Khushalsar and Gilsar Kashmir

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Khushalsar and Gilsar Lakes Kashmir

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Location: Northwest of Srinagar city, Srinagar district, Jammu & Kashmir
Area: Not available
Altitude: 1670 m
Biogeographical province: 2.39.12
Wetland type: 13,14

Description of site: Gilsar and Kshuhalsar are two interconnected water bodies situated to the northwest of Srinagar. Khushalsar is connected to Anchar Lake (site 13) by a narrow channel. The average depth of Gilsar is 2.7 m, and that of Khushalsar is 1.5 m

Climatic conditions: Montane valley climate, with a pronounced cold season from October to March (average temperature 7.5°C) and warm summers (average temperature 19.8° C). January is the coldest month (-2°C to 3°C), and July the warmest (34 - 35°C). The average annual rainfall is 551 mm. Most of the precipitation is in the form of snow. (January-March). Summer monsoon rainfall is scanty

Principal vegetation: Both the lakes support large stands of macrophytes of Typha angustifolia, Phragmites australis, Nymphea albs, Nymphoides peltata, Nelumbo nucifera, Salvinia natans, Lemna minor, Myriophyllum spicatum, M.verticillatum, and Ceratophyllum demersum

Land tenure: State owned

Land use: Fishing for mirror carp and harvesting of Nelumbo stems. Weeds are collected for cattle fodder

Disturbances and threats: Both Gilsar and Khushalsar are under severe biotic pressure as the lake surroundings are undergoing rapid urbanisation due to expansion of Srinagar city. The orientation of human settlements dose to the lake shores and in the catchment area is such that large quantities of human and agricultural wastes drain into the lake waters

Economic and social values: The lake is used by the local people for fishing, and the water is used for drinking and bathing

Fauna: No information

Special, floral values: No information

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