Kausar Nag or Kausarnag (sometimes alternatively spelled as Konsarnag), is a high-altitude oligotrophic lake located in the Pir Panjal Range in the Kulgam District’sof Jammu and Kashmir. The lake is roughly 2 miles long and half a mile at the widest point. The trek to Kausarnag is via the famous waterfall of Aharbal. The lake is located in a valley that is surrounded by peaks on all sides with elevation in excess of 4000 metres above sea level.Kausar nag has an elevation of 4,000 metres (13,000 ft) above sea level.
Wular Lake is one of the largest fresh water lakes in Asia. It is situated in Bandipora/Baramulla district in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The lake basin was formed as a result of tectonic activity and is fed by the Jhelum River. The lake’s size varies seasonally from 12 to 100 square miles (30 to 260 square kilometers). The lake, with its big dimensions and the extent of water, gives rise to high leaping waves in the afternoons, called Ullola in Sanskrit, meaning “stormy leaping, high rising waves”. Therefore, it was also being called Ullola.. The origin may also be attributed to a Kashmiri word ‘Wul’, which means a gap or a fissure, appellation that must have come also during this period. The lake is one of the 26 Indian wetlands designated as a Ramsar site.
Wular Lake is an important fish habitat, the main species being the common carp. Fish from Wular Lake make up a significant part of the diet for many thousands of people living on its shores and elsewhere in the Kashmir Valley. Harvesting of water chestnut is also an attraction in wullar lake.
The lake sustains a rich population of birds. Terrestrial birds observed around the lake include the black-eared kite, Eurasian sparrowhawk, short-toed eagle, Himalayan golden eagle, Himalayan monal, chukar partridge, koklass pheasant, rock dove, common cuckoo, alpine swift, Indian roller, Himalayan woodpecker, hoopoe, barn swallow, golden oriole and others. The lake acts as a breeding ground for a large species of migratory birds.Besides the lake is a biotic reserve for a varied number of flora and fauna species.
In order to harness the tourism potential of the area a separate tourism developmental authority by the name “Wullar Manasbal Development Authority” has been created. The authority has developed some scenic points along the circumference of the two lakes of Wullar and Manasbal nowadays hot spots of tourist activities. Few of these include the sufi shrine of Baba shukur-ud-din at watlab and wullar vintage park at Saderkoot Bandipora. One can enjoy shikara rides, bird watching, fishing and related activities in these lakes.
A Sufi shrine situated at a hillock near watlab sopore in the name of Baba Shukur ud din who was one of the the four disciples of sufi saint Nundreshi. Baba is known for his assistance and many miracles performed by him and earned popularity among the local populous. It is said that baba shukur-ud-din dug a grave for himself and stepped into it. Lakhs of worshippersvisit his Ziarat for pilgrimage and to pay homage to the great saint who did not discrimnate between hindus and muslims. The peer baba is also known as Topandaz-e-kashmirand is locally believed to neutralize evils, for well being of people of kashmir. 27th of IslamicCalendar Month Jamadi-Us-Sani is celebrated the Urs of Baba Shakur-Ud-Din Wali
The Tarsar Lake or Tar Sar is an almond-shaped, oligotrophic alpine lake situated in the Kashmir Valley, specifically in Aru, Anantnag district, Jammu and Kashmir, India.The Tarsar Lake is dominated by the peaks of the Kolahoi mountain some 20 km to the east. The lake is separated by a mountain with a minimum peak elevation of 4,000 metres (13,000 ft) from another lake of the same nature known as Marsar Lake, which is in the vicinity of Dachigam National Park. Together these two lakes are referred to as the twin sisters.The Tarsar Lake is drained by an outlet stream which falls into the Lidder River at Lidderwat, 15 km to the east. Being the nearest seasonal settlement, Lidderwat is located on the trek route to the lake from Aru, Pahalgam.
The Marsar Lake on the other hand drains out and flows in the opposite direction of the Tarsar LakeDuring the winter, the Tarsar Lake freezes and is covered by heavy snow; it has floating ice even in the summer. The basin of the lake is surrounded by a sheet of alpine flowers. The geum, blue poppy, potentilla and gentian are relatively common. Hedysarum flowers are found in late spring throughout the area around the lake.During summer there are breeding colonies of migratory birds, including bar-headed geese, lammergeyers, high-flying choughs, Himalayan golden eagles, cinnamon sparrows and black bulbuls. The basin of Tarsar and the adjoining Dachigam National Park constitute one of the most important habitats of the Kashmir stag (hangul), ibex, musk deer, snow leopard, Himalayan brown bear and in the higher reaches, the golden marmot.
