Dal Lake is famous for its houseboats. They are used as cheap yet comfortable hotels (although not all of them are luxurious) . Dal Lake is the only place in India where you can come across houseboats. Who got them to the locality? Due to pleasant climate, the British colonisers began to build them. At that time, Kashmir Rajah had forbidden selling land to foreigners so the British began building their residences on the water. After some time the British left the country but their houseboats remained. They became a tourist attraction for local inhabitants and in the mid 20th century crowds of people were coming from all over the world to admire them. The houseboats on Dal Lake have become a must.
In addition to the houseboats, you can find on Dal Lake beautiful floating lotus gardens. They are most beautiful in July and August when they are in bloom. On the bank of the lake, there is the city of Džammú , the capital of the northernmost Indian state Džammú and Kashmir. The surrounding area of Dal Lake is interesting as well because there are significant historical monuments, such as Shankaracharya Temple which was built around 250 Before Christ.