Wular lake: A great exotic destination in Kashmir

Are you searching for an incredible tourist spot in Kashmir? Wular Lake is one of the majestic lakes in Kashmir that attract a huge number of visitors every year. Go through this article and get interesting details about Wular Lake, Kashmir.


Wular lake is one of the most popular and largest freshwater lakes in Asia. It is located 60 km far from north-east of Srinagar city in the district of Bandipore in Jammu and Kashmir. It formed as a result of tectonic activity. With a size of 189 sq. km, Wular lake has a maximum depth of 5.8m. It is 16 km long and 10 km wide. Wular lake has become a common picnic spot for the local people and tourists alike. The experience of soaking around the Wular lake is amazing. The Wular lake, surrounded by beautiful landscapes and hills, is exotic and soothing to the visitors.

A huge absorption channel and source of employment

Wular lake works as a huge absorption channel to the floodwaters of Kashmir valley and absorbs a large quantity of water that flows into river Jhelum. Wular lake is also a great source of employment for thousands of local population. Wetland international suggests that 32,000 families, including 2300 fisher households, living on the Wular's shore depends on it for livelihood. Variety of fishes are produced from the lake such as Common Crap, Rosy Barb, Mosquitofish and various Snow trout species. Chestnuts are also produced from the lake. But, due to the siltation and encroachment, these water bodies are shrinking and putting their livelihood at stake.

Wular lake is home to a large number of birds

Waters of Wular Lake in Kashmir is also home to a large number of terrestrial birds. Therefore the visit to the lake is a nice sojourn for people interested in natural beauty. Terrestrial birds like the Black-eared Kite, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Short-toed Eagle, Himalayan Golden Eagle, Rock Dove, Common Cuckoo and Indian Roller can be seen hovering around the Wular lake.

'Mout khone' or 'Gulf of Corpses' is the deepest part of the Wular lake. Usually, local fishermen avoid these areas due to high risk and deadly waves, that is why the area is known as 'Mout Khone' or 'Gulf of Corpses' by the local people. But generally, the place is calm and attractive; its majestic beauty fascinates every visitor.

Tulbul navigation and Indus water treaty

One significant thing about Wular lake that makes it famous all over the world is the Tulbul navigation project. Tulbul navigation project is constructed at the mouth of the Wular Lake on river Jehlum. It acts as a 'navigation lock-cum-control structure'. The project was conceived in the early 1980s and work began in 1984. However, the Tulbul project has become a bone of contention between India and Pakistan since 1987. Pakistan blames India for violating the 1960 Indus water treaty. Pakistan fears that the project would hamper the flow of water to Pakistan and India denies these allegations as baseless and thinks the project is permissible under the 1960 Indus water treaty.

While I'm writing this piece, the Pakistani delegation is already here on a two-day visit to inspect these projects. These visits are a compulsion for both the countries under the Indus water treaty. 118 such tours have taken place since the signing of the treaty.

Wular lake comes under Ramser Convention

Wular Lake, Asia's largest lake is one of the 25 Indian wetlands designated to be of international importance under the Ramser convention of 1971 UNESCO. However, the lake faces environmental threats like the conversion of the lake into agriculture fields, hunting of birds, and pollution from animal wastes and fertilizers.

The lake is the amalgamation of a variety of things known around the globe. It's serene, unruffled and majestic beauty is astounding and refreshes one's mind and soul. From Ramsar conservation to the Tulbul navigation project, Wular Lake is aesthetic and beguiling.


Author: K Mohan23 Oct 2019 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 3

Thanks to the author for bringing out this new information about the Wular lake. Now that the Kashmir is open to all, probably the tourism companies should make an organised tour of all important places of Kashmir so that people who missed every bit of heaven on earth can actually feel the best of that state. The government of India must formulate good tourism package by train or bus and that must cover all the best places in Kashmir.

Author: Swati Sharma25 Aug 2020 Member Level: Gold   Points : 4

A very beautiful article has been written by the author about the Wullar lake.

There are other facts related to this lake which are worth knowing-

Wular is derived from the Sanskrit word 'Ullol', which means a lake with high waves. In ancient times it was called Mahapadmasar. The waves of this lake remain almost calm till noon but take a violent form afternoon.

In the middle of this lake can be seen the remains of an ancient island which was built by Emperor Jain-ul-Abedin. Tohru.

The Jhelum River forms its temporary delta in it.

There is a spring in 'Garur' village, some distance from the lake. This waterfall is dedicated to Goddess Gauri. It is considered auspicious to take bath in this waterfall on Sunday.

Author: Umar25 Aug 2020 Member Level: Gold   Points : 2

Swati Sharma,

Thank you very much for your comments and more details on the topic. I am overwhelmed by your comment. I hope you continue to constructively contribute and inform about the subjects you know.
But I would like to request you to give more details about 'Garur village and the spring' that you have mentioned in your comment along with the source pointing it. Because I am not getting any source describing the 'Garur village', therefore, I would like to know more about it.

Author: Dr. Sanchita Ranjan26 Aug 2020 Member Level: Gold   Points : 1

Very nice article written by the author about Wular lake. Kashmir has been considered as a heaven on earth since the early days. Wular lake is located in Kashmir. It is surrounded by beautiful landscape and hills. It is important from many points of view. A large number of local people depend upon this lake for livelihood. Variety of fishes thrive in this lake but due to encroachment, their existence is now at stake.

Author: Umar26 Aug 2020 Member Level: Gold   Points : 1

Sanchita Ranjan,

Thank you very much for your comment. Of course, Wular lake is a freshwater lake surrounded by picturesque landscape. Home to a lot of terrestrial birds. This lake is an amazing place, people come to spent spare time along the lake and enjoy its beauty.

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