Rara Lake, Nepal

Rara Lake: A Lake That Changes Three Colors in a Day

Author: Krishna Gamal
Date: 2020-06-18

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Situated in Mugu district of the Karnali zone, Rara Lake is the largest and the deepest lake in Nepal. Over 3 km in width and 5 km in length, Rara Lake is the main attraction of the Rara National Park. Rara Lake lies at an altitude of 2990 m with a depth of about 167 m. Rara National Park is one of the smallest national parks in the country but it is home to a wide variety of plants and animals. Of the 1074 species of flora, 16 are endemic to Nepal. It is also home to 15 species of mammals and 214 species of birds. It is also one of the Ramsar sites (wetland site designated to conserve wetlands and sustainable use of its resources as per UNESCO Ramsar Convention in 1971) since September 23, 2007. 

Rara Lake in the afternoon

Fenced by lush green pine and juniper forest, Rara Lake looks stunningly beautiful. From an aerial view, it gives an impression of a painting from a great artist working his magic on the canvas with impeccable brush strokes and gradient touch. Every view looks surreal and tempting. 

One of the foremost peculiar characteristics of the lake is its color, which seems to alter thrice each day – early within the morning, within the afternoon, and at sunset. Pristine, quiet and serene, Rara Lake is yet another traveler's paradise. Rara Lake also offers boating, but the service is available till 12 noon as after this the place starts getting windy, and chances of the boats turning the wrong way up are high.

You can go around the lake on foot and be mesmerized by its beauty or you can rent a horse as well.

Best Time to Visit

The ideal time to visit Rara is April to May and during September/October. The winter is extremely cold in this region, which starts from December. The temperatures reach way below freezing point, and heavy rainfall occurs too. However, the frozen Rara looks even more exotic and eye pleasing.