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Lakes in Srinagar

Lakes in Srinagar

Srinagar also known as city of lakes is decked with some of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Some of the most enchanting lakes that enhance the beauty of the city and make it more alluring tourist attraction include Dal Lake, Wular Lake and Nagin Lake. Adorned with shikaras, houseboats and floating gardens that make these lakes as major center of attraction among the visitors.

Dal Lake: Dal Lake is an icon of Kashmir tourism industry. A Himalayan urban lake it is one of the largest natural water in the world. The location of Dal Lake is such that it can be reached with in few minutes from the city. The legendary Dal Lake is about 6.4 km long and 4 km wide and is connected with various other bodies of the state. The lake is divided by jetty into four parts. They are Gagribal, Bod Dal, Nagin Lake and Lokut dal. The islands of Sona Lank and Ropa Lank even add more charm to the beauty of the lake. Wide expanses of placid water shimmering in sunlight houseboats standing perfectly and chinar trees swaying in the breeze by the shores will surely captivate its visitors. Dal Lake is popular for gorgeous houseboats and shikaras where the guests can stay while on a trip to Srinagar. Adding to the beauty of the lake are the blossoming lotus flowers and floating flower beds. Visitors at Dal Lake can enjoy various fun filled activities like kayaking, canoeing and water surfing etc.

Wuler Lake: Wular Lake in Srinagar is located between the towns of Banipore and Sopore which is approximately 60 km from the city of Srinagar. Spreading across the area of 125 km, Wular Lake is also one of the fresh water lakes in Asia. The very striking feature about the Wular Lake is that it changes character after few miles. Depending on the season Boating, water skiing and various other water sports have been recently introduced by the government of Jammu & Kashmir to promote the tourism. The other striking feature of Wular Lake is that it consists of some ruins standing in the middle of the lake. These ruins are the remains of an island called Zaina Lanka, built by the king Zain –ul-Abidin. A voyage through the Wular Lake takes you around the neighboring town of Bandipore which is quite famous for its woolen carpets. Wular Lake is an important fish habitat and sustains a rich population of birds. It also plays a significant role in the hydrographic system of Kashmir valley

Nagin Lake: Nagin Lake though sometimes referred as a separate lake is actually part of Dal Lake located to the east of the city at the foot hills of the mountain Zabarwan. The lake is bounded by shankracharya Temple on the south and Hari Parbat on the west. The edges of the lake are flanked by the willows and poplar trees and the refelction of them in the lake lends a mesmerizing view. Shikaras, ferrying people to and from the lake are the fascinating feature of the lake. Bathing boats as well as water skis and motor launches are also available to hire for adventure enthusiasts.

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