“A lake carries you into recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable.”
Can you ever think of witnessing the blue sky, captivating meadows, turquoise waters and snow at the same time? Yes, it’s absolutely possible in the beautiful state of Kashmir! Just imagine spending your day in a Shikara under the divine sky and seeing snow capped mountains, isn’t it a dreamy site?
Lakes are always welcoming in nature especially in the valley of Kashmir. They create a magnetic aura which is very hard to resist. The serenity and calmness of the lakes perfectly cut off the worldly chaos and all you could hear is the sound of rowing the boat and chirping of the birds making the moment perfectly perfect. So we present you the lakes of Kashmir that are completely inevitable to visit.
Popularly known as ‘Jewel in the crown of Kashmir’ and world renowned ‘Dal Lake’ is the most attractive place in the heart of Kashmir. Surrounded by big mountains and mughal gardens, it has maintained its popularity so far. The most significant feature of this lake is it gives you the 360 degree views of the Himalayas. A ride in Shikara, floating market along the way, the flora and fauna, the scent of kesar will give you the typical Kashmir feel. On the other hand it also perfect for adventure seekers offering you water sports like golfing, water skiing and hot air balloon ride.
TSO MORIRI LAKE
Tso Moriri Lake also known as the ‘Mountain Lake’ and is situated around 250kms ahead of Leh. It is one of the highest lakes in the world and thereby, attracting a lot of tourism. A stone-sandy road that passes through the Rushpu Valley leads to Tso Moriri. This lake provides the perfect ambience for nature lovers, travelers or a photographers. The most attractive feature of the lake is the beautiful sunset view that can behold anyone. And when it comes to festivities, Korzak Gustor is the ancient festival of the Buddhist that is celebrated here every year reviving its tradition and culture.
The land of high passes, Pangonk Lake is arguably the most amazing place in all of Ladakh. The sheer beauty of this lake is the fact that it changes various colors ranging from the shades of blue, green and even appearing red sometimes. The trans-Himalayan mountain in the background makes for a stunning and scenic panoramic view. The most fascinating fact of this lake is that the water freezes even after being saline. There are many migratory birds like seagulls and cranes are the treat for the bird lovers. Apart from this you can also do the camping on the shores of the lake making it a delight for the adventure enthusiasts as well.
Nigeen Lake lies at the foothills of the Zabarwan mountains located to the east of the city of Srinagar. Nigeen means “The jewel in the ring”. Flanked by plenty of poplar and willow trees, this lake is perfect for the lone-time lover. It is known for its pristine waters and relatively less crowded as compared to the Dal Lake. There are both houseboat and shikaras and the people can soak themselves in its serenity. It is also the perfect place for swimming, water skiing and motor rides.
Walur lake is India’s largest freshwater lakes and is fed by the river Jhelum. Its natural beauty being located amidst snow-covered hills is totally beyond description making the place worth visiting. The water is placid and calm in most seasons of the year. Thousand of the birds and water fowls can be spotted here easily. It is bird watcher’s delight to spend time here. Moreover a variety of fishes making it a ideal place for fishing enthusiasts as well.
So these are the most amazing lakes of Kashmir that should be visited. So hopped on to that boat, make million memories and appreciate the beauty of the lakes so that Kashmir lives on in our heart forever!