Shikara Ride in Dal Lake

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Shikara ride is the most famous ride in Dal Lake 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.


Shikara Ride rates in Dal Lake 2023-2024

Shikara Rate in Dal Lake per HourRate
Shikara ride for 1 Hour770
Shikara ride for 2 Hour1210
Shikara ride for 3 Hour1650

Book Shikara Online With Tripmore

To Book a Shikara Online , You can visit our website, or call us directly on +917051909192, and we will provide the online booking facility

Pre Book Shikara Ride In Dal Lake

Yes, You surely can pre-book a Shikara ride in Dal Lake, Its always better to plan things. To Pre-book call on +917051909192

Pre Book Shikara In Nigeen Lake

Yes, You surely can pre-book a Shikara ride in Nigeen Lake, Its always better to plan things , We at Tripmore can pre-book your shikara before you even reach Kashmir, Do contact us if you want to pre-book Shikara with us.

How Long is a Shikara Ride in Kashmir?

The duration depends on you , if you want it to be finished in less time, That’s your call. You can take longer rides also and it will charged hourly for the for first hour ₹770, subsequent hours it will be ₹440.

How Much Does A Shikara Ride Cost In Kashmir?

The cost of Shikara Ride Start at ₹770 and then vary according to your trips and time you ride shikara, you can check the price table which is regulated by Department of Tourism-J&K. At Tripmore we make sure that we follow all government guidelines in order to provide you the best Shikara service.

Shikara Ride in Dal LakeDetails
Seating Capacity4 persons
CostFor 1st hour ₹770, subsequent hours ₹440
Timing7am- 8pm (Summer)
10am to 6pm (winter)
One for visitors other for carrying load
Shikara pointsMeena Bazar
Vegetable market
Chaar chinar
Sonn laank
Lokut Dal
Nehru Park
BookingCall or Whatsapp 7051909192

Best Shikara in Dal Lake

You can have best shikara in dal lake, and the ride will start from Ghat no 17 which is the best ghat for getting a shikara , as its closer to Nehru park and the best shikaras are already parked and ready for a ride.

Budget Shikara at Dal Lake

Budget Shikara at dal lake start from as low as ₹770 in which four people can have this beautiful journey for an hour.

Luxury shikara ride at dal lake

Luxury Shikaras have best in class comfort and they have comfortable seats with vibrant colours, we can arrange you the best luxury shikara rides at dal lake. You can contact us +917051909192 to book a luxury segment shikara.

Which Time Can I ride a Shikara In Kashmir?

If You are Visiting in Summer the timing of Shikara ride would start at Dal Lake from 7am till 8pm at the night. Also riding a shikara at the sunset will surely make you feel like you are in a romantic movie, and makes everything peaceful, and if You Winter timing of Shikara ride in Dal Lake 10pm to 6pm

What Can I Do In A Shikara?

You can explore a lot of things in a Shikara in Kashmir. Lets start with Meena Bazar, this is a type of floating market which you can visit in a shikara you can buy lot of things from this market like Pashmina Shawls, Dry fruits, Spices ,Papier Mache and not to forget world’s best Saffron is also available in the market, This makes this the best place to buy a souvenir which will remind you of this beautiful journey when you are back home. You can also explore the floating Vegetable market and a mini island like structure in between Dal Lake called Chaar Chinar its is called Chaar Chinar because there are Four Chinar Trees on this mini island, you can also have a visit to Hazartbal and Nehru park. which both are good landmarks to visit. If you are planning in the month of March or starting if April then you can also visit the Tulip Garden. we provide the tickets for Tulip Garden as well

Shikara ride Cost for 1 hour in Dal Lake 2024

For the one hour of boat ride in Dal lake it is Rs.770/hour

Shikara ride Cost for 2 hour in Dal Lake

After the first hour the susquent hour is only Rs.400/hour. So for the 2 hours it will be only Rs.1210

Shikara ride Cost for 3 hour in Dal Lake

In 3 hours you can visit all the places inside the Dal lake like Mena Bazaar, Kabootar Khana, Floating Market and other beautiful heritages. It will cost you only Rs.1650

Food Available On The Shikara?

