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Suraj Tal Lake

Suraj Tal Lake
The Suraj Tal Lake in the Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh is one of the most enthralling and amazingly beautiful lakes in the courntry. At a height of 4890 meters above the sea level, the lake is the 3rd highest in India, and 21 highest in the world.

Its name Suraj Tal is made of two word, Suraj meaning sun, and tal meaning lake. This is the reason why it revered as the lake of the Sun God. A holy dip in the waters of the lake is said to absolve one of all sins, thereby cleansing the human spirit. Fed by the Bhaga River, the lake lies just below the summit of the Baralacha Pass. The pass is also known as the pass with cross roads on the summit. It is here that the roads leading to Spiti, Ladakh and Zanskar meet.
Suraj Tal Lake
The lake is surrounded by arid mountain ranges on all sides. It displays the perfect visual combinationof arid hill, with clear blue color waters in their midst, giving a sigh of relief to all passerby. During the winters the mountains are completely covered in snow. It is around the month of May when the glacial snow starts to melt to feed waters to the lake.
The place is mostly uninhabited because of the climatic condition that are akin to those in the Polar Regions. Snowfall, even though scanty, is reported throughout the year. The highest recorded temperature here was 13 degree centigrade, and the lowest was 27 degrees.
The lake is situated in the Upper Himalayan Zone or High Latitudinal Zone part of the Himalayas which has very sparse population with climate conditions akin to polar conditions. Snowfall in this zone, though scanty, is reported to be spread all round the year. Rainfall precipitation is rare in the region.
Suraj Tal Lake
Lahaul Spiti valley is common a destination for Indian and foreign tourists for road trips, trekking and motorcycling which cover the Lake and the Bara-lacha-la pass, en-route from Manali to Leh.

How to get there :-

Suraj Tal is 65km from Keylong, the district headquarters of the Lahaual Spiti district, a frontier district of India which is approachable by road by the National Highway NH 21, also known as the Leh-Manali Highway. The NH 21 is the vital road link for the people living in the Lahaul Spiti district. The road skirts the Suraj Tal and is just 3km short of the Bara-Lacha- la pass. It remains inaccessible from Rohtang Pass to Leh during winter months of November to April since the pass becomes totally snowbound during this period.
While Indian Tourists definitely enjoy a trip to the lake, foreigners too are intrigued by its beauty, and location high up in the Himalayas. Tourists often plan road trips, treks and motorcycle trips from Manali to Leh, covering the lake and the Baralachala pass.
For Bikers too, this trail can be full of adventure and challenges. If you're prepared for rough sloppy roads, do pack your bags for the trips during season that lasts from the middle of May till the mid of October. After this, road leading to Lahaul and Spiti are shut for the season.

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