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A light flat-bottomed boat propelled with oars or paddles, used for transportation and fishing on the lakes and waterways of Kashmir and often having a covering to shield passengers from the sun.

[Hindi śikārā and Urdu šikārā, from Hindi śikārī and Urdu šikārī, relating to hunting (small shikaras having been used to hunt), from Persian šikārī, from šikār, hunting; see shikari.]
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The temple has pyramidal Shikara, trefoil recess arches and is raised on a high platform.
Tenders are invited for Laying of ugd pipe line from ranga sai super market to shikara enclave kaman, raghavendra colony in ward no.
Though the ice layer was not thick still it was very difficult to row the shikara.
In the first week of October, the trio launched a portable restaurant on the replica of a Shikara - a wooden boat found on Dal Lake and other water bodies in India-held Kashmir.
At Nyali, where the tournament is sponsored by Mayfair Bank, Grain Bulk Handlers and Shikara Limited, Mudanyi will face, among others, South-Africa based Mathew Wahome and Daniel Nduva who fired impressive rounds of 77, 74, 66 and 70 to win the Kenya Amateur Open championship, also held at Nyali.
Informed sources said those who met Sharma at the Hari Niwas state guest house on Gupkar Road included representatives of tribal Gujjars and Bakerwal organisations, tour and travel operators, shikara owners, fruit and saffron growers and artisans.
FOR THE past few weeks, Muhammad Ashraf Ratta ( 45) comes on his shikara, every morning to the Dal Lake with a hope that he would get some work.
Shikara Asian restaurant in Whitley Bay prides itself on turning the tired curry house model on its head by offering the finest food in sumptuous of surroundings.
He came with a small shikara and took them to safer place.
Offer includes: Return airfare, accommodation in a house-boat, breakfast, lunch and dinner, transport service in private vehicle, an English-speaking guide, entrance fees for sightseeing, Shikara Ride in Srinagar and Gandolar ride in Gulmarg.
We acknowledge Mr Cunden Chetty and Ms Shikara Rambali for their administrative and logistical assistance.
Package includes stay, airfare, shikara ride, meals & sightseeing.