shikara plies its way along Nagin Lake below the Hari Parbat Fort,
built by the Emperor Akbar in the late 16th century. The shikara
is propelled by a single oarsman and is particularly suited to
navigate the intricate waterways of the city’s interconnected
lakes. The lush Vale of Kashmir, encircled by the snow-capped
Himalaya Mountains, was a favorite home of several Mughal kings
who built pleasure gardens and palaces. The colonial British,
weary of the intense heat of the plains, kept luxurious houseboats
as retreats. Today, Kashmiris live in these houseboats and rent
accommodation to tourists.
Jammu & Kashmir
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