Who doesn't love to sit on a water bed and soak into the beauty of nature? Be it in the cities or far on the mountains, lakes are an astonishing attraction to all. While the city lakes provide a breathing space, the high-altitude lakes gives birth to several rivers. Both are unique in their own ways. Hence, lakes are considered as some of the best tourist places. North India is not only dotted with historical places but splendid nature. Blessed by the Himalayas, many regions of North India have mesmerising lakes.
In fact, you can mainly see low altitude lakes, mid-altitude lakes and high-altitude or Glacial Lakes. Low altitude Lakes like Renuka Lake in Himachal Pradesh, mid-altitude lakes like Dal Lake in Srinagar and high-altitude lakes like Parashar Lake in Himachal Pradesh can be seen.
Interestingly, some high-altitude lakes are also the source of huge rivers in India. Therefore, a tour around these water-bodies is most exciting. In this article, we would love to take you around some charming lakes of North India. Among these, some are also listed under the wetlands of Ramsar Convention as they have diverse flora and fauna which needs to be protected.
Hence, it becomes even more interesting to explore these wetlands. Come, let us go on a photo-tour around some of the charming lakes of North India.
Sheshnag Lake is located en-route to Amarnath Cave in Kashmir Valley. Legend says, Lord Shiva left his snake Sheshnag on the way to Amarnath. So, Sheshnag dug a lake and stayed here forever.
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Chandra Tal is a crescent shaped lake in the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh.This lake is one of the top trekking and camping destinations in North India.
Dal Lake is fondly known as "Srinagar's Jewel" and it forms the centre of tourism. Dal Lake is also the second largest lake in Jammu and Kashmir.
The enticing Tsomoriri Lake is one of the top high-altitude lakes in Ladakh. It is also one of the prominent lakes under the Ramsar Wetland Conservation Reserve.
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Nainital Lake is the one of the best tourist places in the hill station of Nainital. This pear-shaped lake is also considered as sacred by Hindus.
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Manimahesh Lake is one of the holy places in Chamba of Himachal Pradesh. It is believed that Lord Shiva performed a penance on the banks of this lake.
Suraj Tal or Surya Tal is the source of Bhaga River (a tributary of Chenab River). It is one of the beautiful glacial lakes in Himachal Pradesh.
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Seven lakes together form Sattal Lake or Sat Tal (seven lakes) in Nainital. The beautiful Sattal is a group of interconnected lakes which forms one of the mystical tourist attractions in Uttarakhand.
Nako Lake in the foothills of Kinnaur is one of the picturesque Himalayan lakes in North India. Legend says, that Padmasambhava came to this place. Hence, it is a sacred place for Buddhists.
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