Lakes of Pakistan-Keenjhar Lake

by on December 6, 2010
in lakes of pakistan

Keenjhar lake, thatta

Birth Water type Location Elevation Area Canals Connecting River/s
18th century Fresh water 16 km from Thatta, Sindh 21 m, 69 ft Over 100 sq. miles Aral Wah & Danister River Indus

This is also called Kalri Lake. It is one of the largest in Pakistan. It has a substantial role in the ecology of the River Indus basin. It is also a major source of drinking water for Karachi. The lake has an international fame due to the breeding, wintering and staging of several water birds including European Wigeon, Black Coot, common Pochard etc. The average count of mid winter water birds in 1980’s was 140,000 per winter. It is also an important fishing place and home to many fishermen and their families.

The famous folk lore of Sindh ‘Thee’ is connected to this area. There was once a fisherman’s daughter called Noori. The king Jam Tamachi of Sammah Dynasty fell in love with her and married her. Noori’s shrine was built in the middle of Keenjhar lake and is still there today. Her shrine is known to be dated back around 18th century. The King himself is buried in the Makli Hills. Hundreds of people come from far away areas to visit Noori’s shrine, giving Keenjar lake an added historical importance.

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