Photographer's Note

Srinagar est célèbre pour ses Houseboats, sur le lac Dal, des bateaux d'habitation à l'architecture tout à fait caractéristique, souvent en bois de santal.

Ces bateaux cohabitent avec les shikaras, de petites embarcations de diverses tailles et utilisées à diverses fonctions. Comme les gondoles à Venise, elles sont un symbole culturel du Cachemire. 
Certaines sont utilisées pour la pêche, le ramassage des fleurs et graines de lotus, innombrables sur le lac Dal. D'autres sont utilisées pour promener les touristes ou par des marchands qui accostent les houseboats et viennent y vendre fleurs ou artisanat local

Srinagar is famous for its Houseboats on Dal lake, of very characteristic architecture and often in sandal wood
They cohabitate with the shikaras, a type of wooden boats of varied sizes and used for multiple purposes, including transportation of people. Drivers use oars having a unique spade-shaped bottom to row the shikara. Like the Venetian gondolas, they are a cultural symbol of Kashmir. Some shikaras are still used for fishing, harvesting aquatic vegetation (usually for fodder), and transport in the deeper parts of Dal Lake, while most are covered with tarpaulins and are used by tourists. Some are used as floating homes by poor people. Some others are used by merchants who moor to the houseboats and sell to tourists their flowers and handicrafts

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Additional Photos by Patrick HUBERT (yquem46) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1892 W: 5 N: 4842] (38752)
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