Updated January 5th, 2024 at 13:00 IST
Winter Magic Unfolds: Wular Lake in Kashmir transforms into a picturesque wonderland
A thin layer of ice has draped parts of the lake, creating a breathtaking scene that has both captivated tourists and posed difficulties for the locals.
Jammu & Kashmir: In the heart of the Kashmir Valley, a winter transformation is unfolding around the iconic Wular Lake, Asia's second-largest freshwater lake.
Nestled against the Himalayan backdrop in the Bandipora district of North Kashmir, Wular Lake, spans 183 km, with a length of 16m and a max depth of 14m. It's a vital reservoir sustaining the local ecosystem and supporting agriculture.
The chilling embrace of intensified cold waves has turned the vital water resource into a picturesque winter wonderland, but it comes with its own set of challenges and unique delights.
A thin layer of ice has draped parts of the lake, creating a breathtaking scene that has both captivated tourists and posed difficulties for the local communities.
Fishing, a key source of income for many, has temporarily halted due to the freezing waters, bringing economic challenges to the fishing community.
"Fishing activities, which are a key source of income for many of us , are temporarily halted due to the freezing waters," said Sajad Khan, a local fisherman.
"Wular Lake not only captivates visually but crucially acts as a floodwater absorption basin, protecting Kashmir Valley. Its marshes are a haven for vital wildlife, enriching the region's ecology,"he said.
Despite the hardships, tourists are reveling in the unique charm of the frozen lake. Visitors from far and wide are flocking to witness the rare sight, capturing the beauty through cameras and creating lasting memories.
"Winter at Wular Lake feels like entering a real-life frozen fairy tale. Watching this enchanting scene unfold before my eyes was an awe-inspiring experience. The beauty of the lake is beyond belief," said Ashutosh Sharma, a tourist.
Meanwhile, tourism players are experiencing an upswing as winter enthusiasts explore destinations like Snomarg, Pahalgam, and Gulmarg, where sleigh rides, cable car rides and other winter activities are in high demand.
Published January 5th, 2024 at 13:00 IST