Shikara Ride on Dal Lake

Shikara Ride on Dal Lake

Shikara Ride on Dal Lake – An experience like never before

Kashmir is the best place in the northern part of India to take a break from the monotonous and hide in the lap of nature. Adorned with the gigantic peaks of Himalaya and the pristine lakes, this state has something for every traveler. One of the gems of Kashmir is the Dal Lake in Srinagar which completely defines the true beauty of the state. The Dal Lake is the second largest lake in Srinagar and referred as the ‘Jewel in the crown of Kashmir’ by the locals. Along with the pristine beauty of the Dal Lake, the colorful shikara boats on the banks of Dal Lake is another fascinating sight in Srinagar.

But, what is a Shikara boat?

Shikara boat is a Gondola type wood crafted rowing boat used by the locals to reach to and fro from the banks of the Dal Lake. A shikara ride is a captivating experience for the tourists as it takes amidst the vast beauty of the lake and give a glimpse of the magnificent Zabarwan ranges.
Shikara in Srinagar is a luxury and comfortable mode of transportation used to reach the houseboat from the banks of Dal Lake. Along with taking the visitors to their houseboats, the Shikara boats are used for sightseeing on the Dal Lake. It takes the travelers on a ride around the lake to give a sight of the Char Chinar, Kabutar Khana, Bathing boats on the lake and a fascinating sight of the floating garden on the lake water. Apart from the islands on the lake, the shikara ride will give you a glimpse of the famous Nishat Bagh and Shalimar Bagh which are situated at a close distance from the Dal Lake.

Best time to experience Shikara boat ride in Srinagar

The Dusk of summer season creates an enchanting view to enjoy from a Shikara ride in Dal Lake. Along with the fascinating sights on the Dal Lake, the visitors get also get a closure to the livelihood of the people living near the lake. As the Shikarawala will row to the middle of the lake, one can enjoy the fascinating view of the floating garden where the locals grow vegetable and sell them in small boats. The lotus garden in the vicinity is another sight you cannot miss.
To make your Kashmir tour less cumbersome, the Kashmir houseboat arranges a great service of Shikara ride on Dal Lake in Srinagar. Enjoy the pleasant silence of the lake while the shikara boat takes you on a ride to paradise.


  • Anjali
    Thank you for such a useful blog.
  • Gaurav
    This blog itself created the desire for me to experience the Shikara ride in Kashmir.

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