City On Water!

       Incredible india! That’s what you call it, and rightly so, because of the variations in the culture and heritage of this phenomenal country.

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     Kashmir, located at the top north of india, boasts with the jewel in it’s crown, the Dal lake! A vast expanse of pure, elegant water stream that covers a huge area of Srinagar can rightly be called as the city on water.

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Dal lake, Srinagar, Kashmir.

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City on water

        With a huge collection of fascinating house boats consisting of all luxurious needs of a person and innumerable shikaras (elegant rowing boats, this lake helps in attracting thousands of tourists each year. Emborsed with hard wood and striking carving work, these houseboats are candy to eyes and pleasure full if you opt to stay there.

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Line of houseboats
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Houseboat
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Luxury and aminities in houseboats

        That was for tourists attraction,  but this lake possesses hundreds of local houses on this lake. Yeah, local houses with thier personal travelling vehicle at thier disposable just outside thier house and that is a small rowing boat. These locals commute easily and rapidly through this boats from the lake towards the shore and back again

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Locals commuting through boats

        There are even floating farms on the lake, on which proper sowing and harvesting is done. Crops like barley,  rice etc.are grown there regularly each year. Adding to the glory on the greener side, flowers like water lily and lotus blossom here to intensify the beauty of this enchanting lake.

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Floating farms

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       The commercial feature of this city is not left behind as there are hundreds of shops and stores on this lake with handicrafts and arts being the prominent ones. Especially designed jewellery and clothes, local grocery store and even restaurants cab be seen on this lake. You even get to meet up sellers who approach you in rowing boats and offer to buy thier products while you take a leisure boat ride on the lake.

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Handicrafts stores on the lake
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Shops on the lake

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      Even the aerial and aquarium world have got a place on this lake. You can catch innumerable varities of fishes and birds playfully roaming on the lake.

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   These and lot more properties never leaves a doubt on your mind whether you are just sailing on a lake or travelling through a well maintained , properly populated city. With the mind boggling wonderful climate at kashmir, you would surely love each moment spent amidst the beauty of water surrounded by icy peaks and foggy mountains covering the lake from all the sides in a distinct yet impressive way!

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Location- Srinagar, Kashmir, North India.
Commuting Sources- Air, Trains and Cars.
Houseboat Expenses- from 700 INR to 2000 INR per day.
Shikara ride- 500 INR to 1000 INR per ride.
Food- Vegetarian and Non vegetarian available.
Alcohol – Not available.

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