Yes, Food service is available on the shikara, also floating vendors sell Kashmiri traditional Tea, Kehwa, snacks and Fruitchat. This food is loved buy the traveller all over the globe. So if you are planning your trip do include the floating food , thats made available to you by the vendors in Dal Lake.

fruitchat-dal lake
kehwa at dal lake tripmore
Seating capacity of Shikara boat in Kashmir

Shikara boat has the capacity to tour 4 guests 

Cost of Shikara ride at Dal Lake

The Cost of the Shikara depends on hours of the ride and points to cover.

Types of Shikara boats in Kashmir

There are two types of boats.

  • Well Cusioned (Meant for Visitors)
  • Without roof (For Carrying Goods)
Per hour rent of Shikara Boat 2023-2024

You can rent the Shikara boat at ₹770 for first hour subsequent hour it will be only ₹440/hour

Floating Post Office in Dal Lake

In Dal Lake, You will find the world’s only working floating Post office that is operational from more than 201 years. This two centuries old floating post office was Founded in the British Period and till date it is operational and delivers letters and couriers to the people living in Houseboats. Delivery of these letter and couriers are also done with Shikara.

Also see ATV Ride In Gulmarg 

floating-post office
Shikara Ride
Best Place to Visit in Shikara Boat in Kashmir

Dal Lake one of the most popular places in Kashmir for a Shikara boat ride, and there are many places to visit while on the lake. Here are some of the best places to visit in a Shikara boat in Dal Lake:

These gardens are a unique feature of Dal Lake. The floating gardens are made of matted vegetation and are used to cultivate vegetables like cucumbers, tomatoes, and melons.

Located on an island in Dal Lake, Nehru Park is a popular picnic spot and offers stunning views of the lake and the surrounding mountains. The park also has a small cafe and a children’s play area.

 This shrine is located on the western side of Dal Lake and is one of the most revered Muslim shrines in Kashmir. The shrine houses a holy relic, a hair of the Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H), and is visited by thousands of pilgrims every year.

This is a group of four majestic chinar trees that are over 400 years old. The trees are located on an island in Dal Lake and are a popular spot for tourists to take photographs and enjoy the scenic beauty of the lake.

Located near the Boulevard Road, Kabutarkhana is a pavilion built in the Mughal style. The pavilion is used to feed pigeons and is a popular spot for birdwatching

Rent a Shikara in Dal Lake

You can rent the Shikara boat at ₹770 for first hour subsequent hour it will be only ₹440/hour

Shikara ride in Dal Lake timings

Summer timing of Shikara ride in Dal Lake 7am- 8pm
Winter timing of Shikara ride in Dal Lake  10pm to 6pm 

Shikara ride in Dal Lake cost per person 2024 updated

The cost of Shikara ride depends on number of hours rather than per person. Starting at ₹770/hour subsequent hour at 440/hour

Can we drive shikara by ourselves

Yes! infact they have extra oars for the guests to drive by themselves in their supervision.

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What is the Pickup and Drop location of the Shikara boat in Kashmir

You can enjoy boating at any Ghat in Dal Lake, but we prefer Ghat-17 as all the attractions are nearby and have ample parking space

How to Reach Shikara Ride in Dal Lake from Airport ?

You can reach shikara ride from Airport by Hiring  a Taxi in kashmir and then tell the driver to take you to Ghat No. 17 where you can enjoy your shikara ride.

What Are Round Trip charges of Shikara

Round Trips will cost you from ₹1500–₹1800 , Which will include round trips to must visit Shikara points like Meena Bazar Vegetable market, Chaar chinar, Sonn laank, Lokut Dal, Hazratbal and Nehru Park. Most of the people prefer going to these Shikara points thats why this pricing is also regulated by Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department. 

How Many Shikaras Are In Dal Lake?

There are 4500 Total Shikaras in Dal Lake. And if you want to book one of them do contact us on +917051909192

Shikara under ₹1,000 in Srinagar

Yes, you will get Shikaras Under ₹1000. Made Available to you by Tripmore Tours and Travels

Cheapest Shikara In Dal Lake Srinagar

Cheapest Shikara at dal lake start from as low as ₹770 in which 4 people can have this beautiful journey for an hour. With this price you would get a safe Shikara with good comfortable Seats.

Shikara Booking Srinagar

You can reach shikara ride from Airport by Hiring  a Taxi in kashmir and then tell the driver to take you to Ghat No. 17 where you can enjoy your shikara ride.

