Explore Dal lake by going on a Shikara ride

Shikara Ride in Srinagar

Experience the enchanting lakes of Kashmir with Shikara rides

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Best time to visit

Oct - Mar

Ideal Duration

3-4 Days

Visa

Not Required

Starting from

Rs. 6,750
  • Hills
  • Ideal for families
  • Sightseeing
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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Yes, the rates for a shikara ride is flexible in Srinagar, especially in the off season when tourists are anyway less.

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.

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.

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