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Chandratal Lake

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Chandratal Lake is another important place to visit in Spiti Valley; it is one of the fascinating places to visit in Spiti Valley for many reasons. Chandratal Lake is also referred to as Moon Lake as it is in the shape of a crescent moon, and hence the name. The lake is surrounded by snow covered grand mountain ranges and is located in a remote location. This lake is significant for both Hindus and Buddhist, as according to Hindu mythology in the famous epic Mahabharata; it is believed that from here onwards, Lord Indra’s chariot took Yudhishthira to heaven. This spiritual connection adds to spiritual aura of the lake and attracts pilgrims. Apart from spiritual significance, the lake is home to many wildlife species like the snow leopard, red foxes and the Himalayan ibex. You can spot birds as well. For nature lovers and photographers it is a paradise, as photographers can engage in capturing photos that is completely unique for the outside world. This lake is also famous as one of the trekking routes for the trekking enthusiasts, but it is only for moderate and experienced trekkers. The trekking route starts from Kunzum Pass or Batal and all the way till the lake. The trekking route is quite challenging as the hills are stiff and comprises of rugged mountain ranges, completely snow covered. It is highly advisable to go trekking on these routes with the help of experienced tour operators who have all the safety equipments and follows safety rules. If you opt for trekking option from tour operators you can also enjoy camping near the lake and enjoy a stay in the snow covered mountains under the starry sky. The environment is ideal for a peaceful getaway away from the chaotic lifestyle; tourists will have a calm and tranquil stay.
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Best Time to Visit Chandratal Lake

The best time to visit the Chandratal Lake is during the months from July to October when the climate is favorable and the roads are open. The region is covered with snow throughout the year and during the other months; it experiences heavy snowfall and harsh climatic conditions.

How to Reach Chandratal Lake?

To reach Chandratal Lake, travel to Manali and then drive to Batal via Rohtang Pass and Kunzum Pass. From Batal, it’s a 14 km trek or a drive if conditions permit. Alternatively, trek from Kunzum Pass (8 km). Both routes offer breathtaking views of the Spiti Valley.

To reach Chandratal Lake, travelers will have to reach Manali first, from here they have to drive till Batal through Rohtang Pass and Kunzum Pass. Once you reach Batal or Kunzum, you can trek till the lake. From Batal the trek is 14 km and from Kunzum Pass the trek is 8 km.

Best Place to Visit in Spiti Valley

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Spiti Valley is a beautiful place located in the remote part of Himachal Pradesh; it offers the perfect blend of culture, nature, and adventure. Some of the best places to visit in Spiti Valley include:
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