Location : Srinagar, Kashmir
Attractions: Islands, Houseboats & Floating
Dal - A Lake Made Of Lakes
Dal Lake is, initially, one of
most confusing parts of Srinagar for it's not really one
lake at all, but three. Further more much of it is
hardly what one would expect a lake to be like - it's a
maze of intricate waterways and channels, floating
islands of vegetation, houseboats that look so firmly
moored they could almost be islands and hotels on
islands which look like they could simply float away.
Dal Lake lies immediately to the east and north of
Srinagar and stretches over 5-km. The lake is divided
into Gagribal, Lokut Dal and Bod Dal by a series of
The largest group of houseboats lies along the western
edge of the lake near the lakeside boulevard, towards
Dal gate. They are lined in looping rows and around
small islands. Several hotels can also be found on flat
islands in the lake. Beyond the houseboats to the
northwest are the floating gardens.
Attractions Around Dal Lake
There are three islands in the lake; three
real islands anyway, there are other sorts of islands
joined by causeways. Around the lake are many of
Srinagar's most interesting sights, in particular the
pleasant Mughal gardens. It's also flanked by hills,
particularly along its east bank. The Shankaracharya
hill provides a very fine view over the lake.
Have A Swim!
The waters of Dal Lake are amazingly clear. Nevertheless
one is advised not to go swimming in the lake although
the swimming houseboats, equipped with diving boards and
chutes, are moored in a deeper part of the lake,
'upstream' from the concentration of houseboats.
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
The lake is probably at its most beautiful
when the lotus flowers bloom in July and August. The
floating gardens, known as "Rad" in Kashmiri, are one of
the stranger aspects of Dal Lake. They're composed of
matted vegetation and earth, which are cut away from the
lake bottom and towed to a convenient location where
they are moored. Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Melons all grow
amazingly well in these gardens, if one look underneath
one can see that they do literally float on the lake.
One can also approach the floating gardens by road; the
boulevard runs along the eastern edge of the lake,
providing fine views all the way.
Location : Srinagar, Kashmir
Attractions: Houseboats, Swimming & Water Skiing
Known as the 'Jewel
In The Ring', Nagin is generally held to be the most
beautiful of the Dal lakes. Its name comes from the many
trees, which encircle the small, deep blue lake. Nagin
is only separated from the Larer Dal lakes by a narrow
causeway and it also has a number of houseboats moored
around its perimeter.
Nagin is generally held to be the most beautiful of the
Dal lakes. Its name comes from the many trees, which
encircle the small, deep blue lake. Nagin is only
separated from the Larer Dal lakes by a narrow causeway
and it also has a number of houseboats moored around its
Nagin Lake, which is usually thought of as a separate
lake, is also divided from Dal Lake only by a causeway.
The causeways are mostly suitable for walkers and
bicycles only so they make a very pleasant way of seeing
the lake without having to worry about traffic or
A Nice Getaway
If one wats to really get away from the chaotic city
life all then Nagin is a good place to find a house boat
and do it the surroundings are much more serene and
isolated than on Dal Lake. One can rent rowboats from
the camping site here - either to simply row around the
lake or to look around for a houseboat.