Definition of shikara in English:

shikara

noun

Indian
  • 1(in Kashmir) a houseboat.

    • ‘The shikara goes up in flames, and paradise burns.’
    • ‘For adventurous travellers who actually make it to Kashmir, a stay in a shikara (houseboat) on Dal Lake is a must.’
    • ‘Most shikara owners feel that if a Pahalgam like incident occurs again, it would be a disaster for tourism.’
    • ‘It starts off rather well with some good shots of shikaras blowing up.’
    • ‘Did you live in a shikara - I think that would be a great experience!’
    1. 1.1A light, flat-bottomed boat.

Origin

Via Kashmiri from Persian šikārī of hunting.

Pronunciation:

shikara

/SHiˈkärə/