India is a country as diverse in physical features and topography, as it is in its culture and history, which is the reason why it attracts a large number of tourists from all over the world. The country abounds in lakes, rivers, mountain ranges, valleys and deserts, all of which epitomize the exquisite beauty of nature. It has some splendid natural lakes as well as some man made ones.
Here is a list of top 10 most amazing lakes in India:
10. Bhimtal Lake
Bhimtal Lake is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Uttrakhand, lying in the picturesque town of Bhimtal in the Nainital district. The lake, which is larger than the Nainital Lake, has an island in its centre. It is home to exotic species of aquatic animals and migratory birds.
9. Upper Lake
Another amazing Indian lake is Upper Lake or Bada Talab in Bhopal, which is the largest artificial lake in the continent of Asia. The lake provides supply of drinking water to the city, in addition to offering activities like canoeing and boating.
8. Vembanad Lake
One of the longest lakes in the country is the brackish water lake called Vembanad Lake in Kerala. This lake is popular for hosting the world famous Snake Boat Race in the month of August every year.
7. Pichola Lake
The next name to feature among top 10 most amazing lakes in the country is Lake Pichola in Udaipur, which lies in the Aravalli range in Rajasthan. Besides this beautiful lake, Udaipur houses numerous other lakes including Lake Udai Sagar, Lake Fateh Sagar, Lake Jaisamand and Lake Rajsamand, which earns it the name of City of Lakes.
6. Chilka Lake
Chilka Lake in Orissa is the largest inland salt water lake in Asia. In addition to its picturesque beauty, this lake houses an amazing variety of wildlife as well as exotic migratory birds. Besides bird watching, tourists can enjoy boating at this lake.
5. Damdama Lake
One of the largest lakes in Haryana, Damdama Lake is another lake to be included in this list. It lies at the foothills of the Aravallis and is a great tourist attraction for Delhiites, offering recreational activities such as rock climbing, boating, trekking and bungee jumping.
4. Gurudongmar Lake
The next name to be included in the list of most beautiful lakes of India is Gurudongmar Lake, a fresh water lake situated in Sikkim. Lying in the Kangchenjunga range, this is one of the highest lakes in the world. It is a major tourist as well as religious attraction.
3. Loktak Lake
Loktak Lake in Manipur is the largest freshwater lake in the northeastern region, which is also known by the name of floating lake. It holds great importance for the region as it is used for irrigation as well as generation of hydro electricity.
2. Wular Lake
Featuring next on the list of top 10 most amazing lakes in India is Wular Lake, another lake in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It also happens to be the largest fresh water lake in the country, which is the home to countless species of aquatic animals, birds and wildlife. The lake is a major source of income for local population, through fishing.
1. Dal Lake
One of the most beautiful lakes in India is the famous Dal Lake of Srinagar. The serene beauty of the lake, coupled with the artistically decorated houseboats and adventure sports here, make it a major tourist attraction of the city. The lake is also the venue of film shooting of numerous Bollywood movies.