Northeast India abounds in natural beauty, but that doesn’t mean it’s devoid of tourist attractions. Northeast India has some of the most beautiful lakes in the country, offering excellent opportunities for nature photography and relaxation. And with a plethora of places to visit around these stunning lakes, there is something for everyone.
Here are 15 of the most beautiful lakes in Northeast India (in no particular order)
1. Chandubi Lake, Assam
Chandubi Lake is a natural lake located 64 kilometres (40 miles) from Guwahati in Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council, Kamrup District, Assam. It is a natural lake surrounded by green forest, full of aquatic life and birds. The natural lagoon that has formed in the lake is the lake’s main attraction. Visitors can enjoy fishing and rowing on the lake. It is also a birdwatcher’s paradise during the winter, as it attracts a large number of migratory birds. This amazing place forms a large part of the biodiversity of Assam.
2. Loktak Lake, Manipur
Loktak Lake, located at Moirang in the Northeastern Indian state of Manipur is the largest freshwater lake in India. It is a pulsating lake, with a surface area ranging from 250 to 500 square kilometres during the rainy season, with a typical area of 287 square kilometres. With its turquoise waters, this lake is truly a sight to behold.. It has a deep, beautiful turquoise water body surrounded by lush green hills and breathtaking scenery. The lake attracts visitors from all over the world due to its ethereal beauty and floating circular swamps known as phumdis in the local language.
3. Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim
Gurudongmar Lake, at an elevation of 5,430 metres, is one of the highest lakes in the world and in India. It is considered sacred by Buddhists, Sikhs, and Hindus and is located in the Great Himalayas in the Mangan District of the Indian state of Sikkim. From March to June is the best time to visit Gurudongmar Lake because the weather is pleasant and one can see clear crystal blue skies, lush greenery in the surroundings, and the beautiful and divine Gurudongmar Lake.
4. Shilloi Lake, Nagaland
Lake Shilloi is the largest natural lake in Nagaland. It is a beautiful foot-shaped lake in Phek District of Nagaland. It is located in a valley surrounded with pine forests. Shilloi Lake is surrounded by pine forests and meadows. Shilloi Lake is a good place for picnics as it has an adequate number of picnic spots near the lake shore where people can have comfortable meals with their families. The lake is very important to the people of Latsum village because it is believed that the spirit of a holy child rests at the bottom of it. It is one of the reasons why no one fishes in the lake or uses its water for drinking or irrigation.
5. Sangetsar Lake, Arunachal Pradesh
Sangetsar Lake (popularly known as the Madhuri Lake) is one of the largest lakes in Tawang and one of the most popular destinations in Arunachal Pradesh. It was formed by a flash flood following an earthquake in 1950. Sangetsar Lake remains one of the most popular destinations for tourists visiting Arunachal Pradesh. The lake was renamed after the filming of the Bollywood film Koyla, starring Madhuri Dixit. The lake is surrounded by stunning valleys and snow-capped mountains. A leisurely walk is the best way to explore the lake’s picturesque surroundings.
6. Umiam Lake, Meghalaya
Umiam Lake is a reservoir in the hills 15 kilometres north of Shillong in the Indian state of Meghalaya. It was formed in the early 1960s by damming the Umiam River. It is now a well-known tourist destination surrounded by lush forest. Water sports and adventure facilities such as kayaking, water cycling, scooting, and boating are also popular. The combination of all of these activities makes it an amazing travel destination worth visiting.
7. Tsomgo Lake, Sikkim
Tsomgo Lake is a glacial lake in the East Sikkim district of the Indian state of Sikkim, some 40 kilometres from the capital Gangtok. The lake is a tourist spot, popular for its pristine beauty and seclusion, lakeside strolls and trekking trails for hikers. Tsomgo, associated with numerous legends and myths, is revered as a holy lake by the people of Sikkim. The lake site also has a variety of eating stalls serving snacks and beverages, as well as rides on colourfully decorated yaks and mules. Snowboots and gumboots are available for rent.
