Lakes of Pakistan – Sheosar Lake

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Lakes in Pakistan- Sheosar Lake - Deosai Plains

Location Max. 

Length

Max. 

Width

Avg. 

Depth

Surface 

Elevation

Deosai Plains 2.3 km 

1.4 miles

1.8km 

1.2 miles

40 m 4,142 m 

13,589 ft

This lake is also called Shausar Lake. It is located in Deosai Plains in the Northern areas.Deosai Plains is one of the highest plateaus of the world with the average height of about 4,114 metres above sea level. The lake is in the premises of the Deosai National Park. It is situated in Skardu, Gilgit- Baltistan. The area is full of natural beauty especially in spring. The whole surroundings get covered with wide variety of colorful flowers and butterflies. It looks like a magical land with mysterious beauty. Between the months of November to May the whole area of Deosai is snow bound.

Sheosar lake means Blind Lake, as Sheo in Shina language means “Blind” and Sar means “Lake”

The lake is accessible through two routes. One is via Skardu and the other via Astore District. The road through Skardu can be covered by jeep in few hours and if treked it can take 2 days time. From the Astore through chilum comes this lake before going to the Deosai. The mighty Himalaya moutains are visible all around the area with majestic heights and endless beauty. The rare species of Brown Bear is present in the area. The lake is one of the main attraction of the Deosai Plains. Its beautiful waters and natural surroundings make the visit unforgettable.

Lakes of Pakistan-Saif ul Muluk Lake

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Lakes in Pakistan- Saiful Maluk Lake - Kaghan Valley

Location Surface area Altitude
North end of 

Kaghan valley

2.75 km 3,224m 

10,578 ft

It is one of the highest lakes of Pakistan located under the hills of Malika Parbat mountain which itself is 5291m high being the highest in Kaghan valley. The reflection of the mighty mountain shines in the lake giving a breathtaking scene. An underground river flows into the lake whose depth is a mystery. The 14km distance from Naranby a road via Balakot and Kaghan to the lake is covered on jeep during summers. If this road is taken on foot it will take around 4-6 hours. The lake water is so clear because of the multiple glaciers around the high basin which feed the lake. The clarity of water gives it an unmatched beauty. This remarkably beautiful lake is also famous for the fairly tale of Saiful Maluk. The sufi poet Mian Muhammad Baksh is related to the Lake. A poet and writer of Balakot Ahmad Hussain Mujahid also wrote a book on it which got published in 1999. It’s a love story of a prince of Persia and a fairy princess at the lake. The enchanted beauty of the lake has made people believe that fairies come down to the lake during the nights of full moon.

The weather at the lake is moderate in day time but during the night it drops to even minus degrees. Lake Saiful Muluk is ranked as the fifth popular tourist destination in Pakistan. The district has been flourishing its tourism industry due to its snow capped mountains and this lake. It is about 3000 feet above ground level and its water reflects many colors at the same time. Hotels will also be build here to encourage more tourists.

Lakes of Pakistan – Rush Lake

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Lakes in Pakistan- Rush Lake - Nagar Valley

Location Water Type Outflows Surface 

Elevation

Nagar Valley 

15 km from Miar Peak

Glacial Miar 

Glacier

15,400 ft 

4,700m

In the northern areas of Pakistan there are many spectacular lakes, one of which is Lake Rush. This lake is one of the world’s highest alpine lake. Few kilometers away are the Spantik or the Golden Peak and the Miar Peak. It is a high altitute lake and is located very close to the Rush Pari Peak which is 5,098 meters high. The Rush Peak is a good spot for mountaineers without much training because it is easy to climb in summers as compared to other mountains. But in winters climbing becomes much difficult due to heavy snow fall.

If you want to reach this lake you can either take the route via Hopar and Nagar or via Hopar Glacier  commonly known as Bualtar Glacier and the Miar Glacier. The journey to this lake is full of amazingly beautiful views. You will see Malubiting, Phuparash Peak, Ultar Sar and Spantik on the trek to Rush lake.

The lake is covered with snow in winters but in summers the lake is surrounded by lush green grass with beautiful flower trees. People do lots of fishing here. Muskie is one of the common fish in the lake. Tourists also do camping in summers and even play golf in the gardens around this beautiful lake.

Lakes of Pakistan – Rawal Lake

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Lakes in Pakistan- Rawal Lake - Islamabad

Location Water Catchment Area Surface Area Max. depth
Margalla Hills 

Islamabad

Reservoir 106.25 sq. m 8.8 sq km 102 ft

Rawal Lake is an artifical water reservoir of water providing water to the twin cities-Rawalpindi and Islamabad. It is situated within the territory of Margallah Hills National Park. The PTDC has made restaurant and boating facilities to attract visitors. Dam is also constructed on the lake named as Rawal Dam. Several tourists visit this lake and enjoy a nice holidays with their families. Boating, diving, water skating and sailing are the main attractions of the place. These activities are organized by private clubs. Islamabad club offers sporting facilities on the west of the lake.

The lake is surrounded by a well maintained green area with beautiful flowers and trees. The gardens around the lake are full of plants and fountains. Different picnic spots and paths are made for the tourists. The hill top near the lake shows a dynamic scene of Murree  hills, Margalla hills and the twin cities.

If you are enjoy bird watching, this could be a right place for you. Large number of  birds come to this lake and fly around it all day. To facilitate tourism a park full of walking tracks and sitting area is now located by the side of this beautiful lake.

