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Haleji Lake, Thatta

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Haleji Lake is a perennial freshwater lake in Thatta District of Sindh Province, Pakistan. It is 6.58km2 in size and is surrounded by marshes and brackish seepage lagoons.HistoryHaleji Lake was a saline lagoon until the 1930s and was converted into a reservoir to provide additional water to Karachi. During World War II, additional water was required for troops stationed at Karachi. The then-British Government of Sindh decided to increase the capacity of the lake by introducing a feeder canal from the Indus River. Salt water was drained out and an embankment was constructed around the lake which was fed with fresh water through a canal. The work was placed on a war footing and was completed within 24 months.FaunaHaleji Lake is a wintering site for waterfowl such as cotton teal, spot-billed duck, purple moorhen and pheasant-tailed jacana. It is also a breeding site for egrets and herons.
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  • Stopped here on our way back to Karachi, after visiting Keenjhar and Thatta. The lake is beautiful and worth a visit. But I wouldn't recommend swimming in this lake. This lake is a heaven for animal l...  more »
  • Please note this experience is based on june 2012 visit. During a conversation I was recalling the serenity and beauty of the lake that we use to visit as kids with our families. Immediately replied m...  more »
  • A little far from Karachi and thus hard to access but a very large lake. It has a tomb on an island in the center of the lake.  more »