Keenjhar Lake also known as Kalri Lake is a huge fresh water lake which makes it a popular tourist resort in Sindh, 130 km northeast of Karachi. It is the second largest fresh water lake in Pakistan and is an important source of drinking water to metropolitan city of Karachi and other nearby cities surrounding the lake. Large number of people flock to eco friendly Keenjhar Lake on weekends and on public holidays to enjoy picnic on shore of lake, swimming, fishing, and boating in calm yet clean and natural ambience.
Keenjhar Lake is 24km long, 6 km wide, and has a depth of 8 meters, spread over 13,468 hectares. It is a wildlife sanctuary, a Pakistani protected wetland and has been declared a ramsar site since 1976 by Ramsar Convention, which is an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands. The lake is believed to have been formed by the merging of two lakes, namely Sonehri and Keenjhar. The fresh water lake works as a beautiful and quiet excursion area and tourists’ resort for the people of nearby cities during hot season, and it is a favourable place for a habitat of winter migratory birds like ducks, geese, flamingos, cormorants, waders, herons, egrets, ibises, terns, coots and gulls as well a breeding area of wide variety of birds.
The great and legendary Sindhi ruler, Jam Tamachi, is associated with Keenjhar Lake, and today his remains rest in a grave built in a shrine in the middle of the lake. Jam Tamachi was belonged to Samma tribe, the dynasty that ruled Sindh from 1335 CE–1520 CE. Tamachi remained Sultan of Sindh until 1367 CE until 1379 CE, when he was succeeded by his son Salah-ud-din. The prince fell in love with a charming fisherwoman named Noori who belonged to Keenjhar Lake, and raised her above all the other queens of royal blood. It is a famous romantic tale of successful love and happiness. Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, a famous Sindhi Sufi scholar, mystic, saint, and poet who is widely considered to be one of the greatest poets of the Sindhi language, found both the tale and lake a great source of inspiration and praised in his poetry.
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- Thatta District
Keenjhar Lake is also called Kalri Lake. It is located in Thatta District, Sindh, Pakistan. It is situated about 122 kilometres from Karachi. The lake is about 24 kilometers long and 6 kilometers wide. Its maximum depth is 26 feet. The Indus River flows parallel to the lake. Kalri Lake is one of the largest fresh water lakes of Pakistan. Basically, Kalri Lake is formed by Read more...
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