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Explore Dal lake by going on a Shikara ride

Shikara Ride in Srinagar

Experience the enchanting lakes of Kashmir with Shikara rides

Tourism in Srinagar

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Oct - Mar
Ideal Duration
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Starting from
Rs. 5,599
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About Shikara Ride in Srinagar

Lakes in Kashmir are ideal to float along and enjoy the beauty of nature with mighty greens towering on either side, or stretches of calm waters lying ahead. A Shikara ride in Kashmir along one of the region’s lakes is a never-to-be-forgotten experience. A Shikara is a long wooden boat that you’ll often find floating along on Kashmir’s lakes and they’re used as a form of transport as well as tourism. This rowing boat is built similar to a Gondola and many a tourist has had the rich experience of floating along the calm and placid waters of lakes such as the Dal and passing through some of the region’s most noted spots such as the Nishat and Shalimar Gardens, as well as the Hazratbal Mosque.

Enjoying A Shikara Ride In Kashmir

Apart from leisure, Shikara rides in Kashmir are also used for transportation, fishing and seaweed harvesting by the locals. There are tons of handicrafts and flowers that are sold on these boats and if you’re planning a ride on one, try out the floating market. Floating calmly in a Shikara, you’ll also be able to enjoy watching birds such as pariah kites and the white breasted kingfisher.

Spots To Enjoy A Shikara Ride In Kashmir

The Dal and Nigeen lakes primarily make this ride worthwhile as one can relax. Wular lake is another popular spot among locals. From the calmness and serenity of shikara rides in Kashmir, down to the adventure of paragliding and parasailing, there are many ways to enjoy the rewards of nature. Combine all of this with the most breathtaking views, scrumptious meals and the warm hospitality of the locals even on the coldest days of winter, and you will enjoy a holiday that is hard to forget in this lifetime. A visit to Kashmir and a calm shikara ride will do much to ease the stress of daily life.

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    Viniethra

    Viniethra's 5 days trip to Srinagar

    Violet holidays was very good. They organized very neatly and driver Adhil was very helpful and proactive. Thanks to coordinator mehrein who made the trip memorable
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    Akash Awdhut

    Mumbai

    Akash's 4 days trip to Srinagar

    thr trip was good but the start was very bad as we landed the network in whole kashmir was turned off due to death of geelani. but we were recievd at airport on time. overall the experince was very nice but tourist scams in pahalgam n gulmarg are common. esp horse riding and union taxi ppl will lo
    ot you. try to bargain hard with them atleast 50% of what price they tell you. otherwise it was a memorable experience.
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    Ashwin Kumar

    Bengaluru

    Ashwin's 5 days trip to Srinagar

    I would like to thank Nadia and Classic tours for arranging an amazing trip of Kashmir.. the hotels, our brother like driver Javed and house boat at Negeen lake @Akbar houseboats.. everything was unforgettable.. I had full support from the time I got to Srinagar till my return to the airport for 5 d
    ays.. they made everything so easy and affordable for us.. they also arranged for our anniversary dinner and cake which made it even more memorable at the boat house.. Nadia s support was excellent she was available all time of the trip for any assistance I needed and I will truly value that for my lifetime.. the hospitality at Kashmir and the vast valleys and beautiful lakes of Kashmir are something me and my wife will cherish for a lifetime.. Thank you Nadia, Javed our brother who drove us all around Kashmir and Adnan (Akhbar Houseboats) for making our trip so special.. Highly recommend Classic tours for all your travel arrangements in Kashmir. The arrangement for our Anniversary at the house boat was just amazing.
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    Balakrishnan S

    Chennai

    Balakrishnan's 5 days trip to Srinagar

    The hotel suggestions and arrangements were good along with excellent food. The cab driver arranged by the agent was very friendly and good. Some things could be improved in these following aspects: 1. The hotel often needed re-iteration of the discussed things to be reminded to them. Like for exam
    ple if some service was accepted previously, this had to be manually conveyed by us again to the hotel(which should have been done by the trip organiser) 2. The travel and trip experience could have been made better if additional trip sigh-seeing expenses info could b provided. for example in each sigh-seeing place in kashmir requires either local car or horse ride which is not included in any itinerary . Thus providing their cost estimate could help visitors to plan trips accordingly.
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    Mahantesh Reddy

