One of the Asia’s largest fresh water lakes, Wular Lake, is one of the very many attractive destinations in J&K. With the set-up of water sports, Wular Lake has become quite a hot-spot for tourists. Unfortunately, the lake is facing environmental issues like hunting of water birds and pollution. Added to that, the wetland surrounding the lake is resulting in the waterbody to shrink in size.
Located on the banks of Wular lake (biggest freshwater lake in Asia). Famous for its Forest Training and Research Institute, the town is close to Mt. Harmukh and is a good point to arrange transportation to the mountain.
3:00-9:00 pm: Next stop is the Wular Lake which is at a distance of 60km from the restaurant. It will take approximately two hours to reach the lake, but it is worth the travel. Along with iconic landscapes, the lake is also very popular as a fishing spot and is a paradise for bird watchers. The place boasts of a population of unique species of birds like koklass pheasan, Eurasian sparrowhawk and many others.
3. Wular Lake- Wular Lake can be accessed through Sopore on the railway line. It is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia. Away from the crowd of Dal Lake, it can definitely soothe your bird watcher soul.
'Wular' means ‘stormy’ in Kashmiri, and this is how the lake, known for its turbulent waters and fierce winds, was once described. It was praised for its beauty by writers in their books and loved by travellers who liked to camp along its banks.Most people, especially on the internet, have falsely claimed that Wular Lake, located in the Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir, is the largest freshwater lake of Asia. Though the fact might be untrue, but the lake's beauty is not made-up. Being fed by the water of the Jhelum River, the lake was once so clear that you could see till deep below. Children played in the lake and local families used the water to cook their meals. Today, however, Wular Lake is less than half the size it used to be. Its total surface and surrounding marshlands have shrunk from 216 sq. km in 1911 to 104 sq. km in 2008. The waves have disappeared and the water lies stagnant, swarming with mosquitoes. In fact, sometimes it is difficult to even spot the lake, as it now looks more green than blue, with it being covered by rice paddies, floating vegetation and water-sucking willow trees. What happened