Pangong Tso

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Pangong Tso  Tibetan for “high grassland lake”, also referred to as Pangong Lake, is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m (14,270 ft) and is 134 km long, extending from India to China. Do you remember the last scene of 3 idiots? Want to know about the location where Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor were snogging in the last scene?  If you remember the beautiful lake where the whole scene was shot, that lake is Pangong Tso. The reflection of the barren mountains and a clear blue sky on the placid waters of Pangong Tso Lake is one sight that will remain etched in mind forever! Approximately 60% of the length of the lake lies in China. The lake is 5 km (3.1 mi) wide at its broadest point. All together it covers 604 km2. During winter the lake freezes completely, despite being saline water. It is not a part of Indus river basin area and geographically a separate land locked river basin.

Pangong_Tso_at_Sunrise The beauty and allure of this lake has attracted people from all over the country and beyond. The crystal clear blue lake sprawls over an area of 100 kilometers across the borders of two countries in India and China. It is one of the charismatic lakes situated on the Changtang plateau in eastern Ladakh region. The sunset & the sunrise are the best time to witness the sheer beauty of this place. The migratory birds add a special feel to the whole experience. Reaching the lake itself is an experience to remember. n interesting observation of the topography throughout this journey is that they throw off all calculations of distance somewhat like a mirage-effect, what looked to be a ten-minute crossing easily requires an hour or more! The beautiful multi shades of blue color offered by this lake along with a picturesque landscape around gives this place an extremely romantic feel as shown in Bollywood film songs.

Pangong_Lake_Tso Reflection_at_Pangong_Tso,_Ladakh,_India Pangong Lake is also known by the name of Hollow Lake and appears as a clear symbol of nature craftsmanship. The brackish water plays with sunlight to produce different effects of light. One-third part of the lake lies in India while the remaining two-third lies in Tibet, a region controlled by China.  The name of the lake Pangong was got from a Tibetan word Banggong Co that means a narrow and enchanted lake. The brackish water of the lake has very low micro-vegetation. Guides report that there are no fish or other aquatic life in the lake, except for some small crustaceans. On the other hand, visitors see numerous ducks and gulls over and on the lake surface. There are some species of scrub and perennial herbs that grow in the marshes around the lake. This place is paradise for bird lovers especially with sightings of other birds like rodents that are said to grow up to the size of a dog. During summers, bar-headed geese can also be witnessed here. All this makes the lake a favourite spot for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts. 

If you are planning to visit Pangong Lake, make sure you do not visit during winters because the whole lake freezes during this season of the year.  This spectacular lakeside is open during the tourist season, which lasts from May to September. Whenever you plan to visit this magical place, make sure you do carry a lot of winter clothes. The climate is cold and after dawn it gets harsher. There is only one cemented accommodation available around the lake and the facilities like electricity, medical aid, hot running water, western toilets etc. are rare to find.

How To Reach :

By Air : The nearest Airport is Leh. Which is well connected to all major city if India.

By Rail : The nearest Railhead is Jammu Railway Station (450 km) which is well connect to the all major city of India.

By Road : Pangong Tso can be reached after a a five-hour drive from Leh. From Leh, one passes through the Changla Pass and then through Tangste. There are regular bus services run by state road transport corportation. 

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Zanskar Valley

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One of the least explored destinations in the country, Zanskar, located in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir.  The Zanskar Range is a mountain range in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir that separates Zanskar from Ladakh. Geologically, the Zanskar Range is part of the Tethys Himalaya, an approximately 100-km-wide synclinorium formed by strongly folded and imbricated, weakly metamorphosed sedimentary series, is one of the known Buddhist kingdoms of the western Himalayas within elevation of 12000 feet. The beauty of the Zanskar landscapes changed our definition of beautiful. Situated in the Himalayan range, Zanskar is popular with adventure junkies. A hotspot for trekking, paragliding and river rafting, Lamayuru to Darcha and Lamayuru-Padumare some of the popular trekking trails that pass around Zanskar.  Zanskar, which is the land of moonscapes and threatening paths, charms the best of wanderers, invites them with enthralling sights and enchanting landscapes, and turns them into a pro traveler for life. It also separates Kinnaur District from Spiti in Himachal Pradesh. The highest peaks of Himachal are in the Zanskar Range.

