Dal Lake is one of the most prominent tourist destinations in India and has been one of the oldest urban lakes in the country. The Mughal Emperor Jahangir was the one who commissioned its development as a summer recluse and also to beautify the city further. The Dal Lake is also surrounded by many gardens or Baghs which not only create a picturesque location but also satisfy the soul of the tourist.
It is by far one of the largest urban fresh water lakes in the world. The Dal Lake covers approximately 18 square kilometres of area and has a long shore line. The long shore line allowed the development of many Baghs around the lake.
Srinagar is known as the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. It has the most pleasant weather during the summers contrary to the chilling climate of the winter in the valley. It is therefore a tourism hub during this season. The Dal Lake receives thousands of tourists during this time of the year. The Dal Lake can be described as the icon of Srinagar’s beauty. Over the years it has served as a showcase destination for the state and has been a site for the shooting of many national and international films and documentaries.
The beautiful Loti on the Dal Lake adds further glory to this beautiful lake. The lotus gardens on the Dal Lake are often referred to as the Floating Garden. Looking at these beautiful scenes sitting in a boat on the Dal Lake one realises how trivial our daily lives are. As a lawyer I have witnessed the extremes of human endeavour for good and for bad but all this become meaningless in front of the grandeur of nature.
The most iconic activity on any trip to Srinagar is a boating session in the Dal Lake on a Shikara. It has become the symbol of the lake and almost every tourist who has visited the lake has a picture of them boating on a Shikara as a cherished memory. I joined this long list with my family and felt extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to visit this paradise on Earth.