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Touring Kashmir Kashmir houseboats
Touring Kashmir Kashmir houseboats

Priyadarshini Misra
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The Dal Lake of Srinagar is synonymous with the houseboat. Kashmir Houseboats Tour offers an opportunity to enjoy this unique attraction of Srinagar. Kashmir houseboat package covers all the essential destination of Kashmir-Gulmarg Pahalgam Mughal Gardens etc....Can I get some information like...from where to hire these houseboats which places they take us what facilities I can enjoy ...and also the rates...if possible...

Posted On : 04/12/09 11:28:57 PM

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Ragamala Chakraborty
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The coupling of Kashmir and its Shikara can be best termed muse for it s just sourced some fantabulous lines of great poets. Holidaying in Kashmir without a ride on Shikara is incomplete. Beautiful Lakes and water bodies nestled in the lap of mountains in Kashmir are worth taking a jaunt to let our hearts render the best preserved lines. The two-hour boat ride takes tourists on a relaxing sightseeing tour of interior parts of the calm and composed waters of Dal Lake, and be part of shopping- by-Shikara pleasure trips. During few hours of Dal Lake cruise you come to explore many tourists places located in its vicinity. Nishat and Shalimar gardens as well as Hazratbal mosque are directly accessible by Shikara. Your Shikara trip will be accompanied by migratory avians with robust bills perched on the branches of willow trees. A swarm of birds, hunting on the floating gardens, will decorate your trip with their unmatched flights in the immediate vicinity. The hunting birds that make their way on islands created by man for vegetations. This is extremely fertile and provide rich source of food in the form of frogs, lizards, mice, grasshoppers and other insects to the Kingfisher. Taking a Shikara ride on Nagin Lake is an out-of-box experience. Lined by willow trees water of Nagin Lake mirrors the ice clad conical tree leaves of lake. To its south is the Shankaracharya hill or Takht-i-Sulaiman and to the west, is Hari Parbat. A floating shopping joint, Nagin Lake is thronged by salesman who sell out everything from fruit, nuts, fresh flowers, film, baked goods, pappier-match boxes, woolen shawls, silk carpets, leather goods, money-changing services and on and on. Mansar Lake is a beautiful lake, wrapped by trees on all side and dotted by mountains here there. The food and crafts festivals by J&K Tourism is a grand festival organized on bank of Mansar Lake.

Posted On : 04/13/09 3:15:34 AM

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Manpreet Bharara
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The beautiful Kashmir valley is known as Paradise on Earth. For centuries, the magnificence of Kashmir has attracted people from all over. The lofty mountains, the green forests, the colorful culture, serene environs and the beautiful houseboats have combined together to make Kashmir one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Kashmir houseboats tour takes you to Srinagar, Gulmarg and Pahalgam alongwith stay in the houseboat Shikara . Day 01 : Arrival at Srinagar On your arrival at the Srinagar airport, you will be met by our representatives. From there, you will be escorted to your respective houseboat. Thereafter, you will leave for a boat ride in the Dal Lake. The night stay will be at the houseboat. Srinagar Shikara TourDay 02 : Srinagar Sightseeing The entire day will be spent in roaming around the city of Srinagar. You will visit the magnificent Mughal Gardens, Shankaracharya Temple and the Old City. Overnight stay will be in the houseboat. Day 03 : Srinagar - Gulmarg In the morning, you will drive down to Gulmarg. Enjoy the picturesque beauty of the valley on a Gondola ride or try golf at the world s highest golf resort. For the night, you will stay at a hotel in Gulmarg. Day 04 : Srinagar - Pahalgam After having breakfast, you will proceed towards Pahalgam. On arrival, you will check into a hotel. Throughout the day, enjoy the beautiful meadows and the scenic locales of the valley. The night stay will be at the hotel. Srinagar TourDay 05 : Pahalgam - Srinagar In the morning, you will leave Pahalgam for Srinagar. On arrival, you will again board the houseboat. The rest of the day will be spent in visiting the Hazratbal shrine and the beautiful Nagin Lake. Overnight stay will be in the houseboat. Day 06 : Departure from Srinagar The first half of the day will be for visiting the local market of Srinagar.

Posted On : 04/13/09 3:39:47 AM

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Roop Chatterjee
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The shikara is a type of wooden boat found on Dal Lake and other water bodies of Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, India. Shikaras are of varied sizes and are used for multiple purposes, including transportation of people. Drivers use oars having a unique spade-shaped bottom to row the shikara. A usual shikara seats half-a-dozen people, with the driver sitting at the lower end. Like the Venetian gondolas, they are a cultural symbol of Kashmir. Some shikaras are still used for fishing, harvesting aquatic vegetation usually for fodder , and transport in the deeper parts of Dal Lake, while most are covered with tarpaulins and are used by tourists. Some are used as floating homes by poor people. Shikaras have become quite a popular tourist attraction, with tourists taking cruises along the Dal and Nageen lakes, visiting places of interest. A very popular postcard photo of a shikara is the florist s shikara, in which the florist carries varied flowers for sale.

Posted On : 04/15/09 11:53:35 PM

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