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“Over rated”
Review of Dal Lake

Dal Lake
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US$1,150.00*
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5-Day Kashmir Valley Tour from Srinagar
Ranked #8 of 89 things to do in Srinagar
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to Pahalgam first and then came to Srinagar after 3 days of stay in Pahalgam. The beauty of Pahalgam was such that it made me believe that dal lake is really over rated. The water at the point of embarkation was really dirty. The part of the lake that is really beautiful is the open area along the mountains but the Shikara won't take you there. These Kashmiri people will try to spoil your peace and relaxation by bringing saleable items on the side of your boat and block your views. They will also be rude if you don't buy their stuff. The Shikara boat man will take you along the floating market place and not the open lake where the true beauty is. The people throughout srinagar area will spoil your travel by trying to push sell and bothering you constantly.
J & K tourism must look into it or travellers will soon start skipping srinagar and Gulmargh from their itinerary.

Thank Khan A
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The lake is highly over rated and commercialized. The lake is very huge but maintenance is ok ok. The shikaras here are very dirty and badly maintained. The place where they take you for ride is pathetic with loads of old houseboat.almost feels like you are driving through slum. I went for boating from ghat 9.

Thank Sadhana H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The jewel of Srinagar, Dal Lake is an enchanting sheet of water reflecting the carved wooden balconies of the houseboats and the snowy peaks of the Pir Panjal mountains.

Beautifully painted Shikara's ride is the best experience for travellers. Or, a stay in delightful houseboats is a one-time life experience for anyone. Just hire on shikaras for around 400-500 bucks and enjoy the journey.

Best time: early morning or early evening

Thank shefali s
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Landmark of srinagar. Very good sikara ride. Everything is available during your ride, whole market is available there in lake.

Thank Drsubhash A
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What was once the pride of India, stretching for almost 26-28 kms, surrounded by glorious mountains, has now lost its glory and become a water body with overgrown weeds and abandoned houseboats. We took a Shikara ride and could just imaging the sparkling gem it must have been when umpteen movies were shot here. The government has put up dredging machines which are not enough for the area of the lake. I hope that steps are taken to ensure that the lake regains it’s beauty once again.

Thank Manjulika S
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