Great Himalayan Drive Day 55: An evening Shikara ride on the Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir

Crusing in a Shikara in the Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir
Crusing in a Shikara in the Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir

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The best time to go boating in the Dal Lake is in the evening. Start about half an hour before the sun starts setting behind the peaks. This will give you enough light to look around and for any shopping. What shopping? Before you realize it, ‘shikara shops’ will float up close to you – selling silver jewelry, fine Pashmina shawls, paper mache gifts, dry fruits and more. Sceptical? Why not? Anything targeted solely at tourists is taken with a pinch of salt. Check out the floating market too – these are shops standing in the water selling everything from handicrafts to household supplies. Even hot tea and local breads. But don’t spend too much time here. Lest you miss the magic.

As you look around, the skies and the water become a spectrum of all shades of blues. The leaves and trees turn a magical green and, along with the mountains, get reflected in the water with crystal clarity. All objects around look rich with saturated colours. Within a few minutes, as the sun starts going out of sight, all the blues get mixed with yellow and orange hues. And you can see reflections of the clouds in the lake as if the sky is below you. It is not long before everything gets darker but looks not black or grey – but darker blue. Get the timing of your trip wrong, and you will miss all this.

Check out the pictures to know what I mean.

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Views from the Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir
Views from the Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir

Views from the Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir
Views from the Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir

Views of the Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir
Views of the Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir

Views of the Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir
Views of the Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir

Sunset over the Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir
Sunset over the Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir

A view of the Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir after sunset
A view of the Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir after sunset
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  1. Wow…..wonderful shot…. of the sunset…

    the lake at peace……. after sunset

    The other option could be going at the break of dawn. When the whole town is sleepy and the call fro prayer from the Hazratbal floats on the watery expanse.

  2. No words. I am thinking is that real or is it a painting? Specially Sunset over the Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir And A view of the Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir after sunset – I am finding tough which word to use for its beauty Gorgeous?
    And for sure I have to visit no doubt it. Thanks for sharing.
    Waiting for more…

  3. Thanks for sharing these magnificent photographs Ajay, it is one of those times for me when one just bows to the mystery of nature…

  4. I can only think of one think………..’ye kahan aa gaye hum facebook dekhte dekhte’……..this is really out of this world. Now I hear it is supposed to be better than Switzerland….since you have been to both places..tell me is that true.

    • Surprisingly the lake has really been cleaned up. That is why you see all the reflections in the water. It is another matter that locals are encroaching upon the lake and landfilling it, making it smaller by the day.

  5. You are an amazing photographer.the pic’s of kashmir were amazing, and that led me to your profile and i ended up going through a lot of your albums.you are doing an amazing job.

  6. hey ajay. love the pics. reminds me of my trip to kashmir. did you go to that floating wooden furniture shop on dal lake during your shikara ride? i have the most beautiful carving of a shikara which i bought from there. kashmir was my bestest holiday till date.

  7. Nostalgic…thats what I am after seeing the Pics…I have been lucky to have stayed on the banks of the Dal Lake twice before…in 2007 & 2008 and just cant wait to go back again…

    Thanks a lot for sharing the pics…

    Heavenly is the word…

    Cheers…
    Nishant

  8. hiii ajay ,
    lovely pics and captures .
    could you help me with the following points
    1. any specific part of the lake that is a must for capturing in camera .
    2. the shore side would be too crowded , but ur pics show solitude and calm waters .. how did u do tht .. did u venture into the lake on a canoe .. what did u tell the boatman for this ..
    3. do u think tht early morning captures would also come out well

    regards
    sumit

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