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29 Nov 2022


Lakes in Jammu and Kashmir
Geography, India Geography, Lakes in India

Lakes in Jammu and Kashmir 

Lakes in Jammu and Kashmir: Famous Lakes of Jammu and Kashmir 1. Wular Lake: Interesting facts about Wular Lake:
  • India’s largest freshwater lake.
  • Spread over an area of 189 sq. km.
  • Located at an altitude of 1580 meters.
  • Located in Bandipora district in the Jammu and Kashmir state of India.
  • Surrounded by high mountain ranges and snow-covered peaks.
  • Its basin is formed by tectonic activity and is fed by the Jhelum River.
  • Accounts for 60 percent of the total fish yield of the Kashmir.
  • A favorite wintering site for a large number of migratory bird species.
  • In 1986, it was declared a Wetland of National Importance.
  • In 1990 it was declared as a wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention.
  2. Dal Lake: Interesting facts about Dal Lake:
  • A beautiful lake located at Srinagar in the Jammu and Kashmir state of India.
  • It is known as the heart of the Srinagar.
  • Asia’s largest Tulip garden is found on the banks of Dal Lake. 
  • Floating gardens, houseboats, shikaras are very common in this lake.
  • The popular Mughal garden, Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh, and Shankaracharya temple are also located on the banks of Dal Lake.
  3. Nagin Lake: Interesting facts about Nagin Lake:  
  • Deep blue water lake which is an offshoot of Dal Lake.
  • Separated from Dal Lake by a causeway.
  • Located to the east of the Srinagar city at the foothill of the Zabarwan Mountain.
  • Shankaracharya hill and Hari Parbat which surround the lake offer picturesque views.
  • Houseboat staying, shikara ride, water skiing and more are available for the tourists.
  4. Pangong Lake: Interesting facts about Pangong Lake:  
  • Located in an isolated area around 160 km from Leh.
  • 5-6 km wide and 144 km long.
  • It shares boundary with China.
  • World’s highest brackish (salt) water lake located at an elevation of 4,350 above the sea level.
  5. Manasbal Lake: Interesting facts about Manasbal Lake:  
  • Located in Jhelum valley or Ganderbal district of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India.
  • Surrounded by three villages Jakorbal, Kondabal, and Gratbal.
  • Known as the ‘Bird’s Paradise’.
  • Deepest Lake of Kashmir.
  • Filled with beautiful lotus flowers.
  • Ruins of Darogabagh fort and Jharokha garden can be found to the north of this lake.
  • Boat riding, water skiing, birds watching and fishing facilities are available.  
  6. Tso Moriri: Interesting facts about Tso Moriri Lake:  
  • Located around 135 km away from Leh in the Rupshu valley.
  • Situated at an altitude of 15075 feet and is surrounded by brown barren hills.  
  • A Monastery is located nearby this lake.
  • Offers a picturesque view of sunset.
  • Good for camping and sightseeing.
  7. Gangabal Lake: Interesting facts about Gangabal Lake:  
  • Situated at a height of 3570 meters above the sea level.
  • Located in the Ganderbal district of Kashmir valley.
  • It is a sacred lake for the Hindus.  
  • Also known as Haramukh Ganga as it is located on the foothills of Haramukh Mountain.
  8. Surinsar Lake: Interesting facts about Surinsar Lake:  
  • Located 42 km away from Jammu.
  • Surrounded by wooded mountain ranges.
  • It is 30 km away from Mansar Lake.
  • Surinsar Mansar Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the middle of Surinsar and Mansar Lake.
  • In summers, it looks like a lotus garden.
  • It is believed, this lake was formed when Arjuna of epic Mahabharata shot an arrow to the land.
  9. Mansar Lake: Interesting facts about Mansar Lake:  
  • Located at a distance of 40 km to south of Udhampur
  • Famous for the food and craft festival
  • Surrounded by dense forests and hills
  • Holds religious values owing to Sheeshnag shrine.
  10. Tso kar Lake: Interesting facts Tso kar Lake:  
  • A high latitude lake in the Ladakh region of the Jammu and Kashmir state of India.
  • Located at an altitude of 4660 meters above the sea level.
  • Known as White or Salty Lake due to the deposition of salt dunes all over the shore of the lake.

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