Dal Lake: the jewel in Kashmir’s crown Dal Lake, the second-largest territory of Jammu & Kasmir, is 1775 m above sea level. This summer capital of J&K is often known as the “Lake of Flowers.” It comes under the territory of Kangra District. It is around 11 km away from Dharamshala. This lake is popular for its alluring beauty and expedition centre. It also has nestled in the middle of lush green forests of deodar trees. How to reach Dal Lake Multiple transportation options are available for visitors. Srinagar International Airport is the nearest one to this place. It is also a 2KM westward walk from MacLeodganj bazaar if visit MacLeodganj. By train, Jammu is the closest railhead, which is 35 km away from Srinagar. This station is connected to all the major cities of the country. Additional trains are also operated at this station during holiday time. The most suitable climate to visit Dal Lake Many tourists visit Dal Lake to attend a popular festival celebrating Lord Shiva’s presence in September. If we talk about the climate of that place, it is situated in the Himalayas and is harshly cold. The environment of Dharamshala is pleasant during summer and cold in winter. The ideal time for summer to visit this place is from May to October. Winter’s temperature drop below the freezing point. So, winter shawls, coats, etc., are required here. Naddi: the natural wonder at Dal Lake The area surrounded by Dal Lake is natural heaven. It falls on the road to Naddi. Dharamshala has many places to visit, but this one is particularly unique. Another route that passes from this lake road to Strawberry Hills. It is a fascinating place to explore this lake. Naddi is 2000 m above sea level and around 1 km from Dal Lake. A modern picnic spot is developing fast at Naddi. This place is the only one in Dharamshala from where an open view of wide valleys and mountains on Dhauladhars southern side can be seen. This place is also a starting point for trekking to Guna temple, Triund, and Kareri Lake. It is the most picturesque lake near the slopes of McLeod. This lake is small in Tota Rani village. Surrounded by deodar trees, the climate here looks mysterious and beautiful. Due to the temple of Durveshwar Mahadev near the lake, this lake is considered sacred. This lake's morning and evening mist view makes it panoramic and heart-touching. If it's available, you may have the opportunity to go boating on the lake if you're fortunate. Half a kilometre from Dal Lake is a place in Nadi that offers a spectacular view of the Kangra Valley and the Dhauladhar peaks and is famous as a sunset point. An interesting fact!!! Around the lake, there is the Lord Shiva temple. This temple is believed to be 200 years old. According to folklore, a sage named Durvasa used to pray to Lord Shiva here. So, if you visit this temple, you will surely experience a rich history.