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Here are 10 Indian Lakes to visit in your lifetime:
1. Pichola lake, Rajhasthan
Limpid, large and luminous, Pichola Lake is enveloped by lofty palaces, ancient temples and cool green hills on all its sides. Sail into a purple sunset on dreamy little boat or take a heritage walk around the tranquil waters of a lake which doesn’t need filters to look spectacular when silhouetted at dusk!
2. Dal Lake, Jammu and Kashmir
Srinagar’s jewel, Dal Lake with its sparkling quiet waters, gaily painted shikaras and backdrop of the mist shrouded peaks of the Pir Panjal Mountains is definitely a sight for sore eyes. Go to sleep on an ornate wooden houseboat swaying gently in the serene waters of the lake and wake up to the water reflecting whatever shades the sun throws on it, with the glorious floating gardens swirling around you.
3. Suraj Taal, Himachal Pradesh
Revered as the Lake of the Sun God, Suraj Taal is the place to be if you are in search of tranquillity. There’s some mighty stiff competition in the Himalayas when it comes to glacier-fed beauty but what makes Suraj Taal so stunning is the surrounding landscape – the majestically jagged mountains, piles of snow smoothened pebbles and cornflower blue skies.
4. Pangong Tso Lake, Jammu and Kashmir
Remember that stunning lake from 3 Idiots? Lined with an outlandish landscape of vast barren mountains, Pangong Tso is a sublime melange of dramatically swirling mountains and vivid blue green water conjured into a lake which photographs like a dream. Remember to pay your respects at the Darbuk village nearby where a chain of war memorials and historic army bunkers stand in commemoration of the 1962 Indo-China War.
5. Vembanad Lake, Kerala
As lovely as it is large, the Vembanad Lake is a warm weather paradise. Feast your eyes on the vibrant green palette and the sheer size of India’s longest lake, from the breezy comfort of your houseboat as you dine on ethnic culinary delights (don’t miss the karimeen fish). The beauty here is not just the landscape, but the glimpses of daily life amidst the swaying palms too.
6. Tso Moriri Lake, Jammu and Kashmir
Sitting at the bottom of the secluded Rupshu valley, Tso Moriri is breathtakingly striking—its deep-blue water at odds with the browns of the craggy peaks and greens of sun-kissed grasslands that surround it. World’s highest Ramsar wetland, Tso Moriri, in its utter isolation, unending vastness and sheer raw beauty bestows a sense of untouched purity on every mortal lucky enough to visit it.
7. Hemkund Lake, Uttarakhand
Adorned by exotic blooms in a riot of colours, with the snowy Saptashringa (Seven Hills) towering in the background, the windswept Hemkund Lake is a place of wild, untamed beauty- and one of Sikkhism’s most important shrines. Look for the mythical yellow green flower, Brahma Kamal (Lotus of the Gods) on its rocky shores before warming yourself in the Gurudwara with generous helpings of hot tea and khichdi.
8. Chembra Lake, Kerala
Nature definitely had romantic designs with this enchanting lake in the shape of the universal symbol for love. The heart shaped Chembra Lake with its balmy waters (said to have never dried up) is the perfect stop for wanderers and romantics alike who will have to hike up the rugged terrains of the tallest peak of Wayanad to reach one of the most charming spots in God’s own country.
9. Chilika Lake, Odisha
Were it not for its languid glassy surface, Chilika, Asia’s largest lagoon, could easily be mistaken for the sea. Studded with tiny islands, this pear shaped lake resembles a vision crafted by some imaginative artist. Witness water lilies bloom in the rising sun and resident species jostle over the wetland at daybreak while their rousing symphony flutters in your ears. Round it off with a glimpse of the rare Irrawaddy dolphins!
10. Roopkund Lake, Uttarakhand
Concealed in the lap of the snow clad Mt. Trishul, the Roopkund Lake has a notorious past. In summer, the melting ice reveals hundreds of skeletal remains, immersed in the water and lying haphazardly around the lake’s edges. The staggeringly beautiful trek to it cuts through alpine forests, gushing icy brooks and velvety meadows (Bugyals) to reach the tiny jade lake perched on a sheer ridge. A must for avid trekkers and mystery addicts alike!