Shikara Boat Ride in Kashmir

Kashmir offer breathtaking Shikara boat rides at Dal Lake and Nagin Lake. You can enjoy a smooth joyride over these water bodies. The enchanting views of the  Zabarwan Mountain Ranges against the crisp sounds of the paddle movements is indeed a feeling to be experienced in the Srinagar Lakes. The Shikara Boats offer a thrilling and rhythmic ride through the soft waves of the waters of Dal Lake and Nagin Lake in Kashmir thus making your experience of a Shikara boat ride most enjoyable and memorable indeed.

You can also indulge in Shopping for exquisite and colourful flowers from the boutique vendors who travel on their shikara boats. This makes your voyage even more charming and romantic for couples and newly-weds especially.

A shikara boat ride is indeed considered as one of the most relaxing and soothing experience during a holiday or honeymoon in Kashmir. Shikaras are just long, sleek boats that resemble a Gondola type of rowing boat. They have a canopy covering under which seats are fitted for you to sit, relax, and watch the panorama of the lakes in Kashmir and their surroundings.

Mostly crowded, the Shikara boat rides in Kashmir are also used to transport you from land to your houseboat and vice versa. It is worth your time and money to take that joyride ride around the lakes of Kashmir in a shikara. You can also access tourist spots like the Shalimar Garden, Nishat Garden, and the Hazratbal mosque via the Shikara as the Dal Lake is quite central to these places in Srinagar.

A Shikara boat ride also offer ample opportunity for you to enjoy glimpses of the rich population of bird species in Kashmir. You can spot large attractive birds with strong bills perched atop the willow tree branches and white breasted Kingfishers as well. The man-made islands within these lakes comprise of aquatic vegetation, willow rods, and reeds that are held together with humus that comprises of mud taken from the bottom of the lake.

Sightseeing on a shikara boat in Dal Lake and Nagin lakes culminates to a romantic trip especially if you are seated inside canopies of the Dal lake shikara boats. The feeling of joy and pleasure is unaccountable and the experience definitely unforgettable. The banks of the Dal Lake and Nagin Lake along the Boulevard road in Srinagar, Kashmir feature several Shikara Boat Ghats where the boats are available for hire. There are three main Shikara boat Ghats such as the Dal Gate, Nagin Lake, Hazratbal, Nehru Park, and Gagribal.

Adventure Activities in Kashmir