It is also sometimes rendered Char Chinari. They are long living trees and have stood the test of time and have survived for ages. Though it characteristically grows in the Eastern Himalayas, it is also an important part of the Kashmiri Tradition. For this reason, one will be able to spot them in all the villages of Kashmir. The Dal Lake the prime attraction of Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, actually consists of 4 lakes connected by a intricate network of canals. The 4 lakes are namely Gargabal, Bod Dal, Lokut Dal & Nagin. Dal Lake also houses 3 island 2 of which are marked with four chinar trees at the four corners, thus are known as Char Chinar. First of the Char Chinar island is located on the Bod Dal and is known as Rupa Lank (Silver Island). Murad, brother of Arungazeb, constructed the Rupa Lank. The second Char Chinar Island, known as Sona Lanka (Gold Island), is located on the the Lokut Dal, and over looks the holy shrine of Hazarat Bal. There is a garden in between the 4 Chinar trees. There is also a cafe. It spreads wide across a region of cool climate with sufficient water. The tree has several properties - leaves and bark are used as medicine, the wood, known as lace wood has been used for delicate furniture and the twigs and roots are used for making dyes.
Srinagar is Well connected by roadways, you can easily reach here by buses and taxis. Jammu Tawi is the closest railhead to this place. You may then travel by shared taxis, or buses. If travelling by air, one can fly directly to Sheikh-ul-Alam Airport which is at Srinagar.