Best places to visit and things to do in India and South-East Asia
Shikara Ride on Dal Lake
Shikara, the little wooden cut vessel, as a rule seen at Dal Lake and Nagin Lake of Srinagar, is one of the entrancing attractions of the city. Recovering the old world appeal, the quick development of a Shikara gives an exceptional approach to encounter the interminable magnificence of Kashmir. Shikara rides in Kashmir are a standout amongst the most dazzling parts of Jammu and Kashmir tourism. An unwinding ride while getting a charge out of the encompassing perspectives around Dal Lake and Nagin Lake is genuinely a worthwhile joy. Shikara in Kashmir is likewise utilized for different purposes separated from relaxation. Shikaras are utilized for offering assortments of blossoms and painstaking work that are very famous among travelers dwelling in houseboats. The white breasted kingfisher, untouchable kites and little grebe are a portion of the basic fowls that can be effectively spotted while appreciating a Shikara ride in Kashmir.
Loktak Lake, the largest freshwater (sweet) lake in northeast India, also called the only Floating lake in the world due to the floating phumdis (heterogeneous mass of vegetation, soil, and organic matters at various stages of decomposition) on it, is located near Moirang in Manipur state, India.
Chamera Lake is a small artificial reservoir formed at an altitude of 1700 meters, fulfilling the water requirements of nearby villages. Located about 25 km from Dalhousie, it is an ideal location for people interested in boating and fishing due to absence of aquatic life in the Lake. Department of Tourism of Himachal Pradesh has opened a Water Sports Sub-Centre for promoting water sporting activities in the area. The reservoir not only creates a beautiful and mesmerizing landscape, but also captivates water sports lovers. You can visit Chameera Lake throughout the year due to its fluctuating day and night temperatures. Snow lovers are recommended to visit during winters when the mountains are capped with snow, completing this mystic and breathtaking panorama.
A small pristine lake surrounded with the mountains, valley and a picturesque hamlet in the mystical land of Himachal. The lake with its natural beauty and cultural innocence, nestled at an elevation of 3662 m, surrounded by willow and poplar trees. Nako lake is bounded by 4 Tibetan temples. Close to the temple, there are four caves which are believed to be the meditation site of saint Padmasambhava. These were the caves from where Guru Padmasambhava gave disclosure to his followers. To experience the scenic beauty, boating attracts people from distant places during summer while the frozen lake in winter becomes hub for ice skating.
The Dal lake is synonymous to a visit to Srinagar and just about a visual meaning of the town. Spread more than 26 sq km, it is the most photogenic extend of heaven on earth and without a doubt additionally the most looked for after attraction. The numerous differents leaders of Kashmir have conveyed such a great amount of progress to the Dal Lake which has brought about our advantage as we get the chance to involvement and appreciate its magnificence. Srinagar has dependably been a charming spot to visit in summer, consequently, making it one of the most loved spots the Mughals and the Britishers got a kick out of the chance to go amid summer. The Mughals saw the potential in the Dal lake and encompassed it with excellent Mughal like-Gardens and structures and furthermore fabricated the Shalimar and Nishad Gardens precisely at a place where the delightful outstretched lake can be found in all its glory. The Dal lake comprises of four primary singe chinars amidst the lake which is a methods for its acknowledgment.
A popular geographic landmark in the hub of the Kodaikanal settlement is the Kodaikanal Lake. You can enjoy a horse ride round the lake while indulging in some balloon shooting. Once a marshy lake, it is now a major tourist attraction. The green valleys surrounding the crystal clear blue waters is a beautiful sight. The lake is well known for the renowned Kurinji flower which blooms every 12 years. Visited by countless tourists every year, the star shaped lake complements the emerald green beauty of the rolling hills. This lake is a haven for all to escape the heat of the tropical summers. This is the nerve centre of the town where you can see fitness buffs and honeymooners in plenty. A trip to Kodaikanal is incomplete without a visit to the Kodai Lake.
