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Boat Bazaar in Dal Lake, Srinagar - Jammu and Kashmir

The Dal Lake known as the 'Jewel of the Kashmir Valley' or the ‘Jewel of Srinagar' is an urban lake that is symbolic of Kashmir, of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. On this beautiful, natural water world ply the unique Kashmiri boats.

Traditionally, for centuries, Kashmiri Hanji people have built, owned and maintained boats known as shikaras. They live on the lake, cultivate floating gardens and market products. Today, these boats and the unique lifestyle of the boat people are integral to the celebrated charm of the lake.