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Srinagar, Lake Dal, Jammu and Kashmir, India - July 15th, 2011: Life in Srinagar and the Lake Dal depends on the boats, which are used for reaching houses, carrying tourists, collecting vegetables, for trade, fishing. Shikara in the middle, lotus fields and houseboats at the back.
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A shikara is small paddled taxi boat, often about 15 feet (4.6 m) long) and made of wood with a canopy and a spade shaped bottom. It is the cultural symbol of Kashmir and is used not only for ferrying visitors but is also used for the vending of fruits, vegetables and flowers and for the fishing and harvesting of aquatic vegetation.
Houseboats in the Dal Lake (the city of Srinigar) are nicknamed "floating palaces", built according to British customs. The houseboats are generally made from local cedar-wood and measure 24–38 metres (79–125 ft) in length and 3–6 metres (9.8–20 ft) in width. Many of them have lavishly furnished rooms, with verandas and a terrace. They are mainly moored along the western periphery of the lake and on small islands.
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