Nepal is blessed with the beautiful Himalayas, religious places, exciting trekking destinations, and adventure tourism activities. Nepal offers one of the most beautiful lakes in the world attracting thousands of tourists from various corners of the world. The heaven of the world, Nepal contains hundreds of lakes in various corners of the country. Some of the lakes are easy to reach whereas some are located in the steeps and dangerous hills and mountains. Those lakes have also been the major attraction for thousands of internal tourists. It’s very difficult to compile 5 out of hundreds of beautiful lakes in Nepal. However, I have done my best.
1) Phewa Lake in Pokhara
Phewa Lake is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Pokhara city. The second largest lake in Nepal is located at an altitude of 742 m and covers an area of about 4.43-kilometer square. Phewa is the most visited lake in Nepal with an average depth of 8.6 meters. The Annapurna North range is only located 28 kilometer away from the lake. The main attraction of the lake is the reflection of mount Machhapuchhre and other mountain peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Tal Barahi Temple is located at the center of the lake which attracts thousands of pilgrimages from various corners of Nepal and India.
2) Tilicho Lake
Tilicho Lake is located in the Manang district of Nepal, 55 kilometers far away from Pokhara. Located at the altitude of 4,919 meters, Tilicho Lake is sometimes called the highest lake for its elevation. Being one of the most popular destinations of Nepal, Tilicho Lake was the site of one of the highest ever altitude scuba dives. The journey from Annapurna circuit trek to Tilicho Lake takes 3-4 days. The mountains surrounding the lake are breathtaking and heavenly.
3) Gosaikunda Lake
Gosaikunda is an alpine freshwater lake located in Langtang National Park. Located at the altitude of 4,380 m in Rasuwa district, it has been the major attraction of thousands of tourists from Nepal, India and other corners of the world. The lake goes on to form the Trishuli River. The holy river remains frozen for six months in the winter season. The Gosaikunda area has been the major attraction for thousands of Hindus from India and Nepal. The water of Gosaikunda is considered holy and of particular significance during the Janai Purnima festival.
4) Gokyo Lakes
Gokyo Lakes are the group of lakes located in Sagarmatha National Park, the Everest area. Located at an altitude of 4,700-5,000 m above the sea level. The system of a collection of the highest freshwater lakes comprising of six main lakes, of which Thonak Lake is the largest. The Gokyo lake system consists of 19 lakes which are spread over an area of 485 acres. The lake system is considered sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists. More than 500 Hindus take a holy bath here during the festival of Janai Purnima. More than 7000 tourists annually visit the Gokyo Lakes. The site is a two to four days walk uphill from Namche Bazaar.
5) Rara Lake
Rara Lake is one of the biggest and deepest freshwater lake in Nepal. Located at an altitude of 2,990 m above the sea level. It was declared a Ramsar site back in 2007 including the surrounding wetland. The best time to visit the Rara Lake is September/October and April to May. Rara Lake has been one of the major tourist destinations for a few years ago. Along with the lake, the snowcapped Himalayan peaks attract many tourists.
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