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Top 10 Scenic Lakes In Nepal To Visit

Updated at Mar 20, 2022by Ashika Sapkota

Nepal is not just the home to the mountains and hills but also the garden of beautiful scenic lakes and rivers also. As we know Nepal is the richest country in water resources, there are many large, small rivers and scenic lakes. Most of the lakes at higher altitudes have religious significance and spiritual beliefs throughout the world.

Rivers and lakes are the direct flow of water from the mountains which is the best scenic part to travel and explore. Nepal is fully blessed with natural beauty and rich in culture as well. Besides being highly diverse and landlocked, the natural resources attract many international tourists as well. Monuments, architecture is historic things that are also the point of attraction.

Many people from different corners of the world are experiencing the beautiful view for many years. If you are planning your vacation to travel to the best scenic lakes in Nepal,  you are here at the right place to enjoy your vacation with our knowledge of research and understanding. We will provide you with all the details of the most visited places for vacation. Let's visit our blog before starting your real journey for vacations.

Popular and most visited lakes

Nepal is a beautiful country surrounded by beautiful natural scenery from everywhere. Many breath takings lakes are situated at the height from sea level. Natural beauties like lakes, rivers, hills, mountains are the best things to add Nepal as the best travel destination throughout the world. Vacation is no more fun than traveling the scenic lakes and the rivers of Nepal. Let's visit all the content before visiting the lakes.

Rara Lake

“Queen of Lakes”

Rara lake is Nepal’s biggest freshwater lake located in the Jumla and Mugu district of Karnali province covering a total surface area of 1062 ha (2620 acres) with an average depth of 100m(330ft). The summer season is quite pleasant whereas the winter is cold but the beauty of this rare lake is forever green and fresh.

The last time of the year to enjoy the holiday in September/October and April to May. December through March, temperatures to the freezing, causing heavy snowfalls up to one meter, closing high passes and the track. April to June is friendly but the season shows the way to the monsoon season-June to August.

Gosaikunda

“The purest holy lake”

Gosaikunda is one of the most beautiful and the holiest belief lake in the country. It lies in Rasuwa district inside the Langtang national park locates at an altitude of 4300 meters.  It is the origin of the Trishuli river which is also known as the fast-flowing river and famous for rafting.  It has been depicted as a religious site for Hindus and religious values carried lakes in Nepal.

Gosaikunda area has been presented as a religious site. According to Hindu mythology attribute, it is believed that God Shiva drank by the immense grief resulting from the death of his wife. Besides, it is believed that the best trekking routes as well. Being surrounded by the beautiful lushes nature, rhododendron, the evergreen forest of pine is the pulse point of attraction of this place. The best time to trek is from February to May and September and December.

Tilicho Lake

“The world's highest lake”

Tilicho lake is located in the Manang District of Nepal which is also the highest lake suited at an altitude of 4919m and  55 away from the hatric rush of Pokhara city. A renowned tourist destination Tilicho is a glacial lake that lies in the Annapurna circuit of the Himalayas. Tilicho lake trek is one of the most popular hiking sites on the Annapurna region.

World highest elevated lake Tilicho
World Highest Elevated lake Tilicho in Manang Nepal

The best time to visit Tilicho lake is in the months of March to May and  September to November. Besides the natural importance of Tilicho lake, it has its mythical significance. According to Hindu mythology, Tilicho lake is the ancient Kak Bhusundi lake, and believe that the sage Kak Bhusundi is the first to deliver the story of Ramayana to Garuda, the ruler of the birds near the lake.

Phewa Lake/Fewa Lake

“Cherrapunji of Nepal”

Phewa Lake, Phewa taal is a freshwater lake suited at Kaski district of Nepal. Pokhara is the top tourist destination because of its boundless Himalayas range, natural resources, lakes, river culture heritage, caves, floras, and fountain. Pokhara is also known as the Cherrapunji of Nepal because of heavy rainfall because Cherrapunji is a location in India that has heavy rainfall through the calendar month or in the year. Phewa lake has gained its significance from its purity and various perspectives in Pokhara.

In addition to all this  Taal Barahi temple located at the center of the Phewa lake is lake has got more immense culture significant. Phewa lake is also one of the most prominent for paragliding because paragliding flights take off from the beside of the Phewa lake. Similarly, the Annapurna range on the north is just about 28 km away from the lake and the Phewa Lake is famous for the reflection of mount Machhapuchhre and other mountain pinnacles of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges on its exterior. September to November is the best season to visit Pokhara.

