Several explorers from throughout the world have mapped the Indian Himalayan area over the years. They have brought us closer to a natural environment that looms in snowbound green valleys, studded with lakes, splashed with waterfalls, and untamed rivers. It is also home to a wide variety of animals, birds, insects, and plants.
Honourable mention! In their search for a new sanctuary in the Indian Himalayan area, they have left no stone untouched. We are only able to be aware of what is concealed in the Himalaya because of the efforts of a few explorers. The rugged and winding roads, travelling through a strange forest and eventually arriving to a location of pure pleasure, delight, and satisfaction
The Indian Himalayan area is home to a number of natural lakes and water reservoirs that serve as the source of numerous rivers and provide a lifeline to the region’s distant residents. According to Indian and Tibetan mythology, some of them are sacred. The Indian Himalayan region’s natural lakes are divided into three categories: high altitude, mid altitude, and low altitude. Our gaze is constantly drawn to the high altitude lakes of the Indian Himalayan area, which appear in our trip journal like emulation. The following is a list of India’s top 12 high-altitude lakes, which are nestled within the Indian Himalaya’s snow-capped mountain ranges.
Gurudongmar Lake (5,243 mts)
The Gurudongmar Lake, which is located at an elevation of 5,243 metres in North Sikkim and is one of India’s sacred lakes, is the country’s second highest lake. Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of the Sikh religion, is said to have stopped by the Gurudongmar Lake on his way to Tibet. The lake is named after a legend in which Guru Nanak Dev Ji broke the upper layer of ice with his ‘dang’ (stick) and declared that the water in this part of the lake would never freeze, and then blessed the lake, saying that anyone who drinks from it would gain virility and strength, as well as be blessed with children. In the late twentieth century, a Gurdwara was built in its neighbourhood.
Roopkund Lake (5,029 mts)
Roopkund, also known as the Skeleton Lake and locally as the Mystery Lake, is a renowned high altitude lake in India and is the third highest lake in India. It is located at a height of 5,029 metres in the Garhwal Himalaya in Uttarakhand. Access to this lake, which is located on the edge of Trishul Parbat, is rather difficult, yet it has drawn hikers from all over the world. Roopkund has gained notoriety for its collection of human skeleton remains, which may be seen at the lake’s bottom when the snow melts. These skeletons are thought to date from the 9th century and belong to a group of pilgrims on their way to the Nanda Devi temple.
Green Lake (4,935 mts)
Green Lake, at an elevation of 4,935 metres, is one of India’s least accessible high altitude lakes, located in the shadow of Mt. Kanchenjunga in the landlocked state of Sikkim. It is India’s fourth highest lake, and Sikkim’s third. The hike goes to the Zemu Valley through a thick and colourful forest studded with rhododendron and blue poppies. The Kanchenjunga range may be seen clearly from the area.
Kedar Tal (4,750 mts)
Kedar Tal, at an elevation of 4,750 metres, is the sixth highest lake in India and the second highest lake in Uttarakhand. It is one of the glacial lakes in the Indian Himalayan area as well as one of the sacred lakes in the Garhwal Himalaya. It is the source of River Kedar Ganga, and the lake is known as Shiva’s Lake since it is said that Lord Shiva contributed the lake to River Bhagirathi. The peaks of Thalay Sagar (6,904 metres), Meru (6,672 metres), and Bhrigu Path (6,772 metres) provide a magnificent panorama.
Vasuki Tal is a character in the film Vasuki Tal (4,730 mts)
Vasuki Tal, at an elevation of 4,730 metres, is the third highest lake in the Garhwal Himalaya and the seventh highest lake in India. It is located on the trail of one of the most difficult treks in Uttarakhand’s Garhwal Himalaya, the Kalindi Khal Trek, which runs from Badrinath to Gangotri via Nandanvan and Gaumukh. Its surroundings provide a nice view of the surrounding peaks such as Bhagirathi, Shivlinga, Basuki, Chandra Parvat, and Satopanth, since it is one of the high altitude lakes in the Indian Himalayan area.
Bhrigu Lake Trek
Many trekkers visit Bhrigu Lake to witness the legendary lake. This hike is located in Himachal Pradesh, approximately 20 kilometres north of Manali, and may be reached through Gulaba.
It is supposed to be the location where the famous saint Maharishi Bhrigu sat in deep meditation. However, we feel that the lake is not the main attraction on the journey. The meadows around Bhrigu Lake should not be missed.
In our nation, getting into an alpine meadow usually requires at least a day or two of walking within the treeline. We’re talking about a two- or three-day climb. Because most alpine meadows begin at 11,000 feet above treeline, this is the case.
However, you will be in the meadows within the first 10 minutes of your tour! Imagine having such pastures in your own backyard.It’s no surprise that we are enthralled by vistas such as those seen in Switzerland.
The meadows on the Bhrigu Lake walk stretch far and wide, almost like an endless carpet. You are surrounded by wild horses that are rushing around you. The grazing sheep look up as you emerge from the woods, almost as though greeting you.
These grassy knolls provide views of the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar mountains, which dominate the skyline.
This is your heavenly garden. The meadows are at their most lush green throughout the months of July to September. Wildflowers can be found in abundance.