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Length : 24 km

Breadth : 10 km

Altitude : 1,580 m

Depth : 14 metres

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Wular Lake, Srinagar Overview

Wular Lake is the largest freshwater lake in India, spread across 200 sq km. Located in the Bandipora district of Srinagar, the lake's basin was formed as a result of tectonic activity, due to which the area covered by the lake varies throughout the year, a phenomenon which is unique to this destination. Wular Lake is popular for boating, water sports and water skiing and is a popular sunset point.

A favourite picnic and sunset spot among locals and tourists alike, Wular Lake is replenished by the water of the mighty Jhelum river and is one of the 26 wetlands of India. The lake, calm in its appearance, is known for the fierce winds that sometimes blow heavy currents all through its way. There is a small island located in the centre of Wular Lake known as ‘Zaina Lank'.

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Fishes and Birds at Wular Lake

The quaint waters of Wular Lake is home to a number of water creatures and is easily an animal lover's delight. Fish such as common carp, rosy barb, mosquito fish and snow trout can be spotted here frolicking away in the sun. Interestingly, the fish found here also form an important part of the local diet and a number of fishermen depend on the fish population for their livelihood.  

Wular Lake is also a bird watcher's delight. A number of terrestrial birds such as black-eared kite, Eurasian sparrowhawk, short-toed eagle, Himalayan golden eagle, Himalayan Monal, chukar partridge, koklass pheasant, rock dove, common cuckoo, alpine swift, Indian roller, Himalayan woodpecker, hoopoe, barn swallow and golden oriole make the rounds of this attraction quite regularly.

How to Reach Wular Lake

Located in the Bandipore district the Wular Lake can be conveniently reached by a few minutes drive from the main city of Srinagar. The most convenient way is to hire a local taxi.

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