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The Top 10 Most Amazing Lakes
in the Indian Himalayas

Discover majestic beauty of Great Himalayas region of India

The Great Himalaya mountain range is a source of majestic beauty, yet it holds within its rugged embrace hundreds of gorgeous lakes around India and nearby countries like Lake Rakshastal in Tibet, Rara Lake and Tilcho Lake in Nepal, and Manasarovar at Mount Kailash. Almost all of the lakes of the Himalaya regions are located at high altitudes of less than 5,000 m.

Certain lakes are believed to be sacred in India like Gurudogmar Lake Sikkim, Rewalsar Lake of Himachal Pradesh and Renuka. Some of the best frozen lakes in the world can be found in India, which includes Tsongmo lake Sikkim, and Sela Lake Tawang. Here is a list of the most amazing lakes in the Indian Himalayas.

Indian Himalayas lake

Dal Lake

Found in Kashmir, Dal Lake is the most well-known and unarguably the most beautiful in the Himalayas. It is located at the base of the Zabarwan hills and it is surrounded by the Shankaracharya hill and Hari Parbat. A renowned landmark of Srinagar, Dal Lake is known for its houseboats and the shikaras. If you’re looking for a place to relax in India, this destination will exceed all your expectations.

Nagin Lake – Srinagar

Nagin Lake is easily classified as one of the loveliest lakes in the area of Kashmir. In actuality, it is not a separate lake but also a part of Dal Lake. The Kashmir Valley holds many other soothing ponds, including Manasbal Lake Gangabal Lake, Wular Lake, Gadsar Lake, Vishansar Lake, Sheshnag Lake and Krishansar Lake.

Mansar Lake – Jammu

Mansar Lake has also received a lot of recognition and is a popular excursion destination located 62 km from Jammu. It is interesting to note that the bank of the Lake is considered a holy site by the Hindus because there is a shrine of Sheshnag and the lake is sharing the lore and sanctity of another lake, sacred Lake Mansarovar. Mansar Lake is one of the most popular areas for tourism and it is famous for its flora and fauna together with a large amount of fish of varying species. Jammu is also well known for the presence of the Maa Vaishno Devi temple, a shrine where tourists can learn more about the fascinating Hindu religious.

Lake in Indian Himalayas region

Pangong Tso – Ladakh

The breathtakingly lovely Pangong Tso Lake is in reality a salt water lake located in the Himalayas of Ladakh, Kashmir and Jammu. Pangong Tso is 134 km long and ranges from India to Tibet with a height of 4,350m. Known as one of the high altitude lakes of India, Pangong Tso is also famous as one of the frozen lakes in India, because in winter the lake freezes completely. Ladakh contains within it some of the most beautiful ponds in India, including Tsomoriri Lake and Tsokar Lake. The lake's brackish water lures a great number of migratory birds for breeding, among them the Bar-headed goose and Brahmini ducks.

Renuka Lake – Sirmaur

Renuka Lake is the largest in Himachal Pradesh, and is of a low altitude with 672 m above sea level. Located in the Sirmaur District, the lake was given this name after goddess Renuka and renowned for the state level Shri Renuka Ji fair, which lasts for five days. The lake is part of the Renuka sanctuary and also holds the Renuka Reserve Forest. Yet another low altitude lake of Himachal Pradesh is Macchial Lake in Mandi, believed to be sacred and named after the Matasya Avtar of Lord Vishnu.

Indian Himalayas region lake

Rewalsar Lake – Mandi

Interestingly square shaped, this lake is a mid altitude lake located at an altitude of 1360 m in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the most sacred bodies of water in Mandi for the Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist people. Its waters are dark and it is well known for its floating islands and fish.

Some other mid altitude lakes around the city which travelers cannot miss out are Khaijiar and Kumarwah Lake. A luxurious Himalayas holiday is exactly what you need this summer season. The abundant wildlife and unforgettable fauna will leave you speechless, not to mention that the people will wow you with the customs and traditions. What are you waiting for? Pack your bags and let the adventure begin!

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