“Make your heart like a lake with a calm, still surface, and great depths of kindness.” – Lao Tzu, the Chinese philosopher.
No words other than the above can fully capture the real essence of a lake. It is believed you can see your ‘own’ nature if you can deeply observe your reflection in the still waters of a lake. But far from being a companion for self-reflection, a lake is also a landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature.
In this blog, we share the list of 10 Most Beautiful Lakes in India.
The Changu Lake (Tsongmo) is one of India’s most beautiful high altitude lakes in India. The mist-covered hills with natural sunlight strokes offer the perfect backdrop for the highly revered oval-shaped lake. It is only 37KM from Gangtok and is a must-visit if you’re in Sikkim.
The Dal Lake is probably one of the world’s most frequently captured lake on celluloid. Poets have time and again referred to it as Srinagar’s Jewel. The best time to visit this paradise on earth is during November when the weather is very delightful. Major attractions include the floating houseboats, the Mughal Era gardens, and the roadside shops.
Pangong Lake is a gateway to nature’s mysteriously captivating grace. A must-visit for all the ardent fans of Ladakh, Pangong Lake is one of the most breathtaking sights that one can ever witness. Equally mesmerizing is the eternally beautiful Ladakh countryside, which keeps the spirit soaring at all times.
Loktak Lake is Northeastern India’s largest freshwater lake. The beautiful stretch of water is reminiscent of a small island sea and the scenery stays with you forever. The lakes’ floating phumdi offers a stunning and eye-pleasing view. It is only 50 km away from Imphal, the capital of Manipur.
The Sambhar lake lies to the southwest of Jaipur and is a never-ending stretch of blue. It is India’s largest inland salt lake and is home to India’s largest group of migratory birds. The ideal time to visit is during sunrise. A stroll by the banks while watching the Flamingos is rejuvenating for the soul.
Vembanad Lakis India’s longest lake. It spans over several districts and is at the heart of Kerala’s world-famous backwaters. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is located on its eastern coast and is a major tourist attraction. Enjoy the scenic beauty and indulge yourself with its live clam resources and sub-fossil.
One of India’s most famous artificial lakes, Fateh Sagar Lake is a major tourist attraction. The bordering Aravalli hills offer a breathtaking view for visitors. Take a stroll along the banks during sunset and you won’t be disappointed. You can enjoy water rides as well and try some tasty Rajasthani food at the roadside shops.
Kodaikanal Lake or the Kodai Lake is a man-made lake. It was created by Sir Vere Henry Levinge who was the collector of Madurai during British rule. Kodaikanal is known for its scenic beauty and pleasant climate. The best way to treat yourself to Kodaikanal-magic is a boat ride or stroll along the lake during sunrise and sunset.
The Kanwar Taal or Kabar Taal Lake is located in the Begusarai district of Bihar. It is known for being Asia’s largest freshwater U-shaped lake. It spans over an area of 68 sq km and is home to a beautiful population of migratory as well as indigenous birds.
Located at nearly 9 Km North West of Dharamshala, Kareri lake is a hidden gem. Surrounded by the rocky terrain of the Dhauladhar range and the receding glaciers, the lake site is ideal for trekking and camping. It remains fairly unknown which makes it a welcome alternative over the other commercialized lake sites.
So, what do you think of our list? Is there anything in particular that we have missed out? Feel free to share your views.