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.More