The Dal Lake is the most celebrated and important lake amongst all in Srinagar. It is home to carved wooden houseboats, vibrant shikaras and floating gardens. The backdrop to this eight kilometre long lake is the Pir Panjal mountain range, adding to the magnificence of this picture postcard vista. Don't forget to travel here early morning to see Srinagar's famous floating market.
Dal Lake, in Srinagar, the heart of Kashmir is the second largest lake in state, is integral to tourism and recreation in Kashmir and is named the "Jewel in the crown of Kashmir" or "Srinagar's Jewel". The shore line of the lake, is about 15.5 kilometres (9.6 mi), is encompassed by a boulevard lined with Mughal Gardens, parks, houseboats and hotels. Scenic views of the lake can be witnessed from the shore line Mughal gardens, such as Shalimar Bagh and Nishat Bagh built during the reign of Mughal Emperor Jahangir, and from houseboats cruising along the lake in the colourful shikaras. During the winter season, the Dal freezes and people enjoy walk over it.
The Dal Lake and the Shikaras are the photographers delight. During sunrise and sunset, the place bathed in golden light looks ethereal.
In Dal lake there is also a small island like park "Nehru Park" covered by water from all the sides and Char Chinari (Four Chinars in Dal Lake like a mini island).
Sports in Dal: One can enjoy Water Skiing, Motor Boats in Dal Lake.
Rides: Shikara ride is one of the main attraction of Dal lake which one should not miss to do.
Houseboat Stay: Houseboat stay is one of the famous attraction of Dal Lake, it is house in boat floating in Dal Lake, it is mesmerizing, one must stay at least on night in houseboat. One can find different types of rooms available in houseboat in all budget ranges.