Char Chinar is an island in the Dal Lake of Srinagar, surrounded by the Chinar trees on all four sides of it. Also known as Char Chinari (char chinari means four sides) and Rupa Lank, it was constructed by Murad Baksh, the brother of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The Char Chinar is best explored during a shikara ride in the Dal Lake.
The Dal Lake houses 3 islands, 2 of which are surrounded by the chinar trees. Apart from the Char Chinar, one island is located on the Bod Dal and is known as Roph Lank or Silver Island. The other island is located on the Lokut Dal and is called Sone Lank or Gold Island. The Char Chinar trees are characteristic of Kashmir and are long-living trees with stunning beauty.
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