The second largest urban lake in Jammu & Kashmir, Dal Lake has rightfully become an icon of the Kashmir tourism industry. Dal Lake is Srinagar's jewel, a vast, mirror-flat sheet of water reflecting the carved wooden balconies of the houseboats and the misty peaks of the Pir Panjal mountains. A Himalayan urban lake, it has five basins and a number of channels that are well linked with each other. The sparkling quiet waters of Dal surrounded by snow-capped mountains on its three sides, undoubtedly mark it as one of the most beautiful lakes of India. Houseboats form an indelible part of the scenery of the Dal Lake that are always ready to take tourists to a romantic and peaceful ride of the lake and soothe their nerves as the houseboat floats over the slightly rippling waters. There are Shikaras that look like small ornate versions of the gondolas of Venice that offer ferry rides to and from the banks of the lake to the houseboats. The lake is also an important source for commercial operations in fishing and water plant harvesting. Floating gardens on the lake grow vegetables and flowers. The floating gardens, known as "Rad" in Kashmiri, blossom with lotus flowers during July and August. It is thus justified in being called the "Jewel in the crown of Kashmir".
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.