Char Chinar

 

beautiful Chinar trees

Char Chinar Dal Lake

 Dal Lake is marked by an island which houses ancient and beautiful Chinar trees. Char Chinar, also sometimes rendered Char Chinari, Ropa Lank, or Rupa Lank, is an island in Dal Lake, Srinagar. The island located on the Bod Dal is known as Rupa Lank (Silver Island), it is marked with the presence of majestic Chinar trees at the four corners, thus known as Char-Chinari (Four Chinars). Murad Baksh, the brother of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, constructed the Rupa Lank. Dal Lake also houses 3 island 2 of which are marked with four Chinar trees at the four corners, thus are known as Char Chinar.The Dal Lake the prime attraction of Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, actually consists of 4 lakes connected by an intricate network of canals. The 4 lakes are namely Gargabal, Bod Dal, Lokut Dal & Nagin. First, of the Char Chinar island is located on the Bod Dal and is known as Rupa Lank (Silver Island). The second Char Chinar Island, known as Sona Lanka (Gold Island), is located on the Lokut Dal, and over looks the holy shrine of Hazarat Bal.