One of the top things that I kept on my bucket list was to explore all the lakes in India. And to begin with, I started with Himachal Pradesh. So I started with my googling and found that beyond the touristy hill stations of Himachal Pradesh, there are magical lake towns and isolated Himalayan lakes which are known only to seasoned trekkers and avid travellers.
Some of these lakes are sacred pilgrimage destinations and most of them have found mention in Hindu mythology. So, I thought to myself, Hmm, this seems interesting, very interesting. Hence, I started my expedra to the magical lakes of Himachal – and to my surprise, I found some very interesting hidden treasures –
Nado Lake I started with the Nado Lake. Nestled as a secret lake that lies hidden in the backyard of this village and gives an ideal setting to spend quiet afternoons under the trees that circle the small lake. I even took a hike uphill and was completely mesmerized with the view of the village of Nako and the beautiful lake.
Tso Pema Lotus Lake Also known as the Rewalsar Lake, legends have it that Guru Padmasambhava's spirit resides in the tiny island of floating reeds over the lake Rewalsar. It was from this small town of Rewalsar that Guru Padmasambhava flew to Tibet and spread Mahayana Buddhism in Tibet. Breathtaking, isn’t it?
Chandratal A trekkers' paradise over the years, one with the heart of gold can reach Chandratal either from Batal or via Kunzum Pass. The majestic lake that sits hidden on the Samudra Tapu Plateau is also a perfect location for stargazing. Yes, with my heart of gold, I took the way through Batal.
Dhankar Lake One of the most beautiful views of anyone’s life lies at the ant-hill shaped hillocks is Dhankar. It takes another 20 mins hike over the hills to reach Dhankar Lake, if you wish to climb it. At the height of more than 13000 ft, the lake is circled with barren cliffs of this cold desert and overlooks the magical confluence of Spiti and Pin River.
Kareri Lake The lake is best known as a trekking spot and the Kareri Village is a base camp for venturing far in the Dhauladhars. The lake is frozen during the winters and remains accessible from Ghera village near Dharamshala which is the nearest roadhead. This is one breathtaking experience, and might I add, not for the faint hearted.
Parashar Lake While trekking to the lake and camp in the Kamru Valley, we stumbled on 50 km uphill from Mandi, a paved road to Parashar Lake via Baggi village..Our experience – It is deal trek route for beginners and the first site of this hidden lake of Himachal and nothing less than magic.
Brighu Lake This famous lake of the Kullu District is a said to be the safe haven for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers. Hence, I began with my journey, east of Rohtang Pass, at the height of 4285 meters above sea level. The steep up and down trek route make it a difficult trail but the fir, spruce and oak trees along the way, make it one of the best trek routes in the Himachal Pradesh.
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