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Known as the Moon Lake too, this is one which is at a height of 4300 metres and is also the origin of the Chandra River. The lake is about kilometres from Kunzum Pass and a popular place among devotees. This is because this is said to be the same place from where Lord Indra had picked up Yudhishthira, the eldest of the Pandavas to take him on a journey to heaven. The picturesque sceneries and beauty of this place is mind blowing. The waters of this lake are deep blue and is surrounded by lush green grass. What is even better is that the waters are extremely clean unlike other general lakes that we see. The peaks surrounding this lake are even of around 3000 metres to 6300 metres and are namely the Moulkila and Chandrabhaga. You can come here from most other places of Himachal Pradesh even for some adventure camping. This was also known to be the halting area of traders once upon a time when they stopped here before moving ahead to Kunzum and Sarchu.
Mohit Singh Arora
Day 5  was from Kaza to Chandertal via Key Monestery , Chandertal is an amazing place to be and we did camping near the lake and the best place to see the Milky way Galaxy . It was cold and wind was blowing was too fast. very high altitude road VIA kunzum Pass and off roading through out , We reached Chandratal by afternoonNow , it was time to go back to delhi after amazing adventures. We started our journey from Chandertal to Manali via Batal , It was beautiful view and big off roading circuit , We crossed water falls, big nallahs drove on big rocks and finally reach the highway and then to rohtang pass. Spend few mnuters there and then headed to hotel in Naggar
Himanshu Tewari
Here is the trip summary in this trailer of Chandratal Series I wish you a very happy journey :) Don't forget to like the videos if you like it :)Follow me on :► Youtube:► Instagram:► Facebook:► Twitter:
nomad mj
चलो चलें वहां,जहां पहाड़ों की गोद में,एक झील हो,और उस झील में,तैरता हो अपना घर,वो घर,जिसमें बस तुम हो,और हूं मैं ,बंदिशों को भी ,छोड़ आए हों हम कहीं। वहाँ ओंस की बूंदें सब पर मेहरबां रहती हों , वो ठंडी हवाएं , सबको अपने आगोश में ले लेती होंक्यूंकि उन्हें नहीं दिखता कुछ,इंसान और इंसानियत से इतर।वहीं रहेंगे हम दोनोंउन्हीं ठंडी हवाओं के पहलुओं में,कि शोर से दूर वहां ,बस मैं और तुम होंगे कि वहीं लगाएंगे एक हम,अपनी चाय की टपरी,जहाँ मिलेगी गरम चाय,और खुशियों की,कुछ चुस्की।...~Respect Nature and keep Himalayas and Nature Clean!...#TripotoAbHindiMein #Hindi @tripotocommunity
The next morning, we were set to leave for Chandratal from Batal but the Universe had some other plans for me…
After visiting the monastery early in the morning, we left for Chandertal lake in the same traveller and stayed in the camps there for the night.
Debadeep Sengupta
I went to Chandratal lake in August of 2018. we were camping at the Moonlake camps 3km away from the lake. The starting point of the hike is where till our car could go. After that it was a hike of 15-20 minutes. upon reaching the lake we were mesmerized by its turquoise blue waters. The canvas in our minds started to paint quite a colorful picture of the lake as we kept walking along its edges. We did a full circle of the lake and at each turn it was a change of scenery, may it be snow capped mountains or the green pasture where Sheeps and horses were grazing together. The trail along the edges reminded us that the lake itself is a full ecosystem and were greeted by different flora, dragonflies, butterflies and different birds original to Spiti. The silence and calm of the surrounding was a bliss for those who love it and it was broken with occasional chirping of the birds. We spent 4hours there before coming back to our camp.
Gurprit Singh
ChandraTaal or the moon lake get it's name due to it's moon shape .It's beauty cannot be described until and unless you visit this and
Preeti Vishwakarma
The 6th day was for Chandratal, another blissful, Not at all, I would say “Dar ke aage Chandratal Hai”. The roads were so adventurous; it didn’t allow me to leave the rear grab handle of the car. After trekking of 1 KM, we reached our destination “Chandratal”. I was continuously taking short breaths; suddenly I glanced at Chandratal. The aerial view of Chandratal made me feel so composed. I would say, I was blessed by the nature. I had never seen something so magical.
