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.
Apart from the tourists sporting the traditional kashmiri outfits one can see vendors with flowers,vegetables and handicrafts.
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.
Floating gardens are another attraction.
After witnessing a glorious sunset over the lake we made our way to the houseboat for an overnight stay.
Have you been on a shikara? What was your experience?