Life on Dal Lake in Kashmir
Original travelogue of Paradise on Earth by Medhavi Davda in NCERT language coursebook by Class7.
The floating market on Dal Lake was predominantly on my mind when I was in Srinagar for less than 24 hours after my trek to Kashmir Great Lakes. I wanted to experience living in a houseboat on Dal Lake and witness the floating market on Dal Lake - one of the most unique experiences of India. In the process I ended up exploring a lot more on the Dal Lake, which I had never heard of before.
I had a word with a Shikhara owner and he had instructed me to be ready at 04:00 am to start our ride to the floating market. It was my first night on bed in the houseboat after sleeping in tents for 8 continuous nights. The excitement to experience this event was so high, that I was actually ready at 04:00 am and he was waiting for me at the entrance of my houseboat. It was dark when we started. Traveling solo in Kashmir was anyways an adventure! I kept myself engaged in talks about the floating market with the shikhara rider to keep away from the stress of unwanted tension.
The darkness faded out in some minutes and the lake looked pretty like never before. This was some side of the lake, I've never seen even in the pictures. We navigated through the narrow lanes, under the wooden bridges, some houses on the sides and their mirrored reflections in. There were few more shikharas on the lake riding towards the floating market.
Namaste! I'm Medhavi Davda.
I travel to Evolve..
In Nature, I confide..
I find my calling in the Himalayas..
In the Oceans, I meditate..
A High-Altitude Trekker & PADI certified SCUBA Diver, I love exploring the heights and depths of the planet with my regular doses of mountains and oceans.
Discovering myself & life through nature, adventures, travels, sports and dance has been an addiction since my existence!
Quite fond of the natural & cultural diversity of India, I've travelled extensively in my own country before exploring international destinations.
I had left my 9+ yrs of career in Software Industry in a quest to make a living out of my passions. I packed my basics in my car (gave away the rest) and lived in different parts of Himachal Pradesh for 16 months. This invaluable time taught me to experience life from a broader perspective.
I'm currently living in Mumbai to work with an Adventure Travel company as a product manager for Scuba Diving. I continue living a minimalistic life.
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