Lake the Majestica – Chandra Taal

Situated right at the heart of Himachal Pradesh, Spiti, India and at an altitude of 4300 meters is this beautiful and magical Chandra Taal Lake. You get the surprise of your life when you see a beautiful colourful lake right in the middle of nowhere.

 

Best Time to Visit:

It’s connected to Batal – Kaza road through a gravel road of around 25 kilometer, and accessible from June till October, and remains snowed out during winter. Driving is the only option to the lake, other than trekking from Kunzum.

Stay:

Generally private camps are up by early June and stays there till late September. Camping area is situated 4 kms before the lake, and you can also pitch your own tent.

No camping is allowed around the lake to preserve the lake and ecosystem.

You also have option to stay at Losar village which is 60 km from the lake, with little better resources and phone connectivity. Some other options are PWD guest Houses at Batal and Losar.

How to reach

Driving by road is your only option as of now, and either you drive your own car or hire taxi from Manali, Shimla or Kaza. You have two options to reach the lake, either from Manali side or Shimla side, and routes looks as follows:

Route 1: Manali – Rohtang Pass – Gramphoo – Batal – Chandra Taal

From Delhi and self-drive, your plan should look like this:

Day 1: Delhi – Manali or Naggar

Day 2: Manali – Chandra Taal

Day 3: Explore around Chandra Taal

Day 4: Lake – Manali

Day 5: Manali – Delhi

If you are travelling by bus from Delhi, this is how it can look:

Day 0: Overnight bus journey from Delhi to Manali,

Day 1: Taxi pick you up from bus stand, and drive to Chandra Taal

Day 2: Explore around Chandra Taal

Day 3: Lake to Manali and then overnight bus to Delhi, reaching Delhi early morning of Day 4.

Route 2: Shimla – Narkanda – Rampur – Wangtoo – Powari – Nako – Tabo – Kaza – Rangrik – Losar – Lake

For Route 2, you can refer to my Spiti page for the plan and other relevant details

While Route-1  take a day less to reach the lake, but it takes you up to 4300 meter much faster and can trigger Acute Mountain Sickeness, while Route-2 take a day longer, much longer drive but acclimatizes you much better.

Also the roads from the Manali side is much worse than Shimla side, though there are bad sections on both side.

If you are just planning to visit the lake and short of time, choose Route-1. If you are on a longer holiday and planning to visit other areas of Spiti, go for Route-2.

Refer to the map for all route details.

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Driving your own vehicle

If you are driving your own vehicles, it’s recommended to have a vehicle with higher ground clearance. Though hatchback and sedans can do it, but will have tough time on some of patches on both the routes above. Section between Batal and Chandrataal base camp is all gravel broken jeep track, prone to landslides.

Your only fuel options are at Manali, Kaza and Reckong Peo (refer to map).

Make sure your vehicle is serviced and in best of its form as the roads can break the vehicle to any extent.

 

Photography

There are plenty of opportunities of photography around the lake, sunset and sunrise are the best time of lake. Sunrise is much more quitter without any wind, hence you get the best reflection in the still lake. Winds start picking up around 10 Am.

Nights are for some astro photography as you get the clear sky with billions of star over your heads. September is the best time for milky-way and shooting star captures.

There are plenty of opportunities for wildlife photography around the lake.

 

Other Significant things

  • While days are warm, night can really get cold at the camping area, hence prepare well and carry enough woollens for night photography.
  • If you start showing the signs of AMS, immediately get down to either Batal or Losar, you will lose around 400 meters which can significantly help in improving your health.
  • Drive early in the morning when there is less water flowing through the nullahs and you will have less trouble crossing them.
  • There is no mobile connectivity at the lake area. You get some weak phone signals at Gramphoo, satellite phone at famous dhaba at Batal, and then mobile signals at Losar.
  • Keep the camp area and lake clean and bring your waste back to places where you can dispose it properly.

 

 

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Crystal clear water of the lake

 

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Sunset is equally beautiful

 

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Magical show of Light and Shadows

 

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amazing ripples of lake

 

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Peaks around the lake

 

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Beautiful Spiti

Heaven for Riders, Photographers, Trekkers, Poets, Writers and many more, Spiti is one places which can not be described in words. You have to visit this region to believe the beauty it can offer. A variety of Lakes, Monasteries, Glaciers and wildlife, it offers a perfect off city destination to search your soul.

 

Accessible only through road, the whole journey to Spiti itself is a reason to just go out an explore it. Though open all across the year through Shimla side, summers are recommended to vist the Spiti region. Between June to October are the best months to visit Spiti, but winter can offer all together different view, not much seen.