Zanskar is famous for its high beautiful mountains and landscape. Zanskar is one of the most unexplored places in Jammu and Kashmir. Pleasant climate, landscape, snow-capped Himalayan Mountains and sparking rivers makes Zanskar a perfect holiday destination for worldwide tourists. Zanskar comprises a tri-armed valley system, The three arms radiate star-like towards the west, north and south from a wide central expanse where the region’s two principal drainage’s meet to form the main Zanskar River. Adventure is the main cause as to why people like Zanskar. River rafting and other sports are very famous here, and Zanskar is known for it clear waters. The spectacular Himalayan landscape and the lifestyles of the inhabitants attract many tourists to the hidden kingdom of Zanskar.

Tourist Attraction : 

Penzella Pass :

800px-Drang_Drung_glacier_seen_from_Pensi_La_pass Penzella Pass is the pass that divides Zasnkar valley with the Suru Valley. Penzella Pass is located at 4400 metres above the sea level in the Zanskar range of mountains. Considered to be an ideal camping ground for trekkers, the site is renowned for two greenish water springs. The region also has various species of plants that have rich medicinal values. Zanskar range, the slopes of the pass are covered with snow in the winter season. In summers, when the snow melts, a large variety of flora and fauna can be seen on the slopes of the pass. A variety of wildlife is also present here including the commonly observed Marmots and brown bears. The Pass is also flanked by glaciers on both the sides, from which engendered streams flow into the Suru and Zanskar river, creating a lovely sight. The Penzella Pass is open only during the months of May to September as the region sees heavy snowfall in other months.

Zanskar River :

Zanskar_rivers_February_2014 If adventure is what you love, Zanskar River expedition will be an adventurous experience like never before. River rafting probably is the most indulged in activity in Zanskar River. The rafting experience takes you through one of the most breathtaking gorges of the World.  One of the largest tributaries of river Indus, Zanskar River emerges from the north facing Himalayan slopes. Branched into two: Doda tributary, begins in close proximity to the Pensi La Pass and flows alongside the Zanskar Valley towards Padum, whereas the Kargyag river tributary forms the second branch emerging from near the Shingo La and Tsarap river. Due to the glaciers, the entire area of the river has been transformed into a U-shaped valley. The only outlet for the whole Zanskar hydrographic system is thus the Zanskar river, which cuts the deep and narrow Zanskar Gorge through the Zanskar range. Tourists can also visit the Abring and the Padam villages that are situated around the river.

Padum :

Zanskar_padum_Padum One of the most daunting treks in the valley, it runs through the heart of Zanskar Valley to finally reach Lahaul Valley in Himachal. Padum also serves as the abode to exotic flora and fauna. Once the capital of the ancient Zanskar Kingdom, the region still holds antediluvian relics like intricate carvings on a large rock situated on the banks of the river Lung-nak, dating back to 8th century. Its older section, comprising of inter-connected adobe houses and several high-rise chortens, surround a boulder-strewn hillock, site of the erstwhile palace and fort. Apart from these attractions, the scenic beauty of the surrounding areas from this region is too lovely to be put into words.

Zongkhul Monastery :

Ladakh_Lamayuru Zongkhul is one of the popular cave monasteries, which is used by Yogis for the purpose of meditation. The two caves here are the present monasteries, are said to have been used by the famous yogi for the solitary meditation. A footprint on a stone near the ingress of the lower cave is highly revered as that of the yogi.  Located near the village of Ating, this monastery is famous for murals believed to be painted more than 300 years ago. In the 4th month of the Tibetan calendar, Zongkhul Huchot festival is organised by the locals. It is believed that Naropa used to meditate in this monastery, which makes it a prime location as several other Mahasiddhas also meditated at this site. The monastery has number of shrines. There are images of Buddha, Padmasmbhava, Mitukpa and Mahakala. The monastery houses 15 monks and 23 novitiates. With no road access, trekking is the only way to reach the monastery. It lies on the Padum-Kishtwar trek route. The best time to visit Zongkhul monastery is between July to early November as rest of the year, the region remains covered with snow.

Rangdum Monastery :

f02a55ef51_b Rangdum Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery belonging to the Gelugpa sect, situated on top of a small but steep sugarloaf hill at an altitude of 4,031 m at the head of the Suru Valley, in Ladakh. Flanked by colorful hills on one side and dazzling white glaciers on the other, the region is a charming site. The Drang-drung glacier can also be seen from this region. this monastery looks like a fortress and in fact was used as one by Dogra armies of General Zorawar Singh.  It is an ancient monastery from 18th century and a visit is recommended. 

