Opticon1826 2049-8128 Ubiquity Press 10.5334/opt.bn Image gallery Shikara ride, Jammu & Kashmir Khanna Mansi mansi.khanna.13@ucl.ac.uk University College London, United Kingdom 03 03 2014 16 4 Copyright: © 2014 The Author(s) 2014 This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY 3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/.

Shikara boats are often used in Kashmir as a means of transportation and for fishing. The poor sometimes convert these into shelters as floating homes. Shikaras are a big source of tourist attraction in the valley as foreigners flock to take a ride in the Dal Lake, fondly known as the “Jewel in the crown of Kashmir”. It stretches to an area of 18 square kilometers, and is surrounded by parks and gardens built during the Mughal Area.

This photograph was taken during a boat ride in 2013 in Srinagar, the summer capital of the state of Jammu & Kashmir, India.

Jannat-e-Kashmir (Heaven on Earth)

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