Floating Markets of Srinagar

Uma Shankari By Uma Shankari, 26th Dec 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1071_o83/
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Growing vegetables at Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir, and selling them in houseboats is a feast for the eye.

Where is Srinagar?

The Indian state of Kashmir is known for its charm and beauty. It is surrounded by three mountain ranges of the Himalayas- Karakoram, Zanaskar and Pir Panjal, running from northwest to northeast.

Srinagar, the summer capital of Kashmir (Jammu is the winter capital) and the “Venice of the Orient”, is built around Dal Lake. Hotels, Mughal era gardens such as Shalimar Bagh and Nishat Bagh built during the reign of Mughal Emperor Jahangir, and hundreds of Victorian-era wooden houseboats, originally built as vacation homes for landless British administrators during the Raj, dot its 15.5 kilometers shore.

Dal Lake at Srinagar, the Capital of the Indian State of Kashmir

The lake covers 18 square kilometers, and is divided by causeways into four basins, called Gagribal, Lokut Dal, Bod Dal and Nagin. Each houseboat usually has 2-5 bedrooms plus bath, dining room, living room and an upper deck.

Floating Shops at Dal Lake

The Dal Lake is also famous for its 'floating markets', the only one of its kind in India, and quite like the rowing shops in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam or Damnoen Saduak Floating Market at Bangkok.

Shikaras or Boats For Commuting in the Lake

Colorful shikaras or boats cruise the lake that reflect the the misty peaks of the Pir Panjal mountains, transporting goods to market, children to school and travelers to and from the shore.

Growing Vegetables in the Lake

Vegetables are grown in the shallow and drier regions of the lake. Potato, tomato, pumpkin, cucumber, radish and lots of other vegetables are grown here.

Floating Vegetable Market at Dal Lake

The 'floating vegetable market' is a very old market where vegetables grown and retrieved from the lake is sold between 5 am and to 7 am everyday and any vegetables left over are taken to street markets.

Tourists can hire shikaras for tours around the lake, visit floating gardens and the floating flower and the vegetable market.

All the local fruit and vegetable producers come to sell while all the hotels and fresh produce shops come to buy.

It's quite a colorful scene with fresh cauliflower, onion, carrots, lotus root, and flowers for sale.


Dal Lake, Floating Markets, House Boats, India Tourism, Kashmir, Shikara, Srinagar

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author avatar Denise O
2nd Jan 2012 (#)

Just a fascinating information on, floating markets in Srinagaf. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
19th Feb 2012 (#)

Interesting with all relevant information. Thanks, Uma Shankari - siva

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author avatar Funom Makama
2nd Apr 2012 (#)

already stamped and registered in my mind.... Hopefully will see these places sooner or later.

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author avatar Retired
28th Apr 2012 (#)

Fantastic. I would love to travel more.

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