Most of the precipitation occurs as snowfall during the harsh and extremely long winter period. These winter snowfalls are of vital importance, since they feed the glaciers which melt in the summer and provide most of the irrigation water. Parts of Zanskar valley are considered some of the coldest continually inhabited places in the world. Owing to the altitudes the Zanskar valley is accessible only during the summer months. The winter months are too harsh for travel in Zanskar. The best time to visit Zongkhul monastery is between July to early November as rest of the year, the region remains covered with snow.

How To Reach : 

By Air : Nearest Airport is Leh (105 km), Flights from Delhi, Jammu and Srinagar connected to Leh 

By Rail : Nearest rail head is Jammu(700 km). After getting off at the railway station, one can take a shared bus to Zanskar Valley via Kargil. All Major city like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Indore, Jabalpur and Rishikesh are well connected to Jammu by rail.

By Road : There is a regular bus service from Jammu & Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation from Leh and Kargil for Padum with stops at various points in Suru and Zanskar Valley.

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Gulmarg

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Gulmarg is a town, a hill station, a popular skiing destination and a notified area committee in Baramula district in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The town is situated in the Pirpanjal range in the western Himalayas. Gulmarg is one of the beautiful place that can be visited in Kashmir valley. Gulmarg literally means the meadow of flowers. The meadow of flowers About 50 kms away from Srinagar, it is a cup-shaped meadow 3 kms long, and over 2000 metres high. Then natural beauty of Gulmarg has attracted tourists since long. 

View_from_Gulmarg Originally named Gaurimarg (“the fair one”) by shepherds in honor of the Hindu goddess Parvati, the resort was renamed Gulmarg(“meadow of flowers”) by Sultan Yusuf Shah of the Chak Dynasty who frequented the place with his queen Habba khatoon in the 16th century. During the colonial rule over India, the British discovered the hill resort of Gulmarg in 1927. Gulmarg also hosted the British Resident and his fellow Europeans. The snow-clad peaks and the lovely landscapes of Gulmarg have provided background for several Bollywood ventures. 

The slopes of Gulmarg make it Asia’s only heli-skiing resort. Gulmarg is the main skiing resort for the adventure lovers. The skis, sticks, snow boots, woollen socks, mufflers, windproof jackets, goggles, caps and various other equipments and the Ski instructors are easily available in Gulmarg. Even the amateurs can enjoy the skiing with the ski lifts and chair lifts.

Tourist attraction at Gulmarg :

Apharwat Peak :

Apharwat_Peak A picturesque water body at the foot of the twin Apharwat Peaks, Alpather Lake is a stunning natural attraction. At an altitude of approx. 4,200 meters above the sea level, the Apharwat Peak is one of the most beautiful places to visit in and around Gulmarg.  The Apharwat peak is a trekking center and a must-visit for those who love trekking. It is a place which provides beautiful scenes to the tourists who visit here. this lake is frozen until mid-June and even later in the year one can see lumps of ice floating in its cold waters. Another noteworthy point is that the Line of Control (LOC) is only a few kilometers from this peak. From Gulmarg, you can reach the lake on a horseback through a well-graded track. The horse ride through snowy trails is in itself alluring enough to make you come again and re-visit.

Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve :

270px-Black-tailed_deer Home to numerous species of flora, fauna, & avifauna, the Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve is among the most popular tourist places to visit in Gulmarg for wildlife lovers. Biodiversity blooms here in its richest form. The conifers and green herbs give the entire sanctuary a scenic appearance. This offers ample opportunities to capture the animals in scenic settings. The reserve area is located at a distance of 48-km from Srinagar, to its southwest. Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve is famous for its vegetation and wildlife. The reserve is spread over an area of 180 sq. km. The reserve houses upland and pheasant birds. Nature has blessed this sanctuary with expansive patches of conifers and green herbs that give it a scenic appearance. Here, you can catch sight of the endangered Musk Deer – the main attraction of the park. Also seen in this park are Hangul, Leopard, Brown Bear, Black Bear and Red Fox. The area has a large population of indigenous and migratory birds including, inter alia, Griffon Vulture, Blue Rock Pigeon Monal, Snow Cock, Kashmir Roller, and Jungle Crow. It is all together a different experience to be surrounded by rich Himalayan wildlife and there can be no better place to experience this thrill than in Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve.

