The Great Himalaya mountain ranges contains hundreds of beautiful lakes around India and neighbor countries such as Lake Rakshastal in Tibet, Lake Manasarovar at Mount Kailash, Rara lake and Tilicho lake Nepal. Most of lakes of Himalaya regions are situated at high altitudes of less than 5,000 m. Some of the lakes are consider sacred in India like Gurudogmar lake Sikkim, Renuka and Rewalsar Lake of Himachal Pradesh. India is home of some of the best frozen lakes in the world includes Tsongmo lake Sikkim, Sela lake Tawang.
Nagin Lake is one of the most beautiful lake in the slice of paradise of famous Kashmir. The lake is not a separate lake its a part of most famous and most beautiful Dal Lake located at the foot of the Zabarwan hills and bounded by the Shankaracharya hill and and Hari Parbat. The famous landmark of Srinagar, Dal Lake is knwon for its houseboat and the shikaras.
Kashmir Valley is home to many lakes such as Dal Lake,Manasbal Lake, Wular Lake, Gangabal Lake,Gadsar Lake, Sheshnag Lake,Vishansar Lake and Krishansar Lake.
The famous lake of Jammu is a most popular excursion destination situated from a distance of 62 km from Jammu. The bank of the Lake considered as holy site by Hindu as there is a shrine of Sheshnag and lake is sharing the legend and sanctity of sacred Lake Mansarovar.
Mansar Lake is one of most visited tourists spot and well known for its flora & fauna along with fishes of different species. Jammu is well known for Maa Vaishno Devi temple, The most holiest place for Hindu.
The gorgeous Pangong Tso lake is a salt water lake situated in the Himalayas of Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir. Pangong Tso is 134 km long extends from India to Tibet at a height of about 4,350m, It is one of the a high altitude lakes of India,Pangong Tso is also known as one of frozen lake in India, as during the winter season lake freezes completely.
Ladakh is home to most beautiful lakes in India, includes tsomoriri lake and tsokar lake. The brackish water of the lake attracts a large number of migratory birds for breeding,the Bar-headed goose and Brahmini ducks are commonly spotted.
The largest lake of Himachal Pradesh is a low altitude lakes with 672 m above the sea level situated in the Sirmaur district, Renuka Lake is named after the goddess Renuka and famous for five day long state level Shri Renuka Ji fair. The lake is part of Renuka sanctuary is consists of Renuka Reserve Forest. Another low altitude lakes of Himachal Pradesh is Macchial Lake in Mandi, considered sacred and named after Matasya Avtar of Lord Vishnu.
The mid altitude lake is situated an altitude of 1360 m in the Mandi district Himachal Pradesh. Rewalsar Lake is one of the most sacred water body in Mandi for or Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists. The square shaped lake has dark waters and well famous for its floating islands and fish. Must visit mid altitude lakes around the city are famous Dal Lake, Khajjiar Lake and Kumarwah Lake.
The sacred water body Suraj Tal means the Lake of the Sun God,situated in the Upper Himalayan Zone of Lahaul and Spiti valley in Himachal Pradesh. Suraj Tal Lake lies just below to the Bara-lacha-la pass of Zanskar range in Leh-Manali highway. It is the third highest lake in India after Cholamu and Gurudongmer Lakes and the 21st-highest in the world.
There is a long list of lakes in Himachal Pradesh some of the high altitude lakes are Chandra Tal (4300m), Dashair (4270m), Brighu Lake (4235m), Mahakali Lake (4080m) and Chander Naun (4260m). Reservoirs are Maharana Pratap Sagar, Pandoh Lake and second largest reservoirs of India Guru Gobind Sagar.
Sattal is group of seven freshwater lakes situated in the Mehragaon valley of lower Himalayan range at Bhimtal in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. Seven Lakes Of Sattal includes Panna Tal or Garud Tal,Nal-Damyanti Tal,Purna Tal,Sita Tal, Ram Tal,Laxman Tal and Sukha Tal or Khurdariya Tal.
Sattal is paradise for migratory birds one of the best place for trekking and hiking in Kumaon hills of Uttarakhand. Nearby lakes to visit are Naukuchia Tal, Bhimtal Lake,most famous Nainital Lake and Roopkund Skeleton Lake of India.
Lake Tsongmo or Changu Lake also known as frozen lake is a high altitude glacial lake situated near to high Nathu La passes in the East Sikkim. Cholamu Lake of Sikkim is the highest lake in India and 14th highest lake in the World. Most popular Changu Lake is one of the famous tourist attractions of Sikkim and around 40 km away from the capital city on the Gangtok-Nathula highway.
Attractive Tsomgo Lake describe the scenic beauty of the Himalayas with variety of flowers all over way. Khecheopalri Lake and second highest Gurudongmar Lake are the sacred lakes of Sikkim, other lakes are Menmecho Lake,Crows Lake and Tso Lhamo lake.
The sela lake of tawang is situated at the world’s second highest pass, Sela Pass in the North east state of India Arunachal Pradesh. Sela lake is a extremely beautiful crystal blue water lake lies at high altitude of Eastern Himalayas. The Heavenly Sela Lake is also known as frozen lake surrounded by snow-clad mountains in winter season.
Other known lakes of Arunachal pradesh are Gombu Latso Lake or Gyakar Sinyi or Ganga Lake and famous Parshuram Kund of Brahmaputra river.
Sumendu Lake is located in heart of Mirik,a picturesque tourist spot nestled in the serene hills of Darjeeling district. Mirik Sumendu Lake is one of the prime attraction in the young hill station of Mirik along with natural scenic beauty of Tea gardens and valley. other lakes in Darjeeling includes Senchal Lake and Jorpokhri twin lakes.
Other most popular lakes in India are Pushkar Lake Rajasthan, Chilka Lake Orissa, Vembanad Lake Kerala and the only floating lake in the world Loktak Lake of Manipur. Indian cities are also known for its lakes such as Mysore City of lakes,Udaipur City of five lakes and Lakes of Kumaon hills Uttarakhand.