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Shikaras are a type of wooden boat found on Dal Lake, and other bodies of water in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, India.

Shikaras are of varied sizes and are used for multiple purposes, including transportation of people.

Drivers use oars having a unique spade-shaped bottom to row the shikara. A usual shikara seats six people, with the driver sitting at the lower end.

Like the Venetian gandolas, they are a cultural symbol of Kashmir. Some shikaras are still used for fishing, harvesting weeds(usually for fodder) and transport in the deeper parts of Dal Lake, while most are covered with tarpaulins and are used by tourists.

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