Gaurav Thakur
Day 6: Kaza --> Losar --> Kunzum pass --> Chandratal lakeThe picture of Chandratal lake on the internet is enough to bring you out here. Well, the road is expected to be good till Losar but after Hull village, the route is mostly off-road with very fewer tar roads. Just at the exit point of Losar, there is a checkpoint for all the vehicles. From Losar to Kunzum pass, the road is mostly broken, few slush and water crossings are very common. One will enjoy the landscapes while riding up to the Kunzum pass.Kunzum pass is located at an altitude of 4590 m, try to cross the pass before 12 pm because the weather changes drastically in the mountain pass. Once you cross the Kunzum pass and get down towards Batal, there is a signboard for Chandratal lake route. The Chandratal camping site is 13 km from this point, and the road is very very bad with two major water crossings and narrow roads affecting vehicle movement.It took one hour to cover 13 km and as we reached the campsite, got a tent in Samsung campsite for 1000 rs. per person which is the min. charge there on that day. We planned to visit the lake by trekking instead of riding as it was just a 3 km trek. The trek was quite easy, better to carry food and water. Once you reach the lake, you will admire how beautiful and picturesque is this. The sight of calm Chandra river, snow-clad peak, and the turquoise blue lake are just so soothing that all the efforts and pain to reach here become so fruitful.
Sharayu Bafna
"What do you want to do?" He asks. "Write. Write a lot of books. Sometimes I think that I should run away to my home in Dalhousie and reaching there I want to write, keep writing. Outside, there will be snowfall and inside I would go on writing, writing and writing" She answered. Laughs."What would you want to do, if had a chance?" she asks "I want to see Chandrataal once, before I die. And, paint a masterpiece" he says. "Where is that?" She questions. "Away from Manali, in midst of the Himalayas. Blue, green water. No noises. No voices. Silence. Just silence" he says.This conversation from Lootera, stuck with me. And I wondered, why anybody would want to go to Chandrataal before breathing their last. And now, I do know why.(Its the best at night time, unfortunately no pictures of that)
DAY 07 | KAZA – LOSAR - KUNZUM PASS – CHANDRATAL (MOON LAKE)DISTANCE & TIME TAKEN | APPROX. 100 KM / 5-6 HOURS DRIVE, DEPENDS ON BREAKS YOU TAKE BETWEENOVERNIGHT | CHANDRATALMEAL | BREAKFAST & DINNERToday morning at 09:00 am drive to CHANDRATAL LAKE (4300 meters) through LOSAR VILLAGE and KUNZUM PASS 4600 meters.Upon arrival check in to your camp and have Lunch.Later visit to CHANDRATAL LAKE which is just 30 minutes trek away from the camp site, explore the beautiful moon shaped lake and CB range which the minimum altitude of 5800 M to 6700 M).Return back to your camp for dinner and overnight stay.
Aastha Sharma
Chandrataal is like a dream from open eyes. It is the most divine and pristine sites that should not be missed if you are in Spiti. Chandrataal means Lake of the Moon. Its name originates from its crescent shape.
Aarush Tandon
The moon lake is a definite no miss in your trip to Spiti. The road has it's challenges but is driveable till the last km(hike the way) of the 13-14 km drive from Kunzum Pass Top. Camping in Chandra Taal lake is the option that you should take for your 2nd night's camp stay.
Aarush Tandon
The moon lake is a definite no miss in your trip to Spiti. The road has it's challenges but is driveable till the last km(hike the way) of the 13-14 km drive from Kunzum Pass Top. Camping in Chandra Taal lake is the option that you should take for your 2nd night's camp stay.
