Tarsar and Marsar Lake

Tarsar - Marsar Lake: - The Tarsar Lake is an almond-shaped, oligotrophic alpine lake situated in the Kashmir Valley, specifically in Anantnag district,Jammu and Kashmir. It can be reached from Srinagar via a 102 km motorable road which leads through Anantnag and Pahalgam to the Aru trekking camp. The alpine meadow of Lidderwat lies at the halfway point of the two-day trek to the lake.

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The lake is separated by a mountain with a minimum peak elevation of 4,000 metres from another lake of the same nature known as Marsar Lake, which is in the vicinity of Dachigam National Park Together these two lakes are referred to as the twin sisters. During the winter, the Tarsar Lake freezes and is covered by heavy snow; it has floating ice even in the summer. The 16th-century Kashmiri ruler Yusuf Shah Chak mentioned the twin lakes in his poetry, writing to his beloved: When I remember the two tresses of the comely beloved, Tears begin to flow from my eyes like streams from Tarsar and Marsar.