Bucket List: Lakes to Visit in Himachal Pradesh
When someone talks about the beauty of snow covered mountains one name that suddenly hit our mind is Himachal Pradesh. Yes, I am talking about the Himachal Pradesh which is popular and known for its beauty, magnificent places, and adventure. It’s also named as Dev Bhumbi i.e. Land of Lords.
Himachal Pradesh is one of the superb creations of God, which really attracts everyone. I have been to Himachal many times and explored various places which are mind-blowing. Apart from snowy mountains and hills, there is something which gets the tourist’s attention i.e. the beautiful lakes playing in the lap of the mountains. The mountains of the Himachal are blessed with the mesmerizing lakes which expand the beauty of nature to the next level.
Planning a trip near the lakes, bonfire with the music, enjoying the quality time with the buddies, and capturing the moments will be the unforgettable period of anyone life. The lakes in the Himalaya are known only to the traveler enthusiasts, seasoned trekkers or passionate travelers. In addition, most of the lakes in Himachal are said to be the holy pilgrimage destinations where local and tourists rushed.
In this post, I get together with the list of spiritual to enchanting lakes in Himachal Pradesh, which I personally visited and recommend everyone to visit once in the lifetime.
Scenic Lakes Playing in the Lap of the Himalaya
Bhrigu Lake, Kullu District
Brigu Lake present in the Kullu District is said to be remembered by the name of Hindu sage Rishi Bhrigu. Rishi Bhrigu was the Hindu saint who used to worship here and have the spiritual powers. This beautiful lake is situated above the sea level nearby 4,235m in the east of the Rohtang Pass. At present, the Bhrigu lakes become the tourist destination where trekking lovers loved to stay before starting their trekking. To reach the height of four thousand is not easier but yes, it’s adventurous for those who love to explore the nature. The scenic view of the lake hypnotizes the nomads on the first sight and makes them in love with the place.
Best time to Visit: May to November
Manimahesh Lake, Chamba District
Manimahesh Lake is the beautiful creation of Lord Shiva who is known as the Mahadev in the Hindu religion. According to Hindus religion, Lord Shiva created this lake when he met the goddess Devi Parvati as a symbol of their first meeting. After that the lake named as Manimahesh. Manimahesh Lake is counted in the sacred lakes where hundreds of pilgrims arrived every year in the month of August and September. It’s a high altitude lake nestled at the height of 4,085ft above from the sea level.
Trekkers and other pilgrims join the ‘Manimahesh Yatra’ every year which is organized in August- September month. The lake is surrounded by the snow covered mountains which represent the incredible creativity of the Lord. It’s near to the holy destination of Hindu i.e. Mansarovar in Tibet.
Best time to Visit: April to June or September to December
Dhankar Lake, Lahaul and Spiti District
Dhankar Lake is no doubt is worth to visit once in a lifetime, it’s adventurous to reach the lake which is nestling on the anti-hill of the Dhankar village. It takes near about 40min to step trek from the Gompa and Dhankar village. At the height of 13,000 ft, the lake is surrounding with desolate cliffs which highlight the lake beauty to the next level.
While trekkers are not allowed to camp near the Dhankar Lake as it’s the water source for the native of Dhankar village. Whenever you go for Spiti, and then must visit the Dhankar Lake which is considered as the popular destination of Spiti valley.
Best time to Visit: June to November
Prashar Lake, Mandi District
Prashar Lake is the most admired tourist attractions in the Himachal Pradesh, to be found 50KM uphill from Mandi District. The beautiful, spiritual, and blessing lake presents the enchanting view of nature which connects you to the positive vibes. According to Hindu Methodology, the Hindu god Kamrunag stays there for eternity due to its enthralling vibes.
Prasher Lake is the lovable destination for the sages who practice meditation here for days, even for months. While trekkers and traveler enthusiasts experience the adventure by beginning trekking from the Prasher Lake.
Best time to Visit: April to July and September to November
Renuka Lake, Sirmaur District
Renuka Lake is the largest lake in the Himachal Pradesh, which was remembered by the name of the Hindu Goddess Renuka. There is a story which states that the Hindu sage Jamdagni in anger ordered his son Parashurama to slay his other half Renuka. After realizing his mistake and in regret, Sage Jamdagni created a beautiful lake in the form of sleeping Renuka. Accordingly, there is a Renuka temple where people used to take blessing on the visit to Prasher Lake.
Although it’s the low altitude lake which can be easily approached by the tourists on weekend. For the best experience, visit in the between the month August- December.
Best time to Visit: Throughout the Year. Enjoy!
Surya Tal, Lahaul and Spiti District
Surya Tal has located in the Lahaul and Spiti valley in the Himachal Pradesh, which is nestled at the height of 4,890m above from the sea level. Among other lakes in Himachal Pradesh, the Surya Tal is known as the largest lakes and the third-topmost lakes in India. The lakes are said to be the lake of the Sun, which is surrounding by the mountains which reflect the golden rays on the edges of the mountains coming from the Sun.
For trekkers, travelers, and adventure lovers the Surya Tal Lake is the best destination gateway to enjoy the unforgettable moments. The trekkers, motorcyclist, and campers visit the Surya Tal throughout the year by arriving in the Spiti Valley.
Best time to Visit: May to December
The Bucket List of Lakes in Himachal Pradesh which I enlist here the great destination for the travelers. Apart from these lakes, there are various others lakes found on the land of Himachal which are soulful, elegant, majestic, and blissful for everyone. We appreciate our readers to give feedback and mention the other lakes which they believe to be the ultimate gateway for the travelers.