The first touch point on a visit to Kashmir Valley- The Dal Lake. Immortalised by the Melodious song from Shammi Kapoor and Sharmila Tagore. Spread over a vast area and surrounded by many of the gardens crafted by the Mughals and the Himalayan range in the background all add to the aura of the lake.
Lined by house boats so much frequented by tourist. To discover the true beauty of Dal- One must not only stay at the house boat, but also take the Shikara ride twice, once in the morning and one after sunset.
The ride in the evening is marvelous Floating idyllically on the lake with the boatman gently paddling the waters. Watching the floating markets (shopping for visitors and catering to the needs of the locals) laying back in delight. Truly Wonderful!