“A day at the lake restores the soul.”
There’s much truth to that! Placid and pleasing, a lake creates a marvellous landscape on nature’s canvas. With the power to evoke emotions and instantly pacify the mind, here are the 5 most stunning lakes in India that are bound to work their magic on you.
Easily one of the most photographed lakes in India, Pangong-Tso is just one many jewels in the crown of Ladakh. Literally meaning “long, narrow, enchanted lake” in Tibetan, it’s easy to understand why the moment you set eyes on it. Spanning two countries, China and India, its sparkling turquoise waters reflect the surrounding Himalayan mountains. Pangong-Tso also boasts of having celebrity status owing to it being featured in many Bollywood movies including 3 Idiots.
The ‘lake of the moon”, Chandra Taal is named for its crescent-shaped. Located in the Spiti region of Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 4,300 metres amidst the mighty Himalayas, the lake has a circumference of about 2.5 kilometres. Picture perfect in the truest sense complete with the reflection of mountains and valleys in its crystalline waters, it’s no surprise that Chandra Lake and its surrounding area are popular with outdoor enthusiasts especially trekkers and campers.
The sight of colourful shikaras floating on Dal Lake has always been synonymous with the city of Srinagar. Spanning 18 square kilometers, Dal Lake is the center of activity especially during summer months when tourists throng to it whether to stay in a houseboat or sail around to see blooming lotuses. The surroundings are picture perfect with mountains and hills in the horizon. In the waters of Dall Lake is the island of Char Chinar, a city landmark for its maple trees.
Rajasthan’s most romantic city, Udaipur, also has the distinction of being the ‘Venice of the East’ for its many lakes; the most popular of which is the majestic Lake Pichola. An artificial freshwater lake, it has four islands with Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir being the most popular ones. No holiday to Udaipur is complete without a boat ride on Lake Pichola especially during dusk when the waters glisten with the reflection of the blaze of orange from the setting sun.
The largest freshwater lake in Manipur in Northeast India, Loktak Lake is a fascinating body of water. It boasts of something unique in the form of phumdis or floating islands with some of them being inhabited with local fisherman and even tourist huts. Usually circular in shape, these free floating land masses are also rich in biodiversity, which is another reason why Loktak Lake is a huge tourist draw.