The Dal Canal below the Chenar Bagh, Srinagar
Photographer: Bourne, Samuel
Medium: Photographic print
A view of the Dal Canal below the garden of Chenar trees from the 'Album of Indian Views' taken by Samuel Bourne in 1864. Srinagar stands on the Dal lake and River Jhelum, which divides the town in two. The Dal lake is the flood-lung of the River Jhelum. It is 8 Kms long and 6.4 Kms. wide. The famous Mughal gardens are situated around it. The Chenar tree, which was planted extensively by the Mughal emperors in Kashmir, is now a distinctive feature in the valley. Chenar, or Chinar is the Persian name for the Oriental Plane Tree (Platanus Orientalis). The tree is a magnificent sight all year round, with the colour of its leaves changing from golden yellow to red, and is often planted along the lakes and rivers.