10 Lakes To Visit On Your Kashmir Tour

OT Staff

Lakes of Kashmir

The lakes of Kashmir, including Dal, Wular, and Manasbal, are renowned for their breathtaking beauty and rich biodiversity. They attract tourists, nature enthusiasts, and adventurers due to their serene landscapes, vibrant flora and fauna, and historical significance.

A boat on the Dal Lake during sunlight | Shutterstock

Dal Lake

Dal Lake in Srinagar is famous for its houseboats, shikara rides, and Mughal gardens such as Nishat and Shalimar Bagh. It also features floating markets and offers stunning views of the Pir Panjal mountains.

A traditional shikara boat on the Dal Lake | Shutterstock

Nigeen Lake

Nigeen Lake, the quieter counterpart to Dal Lake, is ideal for tranquillity seekers. It's separated from Dal Lake by a narrow causeway and is known for houseboats, shikaras, and various fish species. Surrounded by willow and poplar trees, the lake offers a peaceful retreat with scenic beauty and fewer crowds.

Reflection of trees along the Nigeen Lake | Shutterstock

Wular Lake

Wular Lake is one of Asia's largest freshwater lakes, historically significant for sustaining local communities through fishing. It is a biodiversity hotspot with fish, migratory birds, and aquatic vegetation, playing a crucial role in Kashmir's ecosystem.

Snow along the Wular Lake | Shutterstock

Manasbal Lake

Manasbal Lake, known as the "Supreme Gem of all Kashmir Lakes," has a rich history dating back to the Mughal era. Surrounded by villages, it's famous for lotus blossoms in summer and is a paradise for birdwatchers due to its rich aquatic life and migratory birds.

A view of the Manasbal Lake | Shutterstock

Gangbal Lake

Gangbal Lake, at the foot of Mount Haramukh, is historically and spiritually significant for Kashmiri Pandits. The trek offers stunning views, and the remote location ensures pristine waters, making it ideal for nature enthusiasts.

A view of the Gangbal Lake | Shutterstock

Gadsar Lake

Gadsar Lake, also known as the "Lake of Fishes," is located in the Himalayas and is often covered with ice. It's historically renowned for its surrounding alpine meadows and offers stunning vistas with trout, colourful wildflowers, and snow-capped peaks.

The Gadsar Lake of Kashmir | Shutterstock

Vishansar Lake

Vishansar Lake, part of the Great Lakes Trek, is steeped in local mythology. It features crystal-clear waters reflecting nearby peaks and alpine meadows, surrounded by rich flora and fauna, including trout. The lake is a seasonal habitat for migratory birds and a serene spot for trekkers and nature lovers.

The beautiful Vishansar Lake | Shutterstock

Tso Moriri Lake

Tso Moriri Lake in the Changthang region has stunning blue waters and is home to the Korzok Monastery. It supports diverse birdlife, including the endangered Black-necked Crane, making it an important biodiversity hotspot.

Frozen Tso Moriri Lake of Kashmir | Shutterstock

Sheshnag Lake

Sheshnag Lake, associated with Hindu mythology and the serpent god Sheshnag, is a pilgrimage spot. It's surrounded by snow-capped mountains and lush meadows, offering a serene environment for trekkers and pilgrims.

The beautiful Sheshnag Lake, or Sheshnag Jheel | Shutterstock

Tarsar Lake

Tarsar Lake in the Aru Valley is famous for its almond-shaped basin and clear blue waters. It's part of the ancient Kashmir route and a major attraction for the Tarsar Marsar trek. The pristine environment supports trout and is surrounded by lush meadows and snow-capped peaks, offering an idyllic escape for nature lovers.

A view from the Tarsar Marsar Lake trek | Shutterstock

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