The Northeast is a traveller’s paradise, there are just so many places waiting to be explored. If you are planning a getaway where you can reconnect with nature then we suggest you add these picturesque lakes to your must-see list.
Sangetsar Lake, Arunachal Pradesh
The Himalayan landscape will leave you speechless. Considered holy by Buddhists, the lake is located at an impossibly high altitude of 12000 feet. It is also called Madhuri Jheel after the famous film ‘Koyla’ starring ‘Madhuri Dixit’ was shot here. Tree trunks can be seen jutting out of the waters. There is an interesting story behind this. The lake used to be at another location earlier but after an earthquake and subsequent shifting of the tectonic plates, it moved to its current location. The current location used to be a pine forest. Now the forest is underwater and all that is visible is the top of the trunks.
Palak Lake, Mizoram
Palak lake is the biggest lake in Mizoram. It is situated inside Palak Wildlife Sanctuary. It is oval in shape and a paradise for fishes. It is believed that the lake came into existence as a result of a natural disaster, more likely an earthquake or a flood. The local people believe that the submerged remains of a village can still be found under the water. Tropical evergreen and deciduous forests surround the lake.
Shilloi Lake, Nagaland
Shilloi is a beautiful natural lake in Nagaland. One of the most popular tourist spots in the State, the lake is shaped like a footprint. The water is dark grey in colour because of huge amounts of silt. The lake has an interesting legend, apparently one of the local residents had a dream which held a stern warning that locals should never think about letting the lake dry up. Nobody has even searched the bottom of the lake for fear of the prophecy.
Rudrasagar Lake, Tripura
This lake is located about 55 km from Agartala, and is a famous attraction of the State. The incredibly beautiful ‘Neermahal’ Lake Palace is built in the centre of the lake. Rudrasagar witnesses a large number of migratory birds in the winter.
Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim
This lake has a very high altitude of 17,800 ft. The lake is considered sacred because it was blessed by Guru Nanak when he was passing through the area. Surrounded by snow-clad mountains, it remains frozen throughout the winter months. It is believed to have curative properties and people who come to visit often carry the water back to their homes.
By Payel Bhattacharjee