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Wular Lake

Kashmir is a natural paradise and home to some of the most popular lakes of the country including Wular Lake. This is the largest freshwater lake in Asia and one of the famous tourist attractions in Srinagar. Fed by the Jhelum River and was the result of tectonic activity, Wular Lake is designated as a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention.

It is an important fish habitat and sustains a rich population of birds. This is a natural lake, however, there is a man-made island located in the lake, which was built by King Zain-ul-Abidin in 1444. The island is known as Zaina Lank, which comprises several heritage buildings including a temple and mosque. Boating, water sports, and bird watching are among the best things to do at Wular Lake that can make the Srinagar tour memorable for families, kids, and couples. 

  • Location: Bandipora District, Srinagar, Jammu, and Kashmir
  • Type of Destination: Sightseeing
  • Opening Hours of Wular Lake: 24-hours

How to reach Wular Lake

Wular Lake is nestled in the heart of the Kashmir Valley and is easily accessible from the major places of the state. The nearest airport from Wular Lake is Sheikh Ul-Alam International Airport, which is situated 65 km away. It is well-connected with the major cities and states of the country. The nearest major bus stand is located in Srinagar, which is 66 km away. The travelers can easily get a shared taxi and a cab from the airport and bus stand to reach the lake.

Best time to visit Wular Lake

June to August is the best time to visit Wular Lake when the climatic conditions of the region remain pleasant for a comfortable sightseeing trip. The Wular Lake is in its full glory during these months and tourists can partake in numerous activities including boating, water sports, and bird watching. The salubrious weather makes the lake calm and blissful, which enhances the experience of skiing and makes the excursion memorable for the visitors. 

Major Highlights of Wular Lake

  • This is a natural lake, which comprises a man-made island in the middle.
  • Zain Lank houses numerous cultural heritage sites.
  • This lake is fed by the Jhelum River.
  • It is designated as Ramsar Convention Site.

Places to visit near Wular Lake

Wular Lake is one of the popular tourist attractions of Kashmir and is situated in proximity of numerous other prime spots, which one should definitely visit. Some of the famous spots in Srinagar near Wular Lake are:

Places to Stay near Wular Lake

Wular Lake is situated in Bandipora district and a famous tourist place where a large number of travelers visited every year from all over the country. To cater to their accommodation needs, the region houses numerous resorts and hotels of varied range. From leisure travelers to budget-friendly tourists, there are some of the best places to stay near Wular Lake. Take a look at the list: 

  • Easton Grand
  • Hotel Royal Savoy
  • Kashmir Mahal Resort
  • Green Meadow Hill Side
  • Hotel Grand Boulevard
  • Fortune Resort Heevan
  • Centaur Lake View Hotel
  • Hotel Grand Mahal
  • Taj Palace Houseboat
  • Paradise Gateway

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