Updated: Apr 25, 2019
1. Take a Shikara ride
Shikara ride is first and must things to do in Srinagar. A small boat, a light, flat-bottomed boat is called shikara.
The gondola like boats, with spring cushion seats and silken curtains is used for pleasure rides, which is the most soothing and relaxing aspect of holidays in Kashmir. Many places of interest around the Dal Lake can be visited on a Shikara.
Another unique feature are the marts-on-boat and can go shopping on a Shikara. The little punts carry cargos of anything from flowers and vegitables to Handicrafts and general merchandise over here.
Where to try: Dal Lake in Srinagar and Manasbal Lake near Sonamarg Timings: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm; all days of the week
2. Night Stay in Houseboat
Dal lake is also famous for its majestic Houseboats. A houseboat has two to four bedrooms with attached bathrooms and common drawing and dining room. These are well furnished luxuriously, with rich wood carved interiors, laid with beautiful Persian carpets and housing priceless Kashmiri handicrafts. Staying in a houseboat is a very unique and unforgettable experience. It is the most favoured accommodation for most of tourists.
3. Go for a ‘Gondola’ cable car ride