Gangabal

The Gangbal Lake, is a lake situated at the foothills of Mount Harmukh in Ganderbal district, north of Srinagar city in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. It is an alpine high altitude oligotrophic lake, home to many species of fish, including the brown trout. The lake has a maximum length of two and a half kilometres and maximum width of one kilometre. It is fed by precipitation, glaciers and springs. The lake water outflows to a nearby Nundkol Lake and then viaWangath nallah to Sind River.

How to reach

The Gangbal lake is approached from Srinagar 45 kilometres by road via Ganderbal up to Naranag and then a trek of 13 kilometres up slopes leads to the lake, which can be covered by a horse ride or by foot. The gujjar shepherds can be seen during the trek with their flocks of sheep and goats. Another trek (65 kilometres long) leads to the lake site from Sonamarg via the Vishansar Lake crossing three mountain passes Nichnai pass, Gadsar pass and Zajibal pass of an average elevation of 4100 meteres. It can also be accessed through a trek from Bandipore via Arin.

INTERESTING FACTS

it is also famous for its beautiful lake, fishes & riding.

Best time to visit

May to October

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