22 Most Stunning Lakes in India
India is blessed with some of the most stunning and breathtaking natural assets on Earth. From the massive Himalayas to the blue ocean and seas, from the great dessert to the numerous water bodies washing away the soul of the nation- India has it all. India also is home to several lakes. From Kashmir to down south and from Rajasthan to the far eastern states, there are lakes made of both rainwater and fresh water scattered all across the country with their sheer beauty. Here is a detailed list of the most stunning lakes in India you cannot afford to miss by any chance!
1. Wular Lake, Jammu & Kashmir
From the visitor’s perspective, Wular Lake in Jammu & Kashmir is the most stunning lake in India. Wular is one of the largest fresh water lakes in our country. The vastness and the serenity of Wular would make the visitors totally charmed. In fact the name Wular has its origin in Sanskrit. Its immense size often creates medium to high rising waves during afternoon, these waves are called Ullola in Sanskrit. The corrupted from of Ullola then turned to be Bolor (used by Al Beruni) and then the final word Wular came into existence. Zaina the artificial island in the middle of Wular provides another attractive view. Wular is also temporary home to thousands of migratory birds.
2. Sattal, Uttarakhand
This pristine beauty is a constellation of seven interconnected freshwater lakes located near Bhimtal, a small town of the Nainital district, Uttarakhand. Sattal or Sat Tal is situated at an altitude of 1270 mt and set amidst the dense Oak and Pine forests it the Mehragaon valley. The lake is a heaven for migratory birds and is also a very popular tourist destination in the Kumaon region. The bewitchingly beautiful Sattal get even more stunning with the spectacular view of Subhash Dhara, a natural freshwater spring flowing from the oak forest to the west of Sattal.
3. Tam Dil, Mizoram
Tam Dil o the Lake of Mustard is an eye-catching reservoir lake located at around 110 km far from Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram. Tam Dil is associated with many folklore and myths. One of the major tourist attractions of the state, Tam Dil is a tranquil lake surrounded by lush greenery and a picturesque fishing reservoir. Undoubtedly Tam Dil is one of the most stunning lakes in India.
4. Nakki Lake, Mount Abu, Rajasthan
Notwithstanding the scarcity of water in its several parts, Rajasthan has the delight of possessing many beautiful lakes. Nakki Lake
in Mount Abu is another lake with sensational beauty. This ancient lake has fascinating historical and mythological value and is immensely sacred. The beautiful surroundings including the Toad Rock (resembling a shape of toad) and the Maharaja Jaipur Palace form a spectacular backdrop for the lake. Being a popular tourist point, there are several water sporting facilities for the tourists.
5. Loktak Lake, Manipur
North-East India is the most unexplored place with beguiling beauty. Loktak Lake is just another gift from this part of our country posing an alluring asset. Lokatak is the largest freshwater lake in the North-East India. One of the most interesting features of Loktak Lake is the Phumdis. For these uniquely shaped phumdis (decomposed aqua bodies and plants) the lake is also called the floating paradise. Several islands were formed upon them and gave Loktak Lake this attractive look.
6. Pangong Tso, Ladakh
Pangong Tso or the Pangong Lake is another Himalayan lake having a stunning beauty. It is located at the locked river basin extending from India to Tibet and at an altitude of 14,270 ft. The beautiful Pangong Tso offers a spectacular view of the lakeside surrounded by mighty mountain rows. The crystal clear blue water of Pangong attracts several migratory birds which are another reason the lake looks so vibrant and youthful. The best time to visit Pangong Tso is the months between May and September.
7. Dal Lake, Jammu & Kashmir
Favourite of numerable Bollywood
feature films, Dal Lake is truly the crown jewel of Srinagar, the summer capital city of Jammu & Kashmir. One of the most famous lakes in India is also one of the most stunning one in the country. The reflection of the beautiful and quintessential houseboats and shikaras
(the narrow Kashmiri boats) on the mirror clear, vast, serene lake and the enchanting view of the surroundings are surely the most pleasant experience for the visitors.
8. Tso Moriri, Ladakh
located at the breathtaking Rupshu Valley among the mighty mountain ranges in Leh, Tso Moriri which is also known as the ‘Mountain Lake’ is India’s one of the most spectacular lakes. The comfortable stillness and the serenity of the lake and its awe-inspiring beautiful snow-clad surroundings make it an ultimate place for complete soul searching.
9. Pichola Lake, Udaipur, Rajasthan
The stunningly beautiful Pichola Lake
is an artificial one located at the very lovely city of Udaipur. Pichola is the oldest lake in the city and offers a spectacular view of the scenic surroundings on its backdrop. The pristine lake is hemmed in by the eminent Palaces, temples and elevated lush green hills from all the sides. The eastern banks of the Lake Pichola are decorated with a dazzling Udaipur City Palace. The Lake Pichola has certainly elevated the beauty of Udaipur in manifold.
10. Pankang Teng Tso, Arunachal Pradesh
Some 17 km far from Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, Pagkang Ten Tso is another stunning lake India is blessed with. Interesting fact is that the lake was formed after massive earthquake aeons ago. Pankang Teng Lake has a breathtaking view around it. The lake is surrounded by the snow capped mountain peaks and the ever beautiful blue Lapis (Lazuli) flowers. The view of the lake from the heights is really heart-stopping!
11. Prashar Lake, Himachal Pradesh
One of the most beautiful rainwater lakes, Prashar Lake in Himachal Pradesh has everything with it to steal your heart. The stunning lake which was named after the sacred sage Prashar is a much smaller one in shape and size than the other mountain lakes in the Himalayan region, but the overwhelmingly beautiful surrounding makes it one of the most stunning lakes in India. The lake has a unique pagoda-shaped temple dedicated to the sage on its bank. Prashar Lake is encircled by the snow-clad mountains. The lake also boasts a circular floating island making the lake more interesting looking!
