Wular Lake, Bandipore, Kashmir, India

The Wular lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia. When one stands on the banks of the lake, only one portion is visible. It is surrounded by trees and supports a large variety of fish and birds. In 1986, because of the value of the lake (biological, socio-economic and hydrological value), it was declared a Wetland of National Importance under the Wetlands Programme of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India for intensive conservation and management. In 1990, it was designated as a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar convention. It is fed by the Jhelum River and was formed as a result of tectonic activity.   

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In the last picture, taken from above, the Jhelum river is seen feeding the lake, which is seen at the foot of the mountain. The lake is from 30-360 square kilometers, depending on the season. We saw it at the time when it was at its largest.  

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