Chandra Taal Lake – The Lake Of Moon

Chandra Taal Lake
Chandra Taal Lake

Location of Chandra Taal Lake

Chandra Taal Lake is situated in the Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. The altitude of Chandra Taal Lake is 4,300 metres. Chandra Taal Lake is lies between 32° 28′ 30.65″ N, and 77° 37′ 1.42″ E.


The meaning of Chandra Tal is Lake of the Moon. The name of the lake arise from its growing shape. The sweet water lake is around 2.5 km wide. It is the source of Chandra River which merges with Bhaga River to form Chandrabhaga River. This river later assumes the identity of Chenab. This crystal clear blue water lake lies in a broad grassy plain, which in ancient times was a glacier. There is a brownish patch Samundari pani in the middle of the lake. The Chandra Taal is a famous destination for trekkers and campers. The water of the Chandra Taal is so clear that stones at taal are easily visible.

Chandra Taal Lake
Chandra Taal Lake
Source: Infospiti

According to Hindu mythology

According to Hindu mythology the Chandra Taal is the place where Indra the king of gods came down on his chariot to transport Yudhishthira in his mortal from to heaven. The locals believe that fairies visit the lake at night. During springtime the meadows are carpeted with hundreds of kinds of wildflowers.

Best time to visit Chandra Taal Lake: The best time to visit Chandratal is from June end to September end. The lake can be visited only during the three summer months. For the rest of the season, the lake remains cut off and frozen.

How to Access

By Air: The nearest airport is Bhuntar.

By Train: The nearest railway station is Shimla.

By Bus: There is no access to railway station and airport. The Valley is well connected by roads.

Via  Kullu: Delhi – Kullu – Manali – Rohtang La (3978 Meters) – Gramphoo – Chattru – Battal – Chandratal

Via Shima: Delhi – Shimla – Narkanda – Karcham – Powari – Puh – Nako – Tabo – Kaza – Losar – Kunzum La (4551 Meters) – Chandratal.