8. Rudrasagar Lake, Tripura
Rudrasagar Lake, also known as Twijilikma is a beautiful lake in Melaghar in the Indian state of Tripura. The Lake has been designated as National Lake No. 13 as well as an International Lake numbered 1572 as a Ramsar site. The lake is famous for the famous lake palace, Neermahal, which is built in the centre of the lake. It was Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Bahadur’s idea to build a palace in the beautiful Rudrasagar lake, and in 1921 he commissioned the British firm Martin and Burns to build the palace.
9. Tam Dil, Mizoram
Tam Dil, which translates as “Lake of Mustard,”, the second largest lake in the state of Mizoram is located near Saitual Village, approximately 87.5 kilometres from the state capital Aizawl. This is one of the most visited lakes in the state, having been developed as an important pisciculture centre by the Fisheries Department and a holiday resort by the Tourism Department.
10. Tso Lahmo, North Sikkim
Tso Lhamo Lake, at an elevation of 6,200 metres, is one of the world’s highest lakes. It is located in North Sikkim, India, about 4 kilometres southwest of the Chinese border. The scenery at Tso Lhamo is spectacular with its glaciers, snow-capped mountains and beautiful expanses of blue waters. It is regarded as sacred by the local people, particularly Buddhists and Hindus, due to its water’s healing and purifying properties.
11. Ward’s Lake, Meghalaya
Ward’s Lake is a man-made lake in the heart of Shillong. A lush garden with flower beds, cobblestone footpaths, and a captivating fountain surrounds the lake. In the middle of the lake, there is a wooden bridge where one can feed the fish. Boating is another activity that can be done on the lake. There is also a cafeteria where you can get a variety of refreshments and beverages. It is popular among both locals and tourists alike.
12. Mehao Lake, Arunachal Pradesh
Mehao Lake is part of the Maheo Wildlife Sanctuary and is located at an elevation of approximately 3000 feet. The lovely Mehao Lake is a natural treasure, attracting a variety of seasonal birds. There are no fish in the lake because it is low in nutrients and thus crystal clear. A boat ride or a walk around the stunning Mehao Lake fills one with awe-inspiring satisfaction because of its extraordinarily clear water. This lake’s surroundings are abundant in both fauna and flora.
13. Palak Dil Lake, Mizoram
Palak Dil, also known as Pala Tipo, is the largest lake in Mizoram. It is in the Saiha district, near Phura village. The lake is an important part of the Palak Wildlife Sanctuary, and it contributes significantly to the sanctuary’s biodiversity. Nature lovers are drawn to the site by the surprisingly diverse wildlife found in this remote area adjacent to Myanmar’s forests. Despite the fact that a jeep-able road connects Palak Lake to Phura, great care has been taken to maintain and preserve the area’s pristine environmental state.
14. Son Beel, Karimganj, Assam
Son Beel is one of the largest lakes in Assam’s southern district of Karimganj. The most amazing feature of Son Beel is that it transforms into farmland for rice cultivation during the winter until March, after which it fills with water and becomes a lake. The lake’s shallow depth causes it to overflow during the rainy season, where it meets the Kushiara River via the Kakra River and flows to Bangladesh. The captivating seasonal wetland is home to many Hizol trees, which provide an incredible view of the lake.
15. Dumboor Lake, Tripura
Dumboor Lake is a beautiful body of water located in Gandacherra Sub Division, 120 kilometres from Agartala. The lake has the appearance of a tabour-shaped small drum, “Dumboor,” of Lord Shiva, from which the name “Dumboor” derives. A massive and spectacular water body of 41 square kilometres with an endless spell of luxuriant greenery all around stands majestic for her amazingly charming beauty and 48 islands in the center of the lake. Additional attractions include migratory birds and water sports facilities.
Travel Permits to North East India
Visiting to the three states- Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, and Mizoram would require Inner Line Permits (ILPs) while foreigners including Overseas Citizens of India require Protected Area Permits (PAPs) for Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim. Obtaining an Inner Line Permit (ILP) is not required for visiting Assam, Meghalaya, and Tripura for Indians or foreigners.