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Chandra Taal – A Treasure of Spiti!

By Siji Ram

Himachal Pradesh is one of the best places India has to offer to the tourists. The lush green valleys, the ice glaciers, the snowy peaks and the green meadows make the state beautiful and attractive. Spiti is one of the places in Himachal Pradesh that is known for its scenic views. Let us take a viryal tour of Chandra Taal, a perfect place to visit in Spiti!

Chandra Taal, or the 'Lake of the Moon', is definitely a place to explore, a journey to unwind. This lake is one of the two lakes that you come across when you travel from Manali to Spiti. The other lake is Suraj Tal Lake. Chandra Taal gets its name from its crescent shape that resembles a crescent moon.


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Situated at an altitude of around 4300m above sea level, the lake has to reached by trekking up. The place is popular among trekkers and campers alike. It is one of the high altitude lakes in the Himalayas. The Chandra Taal Baralacha Trek is one of the best treks the place has to offer.

Located amidst the Peerpanjal mountain range, a speciality of the lake is that it appears blue during the day, and turns to a greenish hue towards the evening. This is a true delight to watch!

Legends Associated to Chandra Taal

Chandra Taal is not just known for its scenic beauty and adventure, it also has its mentions in Hindu mythology. It is believed that it is from this lake that Lord Indra's chariot took Yudhishtira, the eldest Pandava, to heaven. Thus, the lake is significant among Hindus and is considered a pious place.



Routes to Chandra Taal

There are several ways to access Chandra Taal. The lake can be reached from nearby places like Batal, Kunzum pass, Kaza, Shimla and Baralacha La pass.

Other Attractions in Spiti

Spiti has several more places for travellers to discover and explore. Some of the places here are Key monastery and Dhankar monastery. The region is also known for adventure activities like mountain biking, trekking and yak safari.

To know how to reach Spiti, click here.

Hotels in Spiti

Some of the hotels and other stay options in Spiti include Hotel Spiti Sarai, Snow Lion, Hotel Deyzor, Padma Lodge and Spiti Valley Hotel amongst the rest.

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