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LAKES & MOUNTAINS - JAMMU & KASHMIR
Dal Lake, Srinagar Overview The jewel of Srinagar, the Dal lake is
synonymous to a visit to Srinagar and almost a visual definition of the
town. Spread over 26 square kilometres, it is the most photogenic stretch
of paradise on earth and undoubtedly also the most sought after
attraction. It is situated in the midst of beautiful lush green mountains
and is the most pristine view of nature in all its glory.
Facilities such as shikara boat rides, house boats and lake markets make
this place a favourite among tourists. Srinagar has always been a pleasant
place to visit in summer, therefore, making it one of the favourite places
the Mughals and the Britishers liked to go during summer. One of its main
attractions was the Dal Lake which was not left unnoticed.
The Dal lake consists of four main char chinars in the middle of the lake
which is a means of its recognition. The Mughals saw the potential in the
Dal lake and surrounded it with beautiful gardens and pavilions and also
built the Shalimar and Nilshad Gardens exactly at a place where the
beautiful outstretched lake can be seen in all its glory. The Britishers
brought forward the concept of boat houses in the Dal Lake, which further
promoted tourism to the lake. A tourist hub, one should not miss the
pristine beauty of Dal Lake.
Nigeen Lake Located Srinagar City, Popularly known as the '"Jewel in the
Ring", it is one of the impressive lakes in east Srinagar. The lake with
its deep blue waters is separated from the Dal Lake by a thin causeway and
is an exciting tourist spot with number of houseboats dwindling in the
Nigeen Lake is a perfect place to go for swimming as it is less crowded
and deeper. Hazratbal Mosque is a close by attraction to visit. NigeenLake
in Srinagar is a deep blue water offshoot lake of Dal Lake that is
interconnected by a thin causeway. The lake is located to the east of the
city of Srinagar, at the foothill of the Zabarwan Mountain.
Gangabal Lake is located 40 km from Srinagar, Ganderbal district of
Kashmir. This serene water body lies at the altitude of 3600 m above the
sea level. Nourished by glaciers and rainfall, this pristine lake serves
as the closest trekking destination for Kashmir Great Lakes Trek. It’s
also a home to several fishes and is thus a famous fishing spot. Apart
from its scenic beauty and tranquillity, Gangabal Lake holds a profound
religious importance for Hindu mythology. If you’re lucky enough, you
should perceive the glimpse of this beautiful lake.
Tarsar Lake is located in Aru in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir,
is surrounded by meadows dotted with conifer trees, mountains and gorgeous
views of snowcapped peaks. It is separated from its sister lake, Marsar,
by a mountain with a peak elevation of 4000 meters.
An interesting fact about the lake is that it changes its colours
throughout the day, depending on the sun’s angle during sunrise & sunset.
The lake can only be visited during the summer, which is great because you
get to spot a variety of birds like black bulbul, bar-headed geese,
high-flying coughs and Himalayan golden eagles. You can also enjoy its
absolutely peaceful environment & enchanting beauty.
Gadsar Lake, Sonmarg
Gadisar Lake is a picturesque alpine lake situated about 13,750 feet,
about 8 kilometers from Sonmarg in Ganderbal district of Jammu & Kashmir.
The bluish-green waters of the lakes are so crystal clear that the clouds,
mountains & surroundings are perfectly reflected in it. In the local
language, Gadisar means, “the lake of fishes”, and it is aptly called so
since it abounds in brown trout. For anglers & fishing enthusiasts, this
is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy fishing. Gadsar Lake is also a part of
the famous Great Lakes Trek, which is arrived at after crossing the Gadsar
Pass. If you love photography, this is a beautiful sight to capture in
Lake in Sonmarg, Kashmir
Vishansar Lake, located in close proximity to Sonmarg, is a high-altitude
lake blessed with breathtaking natural beauty and pristine surroundings.
It is surrounded by lofty jagged mountain peaks on one side and lush green
meadows on the other. But what attracts tourists towards it, apart from
its beauty, is the opportunities for trout and mahseer fishing in summers.
During the winters, the lake remains frozen. To re-energize your soul and
soothe your inner mind, visit the Vishansar Lake.
Kishansar Lake, Sonamarg
Situated at almost 4,000 meters in close proximity to Sonamarg, Kishansar
Lake is overlooked by snow capped mountains and surrounded by lush
meadows, and a haven for nature lovers & photography enthusiasts. It is
interesting to note that the colour of the lake depends on the time of
day. Just adjacent to it lies the Gadsar Pass which is a popular trekking
spot. Trout fishing and angling are also popular here. The lake is frozen
Nilnag Lake in Yusmarg
A high-altitude lake, Nilnag nestled amidst dense pine forest is one of
the top places to visit near Yusmarg. The blue water of this sparkling
lake and the picturesque surroundings of towering pine trees and
snow-capped mountains makes this place a must-visit.
Nilnag offers a great opportunity of trekking to adventure lovers. The
trek goes through a picturesque pine forest through which run many streams
of water. It is a beautiful yet steep uphill trek to Nilnag Lake that does
make for some incredible memories.
Lake in Pahalgam
Tulian Lake is situated at almost 3,353 meters, and located 16 kilometers
approx. from Pahalgam. It is famous for its tranquil environs, blueish
green waters and the wonderful sightseeing opportunities it provides, as
it is situated in between the Zanskar & Pir Panjal mountain ranges. To
reach the lake though, you will have to take a very long trek, known as
the Tulian Lake Trek, which consists of steep climbs. Some tourists find
it difficult, but is doable if you exercise regularly. Besides enjoying
the alpine views and extremely peaceful surroundings.
Sheshnag Lake in Pahalgam
Sheshnag Lake is located almost 17 kilometers from Pahalgam at an altitude
of 3,590 meters approx. Its greenish waters are home to a variety of fish
including the brown trout, while mountains and snowcapped mountains
encircle it from all sides.
The lake’s water is also considered to be of high quality, since it’s low
in algal production. The trekking route towards it is extremely scenic and
offers you breathtaking views of the surrounding mountain terrain & huge
grassland terrain. The lake is associated with many mythological legends,
one of which states that it belongs to Sheshnag, Lord of the Snakes
Lake in Jammu
Mansar Lake is located about 20 kilometers from Samba town in Jammu and
Kashmir, on the bypass between Samba and Udhampur. This magnificent lake
is bordered by a forest of pine trees, and attracts tourists both for its
natural beauty and the various exciting activities on offer.
It attracts pilgrims and devotees in large numbers, and is regarded with
the utmost significance by the locals because of its connection to the
sacred Mansarovar Lake in Tibet. A popular tourist attraction at the lake
is the shrine of Sheshnag, the Lord of Serpents, located on the eastern
bank of the lake. It is visited in large numbers by newlywed couples who
perform three circumambulations to seek blessings.
In close proximity stand the Durga and Umapati Mahadev temples. Besides
sightseeing and spirituality, you can also enjoy a boat ride on the lake
and watch the numerous fishes splashing around in the water. Mansar Lake
is also surrounded by a cemented path with projected view decks which lets
you observe seasonal birds, a large number of tortoises and fishes of
different species. A park which surrounds the lake and the gorgeous views
of hills in the distance makes it look even more beautiful. There is also
a small restaurant where you can enjoy some snacks.