Known as the Jewel in the Crown of Kashmir and Srinagar’s Jewel, Dal Lake is the most critical point of interest of Srinagar. It figures high on traveler agendas and each visitor to the Kashmir valley makes it a point to visit the water body. There are two hypotheses for the source of the lake – one expresses that it is a post-icy lake that has experienced a considerable measure of changes in estimate throughout the years. The other hypothesis of the inception of the lake expresses that the Dal Lake was framed because of surge spillage from the Jhelum River.
Dal Lake has a normal profundity of just about 5 ft and a most extreme profundity of 20 ft. Covering a zone of 18 sq km, the Dal Lake is a piece of a characteristic wetland that covers a zone of around 21 sq km which incorporates coasting gardens. The drifting greenhouses are known as ‘Rad’ in Kashmiri dialect. The gliding gardens are known for the lotus blooms that bloom amid the long stretches of July and August. The Dal Lake is partitioned into four bowls, Bod Dal, Nagin (likewise a different lake), Gagribal and Lokut Dal. There is an island amidst Bod Dal known as Sona Lank. Lokut Dal is otherwise called Rup Lank and Char Chinari.
Dal Lake is lined by gardens worked in the Mughal period and numerous parks. Mughals, who were stricken by the magnificence of Kashmir, laid broad patio nurseries to increase its excellence. The best perspectives of the lake can be seen from the Shalimar Garden and Nishat Garden that were worked amid the rule of Mughal Emperor, Jehangir.
The magnificence of Dal Lake has pulled in movie producers and more than 20 films have been shot in and around the popular water body. Standard Hindi movies like, Junglee, Jab Phool Khile, Kashmir Ki Kali, Jaanwar, Lamhaa, Yahaan, Mission Kashmir, Dil Se, Kabhi, Rockstar and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani were shot or have scenes in which Dal Lake shapes the scenery. Seeing performing artist Shammi Kapoor romping on a shikhara in Kashmir Ki Kali or Shashi Kapoor mourning about fizzled love in Jab Phool Khile have advanced and romanticize the Dal Lake in the well known creative ability.
Shikaras are a social image of the lake and seen generally in pools of Srinagar. It is frequently called the Gondola of Kashmir and has accomplished famous status. While the pontoons are a piece of every day life on the lake and utilized for a large number of purposes including transporting individuals and products, it has turned out to be exceptionally well known with sightseers. A ride on the lake is an absolute necessity for voyagers going to Kashmir.