Often referred to as the 'Jewel in the Crown of Kashmir,' Dal Lake is one of the most precious slices of paradise in Kashmir. Surrounded by the lush Mughal gardens and lined with British-built houseboats, the lake is the region's favorite summer destination for centuries. The houseboats and Shikara rides that present a scintillating sight of floating gardens and markets filled with vibrant lotus flowers, fruits, and vegetables; is worth a million bucks! Spend a few hours and you are sure to be mesmerized.
Location: Boulevard Road, Srinagar
Known for: Shikaras and House-Boat Ride with really scenic views.
How to reach: One of the easiest places to reach in Srinagar. It is easily accessible via all modes of local transport.
Approximate Cost: A one hour ride on Shikara will cost you INR 400-500 per person approximately. Houseboat charges depend upon time of visit and also on availability.
Operating hours: 6 am to 6 pm