Dal Lake

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    Location: Srinagar

    Estimated Visiting Time: 4 hours.

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    Dal is a lake in Srinagar the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. This urban lake is integral to tourism and recreation in Kashmir and is named the “Jewel in the crown of Kashmir” or “Srinagar’s Jewel” this lake is also an important source for commercial operations in fishing and water plant harvesting.


    Visitors will be surprised that Dal Lake is a single body of water as it looks like many different lakes and pools connected and divided by numerous causeways, stilt houses, floating gardens, and houseboats. The lake actually consists of five lake basins namely Nehru Park, Nishat, Hazratbal, Nagin, and Brari. The lake is shallow with a depth of around 6 m and currently has an area of ​​around 16 square kilometers, although previously it covered an area of ​​around 22, square kilometers.


    Nicely decorated Sikara - Boat at Dal lake Srinagar - Kashmir in which tourist are enjoying the rides.

    Dal is known as Mahasarit in ancient Sanskrit texts. Ancient history records mention that a village named Isabar to the east of Dal was the residence of the goddess Durga.  This place was known as Sureshwari on the bank of the lake, which was sourced by a spring called the Sahara.


    Inside/Outside Views

    A view of Dal Lake in winter, and the beautiful mountain range in the background in the city of Srinagar, Kashmir, India.

    The lake covers an area of 18 square kilometres. Its part of a natural wetland that covers 21.1 square kilometres including its floating gardens The floating gardens, known as “Raad” in Kashmiri, blossom with lotus flowers during July and August, and The wetland is divided by causeways into four basins; Lokut Dal, Gagribal, Bod Dal and Nagin (although Nagin is also considered as an independent lake). Lokuta-dal and Bod-dal each have an island in the centre.


    Opening Hours

    24 hours

    Entry & Others Fees

    There is no entry fee in this place

    How to Reach

    By air: Sheikh Ul Alam International Airport is the near airport to this place.

    By rail:  Srinagar railway is the nearby railway.

    By road: You can reach this place by road easily. You can take a bus or hire a car to reach this place directly.

    Tips for Travellers

    You must carry water bottles in this place.


    Que-01: Is this place safe to visit?

    Ans: Yes it’s safe to visit this place

    Que-02: Is photography allowed inside Muchalinda Lake?

    Ans: Yes it’s allowed and it’s free of cost

    We wish you all the best for your journey. Happy Travel!!!

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