Dal Lake
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Water Zorbing: Dal Lake's New Thrilling Attraction

With the introduction of water zorbing, Dal Lake has successfully diversified its offerings, catering to both tranquillity-seeking tourists and adventure enthusiasts

Nestled amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas, Dal Lake has long been a must-visit destination for travellers seeking serenity and natural splendour. However, this tranquil haven is now making waves for an exhilarating new attraction, drawing adventure seekers from around the world—water zorbing.

Dal Lake, often called the "Jewel in the crown of Kashmir," is renowned for its pristine waters, stunning shikara rides, and charming houseboats. However, tourists can now add a touch of adventure to their visit by participating in the thrilling water zorbing activity, which has quickly become the talk of the town.

About The Activity

Water zorbing involves participants climbing inside a giant, transparent, inflatable ball (known as a zorb) and rolling across the water's surface. It's an adrenaline-pumping adventure that provides a unique and fun way to experience the beauty of Dal Lake up close.

Zorbing, For representation purposes only
Zorbing, For representation purposes onlyWikimedia Commons

Local tour operators and adventure enthusiasts have lauded this exciting addition to Dal Lake's offerings, believing it will help boost regional tourism. Speaking about the initiative, Mohammad Saleem, a local tour guide, said, "Dal Lake has always been known for its tranquil charm, but now it's attracting a new kind of traveller. The thrill-seekers and adventurers are loving this experience, and it's great for our local economy."

Tourists from India and abroad are flocking to Dal Lake to partake in this exciting adventure. Whether it's a family vacation or a group of friends looking for a unique experience, water zorbing offers something for everyone.

The water zorbing experience can be enjoyed at various locations across Dal Lake, providing visitors with multiple opportunities to explore the lake from a different perspective. As the colourful zorbs glide across the crystal-clear waters, tourists are treated to panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and lush greenery, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Local authorities have ensured that safety measures, including trained instructors and high-quality zorbs, are in place to ensure a secure and enjoyable experience for all participants. Life jackets are also provided to ensure added safety.

The Information

Price: INR 100

Duration: 12-minute 

Places To Visit Nearby

  1. Shalimar Bagh: Shalimar Bagh, also known as the Shalimar Gardens, is a Mughal garden near Dal Lake. Emperor Jahangir built it for his wife, Noor Jahan. The beautiful landscaped garden features terraced lawns, cascading fountains, and vibrant flowerbeds.

  2. Nishat Bagh: Another Mughal garden near Dal Lake is Nishat Bagh. It's renowned for its 12 terraces, each representing a zodiac sign. The garden offers splendid views of the lake and the Zabarwan Range.

  3. Chashme Shahi: Chashme Shahi is yet another Mughal garden known for its natural spring, which is believed to have medicinal properties. The garden is well-maintained and provides a peaceful environment for visitors.

  4. Hazratbal Shrine: This important religious site is situated on the northern shores of Dal Lake. It houses a relic believed to be the hair of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. The shrine's white marble architecture is an iconic sight.

  5. Shankaracharya Temple: Perched atop a hill, this ancient Hindu temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It offers panoramic views of Srinagar and Dal Lake.

  6. Jamia Masjid: Located in the heart of Srinagar's old city, the Jamia Masjid is an impressive example of Persian architecture. It's a serene place for reflection and offers a glimpse into the region's culture.

Getting There

Srinagar International Airport (SXR) connects the city to major Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Kolkata, making it accessible to travellers nationwide. Alternatively, you can reach Srinagar by road, although the journey can be long and involve mountainous terrain. The road trip offers scenic views but requires careful planning. There is no direct train service to Srinagar, so air and road travel are the primary means of reaching this beautiful valley destination.

(With inputs from PTI)

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