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The Dal Lake - Wonders of Incredible India

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There is a famous saying for Srinagar - If there is a heaven on Earth, then it is here. Similarly, there is the beautiful Lake, called the Dal Lake which is the lifeline of Srinagar. The Summer Capital of the northern most Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir, Dal Lake is connected to other Lakes of the Kashmir Valley. Covering an area of 18 sq kms, the Dal Lake is a huge one.

Dal Lake is the life line of the People of Srinagar. Dal Lake has been frozen completely two times till date - one was in the 80s and the other was in the 90s. At the time when Dal Lake was frozen one could even walk to the Char Chinar which is in the Middle of the Lake from the Shore. Kids used to play cricket on it and bicycle riding used to be the favorite spot.

Fishing in the Dal Lake
Dal lake is the home to plenty of fishes. So the tourists can also try out fishing/angling in its water. Fishing is the main source of occupation for number of inhabitants around the Dal lake. Fishery is the second largest industry of the region centered on the lake side.

Char Chinar
This Mughal Garden is in the Centre of the Dal Lake and can be easily reached by Shikaras. The Char Chinar houses a Nehru House and the food and catering restaurant which offers both vegetarian and non - vegetarian food.

Shikara Rides on Dal Lake
During your trip to the Kashmir Valley, there lies an opportunity to enjoy a tranquil shikara ride along the pristine waters of the Dal Lake. A shikara ride along the lake takes you to visit sites like Nehru Park, Kanutur Khana, Charchinari, a number of floating islands and typical vegatable farmer villages.

Geographical Description of Dal Lake
It is the most popular lake in Srinagar. Srinagar is also known as the city of Dal Lake. The lake is divided into the major three parts known as Gagri bal, Lokut Dal and Bod Dal. Lokut Dal and Bod Dal have an island in the center known as the Sona lank (silver island) and Rupa lank (gold island). Both Sona and Rupa are also known as the Char Chinar because both of them have four chinar trees on them. The maximum dept of the Dal lake is around 1.37 meter. The lake supports the great Eco system and is the boon to the Tourism industry in Kashmir. Dal lake is the second largest lake in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

House boats on the Dal Lake
Tourists on the tour to the Dal lake can hire the beautiful houseboats to reside in the lake at an affordable rate. The boats are mainly served by Shikaras. There are around hundred of boats you can find here. You may spot the sales man selling nuts, fruits, cold drinks, flowerrs, shawls, books, shawls and carpets to the tourists. Apart from the Shikara riding tourists can also try out number of water sports in its water. Some of the them includes water skiing, warer scooter, canoeing, kayaking, and water surfing. Another major activity which the tourists can try out is, they can trek upto the Shankracharya through the city forest area.

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