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Wular Lake in Srinagar

Fed by river Jhelum, Wular Lake is the largest fresh water lake in Kashmir valley, and also in India. Surrounded by mountains and dense forests of alpine and coniferous vegetation, Wular lake offers a captivating natural sight to its visitors. In order to visit the famous lake, one has to travel around 60 km from the city of Srinagar. Perfect as a picnic spot, the Wular lake receives a huge influx of foreign tourists as well as locals. The vicinity of this pristine lake provides natural habitat to a variety of terrestrial birds, which can be the reason for a bird watcher to travel to this part of Kashmir. Apart from birds, Wular lake is also a breeding ground for a variety of fishes, so fishing is also one of the prime activities at the lake. Besides, visitors can also indulge in water sports activities like water skiing at the lake.  

History of this enchanting lake narrates setting up of an artificial island by the 15th century king of Kashmir, Zain-ul-Abidin. It was basically done to provide shelter to the local boatmen of the region during that time. The remains of this artificial island can still be seen in the lake.