Chandratal Lake, Reflections like no other, on water which changes colour throughout the day . - Nature Lovers
Sonia Verma
Day-7 Kaza- Chandratal (110km)The Moon Lake - Pretty hard journey from Kaza to Chandratal, though we were aware of the road conditions but they were much worse than what we thought. Initial 40kms (total of approx. 110) of the ride were amazing, metalled roads, small villages, deserted mountains. After this slab of the journey, the complete off road adventure was waiting for us. The roads were so tough; I am sure enough that It did not allow my rider to leave the rear brake lever. The bike was over stuffed with luggage and pillion, that made us fell off from the bike like 3-4 times on the water crossings, though we were on crawling speeds. Almost after 8 hrs of long, adventurous and scary journey, we reached Chandratal. We managed to get a camp for us soon and settled our luggage. Changed the clothes because they were drenched in water due to the water fall crossings on the way, it was fun though.
10. Chandratal Lake, Himachal Pradesh
Vivek Kumar
By the time we reached at the campsite, it was 02:30 in the afternoon, and our tents were already setup by Prem and associates. :D. As we still did not had any sight of the Moon lake, we were getting impatient by each passing minute to reach there first, hence we quickly had Maggi, fed Barshee, and moved towards Chandra Taal, which we were now informed that, is still around 2.5 kms away.On the way to the beautiful water body, we came across the magnificient view of Samudri Tapu Glacier, which is the Origin of Chandra River, a major tributaries of Chenab to make it more fierce-some.
Varsha Bang
10th September: Day 6, Chhatru to Manali via Chandrataal
Anjali sahrawat
Next day we started from chandratal lake till batal, from where we were supposed to get a taxi for kaza. By evening 6:00 we checked in the hotel. It was an amazing, tiring yet fulfilling journey to Kaza( which, because of landslides and some accident on our way got extended.)
We then moved on from Kaza to Chandratal Lake
Dipanwita Chakraborty
Trek to Chandrataal and witness a perfect mirror-reflection of Lahaul valley
Azee Shady
Best friends love the same thing, silence, serene view >>
Rachit Agarwal
It was 5:00 in the morning when we felt the cool breeze and the chirps of the birds, Shobhit and Ashish were already up setting up things and packing stuff, we had the chance to take a bath but winter was already on the way, so we neglected it.we had booked a Taxi from Manali to Manali over a period of seven days, which was for 28k(everything included), the Driver was one hell of man, now let me tell you the difference between drivers who drive fast and drivers who fast drive, the former ones drive fast neglecting the comfort one feels inside the car and also don't care about their vehicle, he was the latter.
Satyam jain
Chandra Taal (meaning the Lake of the Moon), or Chandra Tal is situated in the Spiti part of the Lahul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh (India). The name of the lake originates from its crescent shape. It is situated at an altitude of about 4,300 metres (14,100 ft) in the Himalayas. Mountains of scree overlook the lake on one side, and a magnificent cirque presents a view on the other. 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 available till a parking made 2km before the lake. Stay options are available 5km before the lake on prebooking. The road from Kunzum Pass is accessible only on foot, and it is about 8 km (5.0 mi) from Chandra Taal.DISTANCE INFO-●Manali to Chandratal Distance: 124 Kilometers●Shimla to Chandratal Distance: 530 Kilometers via Reckong Peo, Puh, Kaza ●BatalKeylong to Chandratal Distance: 120 kilometers●Gramphoo to Chandratal Distance: 70 kilometersThe route which I took was :- Manali to ChandratalIMP NOTE- take a early drive from manali. And you will a bus to kaza early in the morning around 4.30am or 5amThe distance from Manali to Chandratal is not really that much, only 124 kilometers which leads some people like me too, to believe that they can quickly cover this trip but Make no mistake however, this small distance takes almost 7-8 hours to complete because the route is full of mud and and steepy turns and it will be a nightmare to be honest. But after reaching there you will not feel any kind of stress and you will surely have a good time.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 one of two high-altitude wetlands of India which have been designated as Ramsar sites.