While exploring the diverse tourist circuit of India, discover the stunning lakes that add to the exotica of its mainland. The majestic lakes of India attract visitors from different parts of the world who are simply spellbound with their sheer size and breathtaking surroundings. If you are looking for a lakeside getaway then India has plenty of options to explore the fascinating water bodies which will astound your senses as you sail on these magnificent lakes.

Listed below are some of the famous lakes of India:

Pangong Lake, Ladakh

Situated at a height of 4350 meters, Pangong Lake is 134 km long and stretches from India to China. Surrounded by Desert Mountains of Ladakh, the shimmering blue waters of Pangong Lake add to the panoramic beauty of the region. Every year hundreds of visitors from different parts of the world come for a lakeside sojourn at Pangong Lake while exploring the rugged terrain of Ladakh. There are only tented accommodations available at Pangong Lake which offer high altitude camping experience and must be booked in advance.

Best time to visit Pangong Lake is from April to September.

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Dal Lake, Srinagar

Situated in the summer capital of Kashmir, Srinagar, Dal Lake adorns the landscape of the town with its still waters and is termed as “Jewel in the crown of Kashmir”. Measuring a length of about 18km, Dal Lake is famous for houseboats which are anchored in a row and offer beautiful vistas of the lake and its green surroundings. A night stay on a houseboat in Dal Lake forms the integral part of Kashmir tourism as you get to experience the warmth and hospitality of the Kashmiris during your stay. At the periphery of Dal Lake are Mughal Gardens which were built during the reign of Mughals in India. The splendor of Dal Lake can be explored with a ride on a Shikara which slowly floats on the lake as you admire the natural beauty of the heaven on Earth.  

Best time to visit Dal Lake is from April to September.

Tso Moriri Lake, Ladakh

Situated at a high altitude of 4522 meters, Tso Moriri Lake is the largest lake within the mainland of India and Ladakh. Measuring a length of 28 km, Tso Moriri is surrounded by desert hills and snow capped Himalayan ranges. The lake adorns the barren landscape of Ladakh with its blue waters and it’s a delight to watch the sunrise and sunset while staying at a camp site in Tso Moriri. There are tented accommodations available at Tso Moriri which must be booked in advance.

Best time to visit Tso Moriri Lake is from April to September.

Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim

Situated at an altitude of 17800ft in Sikkim, Gurudongmar Lake is one of the highest lakes in the world. Shimmering with emerald blue waters, the lake is nestled amidst snow covered mountains and is considered sacred by Buddhists. The 190 km long drive from Gangtok via Thangu to Gurudongmar Lake takes you through high alpine pastures and rugged terrains offering panoramic vistas of Himalayan ranges. The 5 km long lake is located north of Kanchenjunga range fed by glaciers and you can spot Yaks,   Blue Sheep and other high altitude animals near the lake.

Best time to visit Gurudongmar Lake is from April to September.

Tsomgo Lake, Sikkim

Situated 35 km from Gangtok on the Gangtok-Nathula highway, Tsomogo Lake adorns the beautiful landscape of Sikkim with its clear waters and is worshipped as a holy lake by Sikkimese people. A must on the itinerary of Sikkim, Tsomgo Lake attracts hundreds of visitors every year who cross the lake while going towards Nathula Pass. The lake is surrounded by alpine trees and has a temple of Lord Shiva on the lakeshore. There are lakeside tents where visitors can spend the day admiring the scenic surroundings of the region.

Best time to visit Tsomgo Lake is from April to September.

Lake Pichola, Udaipur

Situated in Udaipur, Rajasthan, Lake Pichola is an artificial fresh water lake measuring a length of 04 km. The pride of Udaipur, Lake Pichola has two small islands Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir which are located within the lake and are frequented by hundreds of visitors every day. Lake Pichola also has renowned Lake Palace hotel of Taj group in the middle of the lake which hosts celebrity guests from around the world. The majestic Udaipur Palace and many luxury resorts are located at the shores of Lake Pichola and the entire lake shimmers with gold as the evening lights of the palace fall upon it. A boat ride on Lake Pichola offers picturesque views of Udaipur city.

Best time to visit Udaipur is from September to March.

Vembanad Lake, Kerala

Situated in Kerala countryside, Vembanad is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful lakes of India that captivates your senses with its vast stretch of still waters and magnificent surroundings. One of the largest lakes in India measuring a length of 96 km, Vembanad Lake is fed by ten rivers flowing into it making it the biggest wetland system in India. Your Kerala trip is incomplete without a boat ride on Vembanad Lake as it offers breathtaking views of the countryside and enchants you with its sheer size and beauty. Vembanad Lake is also famous for its houseboats which offer luxury and budget accommodation to the guests and form the integral part of Kerala tourism.

Best time to visit Vembanad Lake is from October to February.