View on the Dhul Canal, Kashmir. 1197
Photographer: Bourne, Samuel
Medium: Photographic print
View looking across the Dal Canal, near Srinagar, taken by Samuel Bourne in the 1860s. Srinagar is situated on the River Jhelum. The Jhelum river is the westernmost of the five rivers in the Punjab that ultimately drain into the Indus river in Pakistan. It rises from a deep spring at Vernag, in Jammu and Kashmir. The river meanders northwestward from the northern slope of the Pir Panjal Range through the Vale of Kashmir to Wular Lake, which controls its flow.The Jhelum is the main waterway of the valley of Kashmir. The Dal Lake is a beautiful lake near Srinagar and is the flood-lung of the Jhelum. The famous Mughal gardens are situated around it. The lake is an ideal place for swimming and sailing in Shikaras and motorboats. Floating gardens are found in this lake where a large variety of vegetables are grown.