A part of the state of Himachal Pradesh, Chandratal Lake is my first pick. Nestled at a height of 4300 meters above the sea level, this crystal-clear lake lies in the district of Spiti and Lahaul. This crescent-shaped lake is a paradise for trekkers, campers, and nature lovers. The best time to pay a visit to Chandratal is from June through September. The landscape speaks of lush meadows and brown rolling mountains, with the gorgeous Chandra River flowing below. During the day, the lake’s temperature remains mild. However, as the sun sets, the temperature drops as well. Accommodation is easily available and don’t forget to try the region’s local delicacies along with their special “masala chai.”
Situated amid the Himalayan Dhauladhar Mountain Range, Triund lies around 18 kilometers away from the city of Dharamsala. Over the years, Triund has become one of the top must-visit destinations owing to the area’s excellent trekking expeditions. The trek to this plan begins from McLeodGanj. Along the way, soak in the majestic beauty of the nature’s bounty. Do halt at various tea shops dotted along the way and relish a cup of hot tea with snacks and Maggie to refresh yourself.
The best time to visit Triund is from March through November. You can enjoy trekking from March till May and then from September till December. The region experiences heavy rainfall during the months of June and July. So, avoid visit Triund then.
This is one of my favorite picks. Pangong Tso Lake in Ladakh and its scenic beauty is breathtaking and spellbinding. The aura of the region is serene and simply sitting alongside the lake gives you mind, body, and soul the relaxation it needs. Interestingly, many Bollywood movies and songs have also been shot here, at the Pangong Lake. During the winter months, this saline-water lake freezes making it an ideal spot for ice skating.
When in Pangong, you’ll find many small shacks dotting along the lake front. Savor their special maggie, omelets, and of course, hot tea!