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Famous Lakes In Uttarakhand


Lakes in Uttarakhand are the biggest attraction of Uttarakhandtourism.Lakes mirror the Heavens and Uttarakhand, the Land of Gods, is additionally honored with an abundance of lakes or Tals as they are referred to, suitably underlining its significance as a position of indefinable characteristic magnificence. Some will ask why certain areas have been so overpoweringly honored with the bounties of Nature however we should all be appreciative to God that such places do exist where you can encounter nature at its best, with an abundance of mountains, waterways, timberlands, valleys, blossoms and lakes.

Explore the popular lakes in Uttarakhand. A few of these are:


Nainital Lake, a natural freshwater body, situated amidst the township of Nainital in Uttarakhand.Naini Lake is parted into two parts with namely Mallital and Tallital. Mallital is nothern part and the southern part of the Lake is Tallital. Shopping opportunities are ample around the lake along famous Mall Road. Naini Lake also offers romanticism and adventurous boat ride to explore the lake further.There are also opportunities for yachting, boating and paddling that makes it equally enticing during the day.Naini Lake is one of the four lakes in Kumaon hills, the three other being Sattal Lake, Bhimtal Lake and Naukuchiyatal Lake. The lake is bordered by three mountain peaks – the tall and sharply inclined Naina peak on the north western front, Tiffin Top on the south western front and Snow view peaks on the northern front. Balia Nala is the main feeder-stream of the lake. Other than this, 26 major drains, including the three perennial ones, feed it. The nucleus of Nainital�s exquisite beauty is beautiful lake. In the day, mirrored in its waters stand seven proud hills, dotted with pretty cottages and villas. This reflection alone holds one spell bound. More beautiful than this however is the lake at night when the myriads of bulbs from the hill sides and quite a large number hanging near the lake�s edge stab their magic light into its waters.
Distance between New Delhi to Nainital is 300 km by Road

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Bhimtal Lake

Bhimtal 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. Bhimtal Lake is a lake in the town of Bhimtal, in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, with a masonry dam built in 1883 creating the storage facility. It is the largest lake in Kumaon region, known as the “lake district of India”. The lake provides drinking water supply and supports aquaculture with variety of fish species. There is an island at the centre of the lake which has been developed as a tourist attraction and has an aquarium.

Distance between Delhi and Bhimtal is  around 300 km from Delhi.

HemKund Lake

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. The Valley of the Flowers is a 17 km .

Distance between Delhi and Hemkund Sahib is 319 KM (kilometers).

Chorabari Tal

Gandhi sarovar also known as Chorabari Taal, is a lake just 3 km away from Kedarnath, famous because it is claimed that Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes were immersed here At a distance of 3 km from Kedarnath, Chorabari Tal, also known as Gandhi Tal, is a beautiful lake produced from the Chorabari Bamak glacier. Chorabari Tal is a small lake that holds crystal clear water. Perched at an altitude of 3,900 m above sea level, Gandhi Sarovar lies on the foot of Kedarnath and Kirthi Stambh peak. It offers magnificent views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks. The original name of the lake is Kanti Sarovar. In the year 1948, some of Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes were immersed here, after which it was renamed Gandhi Sarovar.
Distance between Delhi and Chorabari Taal is 418KM approx(kilometers).

Dodi Tal

Dodital is a freshwater lake in Uttarakhand, India, situated at a height of 3,024 metres.To reach Dodital, one may reach Uttarkashi by road and then walk to Dodital here via Bebra and other minor villages alongside the Ganges river. Dodital is a mysterious lake holding fresh water and offering tranquil environs. The lake is named after ‘dodi,’ which means trout in the local language.

Gauri Kund


Gauri Kund, a water body that is also known as the Lake of Compassion, lies on the way while Siwasthalgoing on downwards from Dolma – La (Dolma Pass). This steep descent from Dolma Pass is a wonderful lake which is at an altitude of 5608m. As per Hindu mythology, there is a fascinating tale about Gauri Kund and has been described in legend Shiva Purana. The lake is also famous as �Parvati Sarovar� as this was the place where goddess Parvati had acquired her son Ganesha (Elephant headed God). Goddess Parvati had formed an image of Ganesh from the soap lather on her body and breathed life into it. She placed Ganesha at the entrance of her home as her janitor to prevent anyone from entering while she was bathing. Now Lord Shiva happened to return at this point of time and was stopped by Ganesha. Offended by this disrespectful act from Ganesha, Lord Shiva cut off the boy’s head. Pravati was grief-stricken by seeing it and insisted that the boy needs to be brought back to life. Lord Shiva took the head of a wandering elephant and placed it on the body and life was restored and Parvati had her son back.

Satopanth Lake

SATOPANTH LAKE is an high altitude lake with crystal clear green water situated at a height of 4400 Mtrs Altitude. the triangular lake has a perimeter of one Kilometer. On its three corners meditated the Holi Trio-Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh (Shiva) and still do, it is believed- the Creator, Preserver and Destroyer charting out the course of the world. The Lake , the representation, on Earth, of the Kshirsagar is set in the midst of yawning glaciers with a splendor undreamt by man. With the presence of the divine Trinity and the smear magnificence of the setting one is left completely overwhelmed. Swargarohini is the place where it is said Yudhister went to Heaven with his body. there are stairs to heaven which can be seen…with Himalayan Gods Blessings one can successfully completed Satopanth-SwargaRohini trek.. Satopanth Tal -The Glacial lake which is around 25kms from Badrinath, could be reached after a arduous trek crossing Lakshmivan and Chakratirtha. Natural Caves along the path are used as the night shelter. The perfectly triangle shaped lake at the base of the snow crested Chaukhamba I peak, surrounded by lofty mountains. The crystal clear water of triangular lake mirrors the snow crested Chaukhamba I peak. It is said there lies a path traversed by the pandava brothers on their last journey to the heaven….

Naukuchia Tal

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