Lake of Flowers!
Ideal Duration: 4-6 hours
Open Time: Seasonal
Best Time: 1st April - 15th October
Nearest Airport: Srinagar
Nearest Railway Station: Udhampur, Jammu Tawi
Dal Lake is a Himalayan urban lake which is mainly used for tourism. Fishery is of secondary importance. The lake comprises five basins and a myriad of inter- connecting channels. It is one of the most beautiful lakes of India and the second largest lake in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. The lake is surrounded by mountains on its three sides. A large number of gardens and orchards have been laid along the shores. Dal Lake is unique in having hundreds of house boats which afford an opportunity to tourists to reside on the lake in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. The boats are served by Shikaras which more or less resemble the gondolas of Venice but are smaller in size and are tastefully decorated. Besides the Moghul monuments the campus of the University of Kashmir is also located along the shores of the lake. Overlooking the lake are two hillocks which house the famous temples of Shankaracharya and Hari Parbat. Towards the southwest side an outflow channel drains the lake water into a tributary of the River Jhelum. Parallel to this exit is a stone-lined canal which connects the lake with the tributary. This channel is used for movement of boats in and out of the lake and prevents inundation of floating gardens during high floods.The famous Mughal gardens around the lake have been laid during 16-17th century and their number was about five hundred but now only a few of these have survived. The lake water is being used for irrigation of vegetable fields which have grown in number and extent during recent years.
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