Manasbal Lake Kashmir
Manasbal Lake in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district is a water body and a tourist place and is awaiting government’s attention as lack of infrastructure keeps the tourists gone from it. Being the deepest lake of the Kashmir valley, it inspect the remains of Darogabagh, a 17th century fortification and a pretty Mughal Garden. It is believed that weary travellers approaching from widely-flung provinces of Punjab to Srinagar would stop at this oasis to refresh themselves before continuing their onward journey. Manasbal is considered to be an ancient lake by locals but exact dating is yet to be done. The theatrical lake, which is just 30 km north of Srinagar, has a lot of potential, but lack of infrastructure keeps the tourists away from it.“There are no arrangements for overnight stay near the lake . The lake is also a good site for birdwatchers as it is one of the largest normal stamping grounds of aquatic chirper in Kashmir.
It is the habitat of hundreds of bird species which are specific to the Himalayan provinces lying in J&K. The lake provides abundant opportunities for leisurely boat rides, strolls and hours of relaxed stay. The root stalks of lotus plant which grow extensively in the lake are harvested and marketed and also eaten by the kashmiri people. Although the salina recorded some excursionist abound in the last few donkey’s, the percentage of remote and domestic tourists is almost tiny. Mostly people from nearby areas and Srinagar examination this place. A large number of people from neighbouring villages of Kondabal, Gratabal and Safapora are directly or indirectly dependent on the tourist flow for their livelihood, but during the turmoil of last two-and-a-half decades, the tourist resort is virtually closed down. “We suffered immensely as nobody would visit this place for more than two decades. The outflow of Manasbal tank is regulated through artificial means and is united with the sparkling waters of the River Jhelum beyond.The locals say the government’s advertence can restore the perplexed glory of the famous lake and turn it into a present tourist spot. “There is so much weed frequentation in the lake that even boats cannot move. The lake which has been a fountain of livelihood for thousands of families had started to emanate a pungent scent. After the control started its conservation measures, there has been some progress in its condition, but a lot necessarily to be done,”
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