A Shikara is a traditional Gondola type light rowing boat which is mostly seen on the
pristine Dal Lake, apart from other lakes. It is one of the most incredible and relaxing
aspects of a holiday in Kashmir, and should be included in your itinerary if you want to
experience the surreal beauty of this region to the fullest. Along with the houseboats, it is
also considered to be a cultural symbol. But even apart from leisure and tourism purposes,
the shikara is also used by the locals for seaweed harvesting, fishing and transportation. To
watch these beautifully decorated boats glide serenely on the lake is a treat to the eyes,
and you should definitely not miss out on this experience during your holidays in Jammu
Taking a Shikara ride is one of the most relaxing, fun filled and enjoyable ways to go
sightseeing during your holidays in Jammu and Kashmir. Some of the famous tourist places
which you can visit with a shikara ride in Jammu and Kashmir are Nishat and Shalimar
gardens. Hazratbal Mosque is another famous tourist place in Kashmir Valley that can be
visited with a shikara.
But even apart from leisure and tourism purposes, the shikara is also used by the locals for seaweed harvesting, fishing and transportation.