Some of the Key places to visit are, Nako, Dhankar, Tabo, Pin Valley, Kaza, Kibber, Gete, Langza, Hikkim Komic, Ranrgik Losar, Kunzum Pass, Chandrataal, Gramphoo etc.

Some of the major monastery are Kye Monastery, Kaza Monastery, Dhankar Monastery, Tabo Monastery, and few others.

 

You can plan your trip either through Manali side or through Shimla side, but we recommended you doing it through Shimla side as this route acclimatizes much better by the time you reach Chandataal, which is at 4300 meter height.

 

Major town is Kaza, right in the middle of Spiti, which has all kind of stay facility and other little luxuries. But you can find Guest Houses and Home-stays in all other small villages, which gives your a completely different perspective of local life.

 

Typical Drive Plan from Delhi, With good time in Hand :

Day 1 : Delhi – Narkanda

Day 2 : Narkanda – Chitkul (or Sangla in case of Winter)

Day 3 : Explore around Chitkul

Day 4 : Chitkul to Kalpa, via Reckong Peo, Refill fuel, Enjoy Kinnar Kailash view from Kalpa

Day 5 : Kalpa – Nako, road condition at Akpa and Ribba might affect your plan, keep Pooh as another option in mind for night stay

Day 6 : Nako – Tabo

Day 7 : Tabo – Dhankar – Sagnam – Mud

Day 7 : Mud – Kaza (if your are of adventurous kind with 4WD vehicle, you can explore Demul to Komic route as well.

Day 8 : Kaza – Kye – Kibber – Gete – Tashigang – Kibber (night Stay)

Day 9 : Kaza – Chandrataal Base Camp, and visit Chandartaal

Day 10 : Chandrataal – Manali

Day 11 : Manali – Delhi

 

Drop a comment or email if you want more suggestions for your plans.

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 Enjoy Pics of Spiti

Chandra Taal and majestic Milkyway

Chandra Taal and majestic Milkyway

 

Lovely view of Kye Monastery from Rangrik

Lovely view of Kye Monastery from Rangrik

 

Beautiful mountains, art of Nature

Beautiful mountains, art of Nature

 

Beautiful mountains, art of Nature

Beautiful mountains, art of Nature

 

View from Malling Nullah

View from Malling Nullah

 

Apricot blossom

Apricot blossom

 

Magical and Mysterious - Chandra Taal

Magical and Mysterious – Chandra Taal

 

Mystic Kye Monastery in winter

Mystic Kye Monastery in winter

 

Mystic Kye Monastery in winter

Mystic Kye Monastery in winter

 

Mystic Kye Monastery in winter

Mystic Kye Monastery in winter

 

Entering to Heaven, Near Kaza

Entering to Heaven, Near Kaza

 

Early morning and divine sunrise at Rangrik

Early morning and divine sunrise at Rangrik

 

Surprises of mother nature, at Hikkim

Surprises of mother nature, at Hikkim

 

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Colors and more Colors

 

Nirvana, at Chandra Taal

Nirvana, at Chandra Taal

 

Retrospection , at Chandra Taal

Retrospection , at Chandra Taal

 

Lake the Majestica, Chandra Taal

Lake the Majestica, Chandra Taal

 

Lake the Majestica, Chandra Taal

Lake the Majestica, Chandra Taal

 

Kibber village in winter

Kibber village in winter

 

Kibber village in winter

Kibber village in winter

 

Divine Kye Monastery

Divine Kye Monastery

 

Winter in Spiti

Winter in Spiti

 

Hydro Power Plant

Hydro Power Plant

 

Art scapes of Spiti

Art scapes of Spiti

 

Million dolor view

Million dolor view

 

Ariel view of Kye monastery

Ariel view of Kye monastery

 

First light on Kye monastery

First light on Kye monastery, I stationed myself at 5 AM, on the other side, at Rangrik to capture this.

 

Light and Shadows, playing hide and seek

Light and Shadows, playing hide and seek

 

Kaza Monastery

Kaza Monastery

 

More magical colors of Chandra Taal

More magical colors of Chandra Taal

 

Golden sunset at Chandra taal lake

Golden sunset at Chandra taal lake

 

Camping near Chandratal

Camping near Chandratal

 

Kibber village under billion stars

Kibber village under billion stars

 

From Losar to Rangrik

From Losar to Rangrik

 

Beautiful Losar Village

Beautiful Losar Village

 

Beautiful Losar Village

Beautiful Losar Village

 

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