A cluster of shikaras in the waters of the Dal Lake in Srinagar

A cluster of shikaras in the waters of the Dal Lake in Srinagar
A cluster of shikaras in the waters of the Dal Lake in Srinagar (More Photos / Print)

The beauty of the Dal Lake is incredible. It is a bit poignant right now because the floods in Kashmir (September, 2014) are horrendous, with water levels being very high, and the Dal Lake and Jhelum River have inundated large sections of the city; but the city will bounce back, the tourists will come back to enjoy the houseboats and shikaras of the beautiful lake. Moving on a shikara on the Dal Lake in Srinagar is a very calming experience, the seats are meant for you to casually relax on, and you take in the calm lake all around you, with boats and houseboats in the distance.