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Houseboats and Shikaras on Dal Lakes in Srinagar Kashmir

Here is information on Houseboats and Shikaras on Dal Lakes in Srinagar Kashmir:- Dal Lake in Srinagar has the highest number of houseboats...

In the 19th century, some of Srinagar's boat-dwelling community started building luxury versions of their own homes to cater to visitors. These houseboats, which remain moored in one place, have become the favoured accommodation for most visitors. Those in the deluxe class are astonishingly elaborate, their plush living rooms and bedrooms a showcase for the celebrated Kashmiri handicrafts — exquisite woodcarving, embroidery, carpets and Papier Mache. Mobility between houseboat and shore is ensured by a shikam, a skiff propelled by a boatman with heart shaped paddle. Whether luxuriating in the comfort of houseboat, or accommodated more prosaically in a hotel on dry land, there can be no more idyllic wav to spend a day in Srinagar than reclining on the cushions of a shileam in the shade of its awning, cruising the city's lakes and backwaters.

ENVIRONS: Vestiges of Kashmir's pre-Islamic past can be seen in the ruins of magnificent Hindu temples at Avantipora, (Twenty eight-28 kilometers) (Seventeen-17 miles) southeast of Srinagar, and Martand, (Sixty-60 kilometers) (Thirty Seven-37 miles) southeast of Srinagar. The Sun Temple at Martand is believed to date from the 8th century AD, while the two Avantipora temples are probably from the 9th century AD. Built with great limestone blocks fitted together without mortar, these temples bear witness to the astonishing degree of technical expertise that prevailed in the early medieval period. Also Visit – Kashmir tour packages

Tourist Places near Srinagar


Srinagar district 58 km (36 miles) W of Srinagar

GULMARG, or the "Meadow of Flowers", at an altitude of 2,730 m (8,950 ft), was developed by the British around a meadow on the northern flank of the Pir Panjal Range. The central bowl has been laid out as a golf course, one of the highest in the world. Around it are fairy-tale cottages with pine forests behind them. Gulmarg, together with Khilanmarg, some 300 m (984 ft) higher up in the mountains, is among India's few ski resorts. Its facilities, catering to all levels of proficiency, also include beginner courses.


Srinagar district 96 km (60 miles) E of Srinagar

IN THE VALLEY of the Lidder Inver, Pahalgam is on the southern slope of the Great Himalayas. It is the base for several treks to Kishtwar and the Sure Valley and for the pilgrims to the holy cave of Amarnath, the destination of several thousand Hindu pilgrims, every August.

Pahalgam, dotted mustard fields, also offers trout fishing, golf and short expeditions into the nearby mountains. The road from Srinagar to Pahalgam passes by Pampore, famous for its fields of saffron (Crocus sativa), which has been cultivated in Kashmir since the 10th century. The saffron flower blooms in late autumn.

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