India is a home to some of the most enthralling and exquisite lakes around Asia, and the world. From glacier lakes in Himalayan regions to clear waters of Kerela, these beautiful lakes in India can be really good get-away places for your vacation or just for a weekend. These are some of the most beautiful lakes in India.
10. Wular Lake, Jammu, and Kashmir
Regarded as the delta of Jhelum river in Kashmir, Wular Lake in Jammu and Kashmir is one of the largest lakes in Asia and is the largest one in India. It is a major tourist destination with the green water attracting people from all across the world. The beauty is intensified with snowy peaks surrounding all the directions.
9. Chilka Lake, Orissa
Largest coastal lake in India, Chilka Lake is also the brackish water lake. It is also known as the Swiss Lake of the continent and is a home for migratory birds. Visitors can find a greater population of Flamingo, Pelican, Brahmani duck in the area.
8. Lonar Lake, Maharashtra
While it is a very beautiful lake, only a few avid travelers and trekkers visit the Lonar Lake in Maharashtra. The lake was formed after a large meteor hit the area, and thus some also call it Lonar crater lake. The lake is the only hypervelocity impact crater in a Basaltic lake. Because the lake is a blend of alkaline and basaltic lake, even NASA scientists are awe-spired. It is a great treat for those who are into wildlife.
7. Loktak Lake, Manipur
Loktak Lake is an iconic lake In Bishnupur district and is popular for the circular floating swamps, which is called ‘phumdis’ in the local language. There is the largest floating island that covers an area of 40km squared with the world’s largest floating park, Keibul Lamjao National Park in the area. The lake is a great source of economy for the people, and that has shaped the lifestyle and livelihood of people. To add, it is also a treasure of amazing flora and fauna, which makes it a great tourist destination.
6. Vembanad Lake, Kerela
Vembanad lake is known as the longest lake and one of the most beautiful lakes in India. It is situated in the state of Kerela. Also, it is the first green algae rich lake in all of India. Barriers divide the lake into parts, separating the brackish and alkaline waters. You can also find a bird sanctuary nearby, and also hire a houseboat if you want to spend the night in the area.
5. Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim
Gurudongmar lake is a very beautiful lake with snow-capped mountains surrounding the lake. It lies at a high altitude in Indian-Tibet border in Sikkim and holds great sacred value. In winter, the lake freezes, except for one spot in the lake, which the devotees claim to be a very sacred spot.
4. Suraj Tal, Himachal Pradesh
Also known as the Surya Tal, Suraj Tal lies below the Bara-lacha-la pass in Lahaul and Spiti valley of Himachal Pradesh. The literal translation of the name is “The Lake of the Sun God” and thus is considered to be a sacred body of water.
One can even swim in the lake during summer when the water gets warm. People take the motorcycle trip to the area too.
3. Pangong Tso Lake, Ladakh
Ladakh is known for mountains and lakes in the midst of the mountains. Pangong Tso lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in the region and it lies in the high altitude.The term “Pangsong Tso” translates from the Tibetan language as “long, narrow and enchanting”. The physical nature of the lake is exactly as the translation.
The lake lies at the highest motor able point in India. And it is interesting to know that one-third of the lake lies in India, while two-third of the lake lies in the Tibetan region.
2. Tso Moriri Lake, Jammu, and Kashmir
Among the high-altitude lakes in India, Tso Moriri lake is the highest altitude lake in India. Not everyone can visit the area as you require a permit to get into the area. Also, you need to trek to get to the lake.
The area and the ecosystem, however, is fragile and needs special conservation to protect it from deterioration. Yet, the area looks as though the beauty has been preserved till now.
1. Dal Lake, Srinagar
Srinagar is known as the “Switzerland of India” and Dal Lake, One of the most beautiful lakes in India falls in this region.
Known as the “Jewel in the crown of Kashmir”, the lake is actually a combination of three lakes.It is famous for shooting films too.The water in the lake is so clean that it reflects the wooden balconies of houseboats and the mountains of Pir Panjal like a clear glass mirror.
It lies at a surface elevation of almost 5,200 ft and is 5ft on average deep, with the maximum depth of 20ft. It’s better to travel during May and November since, in winter, the place can be really cold.