From the lofty range of Himalayas to lush green forests and pristine lakes, North-East India is blessed with natural beauty. The sparkling ripples, the crystal-clear reflections, the caressing breeze, the spellbinding qualities of a lake are unending. Have you ever dreamt of sitting beside a deep blue lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains or lush green forests? Truly a sight to behold!
Here are eight most beautiful lakes in the North-East region of India which are nothing less than a dream.
Lake Gurudongmar, Sikkim
Curvy roads, lush green valleys, warm and welcoming people, and one of the highest lakes in India surrounded by snow-capped mountains – that’s what a visit to this pristine lake offers! Sounds like a perfect plan, isn’t it?
Located northeast of the Kangchenjunga range in Sikkim, Gurudongmar Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in India. Situated at a sky-high altitude of 18000 feet, this lake is sacred to the Buddhists, Hindus and the Sikhs. What makes this lake special is that the entire lake freezes during the winters except at one spot, which the devout belief has been especially blessed. The Chinese Tibetan border is just a few kilometers away from the lake.
Tsomgo Lake or Changu Lake, Sikkim
Tsomgo Lake, also known as Tsongmo Lake or Changu Lake, is a glacial lake in the East Sikkim district, some 40 kilometers from the capital Gangtok. This lake is one of the most visited places in Gangtok. The lake’s colours change according to the season and is usually frozen during the winters. Its stunning beauty, along with, north-east’s beauty, makes it one of the best escapes one could have.
Loktak Lake, Manipur
Have you ever seen small ponds in large lakes? If not, then witness Loktak Lake as it is considered as the only floating lake in the world.
A hotspot for flora and fauna and the largest freshwater lake in North East India, this lake is famous for the floating phumdis over it. Phumdi is a heterogeneous mass of vegetation, soil, and organic matters at various stages of decomposition. This beautiful lake is home to around 425 species of animals like the state animal, Sangai and over 100 species of birds and also various kind of aquatic plants. As you row your boat, you can get a fabulous sight of mountains and various types of vegetation; the experience is simply worth-it.
Shilloi Lake, Nagaland
Shaped in the form of human foot, Shilloi Lake is one of the cleanest and most serene places to explore in Nagaland. It is located in the south-eastern part of Nagaland in a small district of Phek near the Indo-Myanmar Border and a visit here won’t be less than magical. The actual name of the lake is ‘Lütsam’ meaning a place where water is collected. Surrounded by beautiful landscapes and lush green pine forests, this place is a must visit.
Madhuri Lake, Arunachal Pradesh
Located in the Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh, this lake is a beauty!
Sangetsar Lake, popularly known as Madhuri Lake after the famous Bollywood star Madhuri Dixit. The film Koyla, featuring Shahrukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit, was shot here after which the lake shot to fame. This lake has an intriguing feature about it. It does not go completely dry even in the driest season or freeze in the coldest season and is considered sacred to the Buddhists in Tibet and India.
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Khecheopalri Lake, Sikkim
Located at a distance of 31 km from Pelling in West Sikkim, the Khecheopalri Lake is a sacred place of worship for Buddhists as well as for the Hindus. It is a wish fulfilling lake – which means that any wish you make in front of this serene lake will be fulfilled. Get awe-struck with the breath-taking views and the fluttering of the countless prayer flags adorning the sacred zone. This place is a delight for all the nature lovers out there!