Friday, November 2, 2012

Lakes of Azad Kashmir Pakistan

Baghsar Lake

Baghsar is beautiful place, 12 kilometres in the east of Samahni town and a same distance away from Jandichontra. Baghsar is a lake situated at 975 m above sea-level in the Samahni Valley, Bhimber District. The lake is roughly half a kilometer long and overlooks the Bandala Valley. The lake is a popular tourist destination. There is a huge granite built fort known as baghsar fort. Moghul Fort overlooks the lake from the top of a hill.
Many local and migratory birds, especially ducks and geese, inhabit the lake. The lake is habitat to water lilies, and the surrounding hills are covered by cheerh, or pine trees and lily flowers.

Banjosa Lake


Banjosa Lake  is an artificial lake and a tourist attraction 20 kilometers (12 mi) from the city of Rawalakot in District Poonch in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. It is located at an altitude of 1,981 meters (6,499 ft).  The lake is surrounded by densely pine forest and mountains, which make its very charming and romantic. The weather in this area remains cool and pleasant in summers, and cold and chilly in Winter. In December and January snowfall also occurs there.

The Banjosa Lake is accessible by a metallic road from Rawalakot. Some rest houses and huts of AJK Tourism & Archaeology Department, Pakistan Public Works Department and Pearl Development Authority are located there for stay. Few hotels and tuck shops are also exists. 


Chitta Katha Lake


The Chitta Katha Lake is a lake in Shonter valley in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. It is located at an altitude of 4,100 meters (13,500 ft).  Common route followed by the tourists is through kel. There is a road from Kel to Shounter Valley. Besides the lake it’s the Lush green meadows, filled with wild alpine grass and flowers, which increases the beauty of this Lake.

 Chitta Katha Lake is only accessible in the months of July and August.


Lunda Lake 


It is located in Neelum Valley Azad Kashmir

Mangla Lake in Mirpur Azad Kashmir


Mangla Lake is in Mirpur azad kashmir, it constructed in 1960's decade. Mangla is situated in Mirpur District, Azad Kashmir at the edge with Jhelum district Punjab, with Jhelum river making the border line. Mangla is an olden town and is named after Mangla Devi. It is also the site of crossing of river Jhelum by Alexander forces in front of Raja Porus. At the time of creation of Mangla dam, towns of Baral, Baruti and Thill across the river in Jhelum district were developed as housing colonies and offices for overseas employees and officials. This has now been transformed to a armed cantonment and referred as Mangla cantonment.

Mangla is positioned 10 km from Mirpur city at the mouth of the Mangla Dam. The construction of the Dam lake, which has a outer limits of 400 km, has turned it into a place of interest. The Mangla Dam water storage and power generation project was the start of the construction of jumbo projects in Pakistan. Mangla also hosts the Mangla Power Station which is second biggest in Pakistan and 12th biggest in the world.

Mangla is also the site of famous Mangla castle. The castle is situated on a high hill overlooking Jhelum river in-between Mirpur and Jhelum districts. Most of the castle was razed during the assembly of Mangla Dam, a fraction remained and served as a public leisure place. It is now closed to common public due to Mangla dam upraising project.


Hansraj lake

It is located in Azad Kashmir Pakistan.




RatiGali Lake


Ratti Gali Lake in Ratti Gali, a trek from Noori top, Northern Areas into Kashmir, Pakistan, at the elevation of 13000-14000 feet above sea level. From Dowarian 22Km above Athmuqam a track leads 30km upto 4140 meter high Rati Gali Pass or Ratti Pass and on towards Lalazar pleatue in Kaghan valley. Near the pass is The Ratti Gali Sar, an alpine lake. Sar means lake.




 This valley and trek is Alpine Meadow/Himalayan tundra, around august these green pastures are filled with wild alpine grass and flowers and some orchids. In winter this valley is covered with white snow and big chunks of Glacier floats in the dark blue magical water like huge swans.Mr. Mustansar Hussain Tarar, a famous writer from Pakistan, calls this Lake, A Dream Lake. He writes about The Ratti Gali Lake in one of his columns, “When you want to pay the highest tribute possible to a painter or an actor, you say he is the painter’s painter or actor’s actor, so I will say, with all my honesty, that this Ratti Gali Lake is a lake’s Lake.


Ratti Gali Lake is place where people come and wishes to live here forever because it is so beautiful, after seeing the images of the lake you will be dying to visit this place. There are much beautiful places like Ratti Gali Lake in Pakistan.

Saral lake


Saral Lake is in Saral Gali NeelumValley. This lake can be accessed from Kaghan valley and Neelum valley.2,500 meters(8200 feet) destination of Saral Baihk in the province of Azad Kashmir in the country of Pakistan.

Shonter Lake

Shonter Lake is a small lake located in the Neelum Valley in Azad Kashmir.

Subri Lake

Subri Lake, also known as Langarpura Lake, is located 10 km Southeast of Muzaffarabad in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. The lake is form where the Jhelum River widens.
ZALZAL LAKE / Chikkar Lake 
 Zalzal Lake is almost 3.5 Kilometer long and 350 Feet deep was created after the earthquake of 8th October 2005, when a mountain slides into the valley which block the way of river and five village were burried under the mountain, which cause 575 people deaths and in the two years this huge lake was created, now there is an exit for the over flowing water. Lake is near Chikkar.
Chikkar is beautiful summer station at a distance of 46 Kms from Muzaffarabad and it is at an elevation of 1828 meters. The outstanding features of this beautiful place are its healthy climate and picturesque surroundings. Standing over the hill one can have a fascinating view of the sub- valleys.


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  2. hi thanks for this nice post giving us info regarding Kashmir Lakes you did not mention the location of Hansraj Lake i have never heard this lake name before

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