The city of Srinagar is popular across the globe for its enticing lakes. Paragon of peace, calm, serenity, and tranquility, the lakes of Srinagar are a must visit. Right from the enticing backdrop of the lakes to a stay in decorated Shikaras on the lake, Golden Triangle Tour with Srinagar will let you experience the best.
Here is a list of some of the most famous lakes in Srinagar:
1. Dal Lake
This is the most popular and beautiful lake of Srinagar. Dal Lake is located in the center of all attractions in Srinagar. The second largest lake of Kashmir is beautifully encircled by gigantic Himalayan ranges and splendid gardens, the lake makes for the number one tourist site for travel buffs from all over the world. Houseboat scattered all over the lake is a mesmerising sight. Staying in one of these is an experience on its own. Tourists can also enjoy participating in exciting activities such as kayaking, fishing, canoeing and water surfing.
2. Wular Lake
This Lake is the largest in India. Wular is also ranked as the largest freshwater lake across Asia. It is located 40 km northwest of Srinagar. Interestingly, tectonic activity around the region resulted in the formation of this lake. The ruins of the 15th century island right in the centre of the lake built by King Zain-UL-Abidin is one of the major attractions here. Tourists also visit this lake for the abundance of marine life it has to offer. Winters are a boon here for bird watchers when migratory birds such as Shoveler, Little Egzet, Short toed Eagle and many more visit the lake.
3. Nagin Lake
A picturesque subsidiary of the Dal Lake, tourists visit the lake for the amazing opportunities it offers for activities such as diving, swimming, and boating. Nature’s marvel at its best, the picturesque locales compromising of Hari Parbat, Shankaracharya hill, and poplar trees along the banks makes the place worth visiting. The reflection of poplar and willow trees in the lake water lends a captivating view. Shikaras (houseboats) ferry people to and from the lake. Tourists can also get water-skis and motor boats on hire here.
4. Pangong Lake
It is yet another lake worth visiting in Srinagar. Pangong Lake is located around 160 km from Leh. You need to start the drive from Thiksey village. The captivating beauty of the lake will not let you leave the place. Pangong Lake is located at an altitude of 14,256 feet above sea level and ranked as the highest brackish lake in the world. The black necked Siberian cranes moving round enhances the beauty of the lake.
5. Manasbal Lake
This beautiful lake is located 28 km from the main Srinagar city. A favourite of aquatic birds, visitors are spellbound by its beauty. It is a derivative of Lake Mansarovar, hence the name. This lake is beautifully encircled by three villages:
At 43 ft depth, the lake is ranked as the deepest in the entire Kashmir valley. It witnesses a large growth of lotus during July and August which adds to the beauty of the lake. The famous Mughal Garden built by Noor Jahan also overlooks the lake. A lot of visitors come here for birdwatching. Also referred to as the “supreme gem of all Kashmir Lakes”, the root stocks of lotus plant in the lake are harvested and marketed. It is a delicacy enjoyed by the locals.
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