India is a country blessed with beautiful mountains and hills. And when it comes about the mountains we can hardly imagine it without lakes in front or rivers rolling down from its body. Even when a child is asked to draw scenery, mountains with a water body, especially a lake is the first thing he or she will try to draw. This means, from children to grownups, lakes are a predominant feature without which we are incapable of defining a perfect beauty of the nature. Such a hypnotizing aura lakes have! Created by God, these ecstatic water-bodies, explains us the meaning of visual pleasure. The peaceful ambience, the riots of colors, the melodious twittering sound of the birds make these majestic lakes a permanent venue for vacation. Above that, life becomes much easier when you realize that these lakes do exist within our countrys boundary.
So, lets check out the following list to see some of the stunning lakes of India: -
Tso Moriri Lake, Jammu and Kashmir
Vast, endless, pristine and pure thats how this magical creation of the Mother Nature is. Far away from the honking sound of the city, this beautiful lake sits in the middle of Rupshu district. With snow capped mountains forming a perfect backdrop and a chilling breeze brushing over your face, the lake is a perfect venue to spend lazy days of the vacation. Don't forget to capture the sight of ripples in the lake shattering the mirror image of the surroundings.
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Nagin Lake, Jammu and Kashmir
Considering Dal Lake as the prominent feature of Kashmir, we often overlook the tranquil beauty of Nagin Lake. Often considered as the sibling of Dal Lake, this water body stands gracefully throughout the year. Guarded by the Shankaracharya Hills in the South and Hari Parbat in the west, this lake has been witnessing the slow paced lifestyle of the Kashmir Valley for a long time. During peak season, the site becomes a hotspot for tourists to enjoy swimming, water skiing and boating. Dotted with Chinar trees at the edge, this deep blue colored water lake is often called as jewel in the king.
Bhrigu Lake, Himachal Pradesh
A treasure for the trekkers and a hideout for individuals who wish to escape the fast city life, Bhrigu Lake sit peacefully in the lap of the Mother Nature. Lying at an altitude of 4300 meters on the eastern side of Rohtang Pass, human settlement is almost negligible around this region. Hence, the lake has retained its unspoiled beauty making it a gateway to feel the purity of the nature. Legend says the lake got its name after Sage Maharishi Bhrigu, who used to meditate here for many years and thus making the water sacred.
Photo by Kartik.a.rokde
Sattal Lake, Uttarakhand
Nestled at the foothills of the Himalayas at Bhimtal in the Nanital district, Sattal is a hidden gem overshadowed by the thick grown oaks and pine trees. Being home to innumerable migratory birds of the Himalaya, this freshwater lake is a paradise for bird watchers, nature buffs and hikers as well. For photographers, capturing the mysterious beauty of the lake is the best thing you can do in Uttarakhand.
Photo by Chirantan Mandal
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Nakki Lake, Rajasthan
Travelers who love offbeat travel to enjoy some cozy times with their spouse; Nakki Lake in Mount Abu is one place to look forward. Often called as lake of love, this picturesque lovers zone is apt to take some perfect shots for couples. Surrounded by mountains and rock formations, this lake is an ideal destination to escape from the scorching heat of summer.
Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim
Travelers who wish to experience the adrenaline rush, Gurudongmar Lake is a haven for them. Considered as one of the highest lake in the world, this holy lake is situated in the north east region of Sikkim, few kilometers away from the Indo-China border. With rippling image of the snow capped mountain on the lake and the fluttering sound of the Tibetan prayer flag hanging around it, makes the site look more tempting.
Sela Lake, Arunachal Pradesh
If you are visiting Tawang, you cannot ignore the imposing beauty of Sela Lake. Also known as Tse La Lake, this large frosty water body is considered as the queen among other remarkable features of the north eastern mountain range. The best part of this lake is even during the afternoon, the sparkling light of the sun makes the water in the lake looks vibrant blue. Other than this, the site is popular for being home to some rare animals like mountain yaks.
Chilika Lake, Odisha
The largest inland salt water lagoon of Asia, Chilika Lake is a treat for bird watchers and people who wish to see dolphins. In early winter, the lake becomes a home for many migratory birds while at the end of winter, the lake becomes popular for boating where you can see dolphins swimming along with your boat. The site is a real treat for your eyes. Make sure you hire the boat for at least 2 hours to take an entire tour around the lake.
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Vembanad Lake, Kerala
Visiting Kerala and not going for a boat ride on its idyllic backwaters is unimaginable! And when it comes to backwaters, Vembanad Lake tops the list. It has almost become a symbol of Gods own country. The enchanting house boat ride and captivating picnic spots under the shaded coconut trees along the edge, paints the lake like a perfect canvas.
Capturing such magical creation of the nature will be an unforgettable memory for your mind and soul. Do you want to miss that chance? Of course not! Then what are you waiting for? Pack your bag and head off to explore such captivating lakes of India. If you come across few more names, add up to the bucket list.
* Cover Photo by Chirantan Mandal