Top 10 Best Lakes in Himachal Pradesh: A Feast to Mind and Soul!

15-May-2019 Divyanshi Dhouni0

Himachal Pradesh is a state full of natural beauty, covered with lofty hills, lush green fields and beautifully enveloped lakes. Tourists get astonished by the plethora of nature’s best creation in the Himalayas. One of the feast to the eyes are the beautiful lakes here, fringed by the lofty hills, the dazzling and clear water of the lakes is covered with captivating landscapes.

The best lakes in Himachal Pradesh are mostly filled to the brim in the months of summer, which provides a relieving feeling for the tourists who travel to escape the scorching heat of North India. These lakes are the perfect destination to ditch your hurly-burly lives and spend some time to calm your mind and soul.

Top 10 Best Lakes in Himachal Pradesh

Chandratal Lake

Chandratal is a mesmerising lake situated in the Spiti part of Himachal Pradesh. Its name Chandartal means Lake of the Moon which is due to its crescent shape.  The lake is situated on the Samudra Tapu plateau at an altitude of about 4,300m in the Himalayas.


The lake is only accessible in summers as the whole region gets covered in heavy snowfall in winters and the roads get blocked. In summers, the weather becomes pleasant.It is one of the two high altitude wetland which is recognised as the Ramsar sites.

The way to this lake is no less than the destination, at some point there are barren majestic mountains and at others, the greenery and colourful flowers. A night at this place is even more alluring. A dream destination for those who love nature and travelling.

Bhrigu Lake

Bhrigu Lake is a mountain lake situated in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated at an elevation of 4,300 metres above sea level. The nearest village is Gulaba and Rohtang Pass is in the west of it.

The main place from where the trek to Bhrigu lake starts is near the Vashist temple, which is famous for its hot water spring which is close to the town of Manali. There is no settlement in Gulaba and is just an area of the Pir Panjal mountain range. It is named after Maharishi Bhrigu who is considered as the son of Lord Brahma.

bhrigu lake

During winters, the lake gets frozen and this snow remains the same way till April which can be witnessed if you visit it around this time. It is wholly considered a trek of moderate difficulty. There are meadows and greenery which makes the trek less hectic and enjoyable.

Kareri Lake

Kareri Lake is a high altitude lake situated in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Located in the Dhauladhar ranges, it is resting untouched near the beautiful town of Dharamshala.

The source of this lake is the water that comes after melting from the Dhauladhar ranges and therefore this lake is a freshwater natural lake. It is named after the Kareri village which is the base camp for trekking up to this lake

kareri lake

This lake is so crystal clear that you can even see the lake bed from the surface in many places. It is best known for its trekking activities. It serves as the base camp for trekking into the Dhauladhar ranges. There is also a temple of Lord Shiva from where you can get a sight of this lake.

This lake emits beauty during the whole year but is not accessible during the winter months during the cold climatic conditions. It opens during the month of April when it is full of blooming rhododendron flowers.

Nako Lake

Nako Lake is a mesmerising Himalayan lake situated in a small village of Nako. This lake is situated in the centre of the village and surrounded by beautiful willow trees. You can enjoy boating here in the summer months but in winters the lake gets frozen.

nako lake

Near to the lake is a footprint which is believed to be of Padmasambhava, who is called ‘The Second Buddha’ and the founder of the tradition of Buddhism. It is said that Padmasambhava meditated here for several years. Though Nako is a small village but is popular among the tourists because of Nako Lake and the ancient Monastery.

Not only the history and tradition but also the beauty of this small hamlet with a lake which is the midpoint attracts many people towards it. It is the last village of Kinnaur district after which the Lahaul and Spiti district starts.

Prashar Lake

This beautiful lake lies in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh at 49 km away from the main town. Located at a height of 2730 m above sea level, this lake carries a sacred essence. There is a holy temple dedicated to sage Prashar who is believed to have meditated here. Prashar lake has a floating island in it and the depth of the lake is still not clear.

prashar lake

Surrounded by snow-capped peaks and flowing river Beas at its feet, the lake can be reached just in 9 hours from the capital city New Delhi which is at a distance of approximately 420 km from  The temple was built in the thirteenth century and legend has it was built by a baby from a single tree.

The climate here is soothing during the summers with greenery all around and trekking through such a path gives you tons of scenic views! In winters, it is extremely mesmerising as it remains covered in a white sheet of snow and the lake gets frozen. You can also check the amazing fact about Prashar Lake.