    Chitradurga

    Mahantesh's 5 days trip to Srinagar

    Very good experience with travel agent. TT agent doesn't responds and answers to any of the concerns of the traveller. Cab driver's behavior was very bad.
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    Nitika Goel

    New delhi

    Nitika's 7 days trip to Srinagar

    I and my husband visited kashmir in 1st week of aug and it was a memorable experience for life time. the classic holiday partner(Nadia) has been super warm in welcoming us in the paradise , and had been there throughout the trip for any suggestion and guidance. Driver (Yasin bhaiya) not only made us
    reach to expected locations, but also made us feel comfortable and shown us the true kashmir in every way possible. We are extremy happy to find such great travel partners to plan the trip with, thanks so very much travel triangle & classic holidays kashmir for facilitating the same!
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    Jitesh Kamra

    New delhi

    Jitesh's 4 days trip to Srinagar

    Trip was very well planned by Nadiya from Classic Holidays. She gave us the best price possible without compromising any place to see. Our driver Javaid Shah was very nice and helped us everywhere possible. Houseboat was good(food could have been better). Shaukat at Hotel Victory's reception was ver
    y kind and upgraded us to a suite without even asking. Also, the food could have been better here too. Wild flower resort in Pahalgam was the best as we did like the room, food and the best part was the river near our resort. I will definitely recommend Classic Holidays to my friends and family. Pahalgam horse trek to Baisaran and then to the waterfall was the best memory that I can take away. Also, the priceless moment for me on that trip was when my 3 year old daughter said "Papa bahut maja aaya". I didn't even ask her but she came to me and said this I felt the trip is worth now.
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    Paramjit Singh

    New delhi

    Paramjit's 6 days trip to Srinagar

    This is regarding my Kashmir Trip last month, overall it was a great experience and nicely organized Arooz, whi handled all this trip and make it memorable, did superb job and I recommend all to go wit Also, I'm happy to mention driver (Ajaz) , who double our excitement and make whole trip very smoo
    I recommend all to go with Ajaz and make trip awesome. Regards Paramjit Singh
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    Pratik

    Mumbai

    Pratik's 7 days trip to Srinagar

    We wanted to thank Zippgo team for the best kashmir package at a reasonable price & for all lovely arrangements made for our stay. Special thanks to Kibra for customising the package according to our needs & requirements. We loved the places we visited & were very hap
    py with our accommodation & transport. Kibra enquired with me everyday during our stay to make sure everything is going well. If I had any problem, she made sure it will be resolved within minutes. We really liked this personal touch. So thank you kibra & zippgo team for making our kashmir vacation memorable & we will cherish it for life. Looking forward to such many awesome trips & I will also recommend zippgo travels to my relatives & friends for their future travels. Regards, Pratik Pisal Mumbai.
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    Cherukumallidheeraj

    Mumbai

    Cherukumallidheeraj's 6 days trip to Srinagar

    We wanted to thank you and the team at Zippgo for the entire package and support provided to us before and during the vacation. The package was fully customizable based on our requirements, and we are happy with the places visited, accommodation and transport. Special mention to Kibra and our driv
    er Ameer who have gone out of the way to provide any support and guide us in choosing the places to stay, eat and visit. Thank you for the kind hospitality and looking forward to many such eventful vacations. Regards Dheeraj cherukumalli

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    Is a Shikara ride in Srinagar safe to indulge in?

    The Shikara ride in Srinagar is absolutely safe to enjoy, because Dal Lake is not very deep and the also, the shikara is rowed very slowly so that visitors can take in the breathtaking beauty surrounding them easily.

    How long does a shikara ride in Srinagar last for?

    The average shikara ride lasts for around an hour but if you want to prolong it, you can simply pay the oarsmen for the extra time.

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