Natural resources in India are abundant. Every state in our beautiful country has a magnificent terrain, right from the mountains of Ladakh till the beaches of Goa. Some of these resources might have been used up or simply ill maintained due to negligence, which makes us want to witness or spend some time at a place that is in its most pristine form.
If you are one of those who thoroughly appreciates the pristine form of nature, then this is the article for you. Read about the 5 crystal clear water bodies spread across India, that would leave you spellbound.
Chandratal Lake, Himachal Pradesh
The calm, turquoise blue water of the crystal clear Chandratal Lake ought to make anyone fall short of words! Chandratal, which literally means "lake of the moon", is located in the magnificent Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh.
It derives the name due to the crescent shape of the lake and is perched at an elevation of 14,000 ft in the Himalayas. Chandratal Lake is a popular spot for trekking and camping in Spiti since the breathtaking view of the lake and the view of the valley from the lake attracts adventure buffs.
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Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim
Gurudongmar Lake, located in North Sikkim at Lachen, is one of the world's highest altitude lakes that is settled on a daunting height of 17,000 ft. This magnificent lake is believed to have been visited by the founder of Tibetan Buddhism himself, Guru Padmasambhava, which is why it is believed to be sacred.
Gurudongmar Lake will leave anyone spellbound with its stunning beauty, especially when a thin layer of ice forms on the lake and you can witness the reflection of the mountains that is set in the backdrop.
The best time to visit Gurudongmar Lake is during summer, when the weather is just the right amount of cold. Visiting the lake post-monsoon might get you the sight of snowfall.
Found parallel to the majestic Arabian Sea, are the chains of Kerala's beautiful backwaters. These backwaters are brackish lagoons that are mainly made of 5 lakes that are connected to each other via man-made and natural canals, amidst which you can find towns and cities.
Kasargod, Kozhikode, Kollam, etc. are the regions that are found in these backwaters. Kerala backwaters are clear water bodies, an escape into the beauty of Mother Nature. A ride in the houseboats or cruises found in these backwaters will give you the tranquility you are looking for.
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Lake Pichola, Udaipur
Situated in Udaipur, the City of Lakes, Lake Pichola is a beautiful and tranquil man-made lake that houses beautiful palaces within the lake and has been maintained very well. Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir are the two islands found in the lake, on which lies the numerous magnificent palaces, such as the Lake Palace, Gul Mahal Palace, etc.
Presently, these palaces have been made into luxury hotels by companies, like Taj and The Oberois; therefore, these palaces are much sought after wedding or honeymoon destinations. You can also visit the many havelis that surround the lake and revel in the glory of Rajasthan's royal past.
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Pangong Tso Lake, Ladakh
The striking blue lake of Ladakh, Pangong Tso, rose to popularity after a scene from the Bollywood movie "3 Idiots" was shot beside the lake. However, it has always been a magnificent lake that changes colour through the year, from an azure blue to grey.
It is perched at a height of 14,270 ft and is situated in the high-altitude desert of Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir. A visit to Ladakh is incomplete without witnessing the awe-striking Pangong Tso Lake. You may even watch some birds, such as Brahmani ducks, seagulls, etc. by the lake.
Teesta River, Sikkim
Yet another beautiful and clean water body of Sikkim that will rejuvenate your eyes just by the sight of it, is the Teesta river. It flows through West Bengal, Sikkim and then enters Bangladesh where it finally merges with the Bay of Bengal.
The view of this blue river flowing through Sikkim, with the magnificent backdrop of lush greenery and mountain ranges, is a sight that you will never forget. You can even go boating or river rafting on this beautiful river.
PC: Sayan Bhattacharjee