Definition of shikara in English:

shikara

noun

Indian
  • 1(in Kashmir) a houseboat.

    • ‘For adventurous travellers who actually make it to Kashmir, a stay in a shikara (houseboat) on Dal Lake is a must.’
    • ‘Did you live in a shikara - I think that would be a great experience!’
    • ‘The shikara goes up in flames, and paradise burns.’
    • ‘It starts off rather well with some good shots of shikaras blowing up.’
    • ‘Most shikara owners feel that if a Pahalgam like incident occurs again, it would be a disaster for tourism.’
    1. 1.1A light, flat-bottomed boat.
      • ‘Nishat and Shalimar gardens as well as Hazratbal mosque are directly accessible by shikara.’
      • ‘Many of the 6,000 families living on the Dal have been shifted and more are to follow, though they want to continue with their business like renting houseboats or plying the shikara (tourist boats).’
      • ‘The shikara, with its slim gondola shape, is well known to visitors who use it as a water taxi across Dal Lake.’

Origin

Via Kashmiri from Persian šikārī of hunting.

Pronunciation:

shikara

/ʃɪˈkɑːrə/