Suraj Tal Lake
The third highest lake in India and 21st highest in the world, the Suraj Tal is a divine water body surrounded by barbaric bare mountains and soothing valleys. It is a common belief that anyone who takes a dip in the pristine emerald waters of the lake is cleaned off their sins.
It is also revered as the lake of Sun God, and it is believed that you can cleanse yourself from all the sins by taking a dip in this sacred lake. During winters the beauty of this lake completely enhances as the mountains surrounding it gets covered by layers of snow, and it seems not less than a heavenly abode.
The most prominent reason why this lake has gained immense popularity is that this lake comes en-route of the Manali-Leh path, which is extremely renowned for bike trips and trekking.
The motorcyclists and adventure lovers often stop at Suraj Tal to give a break to their journey, and they set camps over here for a pleasant stay. This sacred and stunningly beautiful lake is also a dream for every photographer as the scenic beauty prevailing over here seems to be something straight out of a storybook.
Located at an altitude of 2730 meters. Prashar is known for Prashar lake, sloppy meadows, dense forest, and the panoramic view of the snow-clad ranges of Dhauladhar. The “Prashar Lake” which has a perimeter of about 300 meters. is decorated with a floating island in it. Its crystal clear water adds to the charm of this scenic spot.
the lake was formed as a result of the striking of the rod (Gurj) by Rishi Prashar and water came out and took shape of the lake. An ancient Pagoda-style temple dedicated to the Rishi Prashar, the patron God of the Mandi region, stands beside the lake. The temple has been constructed by King Ban Sen in the 13-14th centuries with the Rishi being present in the form of a Pindi (stone).
A walk around the lake gives a mystical experience of calmness of the surroundings. A visit to Parashar is a perfect blend of a spiritual journey and exploring into the serene and beautiful Himalayan mountains. Several camping sites are also located here and it is the base for numerous easy & hard treks.
How to Reach:
The nearest airport is at a distance of about 65 Kilometers situated at Bhuntar in District Kullu.
The nearest Rail Link is the Narrow Gauge line at Joginder Nagar situated at a distance of about 88 Kilometers.
The Prashar is accessible by road from District HeadQuarter Mandi about 50 Kilometers.
The Bhimtal Lake is one of the most popular lakes in the country and draws more than a million tourists every year. The lake is spread over an area of 47 acres, with a huge dam and an aquarium built on an island at the center of the lake, making it a major tourist attraction in Uttarakhand. It is the largest lake in the Kumaon region of the state, which is known for having numerous lakes.
The best thing about the lake is its tranquility and serenity, which make it ideal for nature lovers who like to spend some quality time in such places. A walk along the lake, boating, and exploring the local food stalls are just some of the many activities you can indulge in.
Some Interesting facts about Bhimtal Lake
- The town and the lake are named after Bhima of the Pandavas.
- The old Bhimeshwar Mahadev Temple is believed to be built when Bhima visited the land during Pandavas banishment.
- The old pedestrian trail near the lake area was once part of the Silk Route.
How to Reach :
The nearest airport to the lake is the Pantnagar Airport. You can avail of a taxi or a cab to reach the lake within 2 hours as it is just 55.5 km away from the airport.
The nearest railway station is the Kathgodam Railway Station, which is just 25 km away from the lake.
You can visit the lake by cab or bus from pretty much all the nearby towns as Bhimtal and Nainital.
38 km from Gangtok and at an altitude of 12,400 ft, the ethereally beautiful Tsomgo lake is a must on every visitor’s itinerary. A winding road through rugged mountain terrain and sharp cliffs takes you to Tsomgo, which means the source of the water in the Bhutia language.
The lake derives its water from the melting snows of the mountains surrounding the lake. Of legendary beauty, the lake looks different at different seasons. In winter the placid lake remains frozen with the area around it covered in snow while in late spring the profusion of flowers in bloom adds a riot of colors around the lake.
How to Reach:
The nearest airport to the East district is Pakyong (Sikkim) which is around 32 km from Gangtok. From there one can hire a taxi or bus service to come up to Gangtok. Another airport at Bagdogra(West Bengal. The distance from Bagdogra to Gangtok is 124.5 km and it takes approximately 4 hours to reach Gangtok. Helicopter/ Chopper services are also available from Bagdogra to Gangtok.
The nearest railway station to Gangtok is Siliguri (113 km) and New Jalpaiguri (125 km) connecting Kolkata, Delhi, and other important cities of the country. Rail connectivity is under construction between Rangpo in Sikkim to Siliguri in West Bengal.
