CHANDRA TAL LAKE

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Location: 6-km from the Kuknzam Pass, Lahaul Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Circumference: 2.5-km
Altitude: 4,300m above sea level


Chandra Tal Lake, Lahaul Valley, Himachal PradeshThis is a beautiful glacial lake located at the source of the Chandra River in the La haul Valley of Himachal Pradesh. The towering main Himalaya hems the northern periphery of the Chandratal Lake. This lake is fed by melt-waters from the Chandra glacier. The lake is situated at an altitude of 15,500 ft above sea level.

The Chandra Tal Lake lies in a large depression formed by the glacier. The Chandra Tal -- "the lake of the moon" -- is an apt name as it lies in a broad turquoise crescent along the flank of the Great Himalayan range. The high peaks of the Chandrabhaga and Mulkila massifs surround it.

THE LEGEND OF CHANDRA TAL LAKE
This glacial lake was probably formed at the end of the last ice age. When the glaciers retreated, they left behind large "dead" ice masses, which on melting, formed the lake.

According to some believers, this is the spot from where the god Indra's Chariot took the eldest 'Pandava' brother, 'Yudhistra' to 'Swarga', heaven in his mortal form.

Alpine vegetation grows on the surrounding moraines in summer. This lake freezes during the winter season. Its waters are crystal clear. A number of temples stand along the periphery of the lake.

To the north lies a plain of fairly good grass. This little "oasis", sheltered from the bitter winds, is a favorite halting place for shepherds, who bring up large herds from Kangra and Kullu .



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