The land of monsoon, India has a wide variety of landforms. Inland depressions, valleys, or coastal lagoons create a number of big lakes. The lakes in India are not just famous for tourism, they also support livelihood of many people living nearby. After monsoon, most lakes are filled with water and are in their full bloom. Let us look at some of the famous lakes in India, that are not only tourism hotspots, but also provide substantial economic benefits to the locals living around the lake.
Dal Lake in the Kashmir Valley is, no doubt, one of the prettiest places in the world. The lake is surrounded by the Srinagar city on one side and Zabarwan range on the other. It is filled with Mughal gardens on all sides and is dotted with houseboats and Shikaras. Both the tourist and daily life of Srinagar is heavily dependent on Dal Lake.
Imphal’s loktak lake is one of the most picturesque lakes on the planet. The beautiful phumdis, floating over the lake in round circular patterns, makes it very unique. Keibul Lamjao National Park, the only floating national park, is situated in the middle of the lake.
This is one of the high altitude lakes in India which is located in North Sikkim. It is located very close to the Indo-China border. The lake is situated at a height of 5430 metres. While permafrost conditions exist at such a height, Gurudongmar lake remains unfrozen partially even in the peak of winter.
Lonar lake is a crater lake that was created when a meteorite hit the earth long ago. This lake in Buldhana district of Maharashtra is one of its kind in the world as is evident in the images. Its water profile, ecosystem, and mineral content are different from its surroundings.
5)Tso Moriri Lake
This high altitude lake houses the highest permanent settlement village on its banks. At the backdrop of brown mountains and clear blue sky of Ladakh, Tso Moriri takes you to a different world. Tso Moriri is a bit difficult to reach, as the nearest town, Leh is 240 km away, and its 4522 metre height may cause dizziness. But Tso Moriri is worth a visit after taking necessary precautions.
Vembanad lake is located in Kochi, Kerala, and is the largest lake of the state. It forms an important part of the Kerala backwaters, which draws tourism from all over the world. Vembanad lake is also famous for Boat Race which is locally called Vallam Kali. Vembanad lake is a calm, pristine expanse of water, makes it a perfect place for a getaway from the city life.
So, which lake have you visited recently? Do let us know in the comment section below.
Written by – Himadri Paul