The Indian subcontinent is a land of contrast. Of the entire contrasting elements, you will find various water bodies like lakes, rivers and seas flowing all over the country. Lakes can be classified into two divisions, one being man made and the other natural lake. The natural lakes can be further classified as fresh water lake and brackish water lake. Most of the lakes in India have been qualified as major sources of tourist attraction. In this because of the diverse topography of the country large mountains & coastlines came up. A few of them have also gained global recognition, for example the Cholamu lake is known as the most beautiful lake in the world. Read on for the most popular and tourist attracting lakes in India.
1. Pichola Lake, Rajasthan
Pichola Lake is one of the most beautiful and picturesque lakes of Rajasthan. It is the oldest and one of the largest lakes of Udaipur. The lake is enveloped by lofty palaces, temples, bathing Ghats and elevated hills on all its sides.
2. Dal Lake, Kashmir
Dal Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in Kashmir with the perfect blend of natural landscape. The lake is one of the major sources of tourism in the state. It is located in the city famous for mosques, Srinagar and is the second largest lake in Jammu & Kashmir. It is also a beautiful bird’s paradise.
3. Loktak Lake, Manipur
Loktak Lake is the largest freshwater lake in the world. This lake flowing in Manipur is also termed as the floating lake. The lake has been a great source of economy for Manipur as it generates hydro power generation, irrigation supply and is a great source for wildlife.
4. Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim
Gurudongamar of Sikkim is one of the highest lakes in the world. This state of India is also known as the land for lakes and also forms the main source of tourism. The lake remains completely frozen during winters from November to Mid-May.
5. Chilka Lake, Orissa
Chilka Lake is the largest brackish water lake and the largest inland salt water lagoon in Asia. Chilka flowing in Orissa is the queen of natural scenery in the state. It is also known as the Swiss lake. Migratory birds and fishing boats forms other attraction of this lake.
6. Nainital Lake, Nainital
The Nainital Lake consists of two V-shaped basins and the shoreline is steep with only a few outlets for depositing silt and debris. It is another tourist attraction lake in the country. This natural freshwater body lake is also famous for its rich flora and fauna.
7. Pushkar Lake, Rajasthan
The beautiful Pushkar Lake is an artificial lake in the Ajmer district of Rajasthan surrounded with deserts. The lake is considered sacred and hence entertains thousands of pilgrims every year. Devotees believe that taking bath in this lake on the full moon day (karthika Purnima) will help them attain moksha or salvation.
8. Upper lake, Bhopal
Upper lake situated in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh is the largest artificial lake in the whole of Asia. It is the oldest man-made lake in India and is famous for its canoeing and other water activities by adventurists round the globe. The lake is also one of the major sources of drinkable water in the city.
9. Surinsar Lake, Jammu
The Surinsar Lake is a beautiful wetland and water bird sanctuary rich in flora and fauna. Situated at a distance of 40 km to the north east of Jammu city, the lake do not permit swimming or boating. However, the picturesque island situated in the middle of the lake attracts nature loving tourists every year.
10. Kolleru Lake, Andhra Pradesh
Kolleru Lake in Andhra Pradesh is a famous shallow freshwater lake in India. It is one of the Ramsar convention wetland sites with floral habitats like Ipomea, Eichornia, Reeds, Tall grasses and fauna habitats like Teals, Pochards, Spot Bills, Brahminy Ducks, Open Bill Storks, Herons etc. Best time to visit is from October to May.
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