Book Shikara ride in Kashmir

Shikara ride is the most famous ride in Kashmir, it is one of the most peaceful, calming facets of a trip in Kashmir. Dal Lake is famed for its attractiveness and travelers from every corner of the world visit Dal Lake on their visit to Kashmir. Dal Lake is well-known for its liveliness and glory in the entire Kashmir. The groups belonging to shikara and houseboat have sustained to reside for centuries on this famous Dal Lake.If you are planning to have an unforgettable relaxing time of your life.

Although there are alot of the places to try the boat ride but the previlledge of the Shikara ride is of Dal Lake. Make that happen through a Shikara Ride on the Dal-Lake in the lap of Zabarwan hills range, book your shikara ride from our service and get to enjoy a safe, and secure shikara ride.

How to Book shikara ride in Dal Lake online

  1. Fill your Name, WhatsApp number and date in the below mentioned form
  2. You will receive the quotation
  3.  You can make the advance payment of 30% and  your Shikara booking is confirmed
  4. we will share the booking confirmation instantly and provide your the Ghat number for your ride
  5. Wish you a happy journey.

How much does a Shikara ride cost in Dal Lake (2022-2023 updated)

  • Shikara ride cost may vary from time to time. Shikara ride cost may go from 900 rupees onwards depending on the number of hours. Depending on the season, during the vacation period it may cost a little high (may- September) as compared to the usual cost. However, bargaining is common but at the same time it’s the bread and butter of the indigenous people of the Dal lake .
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Shikara points in Dal lake, Srinagar

  • Meena Bazar is a floating market in Dal Lake, situated near Nehru Park. It is another main beauty attraction in Dal Lake. Almost Everything is obtainable in Meena bazar.
  • Floating garden is a floating vegetable market in Dal lake. Here distinct sellers gather in the mid of the lake at dawn to sell their harvest. Most of the stuff sold here is grown in the floating gardens of Dal Lake.
  • Chaar chinar Dal Lake contains 3 islands, 2 of which are noticeable with attractive Chinar trees. The island situated on the Roph Lank, is marked with the existence of royal Chinar trees at the four corners, thus known as Char Chinari.
  • Sonn laank is the second Chinar Landmass in Dal lake, known as Sona Lanka, is positioned on the Lokut Dal, and supervises the holy shrine of Hazratbal.
  • Nehru Park is a small island park with a swaying pool, boating services and small park.It Provides the greatest view of Dal lake.

    There are many places in dal lake that can be visited by shikara ride but to consider a few famous places like,There are many other places to be visited in Dal lake by shikara ride such as Lily garden, Floating gardens, Fishing gardens, Lotus Market Gardens, Shikara.
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How is Shikara made in Kashmir

Shikara making process is the classic and hereditary occupation of the indigenous community of Dal lake. It requires the skillful people who make them up. They have to carve each pattern to make it look more mesmerizing. The planks of the deodar joined at side elevations create a vertical height of 1.5 feet. The nails and irons used for joinery diagonally fixed into the wood to ensure strong bonding. The front end of it is pointed in shape , the rear end is flat and in between are planks. The shikaras are painted with bright colors and each one has it own name
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Difference between houseboat and a Shikara ?

As we already discussed what a shikara is. Shikara and houseboat differ a huge from one another.

  • Shikara is used as a transport throughout the lakes while as Houseboat is a house that floats.
  • Shikara seats upto 6 people in it while as houseboat has few bedrooms, a dining room and a washroom that makes it a primary home for visitors and usually honeymoon couples.
  • Shikara used as a transport keeps going here and there while as some houseboats are motorised and some are not and are kept at a fixed place.
  • Shikara has dimensions of upto 30 feets while as a houseboat spread upto 130 feets. Shikara has a usual rooftop while as the houseboat has a ‘Khatamband’ ceiling that’s most famous and costly in kashmir
  • The cost of shikara goes upto 2 lac while as houseboat costs from 2 – 4 crores due to special carvings (mostly of walnut), full fledged panelling and all the facilities of the home available.

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How many people sit in Shikara in Dal Lake

A usual shikara seats 6 people with the arrangements of the heavy cushions in between, an inspiration from Mughal style and a driver who paddles at the rear. Shikaras are not only used as a transport for tourists and locals but also for fishing and other purposes.

Which lake is famous for Shikara ride in Kashmir

Dal lake is the most famous place to enjoy and experience a shikara ride.
In Dal lake you can see a lots of shikara owners waiting for their customers. The most impeccable thing to ensure is the sunset at Dal lake. It is something that no one wants to miss at all and at no cost. Dal lake is surrounded by beautiful zabarwan ranges that makes riding in it more overwhelming. While riding in a Dal lake you can visit to Nehru park situated in it where there are several cafe shops to enjoy small brunches. Besides, there is the most famous island in Dal called ‘Char Chinari’ , having 4 majestic chinars at four corners and thus known for their names. Riding in shikara in dal lake is mostly famous for its photography too where one can experience an impeccable scenary around. At one end is the holiest shrine ‘Dargah’ also known for its beauty and religious fervor.
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What is the best time for the Shikara ride in Kashmir

The best time to enjoy Shikara ride in kashmir is in summer season (may-october). This season gives an opportunity to see the exquisite beauty, traditions and scenic view of the valley and its famous places. During winter season the lake comes to minus temperature and freezes down that makes it perfect for ice skating and not for rides. During summers one can go for shikara ride at any time of the day from 10 am. However, mostly you can see even locals visiting dal lake during evenings and that of tourists too. Evening makes it more pleasurable due to pleasant weather and time of sunset , an experience like no other. Visitors too want to enjoy it on nights and can easily book one to enjoy beautiful night ride.
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What is Shikara in Kashmir made up of?

Shikara is a traditional boat used as a taxi in Dal lake. Its seems to be an ordinary baot but it is not. It is made of expensive wood called ‘Deodor’ or ‘Cedar’ that is known for its durability. 

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How much does a Shikara boat cost in Kashmir

 The deodor used to make one shikara boat costs around 1 lac and 80 thousand rupees. It is about 20 – 40 feet in its dimensions with 4 thumbs standing on it and holding its rooftop.

What is the best time to visit floating market in Dal Lake

The market opens after the Azaan (morning prayer of Muslim) so the timing keeps on varrying, on a broad basis it is from 5am in summers and 6.30am in winters.

What is the shape of Shikara in Kashmir

Shikara has a conspicuous spade base that resembles to no other water vehicle.

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