Himalayan lakes have a unique charm which attracts many people. The low-altitude lakes are more popular and easily accessible but it is never easy to reach high altitude lakes. Especially, when it is all frozen in winter. However, what is life without an adventure? Yeah, many love to try a winter trek and also visit frozen lakes. Which is a better place than Himachal Pradesh to find such snowy-destinations? Of course, some are not accessible during the peak winters but most of them can be reached. So, we are listing some popular frozen lakes in Himachal Pradesh.
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Suraj Tal is said to be the lake of Sun God and is considered as a sacred place. Suraj Tal or Surya Tal Lake is at the base of Bara-Lacha-La Pass at Lahaul-Spiti Valley. It is accessible through Leh-Manali Highway. The lake remains frozen throughout the year as it is one of the highest lakes in the world. Visitors can catch a glimpse of the frozen lake in the month of October itself as it remains inaccessible during December to June. Interestingly, Suraj Tal is the source of Chenab River.
Bhrighu Lake is one of the frozen lakes in Himachal Pradesh. Bhrighu Lake is named after the sage Bhrighu who is said to have meditated here on the banks of this lake. The Bhrigu Lake is covered through a trekking trail from Manali via Gulaba. The oval shaped Bhrigu Lake remains frozen during the winter season.
Manimahesh Lake is one of the famous religious places in Himachal Pradesh. According to mythology, Lord Shiva did a penance on the banks of this lake. Hence, it is considered as a holy place and many visit as Manimahesh Yatra. Manimahesh Lake is located at the base of Manimahesh Kailash Peak at Pir Panjal Himalayan Ranges. This glacial lake remains very cold and partially frozen most of the times. However, you can visit it during October or Mid-November to see an almost frozen lake. Manimahesh Lake is closed during the peak winters due to heavy snow fall and there won't be any facilities for the visitors.
Prashar Lake or Parashar Lake is yet another high altitude lakes in Himachal Pradesh. This surreal destination is surrounded by snow-clad peaks. Prashar Lake is dedicated to sage Parashar and it is considered as a holy place. In the months of July to September, the place looks absolutely stunning in green whereas, it becomes total white in winter. Prashar Lake becomes frozen in winter and those who like winter treks can explore it during the season.
There is the mysterious charm associated with the glacial lakes. Hence, a visit to one of these frozen lakes of Himachal Pradesh is a must.