Uttarakhand – the land of gods, the home of Himalayas and truly a paradise on earth, allures everyone from everywhere. The fresh air, the pure water, the chilling snow, the adverting mountains, the scenic beauty, the small villages, the simpler people and a tougher lifestyle is Traditional Hindu lore describes Uttarakhand as “Devbhumi” (Land of God), and they hold many important pilgrimage places. Just as importantly, the trouble and effort that it took the faithful to reach these places was seen as a means to help cleanse one’s soul, just as beating wet clothes against a rock knocked out all the dirt. Uttarakhand is paradise for different types of adventure activities. Like River Rafting, Trekking, Skiing, Camping, Rock Climbing, Rappelling, River Crossing. Mountaineering, Paragliding and Hot Ballooning make Uttarakhand one of the most attractive destinations for adventure sports not only in the India but the world. Uttarakhand is located in the northern India and is a place that has something to offer for every visitor visiting the place. It is a beautiful place that is also called the land of lakes and waterfalls. It is a place where one can find some of the most beautiful landscapes, mountains, etc. There are a number of beautiful and picturesque lakes in Uttarakhand. Given below is a list of some famous lakes in Uttarakhand.
The following are the important lakes of Uttarakhand:
Bheemtal Lake is named after the second Pandava brother Bhima in the Mahabharata who was known for his prodigious strength. Bhimtal is a famous lake that is located 25 kms. from Nainital. It is much clearer and quieter than Nainital. Located at 1,200 meters above sea level, Bhimtal gets slightly warmer during the summer months but it still makes for a great holiday destination where one can relax the mind and body. Bhimtal is one of the largest lakes in the whole of Uttarakhand.
Devaria Tal is situated near Ukhimath in Uttarakhand. It is considered a very holy place. It is spread over 700 metres and is surrounded by the beautiful Chaukhamba peak. With forests all around the lake, it is an ideal place for bird watchers or for those who love angling. One can also reach Devaria Tal after a trek of about 8 kms. but, do keep in mind that this is a very steep trek that can really tire you out.
Dodi Tal is a beautiful lake located in Uttarakhand and is situated very close to the Uttarkashi district. Dodi Tal gets its name from a particular kind of trout (freshwater fish) that is found here, by the name of Dodi. The water of this lake is said to be quite refreshing for the skin. Dodi Tal Lake is the source of the River Asi Ganga that merges with the River Bhagirathi near Gangotri. For a beautiful view of the Bandarpoonch Peak, located at 6,387 meters above sea level, one could climb up a little from the lake. A track little further leads one to the Hanumanchatti located at 2,400 meters.
A water sports resort has been developed at the Asan Barrage by Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam in the year 1994. Asan Barrage was created in 1967 and it is popularly known as Dhalipur Lake. Situated 43 kms from Dehradun on Chandigarh-Shimla highway, the resort offers facilities like water skiing, boating, rowing, kayaking, canoeing etc. Wildlife lovers have an added bonus during the winter season as migratory birds can be seen in the vicinity
This is 2 kms before Pandukesar and is the gateway for the Hem Kund Lake and the internationally well-known Valley of the Flowers. The Hem Kund Saheb is 20 kms by foot from here. There we find a Sikh Temple and some hotels. The Valley of the Flowers is a 17 km walk.
Hemkund is approached via Sutol or Roopkund after crossing Shila Saturday glacier. It is a small lake encompassing a view of the Trishul and Nanda Ghunti Base camps.
Madmaheshwar is a beautiful temple in the Garhwal Himalayas, in a valley between Badrinath and Kedarnath. A river called Madmaheshwar Ganga originates in a deep ravine below.
On the Valley of Flowers Road, a 20 km trek from a village called Bhyundar is a vast lake, the beauty of which is amazing. Since getting here is very difficult, very few tourists are found here.
Kedar Tal is situated at an altitude of 4,425 meters above sea level and about 18 kms. from Gangotri. The lake is so clear that the reflections of the Thalaiyasagar peaks are clearly visible in the water. But if you want to trek up the near-by places, make sure that you are well prepared because it can be a pretty tiring one. Also, make sure you take a tour guide with you to Kedar Tal since the route can be a little tough. .
The Maneri-Bhali project, which supplies 93 MW of power to Uttarakhand, is located on the left bank of Bhagirathi, close to Uttarkashi. Roughly 13 km upstream of Uttarkashi is the village of Maneri. Here, a lake of an unbelievably beautiful and clear colour reflecting the surrounding conifers has been formed by damming the Bhagirathi, which is fast becoming a popular tourist attraction. There is camping site here on the banks of the river.
Naukuchia Tal, literally, Nine-Cornered Lake, is 26 km (16 mi) from Nainital and 4 km from Bhimtal at an altitude of 1,220 m (4,003 ft). The lake is almost 1 km (1 mi) long, 0.5 km (0.3 mi) wide and approximately 40 m (131 ft) deep. It is the deepest of the lakes in the greater Nainital area. According to legend, if one takes in all nine corners in one glimpse, one can disappear in a cloud of smoke.
Naini Lake is a natural fresh water vast lake made up of tectonic rocks. This lake is placed amongst the serene seven mountains that border this moribund water pool and the extravagant peaks, which seems to touch the sky. Many visitors jam here to adore the magnificent beauty that elongates over 3.5km. According to the mythological significance the left of Sati had fallen over here, hence the name naini (eye) derived for the lake. There is a temple of Naina Devi besides this pristine lake, which is said to be the location where her eye had fallen. This spot is known to be one of the 51 Shakti Peeths, which visitors from worldwide throng.