Sheshnag Lake

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Sheshnag Lake

Sheshnag Lake is nestled at an altitude of 3590 meters in the track which leads to Amarnath Cave from Pahalgam. Spreading across some 0.7 km of width and 7 km of length Sheshnag Lake is type of lake where the productivity of algae is very low. Because of this nature, the water of the lake is very clear and clean with a drinking water taste. Also the amount of oxygen is abundant and the lake is very cool, the breeding of trout is much high in this lake. As per Hindu Mythology, Lord Sheshnag (King of Snakes) himself dug this lake. The people of Pahalgam believe that even today Lord Sheshnag resides in this Lake. During winter, the lake freezes and it is tough to access the lake due to heavy snow pour.  From Chandanwari, ponies or horses can be hired to ride the rest of the distance to the Lake. Camping can also be done.

Sheshnag Lake is home to many types of fishes among of which is the brown trout. It freezes during winter, and is inaccessible during this season due to heavy snowfall. It is surrounded by green lush meadows and mountains covered by snow. Sheshnag Lake is one of the famous tourist destination in Kashmir Valley. It is mostly fed by melting of snow and streams coming down from mountain tops. It drains out through a stream which joins Lidder River at Pahalgam.

It can be accessed113 km by road up to Chandanwari from which ponies can be hired to cover a trek of 7 km upslope to reach the Sheshnag Lake.

 

Distance from Pahalgam : 23kms

Reach by: Taxi upto Chandanwari, then Foot

Best time to visit: June-September

Closed in: Winters

Elevation: 3,590 m