Under Wraps – Chandratal

I had always wanted to ride to Chandrataal ever since I had started touring. People yearn to visit the ‘mecca’ – Leh/ Ladakh, but Leh has never been in my itinerary, but Chandrataal has ALWAYS been.

I was supposed to ride to Chandrataal this past Friday (18th September, 2009), but got to know that because of heavy snowfall and subsequent landslides, roads are closed. Ofcourse, they open intermittently, but NO-ONE is sure whether I will be able to reach Chandrataal, or will need to come back from mid-way, which would really be heartbreaking, for me.

It seems, I’ll have to wait for May 2010 now, before riding to Chandrataal, which is really disheartening to even think. Chandrataal HAVE to wait. Attached below are a few pictures, for those, who have never heard of the BEAUTIFUL and TRANQUIL lake called Chandrataal

Chandra Taal (meaning the Lake of the Moon), or Chandra Tal, is situated at an altitude of about 4,300 metres (14,000 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 district of Himachal Pradesh (India), Chandra Taal is a popular destination for trekkers and campers. The lake is accessible on foot only for few months in a year, from May to August.

A clear stream of water flows out of the lake. During the day, the lake appears prussian blue in color, and a greenish tinge appears towards the evening. The lake is situated on a plateau (Samudra Tapu) overlooking the Chandra River which originates from a glacier near Bara-lacha-la.

Disclaimer: The pictures below are not clicked by me. They have been picked up from random searches on Google.com, the popular search engine.




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  • Arnab  On November 5, 2009 at 1:22 AM

    I am desperately waiting to see your travelogue after visiting Chandrataal..


    • Bobby Roy  On November 5, 2009 at 11:25 AM

      Hi Arnab,

      For Chandrataal’s triplog, you will need to wait till May-June next year, because that is when the roads would re-open!


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