1. Wular Lake: Considered to be one of the largest fresh-water lakes in Asia, the Wular lake, sited in the Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir, was formed as a result of tectonic activity. Today, much of the lake has been drained out due to an increase in the willow plantations that are being built on its shore.
2. Manasbal Lake: Located in the Gandarbal district of Jammu and Kashmir, the Manasbal lake is said to be a derivative of the Manasarovar Lake. It encircles three villages- Jarokbal, Kondabal and Ganderbal. There are massive growths of lotuses on the periphery of the lake that add to its beauty.
3. Nigeen Lake: Situated in Srinagar, Jammu Kashmir, this mildly eutrophic lake is surrounded by many willow and poplar trees. It is due to this that it gets its name “nageena”, meaning “the jewel in the ring”. It is considered to be a part of the Dal lake and usually attracts many tourists due to its pristine and calm surroundings.
4. Dal Lake: Popular for its tourism and attraction, the Dal lake, located in Srinagar is known as the ‘Jewel in the crown of Kashmir” or ‘Srinagar’s Jewel”. Built during the reign of the Mughal king, Jahangir the lake is surrounded by the Mughal gardens, parks and houseboats.
5. Gangabal Lake: At the foothills of Mount Harmukh lies a serene lake that is mostly fed by glaciers and springs. You need to trek 15 kilometres upslopes from Naranag to reach the lake which can be either be covered by a horse ride or by foot. Look out for the Gujjar shepherds throughout your trek with their flocks of sheep and goats here and there!
6. Anchar Lake: Once known to be popular among the tourist groups to travel to and fro from the Dal lake on shikaras (a type of wooden boat) and houseboats, the state of the Anchar lake has deteriorated owing to the large scale pollution and encroachment that has taken place in its surroundings.