With the Great Himalayan Range on one side and the majestic Pir Panjal mountain range on the other, Kashmir valley is rightfully known as the ‘paradise on Earth’. Whether it’s the gushing sound of the waters that synchronises with your heart or the unique culture of the valley that keeps you intrigued, Kashmir has its unique ways of enticing you. Home to some of the most beautiful places in India, the state of Jammu & Kashmir is a magical haven for travellers. One such enticing place is the summer capital of the state, Srinagar. Adorning the feet of the world famous Dal Lake, the city boasts of the eternal splendour of the Kashmir Valley.
So if you haven’t planned to visit Srinagar, now is the best time. With The LaLiT Grand Palace Srinagar, one of the best hotels in Kashmir, as your host, your trip to Srinagar would be the most wondrous experience of your life.
Now that you are already planning your trip, here is the list of a few things that you must know about the heart of Srinagar, that is, Dal Lake –
Dal Lake Morphology
Formed by five lake basins, namely – Nehru Park, Nishat, Hazratbal, Nagin and Brari, Dal Lake is, in fact, a single water body forming an intricate maze of waterways. Currently covering an area of around 16 sq km, it is only 6 metres deep.
You can enjoy one of the most pleasant sights of the Dal Lake in the months of July and August when the lotus flowers bloom and cover the lake entirely. Apart from this, the lake is also known for its floating gardens that are basically composed of matted vegetation and mud. They are called ‘rad’ in Kashmiri and are easily accessed by roads.
There can be nothing as beautiful as traversing the waters of the Dal Lake while sipping a cup of warm kahwah in your houseboat. The history of the houseboats dates back to the colonial era and that is why most of them are built in British architectural style, attracting the horde of tourists every year. So whether you are planning to have a romantic getaway in Kashmir or you simply want an idyllic retreat, a fancy looking houseboat stationed along the outskirts of Dal Lake is just perfect for you.
Shikaras, the wooden carved boats, are generally found sailing on the tranquil waters of the Dal Lake. If you want to enjoy a relaxing ride while beholding the breathtaking views of the valley around, there is nothing better than opting for a shikara ride. Shikaras are also used for sightseeing attractions like Nishat Garden and Hazratbal Mosque.
Apart from visiting the lake, you can also visit the spectacular Shankaracharya Temple or trek through the lush green hills. So pack your bags, book one of the best resorts in Srinagar and get ready to experience the trip of a lifetime in Srinagar!