Dal Lake
Srinagar • Kashmir • India

From: India Travel Guide Himalayan Foothills of India

See also: Corbett National Park

Dal Lake, Srinagar, Kashmir, India
This magnificent urban lake covers an area of around 18 square kilometers and on the embankments you will find impressive Mughal styled gardens, hotels and houseboats around the lake, and unique floating garden islands upon it.

Surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges, the lake is a popular summer tourist destination offering water sports activities such as canoeing, boating and fishing.

Two of the most well known Mughal gardens are Shalimar Bagh and Nishat Bagh. The public park of Shalimar Bagh was created by the Mughal Emperor Jahangir for his wife Nur Jahan in 1619 AD and is also known as the garden of love and features several terraces, canals and pavilions which also have many wonderfully positioned fountains.

The Nishat Bagh Garden was designed by Asaf Khan in 1633 AD and is also known as the 'Garden of Peace' and with its beautifully positioned terraces, water canals, fountains, flower beds and superb views of Dal Lake and the surrounding mountains, it is no wonder why.

The floating island gardens which are known as 'Rad' in Kashmiri are formed out of vegetation and earth that has been matted together and is then anchored into place, the gardens are then used for growing items such as tomatoes and cucumbers.

A sound and light show takes place in Shalimar Bagh Garden during the months of May to October.

Location Guide
Dal Lake is located in the city of Srinagar which is within the state of Jammu and Kashmir in northern India.