There are number of lakes and tanks of glacial and tectonic origin in Nepal. Mountain lakes like Rara, Phoksundo, Phewa etc., are majestic in extent and beauty.

                                                                                    Popular Lakes in Nepal Rara Lake

Rara lake:

lake lies at an altitude above 2,990 metres (9,810 ft) above sea level covering an area of 10.8km2(4.2sq mi).The lake having a length of 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) and a width of 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) has a maximum depth of 167 metres (548 ft). It flows into the Mugu Karnali river via the Nijar river(Nijar Khola).Summer is quiet pleasant but winter is cold. The best visiting time to the lake is September/October and April to May.

 

Tilicho Lake:

Tilicho lake is one of the highest lakes in the World. It is 4,949 m high in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas in Manangdistrict Nepal. Another source lists Lake Tilicho as being 4,919 meters high (16,138 feet).Mountain lakes are known to geographers as tarns if they are caused by glacial activity. Tarns are found mostly in the upper reaches of the Himalaya, above 5,500 metres. Due to the extremely inhospitable surrounding terrain and the difficulties associated with reaching the area, this lake is rarely visited by outsiders.

 

Gosaikunda:

Gosaikunda, also spelled Gosainkunda and Gosain Kunda is an alpine freshwater oligotrophic lake in Nepal Langtang National Park, located at an altitude of 4,380 m (14,370 ft) above sea level in the Rasuwa District with a surface of 13.8 ha (34 acres). Together with associated lakes, the Gosaikunda Lake complex is 1,030 ha (4.0 sq mi) in size and has been designated a Ramsar site in September 2007.

 

Shey- Phoksunda lake:

Shey-phoksunda lakeThe Phoksundo Lake is an awesome lake in Nepal. It is said to be the deepest lake of the country. Dopla local people consider this lake sacred. That is because of its color which is aquamarine greenish blue. It is also known as the jewel of Dopla region. A refreshing feeling is experienced as one sees it. There are tall snow mountains around the lake. The surroundings really mesmerize the visitors. Tourists can enjoy the scenic waterfalls, ancient monasteries and mind-blowing landscapes. Located in the lower region of Dopla this lake is 4.8 kms long and 650 meters deep. The lake is holy and roaring too. Since this lake is holding religious importance amongst Buddhists, swimming and bathing are not allowed here.

 

Fewa Lake:

The Phewa Lake is magnificent and majestic. It is the second largest in Nepal. The main attraction of the lake is the temple which is in the form of a pagoda. It has the idol of the Water Goddess or Barahi. This water lake in Pokhara is popular because it provides the reflection of Mt.Machhapuchhre and Annapurna in its clear water. The southern part of this lake offers best views. The Phewa Lake is around 1.5 kms long. It is around 4 km wide. The surroundings of this lake comprise of high white peaks and forests filled with monkeys. The early morning reflections are awesome. Tourists can engage themselves in fishing and boating. This lake has a variety of fishes.

 

Begnas Lake:

begnas lakeBegnas Lake is a freshwater lake in Kaski district of Nepal located in the south-east of the Pokhara Valley The lake is the second largest, Phewa lake among the eight lakes in Pokhara Valley Pokhara Valley.Water level in the lake fluctuates seasonally due to rain, and utilization for irrigation. The water level is regulated through a dam constructed in 1988 on the western outlet stream,Khudi Khola

 

Gokyo Lake :

gokyo lakeGokyo Lakes are oligotrophic lake in Nepal's Sagarmatha National Park, located at an altitude of 4,700-5,000 m (15,400-16,000 ft) above sea level. These lakes are the Nepal's highest freshwater lake system comprising six main lakes, of which Thonak Lake is the largest. In September 2007, Gokyo and associated wetlands of 7,770 ha (30.0 sq mi) have been designated a Ramsar site.

 

The Gokyo lake system of 19 lakes is spread over an area of 196.2 ha (485 acres) lying between 4,600 and 5,100 m (15,100 and 16,700 ft). The wetland lies on the head of the Dudh Kosi , which descends from Cho Oyu. The Gokyo Lakes are considered sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists. About 500 Hindus take a holy bath in the lakes during the Janai Purnima festival, which usually occurs in the month of August. On an average 7,000 tourists annually visit the Gokyo Lakes.

Gajedi Lake:

gajedi lakeGajedi Taal is one of the renowned lakes of Nepal which lies just 3 Kilometres south of Mahendra Highway. The name Gajedi has been derived from the VDC it is located[. This lake spreads to the area of 4.5 square kilometres and surrounds by green beautiful jungle. This lake resides at very beautiful and peaceful place and very near to the World popular historical place Lumbiniwhere Gautam Buddha had taken birth around 2600 years ago.