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Review of Dal Lake

Dal Lake
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$1,150.00*
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5-Day Kashmir Valley Tour from Srinagar
Ranked #2 of 77 things to do in Srinagar
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed July 10, 2013

It was on our way back to Delhi We stopped in Kasmir Valley and no doubt went for a Shikara Ride, that was good. I saw merchandiser on Shikara, Cold Drink Seller, and all other . It is an experience.

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Reviewed July 9, 2013

This is the much hyped attractions of Srinagar and done by Shikara. Though they say some spots in the lake like Char Chunar, Kabootar Khana and floating post office, now only Char chunar is accessible. Insist on the Shikara rider to show what all the places you wanted to visit. They say the ride for 3 hours but end up one hour only in the shopper shikaras, which are not worth going. Plan accordingly and insist.

FYI: Everyone in Srinagar is behind money unlike many other tourist destinations. For me, it has got the worst ever people i met till date. Be careful and collect information before you leave to the place.

Thank Sirisha D
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

it is essential to know the magnitude of misery inflicted on environment. There have been no strict and effective measures for it till now. Our disaster management has itself proved as a disaster. The other unfortunate fact is the lack of 'environment education' among the masses. We seriously lack any ethics or civic sense. Erosion in Kashmiri morality has resulted as an erosion in our 'traditional values'- gifted to us by our great saints. It has also introduced a new life style in our traditional culture which opposed our traditional, home grown values.

Over the years, The Dal Lake has been encroached upon and been polluted. Due to our uncaring attitude, Dal is shrinking because the 'weed growth' has interrupted its size. Its purity has been affected through pollutants from its catchments. In recent years, hanji orchards have developed and used chemical fertilizers which literally get washed off with the lake. The health of the lake has reached to an epidemic level. Tourism has played no less a role in contributing to the pollution and contamination of the atmosphere and it has also created an imbalance in the natural vista and phenomenon. The noisy and talkative tourists are busy munching their food carried in polythene packets and throwing these away heedlessly into our waters and its environs.According to World Wide Fund for Nature, Switzerland, "The entire Kashmir valley forms the catchment area of the lake and it carries a large amount of untreated organic and inorganic waste from townships and houseboat moorings". The State business tycoons and industrialists have had recently quarreled on a media channel stating that the degradation of Dal lake has not taken place by any houseboat moorings. This statement of theirs reflects gross ignorance about the geographic phenomena in their motherland. Thus putting forth any counter argument against these inauspicious facts reflects nothing but crude ignorance through which some people try to justify their business endeavors.

2  Thank RahDelhi
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

Shikara - Gate 13 , Carrebean .

Owner - Mr Mazoor and his conversations were worth remembering.
Kehwah was out of the world ! Hospitality and professioanlism

Thank AdityaAwasthee
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

I liked its location, caring staff, homemade food , neat& clean rooms.
Bathrooms& dressing area could be improved.

Thank sarita549
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