Srinagar’s Jewel – The Dal Lake

Posted: April 12, 2013 in Travel
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Popularly known as ‘Srinagar’s jewel’, the Dal Lake is one of the most beautiful lake and a big tourist attraction in India. Dal Lake in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar, is the second largest in state. It is spread over an area of 26 sq. km. It is renowned for its house boats and Shikara boat rides, which are set against the slow clad glorious Himalayas. The Dal Lake continues to be on the canvas of most of the artists, and also be a most inspirational place and subject for several poets.

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The unparalleled beauty & scenic environment of Dal Lake, makes it ideal to stay in the ‘Hotels near Dal Lake’, and also in the luxury houseboats to enjoy the raising evening sun, shimmering on the lake as it goes down. The lake is divided into four areas by the four causeways, with the Western part of the lake which is dotted with many Islands, attracting tourists with its serenity. It is the first lake in the world which has secured Wi – Fi connection.

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The lake is situated around 10 km away from the Srinagar, and is easily reachable within 20 minutes by the taxis. Along with all this, it is also a hub for numerous water sports like water surfing, Shikara rides, swimming, kayaking, houseboat stays, angling and canoeing. Some of the other tourist attractions that can be visited nearby Dal Lake are Nehru Park, Nishat Bagh, Char Chinar, and Shalimar Bagh.

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The environment of Dal Lake is warm monomictic i.e. of mixed type, where pH value is ranging from minimum 1.4 to maximum of 12.3 within a year.

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Dal Lake is a popular summer resort for most of the visitors. Some of the important features of this lake are Fisheries and harvesting of food and fodder plants. Some of the activities practiced here are swimming, snow skiing, boating, and canoeing. Along with all these features the lake has numerous sites and places of interest, most of which are the important cultural heritage of Srinagar. Apart from Shalimar Bagh and Nishat Bagh, some of the other places frequently visited by tourists are the Hari Prabhat, Shankaracharya temple, Nagin Lake, Hazratbal Shrine, Chashme Shahi, and so on.

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