Top lake destinations in India for a cool summer retreat

May 21, 2024

By: Ayush Mehrotra

Nainital, Uttarakhand

Naini Lake is a pear-shaped lake surrounded by hills, offering boating, yachting, and scenic views. The cool climate and lush greenery make it a perfect summer retreat.

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Dal Lake, Jammu & Kashmir

Known as the "Jewel in the crown of Kashmir," this lake features houseboats, Shikaras (traditional wooden boats), and floating gardens. The serene beauty and pleasant climate provide a tranquil escape.

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Pangong Tso, Ladakh

Situated at a high altitude, this stunning lake stretches across India and China. Its crystal-clear blue waters and dramatic mountain backdrop offer a unique and cool summer experience

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Umiam Lake, Meghalaya

Located near Shillong, this man-made reservoir is surrounded by rolling hills and lush green forests. It offers water sports, boating, and a peaceful environment.

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Bhimtal, Uttarakhand

This serene lake is named after the legendary Bhima from the Mahabharata. It's a less crowded alternative to Nainital, with boating and picturesque surroundings.

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Tso Moriri, Ladakh

Another high-altitude lake in Ladakh, Tso Moriri is less frequented by tourists, offering solitude and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and wildlife.

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Loktak Lake, Manipur

Known for its phumdis (floating islands), Loktak is the largest freshwater lake in Northeast India. The Keibul Lamjao National Park, the world's only floating national park, is located on this lake.

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Nakki Lake, Rajasthan

Situated in Mount Abu, Rajasthan's only hill station, this lake offers a cool and relaxing environment with boating facilities and surrounding scenic beauty.

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Chilika Lake, Odisha

Asia's largest brackish water lagoon, Chilika is a paradise for bird watchers, especially during the migratory season. Its cool breeze and natural beauty provide a pleasant summer getaway.

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