India is fed by a lot of rivers and rains throughout the year. The terrain at most of the places is quite suitable for the birth of lakes. With over 50 lakes, big and small, spread throughout the nation, India has a variety to offer for the eyes of a water-body admirer. We set before you the 20 most beautiful lakes in India which demand at least a visit in a lifetime.
1. Manimahesh Lake
Manimahesh Lake is situated at an altitude of approximately 13,000 feet above sea level amidst the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas and is of great religious importance. A very vital pilgrimage trek called ‘Manimahesh Yatra’ is undertaken towards this lake in the month of August.
2. Nainital Lake
Nainital Lake is located in Nainital district of Uttrakhand. This is a freshwater lake with a beautiful crescent shape. It has made Nainital a famous tourist attraction.
3. Pangong Tso Lake
This saline lake situated in Ladakh at an altitude of approximately 14,000 feet is shared by India and China with 25% of its total area in India and the rest of it in China.
4. Tsomoriri Lake
Not as popular as Pangong Tso Lake, but an extremely beautiful high altitude lake. Tsomoriri Lake is also a wetland conservation reserve in Ladakh. Springs and melted snow from the mountains are its main sources of water.
5. Chandertal Lake
Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh is blessed with a charming crescent shaped lake called Chandertal at an altitude of around 14,000 feet. There are different treks which lead to this lake and the treading is worth the view.
6. Dal Lake
The famous Dal lake is not approached by people merely for the sake of its popularity. Its beauty is what attracts troops of tourists from all over the world despite of the dangers hovering over Kashmir Valley.
7. Serolsar Lake
Serolsar is a glacier lake in the Teerthan Valley of Himachal Pradesh. There is a 5 km trek from Jalori Pass to this lake which passes through dense forests and adventurous routes.
8. Prasher Lake
Prasher Lake lies in district Mandi of Himachal Pradesh. It is here that Saint Prasher is said to have meditated for years. The lake has a moving island inside it which keeps shifting from one corner of the lake to the other.
9. Gurudongmar Lake
With a surface elevation of around 18,000 feet and a surface area of 290 acres, Gurudongmar Lake is the most beautiful lake of the North-east region. It is sacred for both Buddhists and Sikhs and is named after the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, Guru Padmasambhava.
10. Chilka Lake
Chilka Lake covers areas of Puri, Ganjam and Khurda districts of Odissa. This brackish water lake is also the second largest lagoon of the world. It hosts a lot of migratory birds from all over.
11. Nakki Lake
Mount Abu is a very pleasing tourist destination in the Aravalli Hills of Rajasthan. It is here that Nakki Lake is located. This lake is all the more famous because of the fact that the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi were immersed in its holy waters.
12. Sattal Lake
Another beautiful lake of the Kumaon hills of Uttrakhand, Sattal Lake is also a paradise for migratory birds. Tourists visit this lake to experience an unpolluted, virgin beauty of the mid-Himalayas.
13. Loktak Lake
Loktak Lake is a freshwater lake in Manipur. This lake is attractive because of the only floating National Park in the world, called Keibul Lamjao, moving over it. This lake is a source of livelihood for a sizable portion of the population of Manipur.
14. Vembanad Lake
Vembanad Lake is the longest lake in India and is located in Kerala. Fed by a lot of canals, a visit to this lake is a must during the Nehru Trophy Boat Race. Its charm gets even more attractive with enthusiast rowers waiting to win their race over it.
15. Pichola Lake
The city of lakes, Udaipur possesses an extremely beautiful artificial lake called Pichola. The lake has four royal islands over it, which was originally home to the royal family of the region. A sighting of the lake in the evening is highly mesmerizing.
16. Hussain Sagar
Hussain Sagar is an artificial lake located in Hyderabad, Telangana. It was made in the 16th
century. A large statue of Gautama Buddha stands in the middle of the lake over an island and is the main attraction of this water body.
17. Berijam Lake
Originally a swamp, this lake is now a reservoir in Kodaikanal region of Tamil Nadu. The greenery spread around the lake along with the quiet surroundings create a perfect atmosphere for a peaceful holiday.
18. Venna Lake
Built by the King of Satara in 1842, Venna Lake is now a major peace escape for the people of Mumbai. The lake is located in Mahabaleshwar and is surrounded by trees on all sides. Boating, picnics and a hoard of delicacies can be enjoyed at its banks.
19. Tam Dil Lake
Tam Dil Lake is a famous tourist attraction in Mizoram. A lot of restaurants surround the lake. Fishing is a major activity for which tourists and locals flood its banks in the mornings and evenings.
20. Bhimtal Lake
Bhimtal lake is the largest lake of the Kumaon region. The lake has now a dam built over it. Aquaculture is practiced by the locals in this lake. There is also a small island in the middle of the lake with a temple and an aquarium over it for the people to get a bit closer to its underwater fauna.