Welcome to Wular Lake, one of the largest freshwater lakes in South Asia, and a hidden gem in the Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir!
Wular Lake was originally called Mahapadmasar, but over the centuries, it got corrupted to “Wulor” or “Wular.” Some say the name originated from the Kashmiri word “Wul,” meaning a gap or a fissure. But we like to think it’s because someone couldn’t spell “Mahapadmasar” and decided to come up with a shorter name.
But jokes aside, Wular Lake is truly a natural wonder. Its size varies seasonally, so you never know what you’re going to get when you visit. It’s like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get, but whatever you get, it’s going to be sweet.
Speaking of sweet, the lake is home to a variety of fish that are a local delicacy. So, if you’re a seafood lover, you’re in for a treat. And if you’re an animal lover, you’re in for a double treat, as the lake is home to a number of water creatures, including fish, and is a bird watcher’s paradise.
But don’t think you can just show up and enjoy the serene waters without a care in the world. Wular Lake is facing some serious environmental threats, like pollution and weed infestation, so let’s all do our part to keep this beautiful destination clean.
All in all, Wular Lake is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Jammu and Kashmir. And if you’re lucky, you might even catch some high leaping waves called Ullola in Sanskrit.