Himachal Pradesh is a beautiful state known not only for its snow-capped mountain ranges or its hill stations but also for its calm, serene and beautiful lakes. The enchanting lakes add up to the beauty of Himachal Pradesh. Some of the beautiful lakes are mentioned here:
Nako lake is a spectacular lake located in the high altitude region of Kinnaur District. It is located near the Indo-China border. The lake is unique in itself as you can enjoy boating in summers and during winters the lake is used for ice skating. It is a must visit destination for nature lovers as the oval shape of the lake adjoining the village looks very beautiful. The best time to visit Nako is April to October. The village is not accessible during the winters due to huge snowfall.
Prashar lake is one of the most beautiful lakes of Himachal Pradesh. Geographically Prashar Lake lies 49 kilometres north of Mandi town. The lake is located at a height of approximately 2700 meters above sea level. The lake is considered sacred to Sage Parashar and he is said to have meditated here. Alongside the lake, there is a three storied pagoda style temple which is dedicated to Sage Parashar. The surrounded area is covered by the dense forest and is very clean and calm.
Bhrigu lake is a beautiful lake located in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. The lake is mainly accessible by a short trek from Gulaba village in Manali town. The lake owes its name to Sage Bhrigu and is considered sacred by many people. This place attracts many tourists as the place is very serene and can be reached by a short trek. The lake remains frozen during winters and cannot be accessed from December to February.
Chandertaal Lake is located in Spiti Valley of District Lahaul and Spiti. It is also known as The Moon Lake due to its crescent shape. The deep blue waters of Chandertaal lake also serve as a source of Chandra River. The lake surrounded by snow capped mountain ranges and broad grassy plains. According to Hindu mythology, Yudhishthira was picked up by Lord Indra chariot at this place. The lake is sacred and is visited by a large number of devotees. The best time to visit this place is from May to September.
Suraj Tal Lake:
Surajtal Lake is another beautiful lake located in the Spiti Valley. It is known as the lake of Sun The God and is located near Barachala Pass. It can be accessed while travelling to Chandetaal lake and is the third highest lake in India. Suraj Tal Lake is the main source of Bhaga River which joins the Chandra river downstream to form Chandrabhaga River. The lake is mainly accessible in Summers and the way is snowbound November onwards.
Renuka Lake is located in Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh and is the largest lake in Himachal Pradesh in terms of circumference. The lake is considered sacred and is named after the Goddess Renuka. Every year a fair is being held at this place in the month of November. The lake is accessible round the through roads and one can also enjoy various activities such as boating and Jungle safari.
Gobind Sagar Lake:
Gobind Sagar Lake is a man-made lake located in Bilaspur district of Himachal. It is a reservoir created by Bhakra Dam on River Sutlej. The lake is accessible round the year by means of a road. You can enjoy various adventure activities and watersports. The lake is named in the honour of tenth Sikh Guru Gobind Singh.
Dal lake is a sacred lake located at Dharamshala in Kangra District of Himachal. The lake is surrounded by thick and dense forest cover. The lake is accessible by roads round the year. Dal lake is also home to a vast variety of fishes but fishing is not allowed by the administration. It is named after Kashmir`s Dal Lake.
Rewalsar Lake is a scenic lake located in Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the most sacred lakes of Himachal Pradesh as it is revered by the people from different religions- Hindu, Buddhists, and Sikhs. According to the legends, Guru Rinpoche`s spirit resides in the lake. There is also a gurudwara in Rewalsar dedicated to Guru Gobind Singh. The lake is connected through road and is accessible round the year.
Manimahesh Lake is located in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. The lake is considered as it the base camp for pilgrims visiting Manimahesh Kailash peak. According to Hindu mythology, its religious significance is considered next to Mansarovar Lake in Tibet. The Manimahesh Lake originates from the Glaciers and later on serves as a source of River Ravi. It can only be accessed from June to September.
The Lake is located in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. It is surrounded by a thick dense forest cover and is about 5 kilometers away from Jalori Pass. Serolsar lake is considered sacred as it is said to be the Abode of Goddess ‘Budhi Nagin` who is the mother of 60 Nag Devtas in Himachal. Near the lake, we have the temple of Buddhi Nagin. The temperature at Serolsar is very cool and can be accessed round the year except during Winters.
Taani Jubbad Lake:
The Lake is located at a distance of about 70 Kilometers from the Capital City of Shimla. It is an oval shaped lake which is surrounded by a thick cover of Pine trees. The Taani Jubbad lake is famous for Nag Devta temple where locals come to offer prayers. Every year a fair is also celebrated in Summers which is also a great attraction. It is be accessed round the year except for Winters during fresh snowfall.
The Lake is located in the Beautiful town of Chamba. Khajjiar is also referred to as “Mini Switzerland Of India”due to its beautiful sceneries. Khajjiar lake is surrounded by a thick cover of evergreen cedar trees. The name Khajjiar is derived from the local deity Khajji Nag. It is accessible round the year by means of a car or bus.
This is just a quick overview of some of the lakes in Himachal. You can enjoy your holidays by paying a visit to these places. I am sure that you will definitely be astonished by the beauty these lakes.