Strawberry Valley :

Strawberry-valley A favorite destination of the yesteryear Bollywood movies, many important scenes of the Shashi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan starrer Namak Halal were shot around this idyllic hill station. The idyllic Strawberry Field is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Gulmarg.  During summers, taste the freshest strawberry Gulmarg has to offer at Strawberry Valley. Walk down the valley to get through the unexplored part of Gulmarg. 

Ferozepur Nallah :

Ferozpur_Nallah Ferozepur Nallah is a captivating mountain stream flowing through verdant valleys between the beautiful Chinamarg and Nurpur Pass. Flowing through Chinamarg and Nurpur Pass, Ferozepur Nallah is situated 5kms from Gulmarg. Camping beside this stream is one of the best things to do in Gulmarg. Reached from the Tangmarg road, or from the Outer Circular Walk, this mountain stream meets the Bahan River at a popular picnic spot known as ‘waters meet’. The stream is reputed to be particularly good for trout fishing.  The duo of Ningle Nallah and Ferozepur Nallah are two mountain streams flowing through the lush green valleys. The grassy pastures on the sides of the streams put these attractions among the best places to visit in Gulmarg for camping and picnic.

Ningle Nallah :

Ferozpur_Nallah Ningle Nallah is a beautiful stream with flowing water right from the melting ice of the Apharwat peak. It is situated at a distance of 10 kms from Gulmarg. It is a popular picnic spot, which is situated about 8kms from Gulmarg. Ningli Nallah is a stream that has its origin in Allaptri Naag. The water formed by the melting of ice in Apharwat Peak and Alpather Lake is the main source of Ningle Nallah. After passing through mountains and valleys, this stream merges into the River Jhelum near Sopore. The grassy pastures on the sides of the stream are ideal for camping and picnics.

St. Mary’s Church : 

St_Mary's_Church_in_Gulmarg Boasting of fine Victorian style of architecture, St. Mary’s Church is one of the star attractions of Gulmarg.  A Victorian style Church, St.Mary’s is a small place of worship in Gulmarg. The church is famed for its stained glass artwork and utter peace. The verdant meadows, lofty alpine trees and towering mountains that are covered with thick snow during winters in the surroundings greatly enhance the beauty of this church. The church, which was built more than 100 years ago, in the beginning of the 20th century, is like stepping back in time. The attraction has become a point of interest for not just the religious travelers, but also the photography enthusiasts.

Shrine of Baba Reshi :

Baba_Reshi_Shrine3 The shrine of Baba Reshi is 500 years old and holds an important position as a religious place in Gulmarg. Named after a known Muslim scholar and Saint, Baba Reshi Shrine is 5 kms from Gulmarg and is located at a height of 2133 m above sea level. The saint after whom this shrine was built was a member of the court of King Zain-ul-Abidin. Shrine of Baba Reshi is one of the religious places to visit. People from all walks of life visit the shrine to seek blessings. It is accessible by a motorable road from Gulmarg.  Baba Reshi who spent his days in meditation and prayer here. It’s also an architectural beauty. What makes an immediate impression is the old Kashmiri architecture of the shrine – lattice work windows, intricately carved deodar pillars and exquisite craftsmanship. Tourists from different parts of the world, visit here to have a look at the Mughal and Persian style of architecture which makes up the shrine.

Seven Springs : 

Ferozpur_Nallah Seven Springs is famously known for seven natural outlets of water, a mesmerizing sight. The Seven Springs offer a majestic view of both Srinagar and Gulmarg valleys from the top. The famous Gondola cable car ride takes you from Gulmarg to the Seven Springs in Kongdori.

Alpather Lake : 

alpather-lake-3939 Located about 13 km from Gulmarg, the Alpather Lake is among the enchanting places to visit in and around Gulmarg.  A picturesque water body at the foot of the twin Apharwat Peaks, Alpather Lake is a stunning natural attraction. Alpather Lake is one exciting place for a day trip from Gulmarg.  Embraced by rocky mountains and endless meadows that are covered with wildflowers, this lake is doubtlessly, every nature photographer’s delight. The breathtaking topography and perfect setting for photography has made this destination a favorite among the nature lovers as well as photography enthusiasts. The lake also provides an adventurous opportunity to the visitors, who can take up activities like horse riding and ridge climbing. During winters, the lake remains frozen, and the surrounding fields get laden with snow. From Gulmarg, you can reach the lake on a horseback through a well-graded track. The horse ride through snowy trails is in itself alluring enough to make you come again and re-visit.

