India is home to a part of the Himalayas, and in the midst of the mighty mountain range lie some of the world’s most beautiful lakes. These high-altitude lakes may be tough to get to, but once you do get there, you are guaranteed to be bowled over by the breath-taking beauty of it all. Here are some Himalayan lakes that are sure to blow your mind away!

Gurudongmar, Sikkim

Located almost at 18,000 ft., Gurudongmar is truly a surreal spectacle. Surrounded by towering snow-capped Himalayan peaks, the lake is known to have water that can heal various medical conditions. It is India’s second-highest lake after Cholamu, which is also located in Sikkim. However, Gurudongmar is more preferred because of easier accessibility. However, visitors still need permits to visit Gurudongmar, as geographically it is very close to the Indo-China border.

Chandertal, Himachal Pradesh

Situated in Himachal Pradesh’s Lahaul and Spiti District, Chandertal is a must-visit destination for people visiting the remote Spiti Valley. Dubbed as the “moon lake” for its shape, the lake is located at an altitude of over 14,000 ft. It becomes inaccessible in the winter months as rampant snowfall blocks the roads to the lake, so if you want to pay a visit to this lake, you have to go in the June-September period.

Pangong Tso, Jammu & Kashmir

Covering an area of over 29000 hectares, Pangong Tso is the largest of all the high-altitude lakes in India. In terms of altitude, it is situated at a height of almost 14,000 ft. The majority of the lake lies in Tibet, which makes it heavily disputed between India and China. But despite the disputes, it witnesses a lot of tourists every year, particularly in the June-September period. The lake may be inaccessible in winter, but if you do manage to get there, you are in for a treat, as the surface of the lake completely freezes.

Roopkund, Uttarakhand

Roopkund is India’s third highest lake, and even though it is not as vast and majestic as the other lakes mentioned above, it still makes for an exciting destination. Situated in Uttarakhand’s Garhwal region at an altitude of almost 16,500 ft., the lake is particularly a favourite within the trekking community, as it requires visitors to trek for 5 days to reach the lake. Roopkund is famous as the “Skeleton Lake”, owing to human skeletal remains that were found at the bottom of the lake. It is believed that the remains date back to the 9th Century.

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