Madhuri Lake is a travel destination in Arunachal Pradesh that will leave you spellbound.
This hidden gem in the Himalayas is home to the breathtakingly beautiful Madhuri Lake, also known as Sangetsar Lake.
This lake is so remote that you’ll need a compass, a map, and a GPS to find it! Just kidding, but it is one of the remotest lakes in the country, and possibly the world. So, if you’re looking for a place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, this is it!
The Madhuri Lake is a stunning combination of rocky mountains and an ever-present lake that will leave you breathless. It’s no wonder that it was featured in the Bollywood movie Koyla and named after the lead actress, Madhuri Dixit. The lake is tucked between huge mountains and has upright tree trunks standing in its belly as if guarding it. It’s so beautiful that even Buddhists from nearby Tibet come here every year to pray.
If you’re planning to visit, the best months to go are October, November, March, April, and May. Just make sure to pack your warmest jackets because it’s going to be chilly up there. Oh, and one more thing, make sure you’ve adjusted to the high-altitude before visiting, or you might find yourself gasping for air.
When it comes to accommodation, Tawang is your best bet. There are plenty of options to suit all budget sizes, from the Tenzin Guest House to Hotel Gayko Khang Zhang or any one of the Dolma Group of Hotels. And don’t worry about getting hungry because there’s an army cafeteria near the lake that serves up some of the tastiest Maggi, momos, tea/coffee, and other snacks you’ll ever have.
Now, before you pack your bags and head out, there are a few things you need to know. Only Indian nationals are allowed to visit the lake, and you’ll need a permit to do so. You can get the permit from the Office of Deputy Commissioner in Tawang, but make sure to get it stamped in the Indian Army Cantonment of the town. If you don’t, you won’t be allowed to pass the check posts on the way.
So, there you have it, folks! The Madhuri Lake is waiting for you. Just hop on a ASPRTC bus or a private one, or better yet, rent a car and hit the road. The journey from Tawang to Sangetsar Lake can take around 4-5 hours depending on the weather and road conditions, but trust me, it’s worth every minute. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s go!