Khilanmarg : 

Gulmarg If you are visiting the “meadow of flowers”, then this place is one of the must visit for sightseeing in Gulmarg. Khilanmarg is 4 kms from Gulmarg. Khilanmarg is the famous spot for skiing in winters. From Khilanmarg, you can enjoy the views of the Kashmir valley and the Himalayan range.The place is surrounded all over from mountains and it provides a great view during spring season when it is filled with wild flowers. There is a view point in Khilanmarg with its spectacular vistas of the great Himalayas, that you shouldn’t miss if you are visiting Gulmarg.

Golf Course : 

kashmir-golf-tour-5676 What can be better than acres and acres of open green grass surrounded by mountains and peaks?  Golf Course in Gulmarg, situated at a height of 2,650 mabove sea level, is the highest green golf course in the world. This 18-hole golf course is completely managed by the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation. This place was used to play golf by Britishers since 1911 and the golf course was inaugurated formally in 2011. Temporary membership, even for one day, is available at the club for the golfers. Visitors are allowed to take their cars inside for a ride and enjoy a ride in one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world.

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Betaab Valley & Aru Valley – Pahalgam

Betaab Valley :

Betaab_Valley,Kashmir Betaab valley is situated at a distance of 07 kilometers from Pahalgam in Anantnag district in India’s northernmost state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is located mostly in the Himalayan mountains, and shares borders with the states of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab to the south. Earlier known as Hagan Valley or Hagoon, Betaab Valley got its present name after the blockbuster Bollywood movie ‘Betaab’ was shot there in 1983. A combination of picturesque surroundings, the valley falls on the way to Amarnath Temple Yatra and is one of the three angelic valleys of Pahalgam; the other two being Aru and Chandanwadi. Betaab Valley is covered with lush woods of pine and deodar, and overlooks snow-laden peaks.

Betaab_Valley This is more developed as Nature Park with tall trees and river flowing in between the park. This place is well maintained with river flowing through the valley. Encircled by mountains featuring deodar and pine forests, Betaab Valley is a perfect gateway to enjoy the heavenly pleasure of Mother Nature. The valley is characterised by picture perfect views and is a kind of popular picnic spot for tourists to arrive. Resting between two major mountain ranges, Pir Panjal and Zanskar, Betaab Valley acts as a base for trekking to other major mountain ranges. While here, you can alsoexplore nearby tourist places like Tulian Lake and Baisaran.

How to Reach :

Betaab Valley is 7 km from pahalgam. Pahalgam is well connected from Srinagar (95 km) by road.  The nearest Airport is in Badgam District which is well connected with major cities of India. The nearest Rail Head is at Jammu (255 kms.) Hire taxis or buses from here.

Aru Valley :

Square Panorama of Aru Valley, Jammu and Kashmir, India Aru is a tourist spot in the Anantnag District of Jammu & Kashmir, India. It is located around 12 km from Pahalgam, Noted for its scenic meadows, lakes and mountains, it is a base camp for trekking to the Kolhoi Glacier andTarsar Lake. Here horse is available to climb up the valley. You can also climb up and see the beauty of green valley. It is popular among the tourists for its peaceful environment and scenic beauty. Like other villages of Kashmir this too is acclaimed for its glistening lakes, meadows and ice-capped that it looks upon.

Visit the land of adventure with no pre-conceived notions because this place is surely going to give you a lot of surprises. Explore the exotic flora and fauna that makes Aru Valley unique and famous as a hot spot for bio diversity best known to mankind. The village is a base camp for trekkers to the Kolahoi Glacier, the TarsarMarsar lakes and the Katrinag valley. There are about 20 alpine lakes, peaks and meadows around the Aru Valley. In the winters, when Aru receives heavy snowfall, skiingand heliskiing are practiced. Other popular tourist activities include fishing of trout in the Lidder river, trekking, hiking, horse riding, sightseeing and photography, Breathtaking beauty and interesting activities like trekking, hiking and horse riding make it one of the most popular tourist places to visit in Pahalgam.

Aru_Valley If you are in winter months or early summer then this total valley will be full with snow. In peak summer months you can get green valley only. However snow will be available in distance peaks. On the way to Aru valley you will be passing through various picnic spots and the zoo. While returning or going towards Aru valley you can visit the zoo.

Aru Valley has a cool and pleasant climate in summers and very cold climate in winters and the best season for tourism is from March to November

How to reach :

The closest airport is that at Srinagar which is situated at 95 kms from Pahalgam.  Aru Valley is 12 km away from Pahalgam. The Jammu Tavi railway station is situated closest to Pahalgam. Once you de board the train, there are plenty of buses and cars available to Pahalgam. Well connected to Srinagar and Jammu by roadways, Pahalgam can be very easily accessed why buses and taxis. There are also luxury vehicles available.

