Revel In The Sheer Beauty Of Gorgeous Indian Lakes
India is home to several beautiful lakes which are sights for sore eyes to say the least. In fact, if you’re planning a trip, you can consider checking out some of the country’s most pristine and gorgeous lakes that are straight out of picture postcards. Here’s taking a look at some of the freshwater lakes and brackish water lakes in India along with some others.
Beautiful and Popular Indian Lakes worth visiting
- Bhimtal Lake, Uttarakhand
- Chilika Lake, Odisha
- Dal Lake, Jammu and Kashmir
- Damdama Lake, Haryana
- Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim:
- Loktak Lake, Manipur
- Pushkar Lake, Rajasthan
- Bhojtal Lake, Madhya Pradesh
- Vembanad Lake, Kerala
- Wular Lake, Jammu and Kashmir
1. Bhimtal Lake, Uttarakhand
Bhimtal Lake is one of the largest Natural Lakes in India, located in the town of Bhimtal in the state of Uttarakhand. This lake is known to be the largest in terms of surface area in the Kumaon region and is a gorgeous sight for tourists. The island in the middle of the lake has been promoted as a major tourist attraction and is equipped with an aquarium showcasing the aquatic life of the region. Talk about an island dedicated to marine life in the unlikeliest of destinations! Even though the weather remains pleasant throughout the year, the best time to visit Bhimtal Lake is during the months of March-June and September-December.
2. Chilika Lake, Odisha
Chilika is a saltwater lagoon near Puri in Odisha. It is situated on the eastern coast of the country at the end of the Daya River. One might wonder what’s so special about a lagoon. Chilika is not only the largest coastal lagoon of the country but also the second largest in the whole world. Many threatened species of animals and plants thrive in the lake and a large number of migratory birds visit the lake during winter as well. If you are bird watcher, then catch a dingy to this lagoon without further ado. The winter season, during the months of November-February, is actually the ideal time to visit the lake to witness the beauty of the visiting birds. It is better to avoid the rainy season during June-September.
3. Dal Lake, Jammu and Kashmir
Located in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, Dal Lake is one of the main attractions that attract tourists here. During winters, the lake remains frozen as temperatures fall far below 0°C. It truly becomes an icy wonder. The climate remains pleasant during the months of May-November and this time is ideal for a visit to the lake. In fact, the entire ambience is straight out of GoT rushes or even better!
4. Damdama Lake, Haryana
Damdama Lake is a man-made reservoir located in the Sohna district of Haryana and one of the few manmade lakes in India. It was constructed by the British for rainwater harvesting. Rain pouring at the base of the Aravali hills into a trough that feeds the river- doesn’t this make for a majestic sight? The best time to visit the Damdama Lake is between the months of August and February as many endangered species of birds like kingfishers, cormorants and waterfowl are visible around the lake during this period. During this time, the lake is just brimming with different species of birds and their happy chirps will certainly mirror your mood.
5. Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim:
Gurudongmar Lake is a sacred shrine for Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs. It is located in North Sikkim district and is one of the highest lakes in India as well as the world. The lake is fed by glaciers from the Himalayan mountain ranges. Thangu, an annual yak race held in the region during summer, is a magnificent event for you to witness. If that’s not enough, then the clean environment would surely do the trick in terms of getting you all pumped up! The best time to visit would be from November to June when the weather conditions are favorable for tourists.
6. Loktak Lake, Manipur:
The Loktak Lake is located in Manipur. It is the largest lake of the North-eastern part of India. Keibul Lamjao National park, which is the only floating National park in the whole world, is situated on this lake. Heterogeneous mass of soil, organic matter and vegetation called Phumdis float over the river making it an amazing sight and a treat for shutterbugs. The region receives plenty of rain throughout the year and winters are quite cold. Hence, even though the weather remains favorable throughout the year, its best to carry proper clothing to avoid catching a really bad cold.
7. Pushkar Lake, Rajasthan
Also known as the Pushkar Sarovar, Pushkar Lake is located in Pushkar town in the Ajmer district. This lake is considered to be sacred and is also a serene sight to experience. The lake is surrounded by as many as 500 Hindu temples and 52 bathing ghats which are visited by many pilgrims every year. The lake is surrounded by festivities all year round so there are plenty of Insta-worthy snaps waiting to be clicked! If you are worried about sunburns, the desert is less hostile during the months of November-March.
8. Bhojtal Lake, Madhya Pradesh
Bhojtal Lake was previously known as the Upper Lake which is located in Bhopal, the capital city of Madhya Pradesh. Apart from being a tourist attraction, this lake supplies drinking water to the residents of the city. The Bhoj wetland of the lake has been declared as a Ramsar site recently. The period during the months of October-March is the ideal time to visit.
9. Vembanad Lake, Kerala
Located in the state of Kerala, Vembanad Lake is the longest lake in the country and the largest in Kerala. It spans across several districts of the state so you can be sure that you have plenty of ground to cover. To make things more interesting, there are many small groups of islands in the lake. It has been identified under the National Wetland Conservation Program by the Government of India. Winter is the best time to visit Vembanad Lake, during the months of November-February, when it is a mixture of chill and cozy for you and your family.
10. Wular Lake, Jammu and Kashmir:
Wular Lake is situated in the Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir. It is among the largest freshwater lakes in the continent. The lake was formed due to tectonic activity and is a gorgeous natural sight. It is fed by the Jhelum River and its size varies from season to season between 30 to 60 square kilometres. The ideal time to visit this place is during the summer season when you can also experience the cool breeze of the area.
Thus, the Indian subcontinent is well equipped with natural lakes as well as a few unnatural ones for the naturalist in you to enjoy. Both Freshwater lakes and brackish water lakes in India are unique and exciting to behold in their own way. The best part about lakes is that each of them brings to you a different visual sensation. These lakes of India offer spectacular views and are major tourist attractions as well. They are diverse in their characteristics, location, flora and fauna and visual treats. Each of them is unique in their own way and shouldn’t be missed!
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