Lakes of Pakistan – Mahodand Lake

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Lakes in Pakistan- Mahodand Lake - Kallam Valley

Location Water
40 km from 

Kallam

Fresh

This is one of the most beautiful lakes around Swat (the mini Switzerland of Pakistan). It is located at a distance of about 40 km from Kalam which is in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at 2,000 above sea level. It  is also just a few kilometers away from the Ushu Valley which is on the upper northern area of Pakistan. From this beautiful lake one can trek towards North East and find the Ushu Valley which  is famous for its captivating views of the highest mountain in Swat Valley named as Falak Sair having an height  about 6,257 meters. Or one can explore the North West area of Gabral Valley. Many activities like hiking and fishing can be done there.

This is also close to the two great lakes – Saifullah and Naseerullah. It is a nice destination for fishing and is accessible on a four wheel drive due to steep route and those visiting it call it a lifetime experience. The lake is surrounded by mighty peaks, beautiful Pine trees and flowers. The road to the Mahodand lake is also very beautiful as it is covered with thick trees shadowing all the way. Fishing is very common in this area as the water is full of them. The natural beauty is not much damaged and it looks like a fairyland.

Lakes of Pakistan – Lulusar Lake

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Lakes in Pakistan- Lulusar Lake - Naran Valley

Location Elevation Outflow
48km from Naran Valley 

Khyber-Pakhunkhwa

3,410 m 

11,200 ft

Kunhar 

river

Lulusar is a mountains group close to Naran valley which is popular for the great lake. In Pashto language ‘Sar’ means peak. This lake is bigger than the other lakes around the area and is on a very great height.

The lake is the major source of water of the River Kunhar that joins River Jhelum after passing through the entire Kaghan Valley. Lulusar has historical importance because of the 55 war participants in 1857 were arrested here.

This lake has snow capped mountains surrounding it and the view is full of natural beauty. In summers the lake water reflects like a mirror and attracts lots of international and local tourists. You have to hire a jeep from Naran to visit the lake. It takes around 4-5 hours from Naran to reach Lulusar via Basel. One should leave early morning form Naran so that you can enjoy the beautiful scenery and a nice sunset at the lake.A road is also constructed to connect Naran to Chilas and this road goes to Babusar pass as well.

Lulusar Lake has fresh blue water with beautiful and colorful wild flowers around it and the stay is ever memorizing.

Lakes of Pakistan – Haleji Lake

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Lakes in Pakistan- Haleji Lake - Thatta, Sindh

Location Ranking Max. 

Length

Max 

Width

Surface 

Area

Water Average 

Depth

Connecting 

River

Thatta district,70 km from Karachi Largest water fowlReserve and bird sanctuary in Asia 2km 2km 4sq. km Fresh 250 m River Sindh

This remarkable lake is located in Thatta district,52 miles from Karachi. It is a treat for the eyes for people travelling through Pakistan. Originally, it was very small but during the world war-II in the British Raj. The government of Sindh decided to expand its capacity by making a feeder canal from River Sindh. The construction was done on urgent basis. Thousands of British and American army troops were stationed in Karachi and needed drinking water. The lake is a big source of water for Karachi ever since.

Haleji lake is the largest bird sanctuary in whole of Asia. Every year thousands of water birds migrate to this lake from as far as Siberia. These birds include Black Coot, European Wigeon and Dalmatian Pelican etc. More than 223 species of birds have been in the environs of this beautiful lake. For example, Palla’s fish eagle, Teals, Harriers, Heron, Pintail, Falcons, Coot, Shoveller, Teals, Jacana, Flamingos and Buzzards. Even the Be wicks swans have been seen on this lake enhancing the beauty of this great lake.

Lakes of Pakistan – Borith Lake

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Lakes in Pakistan- Borith Lake - Hunza, Northern Areas

Location Surface Elevation Water type
Upper Hunza 2,600 m 

8,500 ft

Saline

This lake is situated in the Northern part of Pakistan. Borith is a hamlet around the lake to the north west side of a village near Gulmit called Hussaini, located in the upper Hunza valley.

This lake is located about two kilometers to the north of Ghuylkin. It possess saline water with an elevation of about 8,200 feet. To reach to this lake jeeps have to be hired. The route taken from the Hussaini village to the Ghuylkin is approximately 2 kilometers long. If you want to take a treking route, the distance is covered in almost 2-3 hours directly from Ghuylkin across the end of Ghuylkin Glacier. It is an important bird santuary of wildfowl so if you like bird watching this is a nice route to take. Large number of ducks also arrive here from the warmer, southern part of the country. The best time to visit this area would be March to June. The birds migrate to this area to the cooler waters and in the winters they move back to the southern areas. One more hour walk and you will reach the Ghuylkin Glacier and if you follow the treking route Borith lake will be reached.

A relatively longer trekking route can be taken if you like to visit the Passu Gar Glacier by continuing the journey south ways from Borith lake.

Lakes of Pakistan – Baghsar Lake

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Lakes in Pakistan- Baghsar Lake - Samahni Valley, Kashmir

Location Elevation Max. length
Samahni ValleyMirpur District 975 mabove sea level 0.5 miles0.80 km

This lake is situated in the Mirpur District over looking Bandala Village. It’s a very popular among the tourists. It  roughly has around half a kilometer of length.

Hundreds of resident and migrating water birds inhabit this lake. These birds include a huge number of ducks and Geese. The surroundings of the lake are covered with Pine and Cheerh trees. Water lilies are in abundance in this lake which give a picture of a  fairyland .

There is a famous historical fort called Moghul Fort overlooking the Baghsar Lake from top of the hill. It was built in the times of Ahmed Shah Abdali, Gulab Singh and Ranjit Singh. The great Mughal King Jahangir was passing through this area to go to the Kashmir Valley, when he fell ill and died in this historical fort. This lake is a very famous tourist spot in the region. It is accessible most part of the year and it offers such a beautiful view to the visitors that a lot of tourists from within Pakistan visit this lake every year. There are many tourists from outside Pakistan too who visit this lake.

Lakes of Pakistan-Keenjhar Lake

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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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