Lakes In Uttarakhand

December, 2017 | Post By: Vinay Dobhal | Editor: Neha






Bhimtal

Bhimtal

Bhimtal is situated at a distance of 24kms from Nainital at an altitude of 1,375mts above sea level. Bhimtal is an ancient place named after the legendary Bhima of Mahabharata when Bhima visited the place during the exile period of pandavas. Bhim tal is older than the town of Nainital and is considered as one of the best excursions of Nainital.
The main attraction in Bhimtal is the Bhimtal Lake which has a small island at its centre. Bhim Tal is well connected with Kathgodam and all Kumaon regions and Nepal. It is an unsolved mystery but this place might have been the part of the ancient silk route of China.

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Chaubatia

Chaubatia

It is famous for its fruits and government apple gardens. That is why it is popularly known as Orchard Country. From here Himalayas are easily visible. When you visit this place you can also visit Bhalu Dam which is near Chaubatia. That place is well known for an artificial lake and picnic spot.

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Chorabari Glacier

Chorabari Glacier

Chorabari Glacier which is at a height of 3800 metre comes under Rudraprayag district. Originating from the Southern slope of Kedar dome, Chorbari Glacier is 6 kms long. Chorabari Glacier starts from its accumulation zone ( 6000 mtrs) and terminates at 3800 meters. Kirti stambh, Bhartekhunta and other glaciers divide it from the Gangotri glacier group. This glacier melts to form river Mandakini, which finally merges into Alaknanda at Rudraprayag.
The trek to this glacier is an easier one. Gaurikund which serves as the base camp to Chorbari Glacier can be reached taking motorable road. The trek begins from Gaurikund and goes upto Kedarnath which is 17kms from this place. From there a 3 kms trek takes you to the snout of the glacier.
One can witness a beautiful lake here, called Gandhi Sarovar, which is formed at the snout of the glacier between the rocks and moraines.

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Dodital Trek

Dodital Trek

Situated in north of Uttarkashi and surrounded by dense woods of oak, pine, Deodar and rhododendrons. The crystal clear lake is full of rare fishes and the Himalayan Golden Trouts. The trek from Dodital to Yamunotri takes you through high altitude grasslands and dense virgin forests. The scenery en-route is really astounding.The trek to Dodi Tal commence from Utarkashi to Kalyani and is Approachable by motor. Kalyani to Agoda is gradual climb through woods, fields and villages on a mule track the trek from Agoda to Dodi Tal is steep and through thick forests.

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Hemkund Sahib Trek

Hemkund Sahib Trek

Hemkund is a holy lake, an important pilgrimage of Sikhs and Hindus. It lies near the Valley of Flowers at an altitude of 3050 mts. The sacred beautifully shaped Gurdwara near the lake is visited by large number of pilgrims from all over the world. It is believed that Guru Govind Singh, the tenth guru of Sikhs meditated and united with God at this place. Trek to Hemkund begins at Govindghat, which also acts as a base camp for the trek. From Govindghat, a strenuous trek of 19 Km leads to Hemkund.

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