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Top 5 Beautiful Lakes In Jammu & Kashmir

In Jammu & Kashmir, there is no shortage of lakes. With the mighty Himalayas towering above them, they seem to be the perfect walkways to heaven. Kashmir offers a wide variety of lakes, which vary in size, colour, shape and location. Some lakes, such as Dal and Nagin, are popular tourist attractions in Kashmir, while others, such as Krishansar and Vishansar, are remote and accessible only by trekkers. Besides taking in the stunning views of these emerald and azure lakes, one can also enjoy fishing, Shikara rides, and even camping in or around them. Below we have provided top five beautiful lakes in J&K that must be included in Srinagar tour packages. 

Dal Lake

Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, has a lake named Dal (Dal Lake is a misnomer since Dal means lake in Kashmiri). As one of the most important recreational and tourism attractions in Kashmir, the lake has been referred to as Srinagar’s Jewel or “the Jewel in Kashmir’s Crown”. The lake is also a major source of commercial fishing operations and water plant harvesting. The lake’s shoreline stretches for approximately 15.5 km (9.6 mi), encompassing gardens, parks, houseboats, and hotels built during the Mughal era. You can see majestic views of the lake from the shore line Mughal gardens, including Shalimar Bagh and Nishat Bagh built under the reign of Mughal Emperor Jahangir, or from colourful Shikaras cruising in the lake. There are times when the temperature reaches -11 °C (12 °F) during the winter, which freezes the lake. Also, read Thrillophilia Reviews on Trip Advisor to know more about the place and services that are offered here.

Nagin Lake

Lake Nigeen (also spelled Nageen or Nagin Lake) is a mildly eutrophic lake. The lake is located in Srinagar, India’s Jammu and Kashmir province. There is a narrow strait connecting it to the Dal Lake, and sometimes it is considered a part of it. A channel known as Nallah Amir Khan also connects the lake to Khushal Sar and Gil Sar. There are extensive numbers of trees, including willows and poplars, surrounding Nigeen Lake. Its name means “the jewel in the ring”, thereby becoming known as a “nageena”. Nigeen is a localized version of the same word. Hari Parbat hillock is near the lake, to the west. Hazratbal, where a famous shrine is located, is located to its northeast.

Tso Moriri Lake

Within 250 kilometers of Leh, the high-altitude Tso Moriri Lake is a picturesque sight located in the secluded, breathtakingly beautiful Rupshu Valley. Approximately 4,000 meters above sea level, this tranquil lake is surrounded by lofty mountains. Tso Moriri stretches for about 29 kilometers and is about 8 kilometers wide. Tso Moriri is home to a variety of animals, including migratory birds, marmots, and sometimes Tibetan wolves. Tso Moriri remains mostly frozen and extremely cold in January and March. There are no places to stay near the lake during these months. From April to August, it melts and starts transforming into the beautiful colours of multi shades of blue that one sees off the shores. From May to August is the peak tourist season, but it gets fewer tourists than Pangong Tso. Read the Thrillophilia Reviews on Trustpilot before booking a vacation to the kashmir to get the best tour package at an affordable price.

Tsokar Lake

Located on the Rupshu Plateau in southern Ladakh, Tso Kar is a fluctuating salt lake marked for its size and depth. It is India’s 42nd Ramsar site. Inlet streams connect the Tso Kar to a small lake, Startsapuk Tso, and together the two lakes form the 9 square km More plains pool. It is dominated by two mountain peaks, the Thuggee (605 meters) and the Gursan (6370 meters). The Tso Kar is 160 kilometers south of Leh; the Leh Manali highway passes 30 kilometers west of it. The lake is 540 kilometers east of Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir union territory.

Pangong Lake

Near J&K, a visit to Ladakh is never complete without experiencing nature’s surprises. Pangong Lake, situated at an altitude of almost 4,350m, is the world’s highest salt water lake. It’s clear, almost blue water contrasts starkly with the arid terrain surrounding it. The Pangong Lake, one of the top three lakes in Leh Ladakh, is 160 km long and consists of one third in India and two thirds in China. It gets its name from the Tibetan word, “Pangong Tso”, which means “high grassland lake”. The beauty of Pangong Lake can be admired for hours, and its colors are also known to change throughout the year. To your surprise, the Pangong Lake may appear blue, green or red depending on the season.

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