How much does a Shikara ride cost in Dal Lake (2023-2024 updated)
  • Shikara ride cost may vary from time to time. Shikara ride cost may go from ₹770 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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HOw to book shikara ride in Dal lake
Online Shikara booking in Kashmir

With smooth user friendly online Shikara booking system you can directly book in our website or Call on 7051909192
There is no need to hassle and bargain on the Ghats. Your ride will be reserved and waiting  there for you. 

Things to do on a Shikara ride in Dal Lake
  • Shikara photoshoot in shikara full of flowers
  • Trying fruit salad 
  • Kehwa treat
  • Buying souvenir of Kashmir
  • Kashmir dress photography 
  • Floating hukka
  • Fishing (Permission needed)
  • Shopping.
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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Floating Coffee Place in Dal Lake

Yes, you heard it right there is a coffee place called Heaven Foods located inside the Dal Lake and you have to take a Shikara to have a drink here. This place also sells all kinds of shakes , mojito, and juices. Also Cold coffee has a good rating for its amazing taste.

coffee in dal lake
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
If you are travelling with a big group also see Tempo Traveller booking in Kashmir

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 4 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.

    To know everything about Facts about houseboat in Kashmir

Can I Celebrate Birthday In A Shikara?

Yes, You can Celebrate a Birthday in a shikara , we can make arrangements for your birthday , with a good quality birthday cake and decoration.

Can I Celebrate Wedding Anniversary In Shikara?

Yes, You celebrate Wedding Anniversary in Shikara , We can make you a romantic setup in a Shikara , which will be having flower, balloons and a quality cake , which you can enjoy at anytime of the day. Contact us to book a date and make it done.

Movies Shot In Dal Lake Shikara

Movies like Notebook(2019), Haider(2014) ,Raazi(2018) and Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965) are shot and have beautiful Scenery of Shikaras. Actors like Shahid Kapoor, Shah Ruk Khan and Salman Khan has also had a trip on Shikaras. Dal lake has been the go to choice of many Bollywood movie Directors and Producers. This is because of the beautiful scenery of the lake, which has Zabarwan Range like cherry on top, which adds to the beauty of the lake even more.

Safety Measures in Shikara in Dal Lake

Safety measures like life saving jackets and fast backup boats are always availabe to protect you from any unfavourable circumstance.

Photography in Shikara Dal lake

Yes, You can Hire Photographers that will take pictures or videos for you that you could upload directly to your social media accounts. You also can take photographers with you on a shikara or they can also follow your shikara in an another one.

Can I Rent A Shikara For A Day?

Yes, You can Rent a Shikara for a day, It will cost you ₹770 for the first the the first hour and then 440 for rest of the hours. Half day charge is ₹1500 which will be for 4 hours. After 4 hours 440 will be added with each hour.

The Famous Kabutar Khana

Kabutar Khana is a pavilion built in the Mughal Empire . The pavilion is used to feed pigeons and is a popular spot for birdwatching. The Place was owned by the famous Maharaja Karan Singh. But now this area comes under CRPF. Also See Camping in Kashmir

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. 

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.

Shikara under ₹1,000 in Srinagar

Yes, you will get Shikaras Under ₹1000. Made Available to you by Tripmore Tours and Travels

Which company provides best Shikara Ride?

Tripmore Tour and Travels, Provides best Shikara ride.

Why choose Tripmore Tour & Travels for Shikara Rides?

At Tripmore Tour and Travels we believe in Quality, Safety and Hospitality. we will provide you the best in class Shikara rides which would are safe to ride and also are budget friendly. We work with only the best service providers across the valley, and try to bring value to you. We have 4.9+ rating on Google and we continue to be the best in the valley. We are Proud to Provide our service to you .


Frequently asked questions about Shikara ride in Dal Lake

Yes. that way you will save alot of time and hassle. call on 7051909192

No. shikara is used for transfer while as houseboat is like house on water

Dal Lake is best when it comes to shikara boating

it is 100% safe

it is 7051909192. call for instant booking

Call on 7051909192 for instant booking and hassle-free ride

If you have booked houseboat then the transfer from Ghat to houseboat is complimentary addition transfer will cost you Rs.100.

You can dress any clothing. There is no restriction on that. Better to be modest.

Yes, Shikara Ride will be absolutely worth it. This is one of the best things to do in Srinagar. 

Morning time and evening time is the best time for Shikara Ride

Rs 770 is base price for Shikara Ride.

Yes, you can do boating in Dal Lake.

In any of the Ghats on the banks of Dal Lake. ( preferably Ghat no, 17)

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