Himachal Tourism: Exploring the Best Lakes in Himachal Pradesh

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Apart from being famous for the snow-clad mountains, green surroundings, and pristine beauty, Himachal Pradesh is sure to leave you spoilt for choices when it comes to visiting various attractions of Himachal tour packages. Most of the lakes of Himachal Pradesh are nestled at high elevations providing their visitors some picturesque views of the Himalayas. However, there are also some manmade reservoirsand basins.

Chandratal Lake

Also known as Moon Lake, Chandratal Lake is a crescent-shaped lake located in Spiti District at a height of 14100 ft. The best time to visit the lake is between June and September. The lake remains frozen for the rest of the year. Chandratal Lake is flanked by the Chandra Baga Mountain Range and is the starting point of the Batal-Chandratal lake-Baralacha Pass Trek.

Dal Lake

Located in the Kangra District, Dal Lake is one of the famous attractions of McLeod Ganj. Situated at a height of 1775 m, this quaint lake has green water and is flanked by the mountains and dense forest of deodar trees. You can also spot a famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva on the banks of the lake. The period between May and October is the ideal time to visit.

Gobind Sagar Lake

Built in 1976, Gobind Sagar Lake is a manmade reservoir is one of the highest gravity dams in the world. The source is the hydel dam at Bhakra. The lake houses a variety of species of animals and birds including Nilgai, Chinkara, Panther, Sambar, Hyena etc. There are several water sports including surfing, kayaking, water skiing, rowing, white-water river rafting etc. regulated by the Himachal Pradesh tourism. The weather from March to October remains pleasant.

Khajjiar Lake

Located at an elevation of 1920 m, Khajjiar Lake is surrounded by cedar forest and is one of the most beautiful lakes in the state. The small water streams coming straight from the Himalayas serve as the source for the lake. The main attraction of the lake is a floating island, which is a cluster of grass and weeds growing on the surface of the lake. Moreover, if you are lucky and the sky remains clear, you cancatch a glimpse of Mount Kailash from here.

Bhrigu Lake

Flanked by snow-capped mountains from all the sides, Bhrigu Lake is commonly known as the ‘Pool of God’. Located 8 km south-west of the Rohtang Pass, the lake is at an elevation of 4235 m. The lake is also the starting point of the most exciting Bhrigu Lake Trek. The ideal time to visit is from May to June and October to November.

The beautiful lakes of Himachal Pradesh certainly make an important part of Himachal tour packages. Flanked by the lofty hills and green meadows, the dazzling waters of the lakes are absolutely breathtaking.