A traveler never needs a reason to backpack, he just needs a destination. You can find several enchanting destinations in North East India if you are a traveler. You can climb the mountains, walk the winding roads, sit and relax by the riverside or simply mingle with the amiable local people. If you are a wanderer who wishes to see some of the hidden wonders of the region, you should definitely see some enchanting lakes here. The North East India is home to several lakes which are tucked between mountains and valleys. The picturesque locales surrounding the lakes make them must-visit destination for the nature and travel lover.
Sangetsar Lake, Arunachal Pradesh
Once you see the lake, you would wonder whether Madhuri Dixit was singing ‘Dekha tujhe to hogayi deewani’ in the film Koyla- for Shahrukh Khan or for the picturesque location. It is no wonder that the lake became popular after the song was shot here. Today this lake is better known as the Madhuri Lake. The Sangetsar Lake is located in a high altitude and is about 30 kilometers from Tawang. The lake is considered holy by the Buddhists monks.Whether you are a fan of Madhuri Dixit or purely a traveller, you would gasp at the enthralling beauty of the lake.
Loktak Lake, Manipur
If you know your geography well, you must have learnt about the largest and only fresh water lake in India - the Loktak Lake. It is located in Manipur and comprises of the floating phumdis. The phumdis are heterogeneous mass of vegetation, soil and organic matters at various stages of decompositions. Large part of the lake forms the Keibul Lamjao National Park which is home to the Manipuri brow-antlered deer (Sangai).
Shilloi Lake, Nagaland
The Shilloi Lake was locally known as the Lutsam. Located in Phek it is a natural lake. The locals called it Lutsam as the term meant a place where water is collected. The beautiful lake is surrounded by pine forests. The British called this pristine lake the Shiloh.
Umiam Lake, Meghalaya
Better known as Bara Pani, this lake was created in the early 1960s as a water reservoir for the hydro-electricity project. Anyone who enters Shillong from Guwahati can catch a glimpse of this scenic beauty. Located just about 15 kilometers from Meghalaya’s capital city, you can enjoy boating at the Bara Pani.
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Rudrasagar Lake, Tripura
The Rudrasagar Lake is famous for the water palace ‘Neermahal’. The palace was the summer resort of the Tripura Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur. The palace was constructed in between 1935-38. The Rudrasagar Lake is also home to several types of migratory birds. If you want to visit the Rudrasagar Lake, plan a trip during the winters when the birds arrive.
Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim
The pristine lake is one of the beautiful locations that exemplify the beauty of the North East. Located at an altitude of 17,100 feet above sea level, it is one of the highest lakes in the world. You almost reach China if you visit the Gurudongmar Lake as the Chinese border is just 5 kilometers away. The lake remains completely frozen during the winter months till up to the end of May.
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