from lalchowk 12 min approx 8.5 km via Hazratbal Rd
The old city is very near 7-8 minutes by car. The gardens and Dal Lake tourist areas may take about 20 mins. But Shikaras start from the hotel and going through Golden Lake and Silver Lake is more interesting because it has no crowd and one can see nature and local villages much more closely.
It's in other end of the airport . But from main part of city it's only 3 km . The most beautiful advantage is , shikara ride starts from lawns of your hotel , and shikara ride is far better from ride in dal lake
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