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Lakes in Kashmir: As entrancing as it can get!

Updated: Jul 29

With its glassy, still surface and spectrum of colors, a beautiful lake can showcase some of water's most mesmerizing qualities. They feature brilliant blue water and are often centered in incredible mountain ranges. So, no matter where one travels In Kashmir, there are sure to be beautiful lakes to swim in, hike around, and admire. Lakes in Kashmir are simply stunning wonders of nature, with their shimmering waters and riveting reflections. Whether they are bordered by towering Himalayan mountain ranges or overgrown forests, there is always something magical about seeing a lake’s surroundings mirrored in its azure waters.

Here is a list of the most notable and alluring lakes you must visit on your next visit to Kashmir:



Dal Lake

Locals boating in the calm waters of Dal Lake.
Photo by Lonely Planet

The most visited lake in Kashmir and famously termed as “Srinagar’s Jewel”, Dal Lake is indeed a crowned destination that serves as a hotspot for Srinagar. Its three sides are surrounded by majestic mountains and a large number of gardens and orchards have been laid along the shores. The lake also serves as an important source for commercial operations in fishing and water plant harvesting.

Things to do:

  • Houseboat stay

  • Visit the floating market

  • Shikara ride

Best time to visit: May to November


Nagin Lake

An open view of Nagin Lake in the autumn season.
Photo by Tufail Shah

A harbor for nature enthusiasts, Nagin Lake is also known as Nigeen Lake is a popular destination to visit in Srinagar. The shorelines of the lake are adorned by beautiful willow and poplar trees. Nagin Lake offers a peaceful atmosphere where tourists can enjoy their vacations in Srinagar. The houseboat accommodation option on Nagin Lake offers a unique trip experience to cherish for life. Also, tourists can frame the most of their visit to Nagin Lake by delighting in a Shikara ride amidst peaceful and placid nature.

Things to do:

  • Watch sunrise and sunset.

  • Shikara ride.

Best time to visit: March to November


Gadsar Lake

The stunning blue waters of Gadsar lake with lush green meadows.
Photo by Explore Ganderbaal

Considered to be one of the most alluring lakes in Sonamarg, the bluish-green waters of the Gadsar lake are so clear that the clouds, mountains & surroundings are perfectly reflected in them. Surrounded by snow-covered mountains and shrouded in alpine flowers, this lake is famous as a trekking base. It is considered one of the highest-altitude lakes in the Kashmir region and you can enjoy panoramic views of the frozen lakes of Satsar and Baltan.

Things to do:

  • Fishing

  • Camping

  • Trekking

Best time to visit: June to September


Wular Lake

The clear Bhat of Wular lake reflecting the mountains around it.
Photo by Junaid Bhat

Situated on the foothills of Haramuk Mountain, Wular Lake is a large freshwater lake that spreads across 200 sq km. The natural beauty of this lake is only best witnessed with naked eyes. Being located amidst a row of snow-clad hills, Wular Lake is undoubtedly beyond description. It is a popular location for activities like boating, water sports and water skiing, etc. It is also famous for its sunset point which looks stunning, especially in the summer months.

Things to do:

  • Picnic with friends and family

  • Water skiing

Best time to visit: April to September


Mansar Lake

The lake of Mansar encompassed in clear water and stunning scenery.
Photo by Tour my India

A pristine lake nestled amid forest-covered hills, Mansar lake is a placid, laidback waterbody that ensnares the soul and senses given its crystal clear environment. The shores of the lakes are lined by temples which also serve as a hub for Hindu pilgrims. This lake is famous for its excursion sites and boating expeditions. A perfect escape from hectic city life, Mansar lake is a vision that offers tranquillity to a weary soul.

Things to do:

  • Visit the temples near the lake

  • Fishing

  • Boating

Best time to visit: July to October


Gangabal Lake

The snow capped mountains adorns the steady waters of Gangabal Lake.
Photo by Panda Travels

A lake embraced by the splendor of Harmukh mountain that runs along the Himalayan range on one side and lush green meadows on the other, Gangabal Lake is almost heavenly in its natural habitat. It is an alpine high-altitude lake and it houses varieties of freshwater fishes including rainbow and brown trout. The trail route to Gangabal trek is renowned for its picturesque regions offering generous sightings of the Himalayan wildlife and floras.

Things to do:

  • Trekking

  • Pony ride

  • Fishing

Best time to visit: May to October


Tulian Lake

The turquoise waters of Tulian lake resting amidst the mountians.
Photo by maxmolla

Famously known as the 8-shaped lake, Tulian lake in Pahalgam is a wonder in its own right. The lake is surrounded by a row of mountain ranges namely Pir Panjal and Zanskar ranges which adorn the lake with trails of dense forests and snow-clad mountains. The lush green meadows around the lake which are covered in flowerbeds during the spring season give the surroundings an ethereal look and feel to it.

Things to do:

  • Sightseeing

  • Trekking

Best time to visit: April to August


Kausar Lake

Glaciers melting on the waters of Kausar Nag during the early summer months.
Photo by Sajad Ography

A high-altitude oligotrophic lake located in the Kulgam district of Kashmir, Kausar Lake is indeed a sight to behold. The sparkling blue water of the lake combined with serene summits draped in patches of snow with prolific hues of the green meadows makes the lake an attractive destination for a trek.

Things to do:

  • Trekking

  • Camping

Best time to visit: July to October


Mansabal lake

A cluster of lotus on the serene waters of Mansabal Lake.
Photo by Trip Invites

A stunning freshwater lake that is considered to be a gem in the Ganderbal district of Kashmir valley, Mansabal lake has long since been associated to be one of the most remarkable lakes in all of Kashmir. A striking feature of the lake can be attributed to the luscious growth of the lotus in July and August, giving the lake a divine and exquisite aura to it.

Things to do:

  • Birdwatching

  • Water skiing

  • Boat ride

Best time to visit: April to September


Lakes in Kashmir have a charm on their own. The tendency of these lakes to draw in thousands of visitors every year stands to prove that the mighty lakes in every region of Kashmir have stood the test of time to provide visitors with enticing views and ensure quality time with loved ones. So, on your next visit to Kashmir, make sure the lakes in Kashmir make it on your list and witness the hype in person!