Northeast India is a land of immaculate natural beauty, right from lofty mountain ranges of the Himalayas to the gleaming, clear blue lakes of Manipur. A vacation to this part of the country will definitely give you the break into the arms of nature that you're looking for.
Lakes are the most beautiful and tranquil parts of nature that give us the perfect escape from reality. Some of these lakes in Northeast India have intriguing legends and stories linked to their existence. Read on to know about the 5 best lakes that you must go to, if you need to be reminded of nature's beauty.
Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim
Perched at an elevation of 17,800 ft, Gurudongmar Lake of Sikkim is one of the highest altitude lakes in the world. It is said that the lake was visited by the founder of Tibetan Buddhism Guru Padmasambhava in the 8th century, which is why the lake is named after him.
Since the lake is in the north of Sikkim, it remains frozen during the winter season. The view of this glacier-fed, glittering lake is simply breathtaking to say the least. The lake is located 174 km from Gangtok.
While you're here, visit Yumthang Valley, Lachen and Lachung as well to get an all-round, brilliant vista of North Sikkim.
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Umiam Lake, Meghalaya
Alternatively known as Bara Pani, Umiam Lake is one of the most picturesque rivers that is nestled in Shillong, Meghalaya. The former intentions of this lake were to make it a reservoir for a dam and now it is part of the first Hydel Power Project of Northeast India.
Since the lake is nestled in a beautiful backdrop of lush greenery, it makes for a great place to shoot some brilliant photographs. Fun activities, like boating are available in the lake for visitors and tourists.
Other places that you may visit around Umiam Lake, include Nohkalikai Falls, Living Root Bridge of Cherrapunji, etc.
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Shilloi Lake, Nagaland
Shilloi is the largest natural lake in Nagaland that is shaped in the form of a human foot. The lake is not used for any purpose, such as fishing, drinking or irrigation, since the locals believe that a holy child's spirit lies beneath the lake. Since it isn't used by humans, the lake is clean and glitters.
If you want to witness migratory birds, like Siberian cranes, visit the lake between the months of March to June. The lake is about 285 km from the capital city of Kohima, a perfect destination for a weekend getaway.
Loktak Lake, Manipur
The largest freshwater lake of Norteast India, the Loktak Lake, is located about 53 km from the capital city of Imphal, Manipur. A unique feature about the lake is the floating swamp, locally known as phumdi. Keibul Lamjao National Park is nestled in the swamps of the lake and is the only floating national park in the world!
It is home to the endangered species of Sangai, which is Nagaland's state animal. Also known as Manipur brow-antlered deer, these animals have hooves that are adapted to walk on phumdis. The park is home to hundreds of aquatic plants, 425 species of animals and over 200 species of birds.
Sangetsar Lake, Arunachal Pradesh
Situated at a height of 12,000 ft, Sangetsar Lake of Arunachal Pradesh is a beautiful high-altitude lake. It is located about 30 from Tawang. The lake is popular, since scenes from the Bollywood movie Koyla were shot by the lake.
Sangetsar Lake has an intriguing feature about it. The lake does not go completely dry even in the driest season or freeze in the coldest season. It is considered very sacred by Buddhists of Tibet as well as India.
Tawang, Bomdila, Itanagar and Bhalukpong are some of the places that can be visited around Sangetsar Lake.