Dal Lake, popular as ‘Jewel in the crown of Kashmir’ or ‘Srinagar's Jewel’, is the second largest lake in the valley of Kashmir. This picturesque lake is spread over a large area of 26 sq km and is one of the major tourist attractions in Srinagar. The lake is set against the backdrop of the mighty Himalayas and is known for its houseboats and 'shikara' or wooden boat rides. The houseboats at the Dal Lake take tourists around on smooth rides around the lake while the 'shikaras' offers ferry rides to and from the Dal Lake to the houseboats.
The Dal Lake is separated by causeways into four major basins namely, Lokut Dal, Gagribal, Bod Dal, and Nagin. The unparallel natural beauty and scenic surroundings of the Dal Lake makes it an ideal tourist destination. Travellers can enjoy beautiful sunsets here while taking rides on houseboats and 'shikaras'. Tourists can also enjoy several watersport activities organised here. Swimming, watersurfing, kayaking, angling, and canoeing are some of the popular watersports at the Dal Lake.