A dreamland for everyone who has been lusting for some relaxing moments amidst the breathtaking panorama of nature, Kashmir undeniably comes out on top. And Srinagar is the perfect place to start your trip. Dotted with numerous beautiful sights, the city looks amazing in a canopy of landscaped flowering gardens, crystal clear lakes, magnificent structures and bustling market. Amidst this colourful world lies something sensuous and swift. Shikara, the small wooden carved boat, usually seen at Dal Lake and Nagin Lake of Srinagar, is one of the mesmerizing attractions of the city. Regaining the old world charm, the swift movement of a Shikara provides a unique way to experience the eternal beauty of Kashmir.
Considered as a cultural symbol of the region along with houseboats, Shikara rides in Kashmir are one of the most captivating aspects of Jammu and Kashmir tourism. A relaxing ride while enjoying the surrounding views around Dal Lake and Nagin Lake is truly a worthful pleasure. Shikara boat rides are also used for sightseeing attractions that are located close to Dal Lake like Nishat Garden, Shalimar Garden and the Hazratbal Mosque.
Shikara in Kashmir is also used for other purposes apart from leisure. Locals mainly use this low rowing boat for transportation, seaweed harvesting and fishing. But the most unique of the lot is its use as a floating market. Shikaras are used for selling varieties of flowers and handicrafts that are quite popular among tourists residing in houseboats.
The glimpse of floating boats full of colourful blooms is definitely an eye-catcher. Along with these, the fun associated with Shikara also includes bird watching. The white breasted kingfisher, pariah kites and little grebe are some of the common birds that can be easily spotted while enjoying a Shikara ride in Kashmir.