Dal Lake – The heart beat of Kashmir
The beauty of Dal lake in Kashmir needs no introduction. It has become symbolic to Srinagar for its sheer beauty and tranquility. For centuries, Kashmir has been one of the most popular tourist destination of the Asian continent, regarded as paradise on Earth by the Mughal kings who holidayed in the valley, nestled between the Himalayas and the Pir Panjal Mountains. But for much of the second half of the 20th Century, periodic war and political strife have kept visitors from heaven’s gate.
A quick glance at a map of Srinagar reveals the enormity of the Dal lake and the impact Dal lake has on the tourists as well as the locals of Srinagar.
On one hand the canopied ‘Shikaras’ sailing on the sparkling water offer a picture perfect moment while on the other hand the houseboats on the lake render luxurious accommodation option. The pride of Jammu & Kashmir tourism, Dal Lake invigorates visitors with its exceptional beauty all year round.
Every day, early in the morning from 4 am to 6 am, Dal Lake has its very own floating market where locals trade and sell different kinds of vegetables and fruits. Making it for this early morning specialty, is totally worth waking up early in the morning.
Once called the ‘jewel in the crown of Kashmir’, Dal Lake is slowly ‘dying’. While pollution, sewage, and encroachment are taking a heavy toll on the lake, the local government’s seemingly half-hearted efforts toward its conservation are making life hell for those who have been living on the lake for generations.
Take a look at some of the pictures trying to capture this mesmerizing beauty.