Chandra Taal

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Chandra Taal
Chandra Taal is located in Himachal Pradesh
Chandra Taal
Chandra Taal
Location Middle Himalaya, Spiti Valley,
Coordinates 32°28′31″N 77°37′01″E / 32.47518°N 77.61706°E / 32.47518; 77.61706Coordinates: 32°28′31″N 77°37′01″E / 32.47518°N 77.61706°E / 32.47518; 77.61706
Type Sweet Water Lake
Basin countries India
Max. length 1 Kilometer [1]
Max. width 0.5 Kilometer [1]
Surface elevation 4250 m
Islands 1
Official name Chandertal Wetland
Designated 8 November 2005
Chandrtaal Sunset.JPG

Chandra 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.[1] 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),[1] 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. 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 lake is situated on the Samudra Tapu plateau, which overlooks the Chandra River.

The lake is one of two high-altitude wetlands of India which have been designated as Ramsar sites.


  1. ^ a b c d "Official Website of Lahaul & Spiti District, Himachal Pradesh, India". Deputy Commissioner, Lahaul and Spiti. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 

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