Khushal Sar

Khushal Sar is a lake in highly deteriorated condition, located in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India. It has been encroached upon at many places with illegal construction and landfilling.[1] The lake once stretched from Zoonimar up to the Aali Masjid but now it is considerably reduced. It is connected to the Anchar lake via a small channel. Another smaller lake, known as Gilsar, is connected to the Khushal Sar via a narrow strait, which is spanned by a bridge known as Gil Kadal. The Gilsar lake is in turn connected to the Nigeen lake via the Nallah Amir Khan. Until the 1970s, the Mar Canal drained into this lake providing navigability up to Ganderbal via the Anchar lake. After the filling up of the Mar Canal, the condition of the lake deteriorated further.[2][3]

Khushal Sar
Khushal Sar From North.jpg
A view of the Khushal Sar from its Northern Shore
Khushal Sar is located in Jammu and Kashmir
Khushal Sar
Khushal Sar
LocationSrinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Coordinates34°06′41.34″N 74°47′58″E / 34.1114833°N 74.79944°E / 34.1114833; 74.79944Coordinates: 34°06′41.34″N 74°47′58″E / 34.1114833°N 74.79944°E / 34.1114833; 74.79944
Primary outflowsChannel to the Anchar Lake
Basin countriesIndia
Max. length1.6 km (0.99 mi)
Max. width0.6 km (0.37 mi)
Surface elevation1,582 m (5,190 ft)


  1. ^ "Encroachments killing Khushal Sar". 15 May 2012. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Khushal Sar Breathing its last". 26 October 2013. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Prominent Lakes of Kashmir Division". J&K Envis Centre. 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2018.