The place is a checkdam reservoir in the valley and has enough water for sports like boating, waterski etc. like any other lake on a place of attraction. The place also has few food joints with poor stock of menu items. The views here has the beautiful lake and the hills in the background. The scenic views of the place is perfect for photography and spend a calm evening with your loved ones.
About five-hour drive from Leh, the route to Pangong Lake passes through the beautiful Ladakh countryside, over Chang La, the third highest motorable mountain pass (5289 m) in the world. The first glimpse of the serene, bright blue waters and rocky lakeshore remains etched in the memory of tourists.
A beautiful and serene Saputara Lake is known for boating and the lush green and colorful garden on both sides of it. It is best visited in the morning for walks to enjoy some peaceful time. It is a perfect getaway for eco lovers, wildlife enthusiasts and people who love boat riding. One the greatest attraction at Saputara Lake is boat riding and viewing sunset as the sun dips down in the evening time. At Saputara Lake you can enjoy the lush greenery around the spot and the cool breeze which retreats your soul and relaxes it. Similarly on the western side, we have Sunset point which gives a great view of Dang forest, filled with enormous greenery and a magnificent view as the Yellow colored sun imperceptibly strewing redness on the skyline. People and children here boat riding at day time and sunset view at evening time.
Lonar Lake is an extremely beautiful place famous for the Lonar crater and the lake formed due to a meteorite hitting the earth around 52, 000 years ago. This 6,000 feet wide and 500 feet deep lake is, therefore, an important source of scientific research and educational importance while Lonar crater is the world’s only salt water lake in basaltic rock. The area is also surrounded by a lot of flora and fauna which makes the place even more beautiful and it is the only salt water lake in the basaltic rock in the world. There is also a famous Gomukh temple located at the boundary of the lake where snakes and other animals like fox, mongoose and deer can be spotted. The serene beauty of the lake mesmerizes the tourists around while the scientific importance attracts the attention of science enthusiast.
Ooty Lake is an artificial contribution to nature by mankind. It is a 2 km long L shaped lake formed from damming down mountain streams flowing down the Ooty Valley. Its picturesque surroundings and its ambience make it a perfect getaway near Bangalore for nature lovers. There are forest reserves on banks of the Lake which protect flora and fauna of the region and add to the charm of the area. It was constructed in 1924, and is located behind the Main Bus Stand. Ooty Lake consists of a boat house, where boats and ferries are available, mini gardens, rides for kids, shopping centers, food joints and a toy train for kids. Activities like boating, going for picnics and horse riding are very common here. Summers are the best time to visit this place and to enjoy this scenic beauty.
Pichola lake is one of the favorite tourist destinations in Udaipur. Udaipur often referred to as the “Venice of the East” is also called the city of lakes and palaces. Limpid and large, Lake Pichola is one of the most beautiful tourist places in Udaipur. Pichola Lake is one of the oldest and largest lakes in Udaipur. The lake looks more enchanting with its mesmerizing surroundings. Pichola lake is enveloped by lofty palaces, temples, bathing ghats and elevated hills. The Pichola lake is 4 km long and 3 km wide. The lake Pichola enclosing the Jag Niwas Island and the Jag Mandir is a perfect picture clicking destinations in Udaipur. Along the eastern banks of the lake lies, the City Palace and the southern part has gardens. There are many things to do near Pichola Lake. A boat ride in the lake around sunset offers a breathtaking view of the lake and city palaces. The mesmerizing beauty of the Pichola lake makes it a worth place to visit in Udaipur during your visit.
Fateh Sagar Lake
Fateh Sagar Lake is an artificial lake in Udaipur named after Maharana Fateh Singh. It is said to be the pride of the city of lakes. It is located in the north of the Pichola lake. It lies just beside the entrance to Moti Magri Hill. Fateh Sagar Lake is well planned with three intake channels. It is embellished by three small islands which can be reached by taking a boat ride in the lake. The largest island is developed into a park by the name of Nehru Park. The garden comprises a boat-shaped restaurant and a zoo for children. This island is the favorite picnic spot in Udaipur. The second island is converted into a public park with great water jet fountains. The third island is called Udaipur Solar Observatory, which is the best solar observing site in Asia. You can also hire pedal boats or motor boats to enjoy a boat ride in the lake. Every year a festival called the Hariyali Amavasya Mela is organized at the lake precincts, in the month of Shravan.
