore with Kashmir's good stuff.
Written 12 January 2023
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Mila K
Phnom Penh, Cambodia64 contributions
Jul 2022
Miracle place where nature and art get together. The size is impressive and hosts water market, boat houses, old villas from colonial times and even floating gardens where local people grow and harvest vegetables.
Early morning ride with a boat through the low hanging trees open amazing and colorful views.
This is the right starting point for a trek in the 7-lakes of Kashmir.
Written 7 January 2023
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IUHari
Gandhidham, India81 contributions
May 2022
The house boat though very neat and clean but honestly I was a little put off as these house boats are actually rooms close to the river bank only shaped like a boat.. I wont take away any credit from them as except for the above it was a good experience for us..
Written 19 December 2022
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Arun B
Nashik, India33 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
We went for a shikara ride on Dal lake and stayed overnight on a houseboat. The ride was lovely, the heartening thing being the nesr total absence of water hyacinth or plastic rubbish in the lake. The annoying part is being surrounded by boatmen selling their wares, the moment you set out! They even came aboard the houseboat! One interesting observation was that their prices were lesser for the same items being sold in the local market. So dont dismiss them as fraudsters selling substandard goods.
The houseboat was beautiful, but the night was bitterly cold, and the heater provided, was woefully inadequate, the outside temperature being -2 degrees celsius! But the experience was enjoyable, overall!
Written 15 December 2022
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Sam B
9 contributions
Sep 2022 • Friends
The single most underwhelming experience while traveling.

Dal lake is pretty famous among indians. Before going to Kashmir, I heard a lot about this lake. This guy at the hotel proposed to bring me on the lake, I accepted...

Basically, as you roam over the lake, sellers on boats join you for the ride and try to sell (mainly useless) items. Sometimes, 3 boats at the same time! Even if you say that you are not interested, the sellers will still continue to push you. No means maybe for them. It is nut. Say no 20 times, the seller might leave. Sellers are insanly pushy in Agra, Varanasi and Delhi normally. The thing is that, now, you are stuck on this small boat for hours. There is northing to enjoy. At the end of the trip, you ride along the shore of the lake. Well, the shore is basically a cluster of shops. The lake is insanely polluted as you would expect. Our driver asked for a tip at the end.

Kashmir is beautiful and you will never have enough time to visit it thoroughly; don't waste your time on this lake. Look at it from a nearby hill or from the impressive mosque on the shore (that you do not see from the boat ride)
Written 8 December 2022
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vikas khandelwal
Indore, India41 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
The dal lake is full of shikara and houseboats. Negotiate well if you want to go for a shikara ride
They start with 3-4 times high. Also the seller will surround you. We enjoyed our time and hot tea and Maggi in the middle
Written 6 December 2022
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Kart
40 contributions
Nov 2022 • Family
dal lake is a wonderful place to visit for both the young and old as it holds both adventure and enjoyment. You can get a Shakira/boat ride for 800 rupees for 3 people and 2 hours of enjoyment and fun. On the way, you will pass by a Kawa Tea seller. If you are a fan of tea, Roses and spices this is exactly what you need, along with that there is barbecued corn but be aware unless you like dry corn then you should try it. Finally coming with the food is the beautiful scenery which can stun anyone

Price 2 hours 800 rupees,(9.78) Dollars.
Written 23 November 2022
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dipaldesai
Ahmedabad, India99 contributions
Nov 2022
Shikara Ride at Dal Lake is must do activity if you are in Srinagar. very colour full Shikara, Dal Lake is life line of Srinagar and the whole city is around the Lake.
while enjoying the Shikara boat ride you can do some shopping from floating market/floating boat shops like aritificial ornaments, local wooden articles, food items like Barbeque, Sweet Corn, Fruit dish etc.

You can find Mumbai Vada Pav just opp. Ghat no. 13 at Bollywood Curry Counter, same Mumbai style Vada Pav
Written 5 November 2022
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