A Himalaya-clad mountain range will not be found elsewhere globally, perhaps the pine trees are the most stunning and beautiful, and still, waters cover all the spell-bounding lakes.
Following the pandemic, here are some charming lakeside destinations in India to help inspire your upcoming vacations. Visit these strange, lesser-known eight destinations while maintaining a social distancing and networking at the same time.
Pangot, in the state of Uttarakhand, is just 10 kilometres from Nainital, the state capital. It is 6510 foot above sea level and has some of Kilbury's most lush mountainous forests, as well as some of the state's most beautiful landscape and Snow View. Mountain biking, parasailing, and mountain climbing are only some of the sports available at a range of camps.
Bhimtal, located in the foothills of the Nainital District, is only 4500 feet above sea level. It is about 22 kilometres from the central city of Nainital. It plays host to a beautiful lake with an island in the centre. Considering it is only a short drive away from Delhi, Bhimtal makes an ideal place for a weekend getaway. There are a few ancient temples that you can visit if so inclined. The 17th century Bhimeshwar Temple is one of them. The small town of Bhimtal has recently seen an influx of new resorts and hotels being built, drawing in more and more people to its quaint life and solitude.
Gavi is part of the Kerala Forest Development Department's ecotourism belt. Green hills and valleys, cascading waterfalls, tea gardens, and cardamom plantations characterize the area. The forest is host to many bird species and big animals, including the Indian elephant and the Nilgiri Tahr and boating in Kochupamba Lake. Also, in the vicinity of Gavi, there are forest camps, or you can remain in Pathanamthitta.
Naukuchiatal, a lakeside hideaway in Uttarakhand, is about 21 kilometres from Nainital. It is a more well-known neighbour. A seasonal source fills the nine lakes, which sits at 1,220 meters above sea level. You should simply go canoeing in the pool. You might also try your hand at angling if the surrounding hills provide quiet walks and opportunities for birding. The Brahma temple is an excellent place to visit if you want to go on a holy run. In addition to the Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN) tourist cabin, there are numerous homestays around Naukuchiatal.
Prashar Lake, Himachal Pradesh
Prashar Lake, commonly known as ’Parashar Lake’, is a famous camping spot in Himachal Pradesh, about 50 km from Mandi. The undulating meadows around the lake are surrounded by dense forests and snow-capped peaks of the Dhauladhar region. At the height of 2,730 meters, the lake features a floating island in the middle. It bears the name of the eponymous sage. A pagoda-shaped temple dedicated to the sage stands next to the pool. While vacationing, you may choose to remain in Mandi or camp by the bank.
Hardly anything surprises you for the breathtaking scenery that this sleepy town offers, with snow-capped cliffs on one extreme and vernal pools on the other, as well as tea gardens and orchards aplenty. The three ('teen') hilltops that imitate kiln ('chulha') about 2 km away outside Darjeeling, West Bengal, give the place its name. A trek to Gumba Dara is in order if you want to get some fitness while on vacation. You can even spend time in Takdah, Tinchuley, and Lamahatta if you have a long holiday at the charming guest houses throughout the area.
Aru, Jammu and Kashmir
Aru village in Jammu and Kashmir, about 15 km from Pahalgam, is postcard-perfect. The town, which is surrounded by green meadows, is the starting point for the Kolahoi Glacial lake trek and several alpine lakes. When the area is snowed in the winter, hiking, like heli-skiing, may be arranged.
Cola beach in Goa is one of those almost-secret beaches is about 50 km from Dabolim by route, not far from Palolem and Agonda, two of its more well-known neighbourhoods. The sea is separated from the aquamarine lake by a shoreline lined with palm trees. Wooded cliffs descend to the ocean, which is only reachable through a paved path. You can either walk down or take the Agonda boat trip from a convenient location. Only a few more lodges and temporary shelters are available for accommodation. Kayaking stands as yet another option to enjoy the beauty of this lakeside holiday destination.
Sometimes, we need to take a break from the demands of daily life to indulge in refreshing, pleasant vacations and live in serenity. And why not choose to live at these serene lakeshores? So, start planning for a short trip to expand your views and give you a boost of energy right after the pandemic gets over!