Tarsar Marsar Trek is one of the highly opted treks of the Kashmir Valley. It is a trek encompassing a journey to the two beautiful twin lakes, Tarsar and Marsar, surrounded by the peaks of Kolahi Mountain.The twin lakes are known from 16th Century during the period of ruler of Kashmir, Yusuf Shah Chak. The lakes are notable for its almond shape separated by a mountain, identical in nature and is situated in the Aru District of Jammu and Kashmir. Both the lakes flow into opposite directions, the former joining with the Lidder River of Lidderwat and the later to the other side of Aru. Apparently, the Dachigam National Park is in vicinage to the Marsar Lake. and hedyseram.
The lake covers an area of 18 square kilometres and has a shore line of about 15.5 kilometres which is encompassed by a boulevard lined with parks, houseboats and hotels. Its average elevation is 1,583 metres and the depth of water varies from 6 metres to 2.5 metres. Dal Lake is 7.44 kilometres long and 3.5 kilometres wide. There are dozens of habitations in the Dal Lake for whom this huge water body is an important source for commercial operations in fishing and water plant harvesting. The interiors of Dal Lake possess floating gardens, locally known as Rad. Besides lotus flowers, the Rads are used to cultivate a wide range of vegetables and can be easily shifted to another place if conditions demand so.
Dal Lake harbours hundreds of houseboats and shikaras. To enjoy the vastness and the scenic views of the lake, shikara cruise is the best option. Colourfully decorated and immensely cozy shikaras are available on all sides of the Dal Lake. Nehru Park is one of the attractions for the tourists. It is an isle just away from the main boulevard road containing a park and a hotel. Char Chinar is one more island in the Dal that also is equally famous among the tourists. A long line of houseboats lay from Dalgate to Gagribal, providing visitors accommodation and night stay on the waters of Dal Lake, accommodating all kinds of pockets. There are scores of hotels and restaurants flanking the shores of Dal Lake that provide an opportunity for the tourists to enjoy the mesmerizing evenings at the banks of this magnificent lake.
Nigeen Lake is yet another attraction that draws people from far off places and offers them tranquil ambience and superb scenic beauty. It is part of the famous Dal Lake but lies separated from it, the only connection being a narrow channel bedecked with sublime lotus flowers. Though small in its expanse, the pristine lake is more serene, beautiful and away from the noise that is the way of life on Dal Lake for being over- crowded. Flanked by willow and poplar trees, the Nigeen Lake is surrounded by Badamwari on one side and a beautiful garden from Hazratbal side. Nigeen Lake boasts of being deeper than Dal Lake with the depth of water recorded as more than 5 metres.
There are scores of houseboats in Nigeen Lake, moored along its shoreline with their balconies facing the lake and providing a panoramic view of the surrounding limited expanse of water and the mountains like Shankaracharya and Zabarwan besides the immediate verdant patches that dot the shores of the lake in abundance. Tourists enjoy the mornings while staying in the houseboats with views of the dew- bathed roses and water lilies of the nearby garden and the stunning songs of myriad kinds of birds. In the evenings, the pervasive calmness and gorgeous outlook envelops one with a state of utter sooth and rejuvenation.
To enjoy every bit that Nigeen offers, one can hire water-ski and motor launch that are readily available at moderate rates. Even a shikara can be hired from any of the steps called ‘ghats’ and then get pleasure from the gentle soothing motion of the boat, as it glides along the water. There are patches of lotus fields in Nigeen Lake that produce quality lotus roots, a delicacy relished by the Kashmiris on the festive occasions. Since the water in Nigeen is deeper and less polluted it is also good for swimming. The Nigeen club, on the bank of the lake, has a bar and a tea pavilion. It is a branch of the Srinagar club and temporary membership is available to visitors. So, while arranging a tour to Kashmir, do not miss to put Nigeen Lake on your itinerary.
The Gangbal Lake, is a lake situated at the foothills of Mount Harmukh in Ganderbal district, north of Srinagar city in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. It is an alpine high altitude oligotrophic lake, home to many species of fish, including the brown trout. The lake has a maximum length of two and a half kilometres and maximum width of one kilometre. It is fed by precipitation, glaciers and springs. The lake water outflows to a nearby Nundkol Lake and then viaWangath nallah to Sind River.
The Gangbal lake is approached from Srinagar 45 kilometres by road via Ganderbal up to Naranag and then a trek of 13 kilometres up slopes leads to the lake, which can be covered by a horse ride or by foot. The gujjar shepherds can be seen during the trek with their flocks of sheep and goats. Another trek (65 kilometres long) leads to the lake site from Sonamarg via the Vishansar Lake crossing three mountain passes Nichnai pass, Gadsar pass and Zajibal pass of an average elevation of 4100 meteres. It can also be accessed through a trek from Bandipore via Arin.
it is also famous for its beautiful lake, fishes & riding.
