Location of the Dal Lake :
lies near the Tota Rani village in the district of Kangra in the state of
Himachal Pradesh in northern India. It is located at an altitude of 1,775m
above the sea level. The lake is 6.4 km long and 4 km wide and covers the
total area about 10 square miles. The Dal Lake is the nature gift to the
mankind. Undoubtly it is one of the most beautiful lake in India.
Description of Dal Lake :
It is the most popular lake in Srinagar. Srinagar is also known as the city
of Dal Lake. The lake is divided into the major three parts known as Gagri
bal, Lokut Dal and Bod Dal. Lokut Dal and Bod Dal have an island in the
center known as the Sona lank (silver island) and Rupa lank (gold island).
Both Sona and Rupa are also known as the Char Chinar because both of them
have four chinar trees on them. The maximum dept of the Dal lake is around
1.37 meter. The lake supports the great Eco system and is the boon to the
Tourism industry in Kashmir. Dal lake is the second largest lake in the
state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Flora and Funa of the Lake :
Dal lake contains the rich flora and fauna. The lake is dotted with many
Mughal Gardens and orchards. Thousands of
flowers, water lillies
and water chestnut are added to this beautiful lake. The lake is surrounded
by the majestic mountains and with the groves of chinar, poplar and willow.
The local inhabitants even grow vegetables in its water during the summer
months. Dal lake is also the birds paradise. So on the tour to the Dal lake
donot forget to carry the binoculars along with yourself. White breasted
Kingfishers, little grebe, Common pariah and the Grey Heron are the common
birds that can be be spotted here. Apart from these frogs, bees,
grasshoppers, lizards and mice are the part of the Dal lake.
Shiva Mandir :
The small but beautiful Shiva temple was constructed by the Raja Gopadatya
in the year 371 BC. The Temple has the oldest shrine of Lord Shiva in
Kashmir. Tourists on the tour the Dal Lake can pay homage in this unique
Shiva temple. Other temples in the area include Shankracharya and Hari
Parbat Temple. Apart from the temples tourists can also visit the University
of Kashmir located along the shores of the lake.
Fishing in the Dal Lake
Dal lake is the home to plenty of fishes. So the tourists can also try out
in its water.
Fishing is the main source of occupation for number of inhabitants around
the Dal lake. Fishery is the second largest industry of the region centered
on the lake side.
House boats on the Dal Lake :
Tourists on the tour to the Dal lake can hire the beautiful houseboats to
reside in the lake at an affordable rate. The boats are mainly served by
Shikaras. There are around hundred of boats you can find here. You may spot
the sales man selling nuts, fruits, cold drinks, flowerrs, shawls, books,
shawls and carpets to the tourists. Apart from the Shikara riding tourists
can also try out number of water sports in its water. Some of the them
includes water skiing, warer scooter, canoeing, kayaking, and water surfing.
Another major activity which the tourists can try out is, they can trek upto
the Shankracharya through the city forest area.