Near Srinagar lies the 6.4km long and 4km wide Dal lake. The lake is divided by causeways into four basins, called Gagribal, Lokut Dal, Bod Dal and Nagin. It is famous for the approx. 500 Victorian-era wooden houseboats, originally built as vacation homes during the colonial period, and nowadays rented out to tourists visiting the region. The local inhabitants, the Mihrbahri, grow vegetables and flowers in floating beds along the lake shore.
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