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Sheshnag Lake
About Sheshnag Lake

Sheshnag Lake is an alpine high altitude oligotrophic lake which is situated at the track leading to Amarnath cave about 23 kms from Pahalgam in Anantnag district of Kashmir valley in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir at an altitude of 3590 meters. It has a maximum length of 1.1 kms and maximum width of 0.7 kms.

 
Etymology and Geography of Sheshnag Lake

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.

According to the Hindu mythology Sheshnag means the king of snakes and the lake was dug by Sheshnag himself. It is believed by the Hindus that Sheshnag stays in this Lake even today. It is one of the most ancient places of pilgrimage for the Hindus, as it lies on the track of Amarnath cave.

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 enclosed by green lush mountains and meadows which are covered by snow.

 
Access

Sheshnag Lake is situated about 120 kms east from Srinagar and 23 km from Pahalgam. It can be accessed 113 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. Amarnath cave is situated about 20 kms north of this lake. The best time to visit the lake is from the month of June to September.

 

 


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