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A shikara ride is the most easing, relaxing sides of a holiday in Kashmir. Shikaras are long water boats which gathered in the Srinagar lakes. They are utilized for getting forward and backwards from the houseboats or for longer visits. It is worth to take a joy ride around the lake in shikara. Shikara is a Gondola compose light paddling boat. The two-hour boat ride takes visitors on a relaxing touring trip of internal parts of the quiet and tranquil waters of Dal Lake and be a piece of shopping-by-shikara trips. Since the Dal is one of the important scenes of Srinagar, numerous spots of visitor’s interest have, over the ages, been built in its region. Nishat and Shalimar gardens and in addition;

Hazratbal mosque are candidly open by shikara. For the most part grouped, the Shikara boat rides in Kashmir are additionally used to transport you from land to your houseboat and the other way around. It is justified by your time and time to take that joyride ride around the pools of Kashmir in a shikara. 

Major attractions of Shikara Race

While riding on Shikara we can regularly watch white breasted Kingfishers (Halycon smyrnensis), long-winged animals with vigorous bills stayed on the parts of willow trees. These winged animals concentrate their endeavors in chasing on the Gardens.

The man-made islands to include reeds, willow rods, aquatic vegetations and held together with humus comprising of mud from the lake base. This is to a great degree fertile and gives a rich source of food as frogs, lizards, mice, grasshoppers and different creepy insects to the Kingfisher.

The race is between different colorful Shikharas take place and the program is organized by the government for the entertainment of tourists. It was started in 2016 and people now compete in Dal Lake with their decorated Shikharas and try to win the race.

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How to reach Shikara Race?

The race is conducted in the Dal Lake of Srinagar which is the capital city of the state of Jammu & Kashmir. Srinagar is well-connected by both air and rail to the rest of the country. The nearest airport and railway station is Srinagar itself.

You can plan your trip and create your own route to the city with Adotrip’s technically driven circuit planner. Click here


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  • Jammu And Kashmir
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    4 March 2019 - 15 March 2019

  • Venue

    Dal Lake

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