With their shimmering waters and compelling reflections, lakes make for some of the most spectacular spots on earth, no matter how they are bordered, be it mountains, overgrown forests or even desert. Lakes always have something about their magical appearance.
Have you ever questioned which lake has the most beautiful appearance? The answer to this question might be objective, but we cannot pick one out of these 117 millions lakes that are either in tiny-grass lined ponds or are massive freshwater expanses. Although it is not easy to pick the best among these, so here we bring you a list with some of the most beautiful lakes of the world so that you feel a bit encouraged to step up and travel and witness these magical places.
The tranquillity, harmony and peace of nature is all you need to take a break from all the hustle-bustle of your life. The lakes differ in the details, but their unique build is worth a visit.
The deepest lake in the whole of the States, Crater Lake is set in the caldera of a volcano that caved in long ago. Prominently known for its deep blue colour and crystal-clear waters, the lake makes for some jaw-dropping photos with the disintegrated stony cliffs that surround it. Besides its photogenic qualities, the lake and its surroundings offer untold recreational activities, with hiking, cycling, and camping being popular pastimes. The main feature of the national park of the same name, Crater Lake is one of Oregon’s top attractions.
The deepest and oldest lake on Earth, Lake Baikal is worthy to boast some of the clearest and cleanest waters around. Besides, the enormous freshwater lake contains more water than all the Great Lakes in North America combined.
With so many accolades to its name, it’s no wonder that Lake Baikal is nicknamed the ‘Pearl of Siberia.’ While the lake makes for fabulous viewing when the summer sun shimmers it's dark waters, it is no less impressive in winter when it freezes up two metres deep in parts. Whether it’s ice skating across the surface, hiking along the scenic shoreline, or climbing in the mountain ranges that border it, Lake Baikal is every nature lover’s dream.
Bordered by Israel and Palestine on one side and Jordan on the other, the Dead Sea is the lowest place on Earth. Set amongst the desolate Judean Desert, the lake’s blue waters and salt-lined shore stand out delightfully against the arid, moon-like landscapes around it. While its staggeringly salty waters make swimming a challenge due to its natural buoyancy, the lake’s high mineral content has long seen it heralded for its healing properties. Thanks to its striking beauty and super salty waters, the Dead Sea has welcomed visitors to its shores for well over two millennia.
Located high on the Andean Plateau in Bolivia, the rusty red waters of Laguna Colorada – or ‘red lagoon’ – make for an impressive sight. While local legend has it that the flipping hues of the lake are the spilled blood of the gods, its distinctive colouring is, in fact, due to the algae that reside in its shallow waters. Dotted about its reddish surface, visitors can spot gleaming white borax islands and pink flamingos, while the clear blue skies and glimmering salt deposits along the shoreline add yet more colour to the already spectacular scene. Located just a stone’s throw away from the Chilean border in Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve, this beautiful lake and its kaleidoscopic colours need to be seen to be believed.
Located in the South Island of New Zealand, Lake Wakatipu is well thought of for its spectacular setting, with rugged mountains surrounding it. Of these, the fittingly named Remarkables mountain range is undoubtedly the pick of the lot. Tucked away along the glacial lake’s scenic shorelines is the adventure capital of Queensland. From here, visitors can arrange to go hiking, paragliding, and white-water rafting amongst the incredible nature that surrounds Lake Wakatipu. For an unforgettable view of the gorgeous lake, adrenaline junkies can go sky-diving above its sparkling waters.
With elegant palaces, marble temples, and magnificent mansions stretched along its shores and islands, Lake Pichola in the Indian state of Rajasthan makes for an enchanting sight. Despite its natural appearance, the lake is actually human-made and was built in the heart of Udaipur – the ‘City of Lakes’ – all the way back in 1362. Over the centuries, the sumptuous City Palace was built along its banks, while the lovely Lake Garden Palace was erected on one of its islands. The real show-stopper, however, are the blindingly bright white walls of Lake Palace, which are mesmerizingly reflected in the waters of the lake.
Straddling the states of California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in the whole of North America. Formed over two million years ago, the crystal-clear waters of the lake lie in the Sierra Nevada, with majestic mountains and forests all around it. With skiing and snowboarding to be enjoyed in the winter and hiking and water sports in the summer, there is a myriad of incredible recreational opportunities on offer. In addition, there are lakeside casinos, flashy hotels and ski resorts for visitors to stay at.With so much wonderful nature on show and so many fun activities to try out, it’s no surprise that Lake Tahoe is such a major tourist destination.
Lying in the north of Italy, Lake Como has been a favourite haunt of the rich and famous ever since Roman times. Surrounded by forest-clad hills and towering mountains, its gorgeous setting and sun-kissed shores make it perfect for rest and relaxation.Lining its dark blue waters are elegant lakeshore villas and palaces, with picturesque towns and villages dotted here and there. Add in all the marvellous food on offer, celebrity spotting in Bellagio, and hiking in the mountains, and it is easy to see why it’s such a popular destination.
Set in a scenic spot with lush forests surrounding it and the majestic Julian Alps looming in the background, Lake Bled’s reflective waters are as picturesque as they come. Add in the lovely little island with its Gothic church that lies at its heart, and it’s no wonder that the lake is one of Slovenia’s most popular tourist attractions. Although it can get quite crowded, particularly in the summer months, Lake Bled is not to be missed out on; a boat trip across its peaceful waters to the island is simply a must. Whether blanketed in snow or decked out in autumnal colours, Lake Bled is a special place to visit at any time of year.
Nestled amongst the scenic Shan Hills, Inle Lake is a fantastic place to visit, whether you’re into history and culture or spectacular natural sights. Besides being bordered by centuries-old monasteries and temples, the lake also sports a number of sleepy fishermen’s villages, which are picturesquely set upon bamboo stilts. Now a popular tourist destination, these lakeside communities and their floating markets proudly exhibit Myanmar’s rich culture. The second-largest lake in the country, Inle Lake is home to lots of delightful scenery. A wonderful way to see its many sights is to take a boat trip around its tranquil waters.