Shikara not Shakira

A visit to Srinagar is incomplete without a stay in a houseboat and a   boat ride in the famous  Dal lake.Being a fan of movies I have seen  several   hit songs  with the hero wooing the heroine  picturised in these  popular water  boats known as “shikara”.They are the  lifeline of this huge lake and the two hour ride is a unique experience.

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Apart from the tourists  sporting the traditional kashmiri outfits one can see  vendors with flowers,vegetables and handicrafts.

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Dal lake is a  birds paradise and  during winter  migratory birds from Siberia and  central Asia flock to this place.  I spotted a few egrets.

GREAT EGRET

GREAT EGRET

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Floating gardens are another attraction.

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After witnessing a glorious sunset over the lake  we made our way to the  houseboat for an overnight stay.

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Have you been on a shikara? What was your experience?

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