Punganoor Lake Park
If you are yearning for a relaxed evening in Yelagiri them the Punganoor Lake Park is where you should be headed to. The ultimate destination for some fun along with peace and calm this man-made lake park lures tourists with its charm and elegance. The Lake Park boasts of a musical fountain and offers boating activities for the tourists. Bordering the lake is a beautiful garden and an amazing kids park. The lake is just perfect for a stroll or to go hand in hand with your loved ones or simply take in the wonderful beauty that Mother Nature has to offer. Set in scenic surroundings with a calm reflection in the waters the lake will leave you mesmerized.
Nestled amidst snow clad Zanskar and Pir Panjal mountain ranges, the Tulian Lake is an Alpine Lake with a height of 3350 metres. This lake is imprinted on many of the tourism ads for Jammu and Kashmir. It is in he shape of the number ‘8.’ The entire setting looks like straight something out of a fantasy world. The lake is covered with floating ice for most of the year. The terrain around this lake is not favourable for travel. So if you want to hike till here, you better hire a guide because there are no marked trails and the population on this trail is very low. The lake is the perfect place to be in solitude as there is no human habitation around and you feel closer to nature than ever. This is a terrific destination where you can experience the untouched nature in all its glory.
Dhankar Lake at an altitude of 4140 meters lies above Dhankar village and acts a source of water for the village. It is around 4-5 kms steep hike from New Dhankar Monastery, it will take you around 45 mins to reach the lake and it is completely worth it. You get an amazing view of Manerang peak- the highest peak in Himachal- from Dhankar. It is not allowed to camp next to the lake. This lake also acts as the starting or ending point of Spiti Left Bank Trek.
Vasuki Tal, Kedarnath
Vasuki Tal, 8Km from Kedarnath temple, in Rudraprayag district of Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand in India is the enchanting lake where lord Vishnu is believed to have bathed in ancient times. Crystal clear water penetrating through the bottom of the lake revealing the rectangular rock stacks is amazing view in Vasuki tal. Songanga, the tributary of Mandakini, originating from Vasuki tal is a catchy view.
Known as Vembanad Kayal, the Vembanad Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Asia. This backwater tourist destination is an enchanting picnic spot, ensuring you a memorable experience. Located in the heart of Kerala, it is a popular backwater stretch attracting tourists from all round the world to experience its serenity. This lake emits sapphire and emerald hues adding to the scenic beauty of the backwaters. This serene and tranquil lake comes alive with the hustle and bustle and chanting of the locals during Onam when boat race takes place. The lake offers various activities to enjoy with your family and friends – boating, fishing or simply explore the rustic backwaters. You can take in the serenity of the waters in canoes or houseboats. Have a lovely time in this enchanting beauty.
Nakki Lake the mythological lake with a very interesting story behind its creation is the heart of Mount Abu, the legend has it that this lake was dugg by Gods using their nails or nakh that’s why the name Nakki Lake – few sections of local tribes also consider Nakki Lake as a holy lake and worship it, Nakki lake is also the only Indian artificial lake situated at a height of 1200 Mtr’s above sea level.
A wonder of nature. A breathtaking lake which was formed due to an Earth Quake. The original name of the lake is Sangetsar Lake, but since this lake was the shooting location of the movie Koyla starring Shahrukh Khan & Madhuri Dixit, it got a second name as “Madhuri Lake”. The original name of the lake is Sangetsar Lake, but since this lake was the shooting location of the movie Koyla starring Shahrukh Khan & Madhuri Dixit, it got a second name as “Madhuri Lake”.
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