Small boats are seen at sunset on Dal Lake in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, earlier this month. Photo: Xinhua
Small boats are seen at sunset on Dal Lake in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, earlier this month. Photo: Xinhua
Kashmir

‘All will disappear’: sun sets on Kashmir’s traditional houseboats as tourism, and Dal Lake, dry up

  • There have been houseboats on Dal Lake in Srinagar since the 1860s, with more modern, palatial vessels attracting a slew of high-paying tourists in happier times
  • But a combination of politics, environmental protection and the coronavirus pandemic have conspired to mean the famed floating hotels’ days may now be numbered

Small boats are seen at sunset on Dal Lake in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, earlier this month. Photo: Xinhua
Small boats are seen at sunset on Dal Lake in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, earlier this month. Photo: Xinhua
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