Wular Lake

Location :

Approximately 60 km from Srinagar

Attractions :

Picturesque beauty and some ruins standing in the middle of the lake

Wullar Lake is approximately 40 km from the city of Srinagar, between the towns of Bandipora and Sopore. Spreading over an area of 125 km, Wular Lake is said to be one of the largest fresh water lakes in Asia. The Wular Lake of Kashmir changes character after every few miles of its course. The lake serves as a natural flood reservoir for Jhelum River, draining off the excess water. The beauty of Wullar Lake is beyond description of words. Devoid of any artificial feature, the Wullar Lake in Kashmir reflects the beauty of nature at its best. Set amongst scenic locales, the Wular Lake is also home to an exotic and wide variety of avian life. Other attractions of the Wullar Lake are some ruins, standing in the middle of the lake. These remains are that of an island of Zaina Lanka, built by King Zain-ul-abidin. It is believed that the lake is a remnant of the Satisar Lake, which used to be here in the per-historic times. The tour of Wullar Lake generally includes the neighboring town of Bandipore. This town is quite famous as a shopping destination for the purchase of woollen carpets manufactured in this area. Another must see place near Wullar is the Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, bird watcher's paradise.

Spread over an area of 189 sq km, maximum depth of 14 metres,length of 16 km and a breadth of 10 km. The lake is surrounded by mountains and dense forests. It is an important habitat for fish, accounting for 60 per cent of the total fish production within the state.Zaina Lank an island in the lake was built by Sultan Zainulabidin in 1443, it is said to have been built as a storm refuge 4or boatmen in the lake. Legend describes Wular as a Â'caveÂ' where a city was once swallowed up by the earthquakes and floods. Wular is a mystic lake that still finds same takers who are interested to see its vastness and its surroundings. The water nuts grow in a large quantity in some portions of lake, this provides a living to many and a nut to relish for others.

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