From Bagdogra Airport and New Jalpaiguri or Siliguri railway stations, one can hire a taxi Siliguri bus stand. From there, one has the option to travel to Gangtok by Sikkim Nationalised Transport Buses, roughly a 5-6 hour journey. Luxury taxis/normal taxis also can be booked at the airport or railway stations or by tour and travel operators.
Pangong Lake is also known as Pangong Tso is a beautiful endorheic lake situated in the Himalayas and is 134 km long, extending from India to China. Pangong Lake is situated at a height of 4350 m and is one of the biggest tourist attractions of the country. The beauty and allure of this lake has attracted people from all over the country and beyond
The one factor that makes this Lake so popular is the fact that it keeps changing colors. Situated in the Himalayan range it is approximately 140 km from Leh in Jammu and Kashmir. The name of the lake Pangong was got from the Tibetan word Banggong Co which means a narrow and enchanted lake.
HOW TO REACH PANGONG LAKE:
Most people usually prefer taking the Leh to Pangong Tso route. This route will take you about 6 hours and this totally depends on how many breaks you decide to take on your way. This is the route that you will follow:
Leh to Karu- to Sakti- To Chang La- to Durbuk- to – Tagnste- to – Lukung-to- Spangmik-to- Pangong Lake.
Now while you do take this route, you can also explore the many attractions that are located on the way. Hemis and Shey’s monasteries are a few of the attractions that you must explore. This route also has one of the best roads and hence it is also the fastest. It would be recommended to take a two-day trip to Pangong Tso so that you can halt at Leh before you head out to the lake. This will help you acclimatize your body to the high altitude.
Another route that most domestic tourists prefer is the Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso Lake. This route will take you through Nubra valley to Wari La and then to Pangong Tso Lake. Nubra Valley is always the best to halt at for better acclimatization. The Wari La Pass is one of the most secluded passes in Ladakh and it takes about 11 hours approximately to reach your destination. This again depends on the number of breaks you want to take. So it also means that the route is longer as compared to the Leh route and it is also a rough route to cover. Set out early from Nubra valley if you want to witness the much-talked-about sunset at Pangong Lake.
Where To Stay?
If you are looking for accommodation somewhere close to the Lake, then tents are the only option that you can consider. Camping is allowed on the shores of the lake. The region has pretty limited options to stay at and even in the surrounding regions. You could also look for Lukung- they offer decent camping options with Eco Huts. Else, you could also look for accommodation in Spangmik; and these accommodations are standard hotels with just basic facilities. And if you have the skills of bonding with locals, then you will be surprised to know that the locals offer accommodation. The only thing that might be a little uncomfortable for some is the fact that toilets are shared and some are outside the house.
Apart from this, you can also consider some options in Tangtse village situated in Leh. This village is situated approximately 34 km away from Pangong Lake. From mid-range to budget hotels, there are a lot of accommodation options that you can find in Tangtse.
Hotel Pangong Residency is one of the best accommodation options that you can consider. Pangong Residency has an ideal blend of both modern and local architecture. Situated in Tangtse village, the reason why many tourists prefer this hotel is not just for its facilities, but also for its close proximity to the alluring Pangong Lake. The tranquil surroundings and the picturesque landscapes make your stay in this hotel a memorable one. This is an ideal place if you have wanted to spend some time amidst lush greenery and calm environment. The staff is very forthcoming and they ensure your stay with them is a comfortable one. The interesting part about this hotel is also that they provide medical aid ranging from Oxygen cylinders and doctors on call. From here you can explore the village and interact with locals. You never know you might be also treated to the traditional Ladakhi food.
There are some great accommodation options in Spangmik that are homestays. In fact, most of the accommodations found here are homestays and an added advantage with homestays is that they serve delicious home-cooked food. It gives you a feeling of being home away from home. The facilities are all basic and the prices are pocket-friendly. You do not have to burn a hole in your pocket to find accommodation in Spangmik. There are guest houses too like the Padma Guesthouse that offer spectacular views of the Pangong Tso Lake. You cannot book your rooms here in advance and the bookings can be done only after you reach there. The price for a double bed here is Rs 700 to Rs 1000.
For more facilities, you can also try the Himalayan Retreat located in Spangmik which is also a tented accommodation with attached western bathrooms. Electricity here is only for a limited period and the cost for tents here is Rs 3500.