Phewa lake Pokhara Nepal
Phewa lake Pokhara Nepal

Begnas Lake

“Amazing and panoramic beauty of Nepal”

Begnas Lake is a freshwater lake in Pokhara located in the Kaski district of Nepal. Begnas lake is a well-managed lake for boating so you can spend much more time with nature and the water. The most prominent thing to do in Begnas lake is to behold the most beautiful scene of the mountain range of Annapurna and Manaslu.

The shade of the surrounding hills on the crystal apparent water is the focal point of Begnas Tal. By observing the pure and pristine great things about nature, one can contemplate. To explore the beautiful lake and its surrounding, boating is a good option. The best season to visit Begnas lake is September to December and February to June.

Shey Phoksundo Lake

“Phoksundo Lake is renowned for its magnificent turquoise color and therefore the  spectacular scenery”

Shey Phoksundo lake is the best trekking destination lies in the Dolpa district of Nepal. It is 3611.5m above sea level. It is popularly known for its elegant Turquoise color. It’s a manifestation of natural looks wrapped by mountain-fed glaciers and the fascinating beauty of the entire scenario makes every traveler feel contemplated.

People nearby the lake are governed by Tibetan culture and languages. The perfect time to visit the Shey Phoksundo lake is from the month of March to May and September to November.

Gokyo Lake

“Gokyo Lakes is that the holy site for both Hindu also as Buddhist religion of Nepal”

Gokyo lake is located in Sagarmatha National Park of Solukhumbu district at an altitude of 4700-5000m above sea level. Gokyo is among the most popular tourist destinations leading towards the Sagarmatha base camp and other areas like the Gokyo Ri trek, Cho La Pass. The visit to the Gokyo often includes climbing. The Gokyo lake is considered sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists.

Gokyo lake in Everest Region Nepal
Gokyo lake in Everest Region Nepal

Gokyo Lakes is the most famous tourist destination which provides an immense opportunity to watch the four immense Himalayas of over 8000m of the like Mount Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Makalu, and therefore Ngozumpa glacier, the largest glacier in Nepal Himalayas. The best time for Gokyo trekking is during spring and autumn.

Mai Pokhari

Mai Pokhari is a renowned wetland place located  15km north of Illam district which was designated as a Ramsar site in 2008. The wetland is situated in the mid-hill range of the Himalayas. The wetlands are due to ground subsidence and its source of water is natural springs. Mai Pokhari is the site for both Hindus and Buddhists.

Rare shorts of flora and fauna including white-rumped vultures, leopard cat, goldfish, aquatic plant, etc., and other varieties like orchids, porcupines, etc. are the natural resources of this place. Mai Pokahari can be visited all around the year or throughout the year as the season is always in favor.

Ghodaghodi Lake

Ghodaghodi lake is also a freshwater lake that lies in western Nepal in the Kailai district Nepal covering a total area of 2563 hectares on the lower slopes of Siwalik hills. This Ghodaghodi lake is derived from the Nepali word for meaning male and female horses. The Ghodaghodi lake is an important habitat for birds in Nepal. Ghodadhodi taal is also considered the home for different species of mammals, reptiles, and plants. 

It is also one of the popular lakes in the Terai region of Nepal. This place is also a religious place where different domestic tourist comes to visit here for worship besides enjoying the biodiversity. The majestic view of this wetland with its amazing surroundings and wildlife creatures and diverse plant species are the focused point of this lake. A pleasant view from Ghodaghodi lake makes the visitor visit the lake time and again.

Panchan pokhari (Lake)

“9th highest altitude wetland in the world”

Pancha pokhari is one of the most visited destinations mentioned above lakes. Pancha Pokhara is one of the main features of Langtang National Park located in Nuwakot, Rasuwa, and Sindhupalchok of the central Himalayan region of Nepal. Pancha pokhari is a naturally beautiful lake of Nepal and is religiously influenced by Hindu pilgrimage.

The lake is a combination of five sacred pools so the lake is named Panch Pokhari. Panch Pokhari's journey goes via the rural villages of Sindhupalchowk, where most of the people are from the Tamang and Sherpa communities. All of this, it is a peaceful destination filled with scenic natural views and cultural flairs. Monsoon season is the best season to travel in Panch pokhari.

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