Renuka Lake

Renuka Lake in Himachal Pradesh is unlike other lakes of this state which are known for their natural beauty and alpine altitude. This lake is known for its great religious and historical importance.

Renuka Lake

It is located in the Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 672 m above the sea level. One can witness breathtaking beauty when he reaches the ridge of the lake while passing through the dense forests.

Renuka lake gets its name from the goddess Renuka who was the mother of Parshuram, the fifth incarnation of Lord Vishnu and the wife of sage Jamadagini. This lake is believed to be her embodiment. The religious value of this makes it popular among a lot of people in the country. It also has Renuka Wildlife Sanctuary near the lake.

Rewalsar Lake

Rewalsar lake in Himachal is one of the popular lakes. The lake is situated in the Rewalsar town of Mandi district. This place attracts pilgrims from different culture and traditions. This is one of those places which has its mythological importance for different religion- the Sikhs, the Buddhists and the Hindus.

rewalsar lake

Unlike other high altitudes lake, this lake is situated at a lower elevation and therefore is accessible throughout the year. Having a pleasant climate and great religious importance make this place a must visit when you are on a trip to Himachal.

Rewalsar lake is in a location with pleasurable surroundings.  The month of summers are hot and winters are too cold as well. This place is considered as a sacred spot for Hindus, Sikh and Buddhist. The culture of this place is the mixed one which is also the beauty of this place.

Here you will find a temple near the lake, a Gurudwara and a Monastery too. You can see various kind of articles in the nearby shops influenced by this cultural mix.

Serolsar Lake

Serolsar Lake is located in the Seraj valley of Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. It is a high altitude lake which is about 3,100 metres above the sea level. This lake is surrounded by thick forest and is accessible through Jalori Pass.

This lake is a serene lake located in the forest cover which takes you away from the hustle bustle of your daily life. The greenery surrounding this place provides extreme calmness which would give you rejuvenating feel.

serolsar lake

The lake is situated in Tirthan valley which is known for its beautiful natural beauty. One can reach this lake by 2-3 hours of trekking. Camp here for overnight with your family and loved ones.

Camping is done near to the lake in the natural premises. There is a temple located near the lake dedicated to Goddess of Snakes or Buddhi Nagin whom the local worship. Sunset and sunrise should not be missed.

Manimahesh Lake

Manimahesh Lake is situated in the Pir Panjal range at an elevation of 4080 metres in the Chamba district of Himachal. It has a high religious significance which is equal to Mansarovar Lake of Tibet. The trek to Manimahesh lake starts from the month of August. September is the end month of going on this trek. You can choose these months and dates according to your capabilities.

manimahesh lake

Bharmour is the base for all the routes that take you to Manimahesh. It is well connected by roads but not the same with rail and air. The nearest airport is at Gaggal in Kangra which is around 190 km away. Pathankot in Punjab is the nearest railhead at a distance of 180 km. Buses and taxis are available from here to Bharmour.

Bharmour has a good rail network and connected by major cities of Himachal Pradesh. It is at 60 km from Chamba and around 200 km from Dharamshala. There are frequent bus and taxi services from Kangra and Pathankot to Chamba and then to Bharmour.

Suraj Tal

Suraj Tal is located in the Spiti district of Himachal and is believed to be a sacred body. It is the third highest lake in India and 21st highest in the world. Suraj Tal is the source of Bhaga river which joins Chandra river later at Tandi to form Chandra-Bhaga river. As it enters in Jammu and Kashmir, its name changes to Chenab. The other part of the Chandrabhaga river originates from a glacier close to Chandratal.

suraj tal

This lake is the only lake that doesn’t require you to struggle to reach it. This lake lies near to the Leh- Manali Highway and is easily visible from the road. When you drive from Manali to Leh and reach Baralacha Pass. After crossing Baralacha and driving 3 kilometres ahead of it, you would see a blue colour magnificent lake near the main highway.


These were some of the best lakes in Himachal Pradesh reflecting their scenic beauty in the mountains. No wonder why the Himachal Pradesh is the most popular destination for the mountains lovers and travellers.

You can also share this list of top 10 best lakes in Himachal Pradesh on social media and with your friends. Travelling to these lakes pulls out all your stress and bad energy and bring out the refreshed soul!

Divyanshi Dhouni

Author: Divyanshi Dhouni

I am Divyanshi Dhouni. An avid reader, a keen observer and a versatile personality. In love with words, hills and food. Still learning to write! I believe that optimism and self-belief lead to achievement in life!

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