Lakes can be the most tranquil getaway after a stressful week of work. These water bodies are spread all across our beautiful country and are mostly equipped with recreational activities like boating, fishing or sometimes even trekking or rappelling near the lake.
However to find a lake that is not too crowded with people can get tricky. Since it is the quickest getaway to the laps of nature, lakes can get filled with people, especially during the weekends. This article is here to the rescue! Read about these beautiful offbeat lakes, which will give you the necessary break you need from your work blues.
Tso Moriri Lake, Ladakh
Tso Moriri literally translates to "Mountain Lake". This is because it is the largest high altitude lake in India, perched at a height of 14,836 ft. It is nestled in the Changthang plateau of Ladakh. The lake is a hub amongst birdwatchers since you can witness many birds like cranes, grebe, geese and many species of migratory birds.
Tso Moriri lake is often overshadowed by the picturesque Pangong Lake. But the view of majestic hills that surrounds the stunning crystal clear blue water of the Tso Moriri lake, along with vista of beautiful birds, will make you believe in paradise!
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Durgam Cheruvu, Telangana
Since it is cuddled between the Jubilee Hills and Madhapur suburb near Hyderabad, it is often referred to as the "Secret Lake". This magnificent offbeat lake is spread across an area of over 80 acres. It is a weekend getaway destination especially for people of Hyderabad, where families come and relax.
Fishing, rock climbing and rappelling are some of the activities that can be done near the lake. An amphitheatre for programs and a cafeteria are available nearby.
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Khecheopalri Lake, Sikkim
Khecheopalri was originally known as Kha-Chot-Palri which literally translates to "Heaven of Padmasambhava". It is an awe-inspiring lake that is located in West Sikkim, about 150 km from Gangtok. The secluded lake of Khecheopalri is one among the Buddhist pilgrimage circuits of many popular monasteries.
The lake has an interesting feature tagged to it. You may not spot a single leaf fallen on the surface of the lake, although it is surrounded by thickets of trees. This is because birds religiously keep the lake leaf-free by picking it up as it falls!
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Gadsar Lake, Kashmir
Similar to Tso Moriri lake, Gadsar Lake is also a serene high altitude lake that is perched at an altitude of 11,800 ft and is part of the Kashmir Valley. It is also known as Yemsar lake or "the lake of flowers". The picturesque lake freezes during the months of November to April when it is mostly covered with snow.
Spending time in the tranquil environment of the lake is absolutely rejuvenating! The lake is fed by melting glaciers and is 108 km from the main city of Kashmir.
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Tilyar Lake, Haryana
Since Tilyar Lake is found in the premise of Tilyar Zoo, it might not be exclusively known to people. Located 70 km from Delhi, Tilyar Lake is a picturesque location and a perfect spot for a family picnic. Fishing is permitted in the lake with a fee of Rs 200.
Apart from just relaxing on the side of this beautiful lake, you can even visit the Tilyur Zoo. It is home to many animals like Himalayan black bears, tigers, leopards, blackbucks and silver pheasants, to name a few.
Loktak Lake, Manipur
The Loktak means "stream till the end" and is the biggest freshwater lake in Manipur. Phumdis are a mass of vegetation and soil that float over the lake. During monsoon the lake is at its best with water completely brimming.
The lake is not just used for recreational purpose, but also for hydropower generation and as a source of water for the Manipur locals. If you're at Manipur, you might not want to miss out on visiting this serene lake.