The town of Uttarkashi is a paradise for nature lovers and explorers. There are a lot many places to explore here, hidden from the eyes of travelers. Among some of them are Gangori village, Harsil, Khedi waterfall, and Nachiketa taal trek. In this article, we will see detailed info on the Nachiketa taal trek.
Location of Nachiketa taal
The lake is situated at an elevation of 8074 ft, in the east of Uttarkashi district. It is around 131 km from Gangotri and 29 km from Uttarkashi.
Starting point of the trek
The trek to Nachiketa taal starts from Chaurangikhaal, 30 km from Uttarkashi. The entire trail passes through a thick forest. You can spot a wide variety of flora and fauna on the way. The route is full of rejuvenating views of Himalayas peaks which you can savor during your hike. A 3km hike will take you to the placid Nachiketa taal.
You also need to buy an entry ticket from this checkpoint-
Story of Nachiketa
Legend says that Nachiketa was the son of Uddalak and lake was name after him. The 10-year-old Nachiketa found the gateway to hell and the truth behind life and death.
There is a small temple dedicated to Nag devta in the vicinity of the lake. Every year villagers gather around to celebrate Nag Panchami. One can also admire the beautiful view of Banderpoonch peak on the west of the lake.
Some facts about the lake
The Nachiketa lake is elliptical in shape and is there is no inlet or outlet to it. Natural drains are the only source of water, which is managed by the rich vegetation around the lake.
During your visit to the lake, you will meet a sadhu living there for more than 40 years all along by himself. People sometimes bring some groceries and food items for him during visits. You can spot a wide variety of fish in the lake and can also feed them some fish food.
**Don’t listen to what they, go and see it**