After lots of planning my trip to Srinagar followed by Ladakh came into being. I was put up with my family in the houseboat amidst Dal Lake. Dal Lake is the most prominent visual identity of Kashmir. Srinagar is built around this lake and almost every place in the city is described relative to the lake. This second largest lake in Kashmir is spread over 18 square kilometres and has a shoreline of 15.5 kilometres. Natural wetlands and floating gardens make up the periphery of the lake.
For us, it was a fantastic experience to stay all over day over the lake. It is not possible to write that excursion to stay in houseboat all day long. Since the morning it was raining. I find joy and peace of mind during the rains. I have always wondered what it would be like to experience the monsoon in the mountains, my second most intense love after the rains. The cloudy sky and the rain for the whole day made my trip more excited.
In the evening, we booked a Shikara and took to tour around the Dal lake. A Shikara ride in the Dal lake, though clichéd, is a must-do activity in Srinagar. Shikara is a characteristic boat from Kashmir used to transport people and goods across the lakes.
The view of the Dal lake is so beautiful. The cold air was blowing with Rain. The feeling was so wonderful when you felt the water droplets gently kiss your skin and smell the freshness in the air was so magical. For us, it was so beautiful with its unpredictable weather.
Here I would like to share a few pictures I took in my Srinagar trip. All the images in the blog post are captured with Nikon Z6.