Chandratal or Chandrataal (meaning "The Moon Lake") is located at an altitude of 14,100 feet above sea level, in the Spiti and Lahaul districts of the Himachal Pradesh state of India. The sweet water lake is around 2.5 km wide and lies in a broad grassy plain, which in ancient times was a glacier. The lake got its name because of its crescent shape. It is one of the most enchanting lakes in the Himalayas. The mountains of scree overlook the lake on one side, and a magnificent cirque presents a view on the other. The lake is the source of the Chandra River which merges with the Bhaga River to form the Chandrabhaga River and later assumes the identity of Chenab.
It is said that Chandratal was discovered by traders who traveled to Spiti and the Kullu valley from Tibet or Ladakh. Some say that this is the site where fairies descended from the heavens. Now Chandra Taal is a popular destination for trekkers, camping, and nature lovers and attracts a large number of photographers and adventure lovers.
During springtime, the meadows are carpeted with hundreds of wildflowers. The lake can be visited only during summer (June, July, August September). The snowfall starts in October and thus the paths get blocked and are not accessible during winter. The lake also remains frozen during the winter.
To keep the lake and its surroundings clean, camping at the lakeside is not allowed. The lake is accessible on foot from the camping site and it is a trek of about 2 hours. A ride can also be arranged to the lake, where the hiking part is only for about 20 minutes.
Exploration & Experiences near Chandra Taal Lake-
- Walking by the lake
- Watching night-sky