12. Palak Lake, Mizoram
One of the most stunning yet unspoiled lakes in India, Palak Lake (also known as Palak Dil or Pala Tipo) is a natural gem in Mizoram. Pala Lake is situated at Lakher region of Chhimtuipui district, one of the remotest and most inaccessible parts of the state making the lake a bit unsung among the visitors. Like many lakes in the north-eastern part of India, Palak was also formed after an earthquake. The copiousness of greens around the lake gives a mystique charm to Palak!
13. Venna Lake, Maharshtra
Venna Lake is a piece of enthralling beauty amidst the immense Western Ghats Mountains in Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra. The sheer loveliness of Venna lies in its azure water and the captivating natural surroundings comprising of hills and greens. Though profusion of tourists has somewhat spoilt the calmness of the environment, Venna still possesses its awe-inspiring natural beauty to the core.
14. Tsangu/ Changu/ Tsongmo Lake, Sikkim
The beauty of Sikkim comes alive at the Tsongmo (also known as Changu and Tsangu) Lake, one of the most stunning lakes in India. Tsongmo is a glacial lake located at the east Sikkim. The lake is considered hugely sacred by both the local Buddhist and Hindu people. Though the lake remains frozen during the winter season, it gets heavenly beautiful during the months of May and June. The crystal clear sapphire water, the delightful bunch of various flowers like Rhododrendrons, Blue and Yellow Poppies, Primules etc. covering one bank of the lake, the lightly snow-bathed mountains and the white patches of clouds drifting aimlessly here and there on the sky- the atmosphere around Tsongmo would take to a celestial journey towards the diving nature!
15. Kolleru Lake, Andhra Pradesh
Kolleru Lake is another beautiful lake which lies between Krishna and Godavari river delta. It is India’s one of the largest freshwater lake and offers a marvelous place for migratory birds which naturally makes this vast water body a beautiful sight for the beholders. With its clear cerulean water and the abundance of green around it, the eve-stunning Kolleru Lake brings comforts to our senses!
16. Renuka Lake, Himachal Pradesh
The largest lake in Himachal Pradesh, Renuka Lake is one of the most sacred lakes in the state. The beautiful lake was named after the goddess Renuka, the wife of the illustrated sage, Jamadagni, and mother of Parashurama, one of the ten incarnations (Avatars) of Lord Vishnu. This attractive lake which is shaped after a woman profile is studded with hills all dressed in lush green which provides a stunning view around it.
17. Nainital Lake, Uttaranchal
Naini Tal or the Naini Lake
is a gleaming gem on the lap of a lush green hilly valley of Nainita town, Uttaranchal. Surrounded by hills, the vast Nainital Lake is a beautiful freshwater lake posing with a captivating view. The most prominent scenes on the lake would be hundreds of paddle boats and yachts. Dotted with hills and lavish villas, the Nainital Lake becomes even more stunning during the nights as the mirror-still water gets glittering with the reflections of thousands of sparkling lights lit on the shoreline. The aerial view of Nainital Lake from the rope-way is certainly breathtakingly beautiful.
18. Umiam Lake (Barapani), Meghalaya
This man made marvel is simply a perfect artificial representation of the natural beauty of Meghalaya. Situated just a mere 15 km away from Shillong, Umiam Lake or Barapani (locally called) is a treasure comprising of all the natural beauty around her. The surrounding knolls boasting eye-soothing lush greenery gets reflected on the blue tranquil water of this tarn and gives a scenic picture to behold.
19. Chilika Lake, Odisha
The largest brackish water lake in Asia, Chilika is the pride of Odisha and one of the most beautiful lakes in India. Chilika Lake has always been photographer’s delight owing to its enthralling beauty. This hugely expanded lagoon is truly a paradise for thousands of migratory birds. The beautiful lake boasts several small islands mostly inhabited by the local fishermen families and these islands are accessible via boat trips. Another chief attraction of this captivating lake is the presence of Irrawadi Dolphins, the flagship species of Chilika.
20. Vembanad Lake, Kerala
The longest and the largest brackish lagoon in Kerala, Vembanad Lake is one of the biggest attractions in the state. The magnificent lake is a popular picnic destination and a heavenly place to lay eyes on the ever beautiful backwater. The rows of coconuts trees around the lake and the lovely Kettuvallams (Keralite House Boats) stacked on the water make Vembanad Lake a place to rejoice.
21. Manasbal Lake, Jammu & Kashmir
The deepest lake in India, Manasbal Lake is located at Safapora of Ganderbal district in Jammu & Kashmir. The name Manasbal is said to be derived from the Lake Manasarovar. It is a freshwater lake and is one of the most beautiful lakes in our country. Manasbal Lake is picturesquely surrounded by three attractive villages thus offers a stunning view. A bunch of lotus growing in the middle of the lake is another beautiful sight for the beholders.
22. Chandratal, Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Chandratal or the Moon Lake is a natural gem located on the lap of Spiti Valley. This beautiful lake is situated at an altitude of 14,100 ft in the Himalayas and at a distance of 10 km from Kunzum Pass. Chandratal is surrounded by the stony mountains at one side presenting a magnificent view of the crescent shaped lake (the name came from its crescent shape). Chandratal is a popular destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers as it offers both a serene atmosphere and places for trekking around it. The best time to visit Chandratal is in the months between May to October.