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Lakes in Kedar valley (8th Jan 2016) : Uttarakhand has many lakes in the midst of the mountains like Nainital, Deoria tal etc. There are also few other not very known lakes and still unexplored ones. In the Kedar valley there are few lakes known to the tourists and two of the lakes are Chorabari and Basukital.

Chorabari lake is around 3 to 4 km from Kedarnath. The trek is popular one, and needs lot of effort to complete as one has to trek to Kedarnath first. The lake is also known as Gandhi Sarovar, because Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes were submerged in this lake.  The blue waters and floating icebergs of the lake attract the tourists here. The trek to this lake starts through the moraines at the back of the temple of Sri Kedarnath.

Basukital lake is also one of the sought after lakes in Kedar valley. The place has beautiful and bright surrounding in picturesque natural setting. As soon as one reaches this place, the air gets chill and more closer to the Himalayas. The water is clear and often you see ice blocks floating on the surface of the lake. The trek is narrow at the right bank of Mandakini river up 5 km from Kedarnath.  The trek is normally taken during the Kedarnath shrine is open. During winters the lake is totally frozen.

The above treks should not be done without any consultation and professional guidance is extremely recommended.

One other lake in Kedarnath valley is Deoria tal. Deoria tal is at the top of the town Ukhimath. The water supply to the town is taken from this lake. This lake is also worth visiting. This lake is visited by more tourists in comparison to the other two lakes as mentioned. The reason being its being closed to the road head. The trek to this lake is hardly 3 km from the village Sare, which is only 15 km from Ukhimath. On reaching to the lake, one can view the Himalayan chain of mountains. The most prominent one is Chaukhamba. The reflection of Chaukhamba peaks can also be viewed on the surface of the lake. This place can be visited all round the year unlike Chorabari and Basukital.

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