ChandraTal or Chandrataal (meaning "The Moon Lake") is located at a altitude of 14,100 feet above sea-level, in Spiti and Lahaul district of 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 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 Chandra River which merges with Bhaga River to form Chandrabhaga River and later assumes the identity of Chenab.
It is said that, ChandraTal was discovered by traders who travelled to Spiti and the Kullu valley from Tibet or Ladakh. Some say that, this is the site where fairies descended from the heavens. Now ChandraTal is a popular destination for trekkers, camping and nature lovers’ and attracts a large number of photographers and adventure lovers.
During springtime, the meadows here are carpeted with hundreds of kinds of wildflowers. The lake can be visited only during the summer months (June, July, August September). The snowfall starts in October and thus the paths get blocked and are not accessible during winters. The lake also remains frozen during the winters.
To keep the lake and its surroundings clean, camping at the lake side 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.
Explore & Experience-
- Walking by the lake
- Watching night-sky