LAKES of India

  • This photo feature tells about 26 Lakes across India. With global warming and a 140 crore plus population Bharat needs more lakes. Perhaps, governments can emulate the Maharanas of Udaipur because of whom Udaipur is called the City of Lakes.

Whilst browsing a site, I got the idea of putting together names and pictures of lakes. As I started compiling, found names of others as well. In case I have missed any significant lake names, please tell.


Sequence is North to South. Format is name of lake, picture, how to reach and album links.   


1. Tso Moriri Lake, Ladakh

Pic by Umesh Gogna. 

The lake is about an eight hour drive from Leh. From there is a way to trek to Ladakh. I spent the night in a home stay. There are tents and hotels too. To see album One and album Two


2.  Pang Tso Lake, Ladakh

It is very popular. Has tents and hotels. It is about a 4-5 hour drive via Changla Pass. To see album 1 of Lake and album 2 of Changla Pass


3. Dal Lake, Srinagar is well known


4. Chandratal Lake, Himachal Pradesh

Pic by Souvik Charaborty.

Chandratal is about 110 kms from Manali. To see album 1 and album 2


5. Sissu Lake, Himachal Pradesh

Sissu is about 40 kms from Manali.


6. Loktak Lake, Manipur

It is in Morang that is about a two hour drive from Imphal. It is the largest freshwater lake in the Indian Subcontinent. To see album

7. Naini Lake, Nainital


Nainital is very popular. Take a train to Kathgodam from where take a taxi to Nainital – is a couple of hours drive. To see album


8. Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim

Pic by Souvik Charaborty. 

It is at a height of 17,100 feet and is amongst the 15 highest lakes in the world. Route is Gangtok to Lachen. Spend night there, next day 3-4 hour drive to the Lake. Have to return to Lachen the same day. To see album


9. Changu Lake, Sikkim

It is 41 kms from Gangtok, takes about one hour.


10. Pt Tso Lake, Bumla

Pic by H V Kumar. 


11 Sangestsar Lake near Tawang

It is also called Madhuri Dixit Lake since the actress shot a movie here and is about a two hour drive from Tawang. To see album


12. Seven Lakes, Dibang Valley, Arunachal Pradesh

This is actually a trek to seven lakes. To read travelogue of trek


13. Chilika Lake near Puri, Odisha

Chilika Lake is about 40 kms from Puri. It is a huge lake that eventually joins the Bay of Bengal. To see album


14. Upper Lake, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

Raja Bhoj constructed this lake in the 11th century.


15. Lake Pichola, Udaipur

Pic shows Pichola and behind it is Fateh Sagar Lake.

Setting sun’s rays on City Palace with Lake Pichola in front.

Udaipur is known as the City of Lakes. To know about its lakes


16. Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur

Pic by MMCF, The City Palace, Udaipur. 

It was built by Maharana Fateh Sagar between 1884-1930.


17.  Jaisamand Lake, Udaipur

The lake is about 30 minutes drive from Udaipur. It was built by Maharana Jai Singhji (1653 to 1698).  To see album


18. Kehad Lake near Udaipur

It is about 60 kms from Udaipur. Maharana Pratap Samadhi is in the lake.


19. Gajner Lake near Bikaner, Rajasthan

Lake is on the banks of Gajner Palace Hotel i.e. about an hour’s drive from Bikaner. Adjacent to the lake is a wild life sanctuary. To see album


20. Gadisar Lake, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

In Jaisalmer is Gadisar Lake. It is worth a visit esp. during sunrise. To see album


21. Lonar Lake, Maharashtra 

Lonar is about 2 hours drive from Ajanta Caves which is app 100 kms from Aurangabad. To see album


22. Agastya Lake, Badami, Karnataka

Badami is 150 kms from Belgaum. It is 106 kms from Hubli. To see album


23. Emerald Lake, Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu

Pic by Parmananda C. 

To read travelogue


24. Kodai Lake, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

Kodaikanal to Madurai is 115 kms.


25. Ashtamudhi Lake, Kerala


To read travelogue Is between Cochin and Trivandrum.


26. Vembanad Lake, Kerala


To read travelogue It is close to Cochin.


 1. All Lakes around Udaipur

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28. Mansar Lake near Jammu

It is about two hour’s drive from Jammu.


29. Venna Lake, Mahableshwar, Maharashtra

The lake was made in 1942 by Shri Appa Saheb Maharaj. It was made with anintent to supply water to nearby areas. Mahableshwar is about 5-6 hours drive from Mumbai. 


30. Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh.

Pic by Vikram A.  

Bharat needs more lakes, more water for its huge population.   


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