Amidst all the endless snow, alpine trees, green pastures and arid mountains in the Himachal are many gorgeous lakes; but if you were to pick one for a trip, let it be the Suraj Tal Lake. Located at an altitude of 4950m above sea level, the lake is considered as the third highest in India.
The name, Suraj Tal, is derived from Hindi words; Suraj meaning sun and Tal meaning lake. This is the reason why the lake is revered as the “Lake of the Sun God.” Legend has it that a holy dip in the Suraj Tal Lake can purify one of all the sins. Suraj Tal Lake is located close to Baralacha Pass, which is considered as the meeting point of the roads leading to Spiti, Ladakh and Zanskar.
Suraj Tal Lake is created by the streams of the Bhaga river and Tandi river, and especially during the month of summer, the water also comes in from the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Close to Suraj Tal, the small Deepak Lake is another important attraction that makes for a great stopover.
If you’re a traveller looking for an extensive road trip, trekking or motorcycling – Suraj Tae is the place for you. Motorcyclists and bikers can catch a glimpse of the lake on the most famous Manali-Leh trail. The untouched beauty of the green emerald Suraj Tal Lake also makes for a perfect spot to get some postcard worthy pictures.
However, during the winters the mountains are completely covered in snow. It’s only around the month of May when the glacial snow starts to melt and feeds the water of the lake. The place is mostly uninhabited because of the climatic conditions here; the highest recorded temperature here is 13 degree centigrade, and the lowest -27 degrees.