Kausar Nag

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Kausar Nag
Kausar Nag is located in Jammu and Kashmir
Kausar Nag
Kausar Nag
Location in Jammu and Kashmir, India
Kausar Nag is located in India
Kausar Nag
Kausar Nag
Kausar Nag (India)
LocationKulgam, Kashmir valley, India
Coordinates33°30′44″N 74°46′08″E / 33.512287°N 74.768780°E / 33.512287; 74.768780Coordinates: 33°30′44″N 74°46′08″E / 33.512287°N 74.768780°E / 33.512287; 74.768780
TypeOligotrophic lake
Primary inflowsMelting of snow
Primary outflowsA tributary of Veshaw River
Max. length3 kilometres (1.9 mi)
Max. width0.9 kilometres (0.56 mi)
Surface elevation3,500 metres (11,500 ft)[citation needed]
FrozenNovember to July
A satellite image showing Kausar Nag (centre) and the Veshaw Nallah that it gives rise to

Kausar Nag or Kausarnag (sometimes alternatively spelled as Konsarnag), is a high-altitude oligotrophic lake located in the Pir Panjal Range in the Kulgam District's Noorabad of Kashmir.The lake is roughly 2 miles long and half a mile at the widest point.[1] The trek to Kausarnag is via the famous waterfall of Aharbal. The lake is located in a valley that is surrounded by peaks on all sides with elevation in excess of 4000 metres above sea level.[citation needed]

Kausar nag has an elevation of 4,000 metres (13,000 ft) above sea level.[citation needed] Kausarnag is 30 km trek from aharbal

Yatra controversy[edit]

In July 2014, a controversy erupted when a group of Kashmiri pandits asked the state government to allow them to proceed for an annual yatra to the lake from the valley side. Pertinently, for the past five years, a yatra was being conducted from Reasi side to the place but managed by the local administration. However,the experts have warned against such moves saying the ecological set up would be disturbed. Moreover, experts and the majority political players are of the opinion that the glacial water bodies are only tourist spots and don’t have any religious significance. This led to protests in the Kashmir Valley, especially in the Kulgam district against the conduct of the yatra. [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "VAM :: Vertical Amble Mountaineering: Kausar Nag Trek Information". Verticalamble.in. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  2. ^ http://www.kashmirlife.net/kashmir-shuts-against-kausar-nag-yatra-63126/