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5 Breathtaking Lakes in India

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Nature is our ultimate home. Our man-made magnificent architectural structures or the world’s most delicious food can’t compete with the beauty of mountains and the trail of flowing rivers.

To me, lakes seem to wash off the pebbles on both sides of the bank, and murmur about the sights and sounds they bear witness to. For large blues lakes, it seems as if one blue meets the other blue in an infinite blue tumble. Beautiful seems a lesser word to describe the scene.

Here’s a list of 5 breathtaking lakes in India

1. Chilika Lake, Odisha

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Chilika is a brackish lake located on the eastern coast of India. Fishing is a major source of income for people living near the lake since it has large fishery resources. Moreover, the lake supports inhabitants of over 132 villages and provides a ground for migratory birds during the winter seasons. All this flora and fauna adds to the diversity of the lake, thus making it a point of intersection of beauty of vision and life.

2. Wular and Dal Lake, Jammu and Kashmir

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Both, the Wular Lake and Dal Lake, are sourced from the Jhelum River and are examples of eternal beauty. While Wular Lake is the largest fresh water lake in the continent, Dal Lake is often referred to as ‘Jewel in the Crown of Kashmir’. The snow-kissed mountains in the background, the scarcity of people around and the homely ambience in the houseboats make the lakes a lover’s perfect destination. And by love I mean, any kind of in one’s heart.

3. Loktak Lake, Manipur

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This lake is the only one in the world on which a national park, namely Keibul Lamjao, floats on. Many phumdis (mass of lands) float on the lake however the national park is the longest stretch and thus is like a living miracle for many. The biodiversity around the lake is huge and rich while many endangered species house in here. Largest fresh water lake in North-East India; the Loktak Lake only makes one awe, more and more.

4. Vembanad Lake, Kerala

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A back water lake, the Vembanad Lake sees more zeal and adventure than any other lake in India. It is the longest lake in the country and hosts many boat races and other sports in its domain throughout the year. It is also the most favorite picnic/hangout spot, for both inhabitants and travelers, and reenergizes one thoroughly. A set of four to five small islands are located in the Kochi lake portion which adds to the enthusiasm of the people in Kerala.

5. PangongTso Lake, Ladakh

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Pangong Tso Lake is a beautiful lake shared by Tibet and India. Despite having saline water, the lake freezes in the winter months and is an epitome of silent beauty. The vegetation free mountain surrounds the lake, making a vivid contrast of brown and blue in summers and turning into shades of white during the winters, and leaves the visitors enchanted long after they have left the place. Moreover, the lake is of artistic significance and many series of film shooting have taken place here. The entire landscape is a sight to behold.

There’s something different about the lakes; something that makes it more glorious than other aspects of nature. It’s the evident movement of water that leaves one gaping and all excited. It’s the hot and cold temperature of the water that travels so easily to our soul leaving us mesmerized.

Author Bio:

Rohit is a traveler, and more than a traveler he is a seeker of life and beauty. He writes regularly at Transindiatravels.com and believes in the vast capability of small things teaching us larger than life sought of lessons.

Eight Interesting People Who Lived in India

India has always been a sanctuary and a land of wonder. Many famous “foreigners” have made extensive visits to India and later have decided to live on permanently. Here is my list of famous people who adopted India as their home.

Alexander

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Perhaps the most legendary historic figure is Alexander (the Great). His name itself has come to symbolize glory and majesty, and is spoken with reverence in India. He had been instructed by his mentor, Aristotle, “If you reach India, bring back 2 of its most exotic treasures; Jain monks.” It is no wonder that both Aristotle and Alexander have been immortalized.

The Roman Empire

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The Romans sailed the seven seas to reach India’s Malabar Coast. They didn’t come for gold. They brought shiploads of gold coins to pay for Malabari Black Pepper in its weight in gold. That’s where all that Roman gold coinage in the vaults of Keralan temples comes from.

Vasco da Gama

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Vasco da Gama was the first European to discover the sea route to India, also covering both the Atlantic and Indian oceans for the first time. An interesting and lesser known reason why he was able to complete this journey by avoiding mutiny was due to his expertise as a prison torturer earlier and the presence of ten of his crew being convicted killers, whose death sentences had been put on hold by the Portuguese King, just for this trip.  Today, to honor his travels, Goa has a city named after him.

Saint Teresa

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Saint Teresa greatly increased India’s honor by spending her life here. Lovingly known all around the world as Mother Teresa, she was an epitome of a missionary. She was not focused on converting others to her faith. Her only interest in life was to serve the destitute and dying in Kolkata. I remember watching a TV interview of hers. She was being amply praised for her selfless, noble life. She responded, “I’m very selfish. I only want to find Jesus. He had said I will come back. You will find me among the poorest of the poor.” That day I realized why she was canonized into a saint.

Ruskin Bond

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Born in Kasauli, Punjab and holding an Indian passport, Ruskin Bond is India’s most celebrated children’s books writer. Awarded the Padma Shri in 1992 and the Padma Bhushan in 2014, he now even has a Litrature Festival held in Mussoorie named in his honor.

The Dalai Lama

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Of the many foreigners living in India today, His Holiness The Dalai Lama is probably the most prominent. There are not many people alive who have had not one, but several movies made about events in their lives. The Dalai Lama fled his homeland Tibet, to come to India in 1959, escaping from a threat to his life from the advancing Chinese troops, which included later premier Deng Xiaoping. India even fought a war and suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Chinese for offering sanctuary to His Holiness. Still India never flinches at offering him protection from his tormentors.

In New Delhi, you will find all the international consular staff posted to India. You will also find a lot of foreign correspondents. In fact New Delhi, being thepolitical capital of India, has a thriving expatriate community. Among them you will find William Dalrymple and Francis Wacziarg.

William Dalrymple

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An accomplished author, William Dalrymple is the co-founder of the Jaipur Literature Festival; the largest free Literature Festival in the world. He recently commented during his presence at the Chandigadh Literature Festival, “India has been good to me.”

Francis Wacziarg 

It took Francis Wacziarg 25 years to get naturalized and an Indian passport. He started off in India with an import & export business between his native France and India. He is famous as the co-owner of the splendid Neemrana Resort, located off the New Delhi – Jaipur highway. The fort is also one of the most popular destination for people looking to go for a quick weekend getaway from Delhi.

As you can see, many a foreigner has been charmed by this mysterious and magical land. Of course, the names mentioned above are just a few among the multitude. You too can explore this mystical country and maybe add your name to our list of those who came, were conquered by its romance and never left.

About the Author

Rohit’s most memorable meeting was with a British woman near Jaipur. When he told her that there were four highest holy places of worship in India, she replied, “You mean the seats of the four Shankaracharyas of India.” Rohit knew then and there that India would never leave her heart, no matter where she went in the world.