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Dal Lake

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The Dal Lake is the second largest lake in the state of Jammu and Kashimir, is integral to tourism and recreation in Kashmir and is Nick named is  “Srinagar’s Jewel in the crown of Kashmir. Dal Lake is, initially, one of the most confusing parts of Srinagar for it’s not really one lake at all, but three. The Dal Lake with its sparkling quiet waters is surrounded by the beautiful snow-capped mountains on three sides making the Dal Lake one of the most beautiful lakes in India.  It figures high on tourist itineraries and every tourist to the Kashmir valley makes it a point to visit the water body. Dal Lake has an average depth of almost 5 ft and a maximum depth of 20 ft. Covering an area of 18 sq km, the Dal Lake is part of a natural wetland that covers an area of about 21 sq km which includes floating gardens. The floating gardens, known as “Rad” in  images Kashmiri. The fascinating Dal Lake is divided into two smaller ones the Lokut (small) and Bod (big) Dal. The Dal Lake gets some of its water from spring but is also supplemented by water from the mountain lake, Mar Sar. The waters of Dal Lake are amazingly clear. Swimming here can be quite refreshing, especially on a hot afternoon. One will undoubtedly be joined by a number of Indians, including Hindu women who swim in their saris.  Scenic view of the lake can be witnessed from the shoreline Mughal Gardens built during the reign of Emperor Jahangir, from the houseboats and from the colourful shikaaras cruising along the lake. A recent addition to the beauty of the boulevard is the ‘Royal Springs’ golf course. Massive investments of approximately US$275 million (₹ 11 billion) are being made by the Government of India to restore the lake to its original splendour. The beauty of Dal Lake has attracted filmmakers and over 20 films have been shot in and around the famous water body. Mainstream Hindi films like, Junglee, Jab Jab Phool Khile, Kashmir Ki Kali, Jaanwar, Lamhaa, Yahaan, Mission Kashmir, Dil Se, Kabhi Kabhi, Rockstar and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani were shot or have scenes in which Dal Lake forms the backdrop. 

shikaras & Houseboats :

dal-lake-1 Shikaras are a cultural symbol of the lake and seen mostly in lakes of Srinagar. The stunning ‘shikaras’ loaded with fresh flowers look like some metaphorical version of the gondolas of Venice and has achieved iconic statues. decorated shikaras floating around the lake for transporting goods to markets, children to school and travellers from houseboats to shore. The dramatic houseboats equally attract tourists for a peaceful and unforgettable stay on the lake. Overnight stay in a houseboat is an experience of a life time. A usual houseboat consists of a front balcony, a drawing room, a dining room and three bed rooms with attached toilets. Some of the houseboats even have a small terrace. Houseboats vary in degree of luxury and have been accordingly graded by the Department of Tourism.

Fishing resources: 

The fishing industry on Dal is the second largest industry in the region and is central to many of the people’s livelihoods who reside on the lake’s periphery.  As a result, carp constitutes 70% of all the fish caught in the lake while the schizothonax constitutes 20% and other species account for 10%. The various fishing nets being used in Dal are cast net,Long line, Gill net, Rod and line, Scoop net .

Floating Gardens :

The lake is probably at its most beautiful when the lotus flowers bloom in July and August. Potato, tomato, pumpkin, cucumber, radish and lots of other vegetables are grown here cultivation of the floating gardens which also lie in this part of the lake is another interesting feature. The floating
gardens, known as “Rad” in Kashmiri, are one of the stranger aspects of Dal Lake. Providing fine views all the way.

Island : 

India_-_Srinagar_-_019_-_Char_Chinar_Island_on_Dal_Lake There are three islands in the lake, 2 of which are marked with beautiful Chinar trees, Char Chinar  also in Island.  The island located on the Bod Dal is known as Rupa Lank. it is marked with the presence of majestic Chinar trees at the four corners. During the winter season, soometimes the temperature falls as low as -11 degrees celsius, freezing the lake. Often people can be found ice skating on the lake at that time.

best time to visit Dal lake is between June to September.   Dal Lake’s attraction is Islands, Houseboats & Floating Gardens. The lake is popular as a visitor attraction and a summer resort. Fisheries and the harvesting of food and fodder plants are also important on Dal. 

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