Dal Lake Srinagar- Haven on Earth
After worshipping one of the most powerful Goddesses seen till date, we decided to travel to our next destination. It was the Dal Lake which is undoubtedly the most attractive tourist spot in this heavenly decorated state. It also follows the responsibilities of the summer capital of the state. It is extremely famous as Srinagar’s Jewel or the Jewel in the crown of Kashmir. Reports suggest that the lake attracts a plethora of tourists, both national and international, throughout the year.
Apart from tourism, the lake holds special importance for crying out commercial operations in the fields of water and plant harvesting and fishing. We could see a number of houseboats, locally known as shikharas, floating over the lake. Ach shikhara had the space to house 6 people together and were equipped with extremely well cushioned backrests and seats to give you the feel of the Mughal Empire.
It made me and my loving wife a bit nostalgic since we had spent our honeymoon on one such shikhara. Coming back to the present trip, we took a ride in one of the boats and our children were overjoyed on seeing such a fresh and clean lake. You can hardly find such a crystal clear lake in Kolkata.
The lake is surrounded on all sides by beautifully decorated gardens and parks from the Mughal era. These include Nishat Bagh and Shalimar Bagh which were built by the great Mughal Emperor, Jahangir. The Dal Lake holds a special place in the history of the state. They used the Dal Lake for recreation and decorated it with massive Mughal style gardens, pavilions and roads. We came to know that it is best to view the floating gardens during the months of July to September since they are covered with lotuses at that point of time.
We could see some very important renovation work being carried out inside the lake as well as in its surrounding regions. It was funded entirely by the Government of India in order to deal with the problems of eutrophication experienced inside the lake. We also saw the island locally known as the Rup Lank or Char Chinar in the heart of Dal Lake.