May to October
Manasbal Lake is located in Ganderbal District of Jammu and Kashmir. Lake is encircled by three villages. It is stated to be the deepest lake (at 13 m or 43 ft depth) in India. The large growth of lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) at the periphery of the lake (blooms during July and August) adds to the beauty of the clear waters of the lake. The Mughal garden, called the Jarokabagh (meaning bay window) built by Nur Jahan overlooks the lake.[
The lake is a good place for birdwatching as it is one of the largest natural stamping grounds of Aquatic birds in Kashmir and has the sobriquet of “supreme gem of all Kashmir Lakes”. The rootstocks of lotus plant which grows extensively in the lake are harvested and marketed, and also eaten by the local people.
The lake is approached from Srinagar by a 30-kilometre (19 mi) road via Shadipora, Nasim and Gandarbal. Road to Wular Lake, the largest lake in Kashmir, passes through this lake, via Safapora. It is also easy to reach to Manasbal from Sonmarg via ganderbal.
Throughout the year
Mansar Lake is situated 62 km (39 mi) from Jammu, Mansar is a lake fringed by forest-covered hills, over a mile in length by half-a-mile in width..
There are also some ancient temples on the lakes shores, which are visited by devotees in large numbers. Mansar is also ideal for boating for which the Tourism Department provides adequate facilities.
Besides being a popular excursion destination in Jammu, it is also a holy site, sharing the legend and sanctity of Lake Mansarovar. On the Eastern Bank of the Lake there is a shrine to Sheshnag, a snake with six heads. The shrine comprises a big boulder on which are placed a number of iron chains perhaps representing the small serpents waiting on the tutelary deity of the Sheshnag. Two ancient temples of Umapati Mahadev & Narsimha as also a temple of Durga are situated in the vicinity of the Mansar lake. People take a holy dip in the water of the lake on festive occasions.
With all religions belief and heritage behind the Mansar Lake is also picking up its fame among the tourists with all its flora & fauna. The lake has cemented path all around with required illumination, with projected view decks to enjoy flickering of seasonal birds, tortoise and fishes of different species. There is a wild life Sanctuary housing jungle life like Spotted Deer, Neelgai etc. besides other water birds such as Cranes, Ducks etc. One can also witness the traditional and typical distinct life style of Gujjar and Backarwals wearing ethnic costume, living in open Kullhas around on the hills of Mansar Lake.
There are also some ancient temples on the lake’s shores, which are visited by devotees in large numbers. Mansar is also ideal for boating for which the Tourism Department provides adequate facilities.
it is also famous for its trecking location of mahadev.
Commanding a height of 4000 m above sea level, Krishnasar Lake is one of the most mesmerizing lakes in the chain of many oligotrophic lakes dotting the Himalayan terrain in Sonamarg area. Together with Vishansar Lake, this pristine waterbody forms a beautiful twin that is nestled amid breathtakingly beautiful mountainous uplands among the Himalayan hills. The reflections of Kishansar peak in the lake, though 0.5 km away, are wonderful when the lake is still. The color of the lake depends on the time of the day and the clouds in the sky. Early in the morning, before the sun really shines, expect clear colorless water. The lake starts getting its colors when the sun shines.
On a clear sunny morning, the water is absolutely blue. Whatever be the color, the lake looks wonderful and it is worth catching a glimpse of the lake in all its hues.. It lies at the base of the Kishansar peak. There are multiple tracks here. For adventure loving persons it is more attractive to climb up and get the view of the meadow and the lake from a height. Kishansar is also big and blue
It has a big meadow stretching on its right. The lake and the meadows are bordered on the farther side by a ridge line that rises sharply. The trail climbs up to the top of the ridge and on the top of the ridge is the Gadsar pass.
You will see travelers from all over the state and outside coming here and enjoying themselves. Similar to most lakes in this area, Kishansar is an angler’s paradise. Here, trout fishes are found in abundance in its waters. Cradled by snow clad mountains, the surface of the Kishansar Lake is frozen during the winter.
June and August
The ideal time to visit this nature’s scenic gift is between June and August as the snow during these months is found only on summits and hidden pockets. The meadows are decorated with wild flowers of innumerable hues and shades, making the trip a real treasure to be remembered rest of the life.
