High-altitude lakes are always hard to reach but they are worth all the trouble! Such is the mesmerising beauty of Himalayan Lakes. Here is one such lake named Satopanth Tal which is full of mystery and legends.
Satopanth Tal (Lake) is a glacial lake situated in Uttarakhand. Perched on the foot hills of Chaukamba Peak, this is one of the picturesque lakes of Uttarakhand.
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Legend of Satopanth Tal
There are many legends related to Satopanth Lake. Among them, two legends are very famous.
'Sat-o' means 'truth' and 'Panth' means path or way. As per the legends, the Pandavas of Mahabharata walked to the heaven in this same 'path to heaven'. Hence, the lake is named as Satopanth Lake. Yudhishtira is said to have found the 'celestial vehicle' to the heaven near this lake. Thus, it is also called as 'Satyapanth' lake.
Another legend talks about the triangular shape of Satopanth Lake
Locals believe that the Trinities - Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara come to Sathopanth Tal on the day of Ekadashi. Each of them stand at one corner and take a holy dip in this lake. That is why the Satopanth Tal is said to be triangular in shape.
Therefore, Satopanth Tal is considered as one of the holy places in the Hindu religion.
On the way to Satopanth Tal
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Trekking to Satopanth Tal
Satopanth Tal is not just a holy place but one of the trekking destinations in Uttarakhand. Trekking in Satopanth Glacier is said to be difficult as one has to pass through the rugged Himalayan terrains, slopes and ridges. The trek starts from the village of Mana which passes through the Vasundhara Valley. Satopanth Glacier in the backdrop of Chaukambha and Swargarohini Peaks is one of the picturesque untouched destinations.
Enroute to Satopanth Tal
How to Reach Satopanth Tal
Satopanth Tal can only be reached through a trekking trail. An inner-line permit has to be obtained as it is very near to the Indo-Tibet Border. Satopanth Tal is around 22km from Badrinath. Joshimath is around 70km from Satopanth Glacier.
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