Royal Springs Golf Course
Green fees are Rs400/Us$20 for Indians/foreigners at the Royal Springs Golf Course near the Botanical Gardens.
The Botanical Garden is extensive and not quite formal.
Pari Mahal is set amid palace ruins high above the lakeshore. Viewed from afar the ensemble looks especially intriguing when floodlit...
Dine in a convivial walled garden or a low-ceilinged oriental dining room with elements of Buddhist design. The spicy boneless chicken...
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Dal Lake is Srinagar's jewel, a vast, mirror-flat sheet of water reflecting the carved wooden balconies of the houseboats and the misty peaks of the Pir Panjal mountains. Flotillas of gaily painted shikaras (gondola-like taxi boats) skiff around the lake, transporting goods to market, children to school and travellers from houseboat to shore. If you want to photograph the lake, bring a long lens and a polarising filter to cut down the glare from the water.
Most visitors to Srinagar stay out on Dal Lake in one of the delightful houseboats left behind from the Raj, but landlubbers can hire shikaras for tours around the lake, visiting floating gardens and the floating flower and vegetable market. It's a colourful spectacle, but expect plenty of attention from souvenir vendors.
Shikaras can be hired from boat stations all along the lakeshore and official rates are displayed on noticeboards. You can comission a shuttle from the Blvd to your houseboat, and an hour paddling around the backwaters will cost a fee as well, either on shore or at your houseboat.
Note that detours to commission-paying souvenir shops are routine - be firm if you don't want to spend half your day being bombarded with trinkets.