Perched 36,00 m above sea level, the beautiful Gadsar Lake located in the Himalayan Ranges is considered one of the highest altitude lakes in the Kashmir region. Gadsar Lake is situated at a distance of 28 km from Sonamarg among the snow- capped mountains. This lake lies on the famous trekking route that connects many high altitude lakes in this area. The pristine lake wears a splendid look with its waters changing colours as per the weather conditions. During clear day, it is dark blue and when clouds overcast, it turns into deep green. Witnessing sun rise and sun set here is the most mesmerizing experience
Gadsar Lake in literal translation in Kashmiri stands for the ‘the lake of fishes’. As such, this lake is a must-visit for anglers and fishing enthusiasts for the famous brown trout fish that abounds in its crystal clear waters and can be easily baited. The Lake stretches up to 0.85 kilometres with a width of 0.76 km and remains frozen from November to April. Even the floating ice bergs are seen in summer as well when the temperature around the lake is not that freezing. During summers, the entire area surrounding the lake is bedecked with a wide range of wild flowers, consigning its landscape a stunning look. It is thus called ‘valley of flowers’ as well. There is plenty of space for pitching tents and one can enjoy its serene proximity for days together without any disturbance or interference
There are two tracks leading to this pristine lake. One is from Naranag which is a 28 km alpine track and another is 41 km northwest from Shitkadi Sonamarg via Vishansar and Krishansar lakes that leads to the Gadsar Lake. During the trek one has to cross two mountain passes of Nichnai and Gadsar of an altitude, more than 4100 meters above sea level
June to September
The best time to visit is from the month of June to September when the snow is no more in the track, just topping the mountain summits and shadowy patches that only add to the charm of the place. However, while setting foot on this adventurous journey, keep warm clothes and rainproof jackets with you as weather can change mood anytime.
Nundkol Lake, a small but beautiful lake with crystal clear water, lies at the foothills of Harmukh mountain just 500 metres before Gangabal Lake and about 13 km from Naranag. The water from Gangabal flows into this lake and together they form the khankhari stream. However, Gangabal Lake is bigger and at higher elevation to the north of the lake. Surrounded by the lush green meadows, the banks of the Nundkol Lake serve as the camping site during the summers. Naranag is the nearest settlement and serves as the base camp for trekking to the lake. The trek to this lake meanders through gorgeous valleys and flower decked foothills. One can also hire ponies from Naranag for this joyous journey.
During the winter, the Lake freezes and is covered by mounds of snow. In the summers, the basin of the lake is surrounded by a sheet of alpine flowers. The geum, blue poppy, potentilla and gentian are relatively common. Hedysarum flowers are found in late spring throughout the area around the lake. The Nundkol Lake is stocked with trout especially the brown trout fish. The fishing is permitted to the licensed anglers
This Lake is accessible only during the summer; during the winter, the treks are closed because of the heavy snowfall. It can be reached from Srinagar, via a 65 km motorable road which leads through Ganderbal and Wayil to the Naranag trekking camp. The alpine meadows of Trunakhul and Badpathri lie at the halfway point of this two-day trek to the lake. An alternate trek starts from Chattergul village, 10 km to the west of Naranag which leads through the meadows of Mahlish. The lake can also be accessed through Bandipora and the five-day starting point of the trekking is Arin village. Tourists prefer Naranag trek and return via Gadsar Lake, Vishansar Lake and Sonamarg to cover most alpine lakes of the area.
June to September
This area is extremely fragile as far as the environment is concerned. Lot of people trek up from Naranag to Gangabal and go back as a weekend outing. Remember, do not litter around these beautiful lakes as they are economically extremely important for Kashmiris. Also, go prepared with minutest need been taken care of in advance as nothing is available enroute the trek except the abundance of nature at its best.
These are wetlands situated near Srinagar—the capital of Kashmir. Thousands of migratory birds come to these Wetlands from Siberia and other regions in the winter season. Migratory birds from Siberia and Central Asia use wetlands in Kashmir as their transitory camps between September and October and again around spring. These wetlands play a vital role in sustaining a large population of wintering, staging and breeding birds.
Hokersar is 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) north of Srinagar, and is a world class wetland spread over 13.75 square kilometres (5.31 sq mi) including lake and marshy area. It is the most accessible and well-known of Kashmir’s wetlands which include Hygam, Shalibug and Mirgund. A record number of migratory birds have visited Hokersar in recent years. An estimated quarter of a million birds have already been spotted at Hokersar in the current season.
Migratory ducks and geese which include Brahminy Duck, Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Garganey, Greylag Goose, Mallard, Common Merganser, Northern Pintail, Common Pochard, Ferruginous Pochard, Red-Crested Pochard, Ruddy Shelduck, Northern Shoveler, Common Teal, and Eurasian Wigeon.
All you really need are your eyes and ears! Anyway, get a powerful set of binoculars before setting out on your bird watching holiday. Pack clothing that will help you to blend with your surroundings.