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Ten most popular lakes in India

A comprehensive list of 10 most famous and beautiful lakes in India that you should definitely know and add to your travel list.

Lakes in India, Ladhakh

Pangong Lake

10 Lakes In India 

1. Pangong Lake in Ladakh

  • It is one of the largest Saline lakes in Asia. Pangong Tso is a blue crystal clear lake in the barren land of Ladakh.
  • It is situated at a height of 4,250 metres and covers an area of about 134 km, extending from India to Tibet. However, almost 60 per cent of the lake is located in Tibet, and the rest in India.
  • In winters, despite the saline nature of the waters, the lake freezes completely.
Lakes in India, Kashmir

Wular Lake

2. Wular Lake in Jammu and Kashmir

  • Wular lake is one of the largest fresh water lakes in India and largest in Asia.
  • Located in Jammu & Kashmir, the lake has an altitude of around 1570 metres and holds an importance for the State on basis of its biological, hydrological and socio-economic value.
  • Wular was declared a Ramsar site in 1990.
  • It is important for the abundant fish available and the population around it is dependent on it for food.

    Lakes in India, Srinagar

    Dal Lake

3. Dal Lake in Jammu and Kashmir

  • Known as the jewel in the crown of Kashmir, Dal lake is one of the most famous lakes in India.
  • It is located in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir and attracts tourists from around the world.
  • Shaped like a kidney, it covers an area of 7.44 km with an average depth of 1.5 metres and is also a popular bird watching site.
Lakes in India, Odisha

Chilka

4. Chilika Lake in Odisha

  • It is known to be Asia’s largest saline water lake covering an area of 1165 sq km.
  • Because of the biodiversity and socio-economic value it has, Chilika was designated as a Ramsar site in 1981 to afford better protection.
  • It is home to a wide variety of birds with a lot of birds migrating from different parts of the world – making it a spectacular bird watching site.
Lakes in India, Rajasthan

Lake Pichola

5. Lake Pichola in Rajasthan

  • Lake Pichola, located in the city of Udaipur, Rajasthan is named after nearby Picholi Village.
  • The lake is an artificial formation, and was formed in the year 1362.
  • There are some islands on the lake with palaces which provide a picturesque view of the Lake.
Largest Saline Lakes in India

Sambhar Lake

6. Sambhar Salt Lake in Rajasthan

  • Sambhar is also known as the “Salt Lake of Rajasthan” and is the largest inland salt lakes in India.
  • The saline lake is divided by a dam to help make salt and is spread in an area of 22.5 square km
  • It is a treat for bird watchers.
Lakes in India, Manipur

Loktak Lake

7. Loktak Lake in Manipur

  • Loktak Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Northeast India and is located in Manipur.
  • What makes this Lake different from many others is that it has floating circular swamps, known as Phumdis.
  • The Lake is a lifeline for people living nearby as a source of fresh water. The Lake is home to 233 species of aquatic plants, more than 100 species of birds, and 425 species of animals, including the Indian python and sambhar.
Lakes in India, Ajmer

Pushkar Lake

8. Pushkar Lake in Rajasthan

  • A sacred lake of the Hindus, Pushkar Lake is of the five most sacred pilgrimage destinations for the Hindus in India. It is located in the town of Pushkar in Ajmer district of the Rajasthan
  • The Pushkar Lake is semi-circular in shape and about 8-10 meters deep.
  • Over 500 Hindu temples are situated around the lake precincts.
Lakes in India, Kerala

Vembanad Lake

9. Vembanad Lake in Kerala

  • With 96 km in length and 14 km in width, Vembanad Lake is recognized as the longest lake in India and largest water reservoir in Kerala and the largest lake in the state of Kerala.
  • A lake spanning several districts in Kerala, is known by different names in different localities viz. Punnamada Lake in Kuttanad, Kochi Lake in Kochi.
  • Vembanad Lake is the place known for its serenity, peace and the aquatic animals that breed here. Houseboat ride in Vembanad Lake will take tourist to the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and small islands around it.
Lakes in India, Uttrakhand

Bhimtal

10. Bhimtal Lake in Uttarakhand

  • Bhimtal lake is 1701 meter in length, 451 meter in width and has a depth of 18 meters.
  • It is located at a distance of 22 km from Nainital at an altitude of 1370 meters.
  • The Lake is spread across 63.25 hectares of area with an island at the centre of the lake.
  • It is a perennial lake which not only supports a large variety of aquatic life but is a winter stopover for Trans Himalayan birds.

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