Dal Lake Shikara Ride

dal lake shikara ride

Dal Lake Shikara Ride

Shikaras are wooden boats used for multiple purposes, including transportation of people.

dal lake shikara ride

Rides in the covered ones with cushioned seats are quite popular with the tourists.

dal lake shikara ride
View of the houseboats from our shikhara

Like the Venetian gondolas, they are a cultural symbol of Kashmir.

dal lake shikara ride
Paddling towards the floating markets

dal lake shikara ride
Floating ‘farm’

dal lake shikara ride
Fruit seller

floating market
Floating market

shikara ride
Floating house along Dal Lake

shikara ride
Floating vegetable market

dal lake
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4 Responses to Dal Lake Shikara Ride

  1. Ajay Reddy August 9, 2010 at 7:41 am #

    Hey guys, hope you didn’t get caught in the floods up north!

    • Madhu August 10, 2010 at 3:25 pm #

      Hi Ajay,
      Thanks for checking … we were lucky enough to get out of Kashmir before the trouble out there spun out of control AND out of Ladakh before the floods.
      We are now chilling in Kerala …

  2. KS August 12, 2010 at 12:51 pm #

    Ok so you managed to escape Kashmir & Ladakh situations! Kerala must be pretty nice in the monsoon rains? … like Thane!


    • Madhu August 12, 2010 at 9:08 pm #

      Hi KS,
      We were fortunate enough to get out at the right time … I am glad we pushed our Lahaul & Spiti trip till next year.
      Kerala is lovely … enjoying the monsoons … looking forward to Onam.
      – Madhu

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