Chandra Taal Lake – The Lake Of Moon

Chandra Taal LakeChandra Taal (meaning the Lake of the Moon), or Chandra Tal, is situated at an altitude of about 4,300 metres (14,100 ft) in the Himalayas. Mountains of scree overlook the lake on one side, and a magnificent cirque presents a view on the other. The name of the lake originates from its crescent shape. Situated in the Spiti part of the Lahul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh (India), Chandra Taal is a popular destination for trekkers and campers. The lake is accessible on foot from Batal as well as from Kunzum Pass from late May to early October. <>

There is also a motorable road from Batal which is 14 km (8.7 mi) away from Chandra Taal, but before August, its condition can be bad. The road from Kunzum Pass is accessible only on foot, and it is about 8 km (5.0 mi) from Chandra Taal. Suraj Tal is also accessible Chandra Taal, 30 km (19 mi) away. Vast meadows on the banks of the lake are the camping sites. During springtime, these meadows are carpeted with hundreds of kinds of wildflowers.The most surprising thing about this lake is that there is no visible source of this lake but there is a visible outlet of this lake which means that water to this lake comes from underground. The lake is situated on the Samudra Tapu plateau, which overlooks the Chandra River.

When To Visit

The lake is only accessible from June to Sept. At this altitude the weather can change anytime and it can snow during the summer season.

Climate

Days are not very cold but temperature can drop after sunset.

How To Reach

By Train:
Being a hilly areas and difficult terrain railway is not possible. However narrow gauge line is the only option to reach nearest railway point that is Shimla.

By Air: Nearest Airport is Bhunter near Kullu from Manali side and Jabbar Airport near Shimla from Shimla side.

By Road: Accessible by road from Manali around 115 km on the Manali Leh road, also linked by National Highway No. 22 via Shimla. Buses, and Taxis available from Manali and Shimla.

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