Beautiful lakes around Manali

Himachal Pradesh has all the suitable and preferred destinations for any age group tourist. Each season has great attractions for them. Along with the beautiful valleys, snow covered mountain peaks, dense green forest, temples, parks etc, lakes and rivers play an important role to add to the serenity of Himachal Pradesh.

The icy cold crystal water in the lakes receive water from melting snow. The lakes here are considered  holy as many legends are associated with them. The calm soothing peace of lakes and rivers attract the tourists who come for a holiday to avoid their noisy hectic life. The atmosphere dominant at the lakes takes the visitors away from the hustling and bustling environment and rejuvenate one’s mind and soul.

Chandrataal:

A high-altitude lake situated in the Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. The lake is located on the Samudra Tapu plateau at an altitude of about 4300 meters in the Himalayas. The lake is known as moon lake due to its crescent shape. It is surrounded by the huge Himalayan mountains on all sides which during winter season turns into a bed of wildflowers.

The lake is reachable on foot from Batal as well as from Kunzum Pass only during summer that is from June to September as rest of the year the lake remains frozen. There are no human settlements present on its bank hence the accommodation is available 5kms away from the lake.

This lake is an important stop among trekkers and campers as for them it’s a real treat. The lake is an ideal place for nature lovers, photography and for relaxation. It is formed at the source of Chandra river which later becomes Chenab river. The lake is fed by the melting of glaciers.

Seruvalsar lake:

Situated at a high altitude of 3100mts above the sea level in the state of Himachal Pradesh. From Kullu, the Seruvalsar lake is reachable via Jalori pass which is about 76 kms and then trekking for about another 6 kms. The beauty of this lake has made it an important tourist spot. The beauty is enhanced by the surrounding dense forest full of spruce, fir, oak and deodar trees.

Before going for the trek, packing essentials should include water and food as it is very essential part since the climate over here can go worst anytime. During the trek, the inner and outer mesmerizing view of Seraj valley can be enjoyed.

There is a small temple near the lake on the North side of Buddhi Nagin, the goddess of snakes. Locals worships this temple and consider the lake water to have medicinal properties.

Suraj Tal Lake:

Situated in the Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. The lake is the 3rd highest in India being situated at an altitude of 4890 meters above the sea level and 21st highest in the world. The scenic beauty of this region attracts both domestic as well as foreign travelers. The lake has derived its name from two Hindi words Suraj means Sun and Tal means lake hence called as “the lake of Sun God”.

Suraj tal, at approx 4800 metres above sea level

It lies just below the Bara-Lacha-la pass which is considered as the melting point of the roads. This blue water lake is fed by the melting of glaciers and surrounded by dry mountain ranges on all sides. A divine dip in this water believes to purify from all sins. The eye catching beauty of Suraj Tal  lake refreshes the visitors like mountain bikers and trekkers.

Suraj Tal lake is the source of Bhaga river which later mingles up with Tandi river after joining the Chandra river. During winter, the mountains are covered with snow. The temperature here witness from 13 degrees Celsius to lowest -27 degrees Celsius and receives snowfall throughout the year. Due to this rough climatic condition this region has no human population.

Bhrigu lake:

Bhrigu Lake is situated at an elevation of 4235 meters above the sea level in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh and is located on the east direction of Rohtang Pass, only 6 km away from Gulaba village and 40 kms from Manali.

It is surrounded by the snow-capped Himalayas from all sides. It can be reached by trekking from Vashisht Temple. The way towards the lake takes to another world full of meadows. The lake has derived its name from Maharishi Bhrigu. It is considered as sacred by the devotees and locals as the great saint Bhrigu meditated near it and many gods took a divine dip in this water. Hence the locals believe that the lake never freezes entirely during winters.

Bhrigu lake

The best time to visit Bhrigu lake is between October and May. From October the snow-covered frozen lake and mountains can be enjoyed and from March to May adventurous activities can be enjoyed. Trekking and camping can be done without any difficulty during summer.

You can book your stay at Princess Villa and we can help plan your trek to visit the lakes.

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