Shikara Rides and Water Tracks
Dallake ,Nigin lake ,Manasbal lake are the famous places where one can enjoy Shikara rides and water tracks
:One can enjoy beautiful rides on shikaras; visiting Nagin Lake,Hazratbal,Nehru park, Kabutur Khana, Charchinari, Floating Islands and typical vegetable farmer villages on the Dal lake. The canals are spectacular.
Floating Vegetable Market
Since hundreds of years there has been always a floating vegetable market every day early in the morning for few hours. In heart of the Dal Lake. Vendors glide along the backwaters to an open area of the lake which for a few hours becomes a chaotic market. Their boats are brimming with freshly picked greens, peas, turnip, lotus roots, kohlrabi, squashes, radishes, carrots, cabbage, cauliflowers, tomatoes, onions, fruit and flowers etc. .
Water Tracks in Dal and Nagin Lakes
Treks starts from Srinagar Dal Lake and Nigeen Lake (famous for Houseboats, via the famous Anchar Lake (bird watchers Paradise), via through the main river of the Vale of Kashmir (Downstream) known as Jehlem, then Manasbal Lake (famous for water lilies & Lotus flowers) and finally reaching Wular Lake (the Largest fresh water Lake in Asia) very famous for growing water chestnuts and local fish, en route visiting old part of Srinagar, typical farmer villages like Bandipora, Watlab, the famous Sufi Shrine at the bank of Wular Lake known as Baba Shukur -u – Din Sahib. Throughout in tented camps with sleeping bags, kitchen and cooking staff etc.
One can return from any of the places by car. Also can come back same way (upstream) by same Shikara and route but needs additional nights.
Following treks are highly recommended:-
1. Srinagar - Anchar (a day trip).
2. Srinagar – Anchar – Manasbal (3 days trek).
3. Srinagar – Wullar Lake via Anchar & Manasbal Lakes (5 Days trek).