Lakes in Jammu and Kashmir
The fascinating lakes of Jammu and Kashmir are the real pride of the state. Renowned for their charm, these lakes attract tourists from across the globe. There are several wonderful lakes in the state and the best time to visit these is from April to October.
Some of the most popular lakes in Jammu and Kashmir are:
Dal Lake - The Epitome Of Beauty
The beauty of Dal Lake been an inspiration for some great personalities like Sir Walter Lawrence. He gave named it as The Lake Par Excellence?, a truly apt title for the lake. The lake is hugged by the lofty mountains on its three sides. A ride on the wonderful Shikaras and houseboats floating on the lake is the perfect way to enjoy the scenic beauty of Jammu and Kashmir. The lake has lush green surroundings which add more charm to it. There are also several small islands in the lake.
One of the striking attractions of Dal Lake is the Floating Gardens. The gardens look paradisaical during July and August months when the beautiful lotus flowers bloom in them. These floating gardens are known as 'Rad' in Kashmiri language.
Originating from the beautiful Dal Lake, Nagin Lake attracts visitors from far and wide. This lake is separated from the Dal Lake by a causeway. Located at the foot of the Zabarwan Mountain, Nagin lake is nestling with beautiful trees. Shikaras are available on rent for tourists to take an exhilarating ride.
The wonderful surroundings of Mansar Lake personifies rolling hills carpeted with forests. Stretching over a mile in length and half a mile in width, the Lake is located 62 km from Jammu. It is a holy lake, and to perform three circumambulations (parikrama) around the lake by newly weds is considered auspicious. There is a temple located on the eastern bank of the lake, dedicated to Sheshnag, the lord of serpents. Boating facilities are available at the lake.
Occupying an ideal location in the beautiful valley of Jhelum, Manasabal Lake is one of the famous picnic spots in Jammu and Kashmir. This lake derived its name from the pious Mansarovar lake.
This beautiful lake is the largest freshwater lake in India. The Jhelem river flows into this lake.