Chaurangkhal is located about 29 kms. from Uttarkashi and a 3 kms. trek further up takes you to Nachiketa Tal. This place needs to be visited to be truly experienced. The beauty of Nachiketa Tal cannot be simply described in words. This lake is located in the serene environment and the temple that is located just by the lakeside completes the whole picture. This lake can be visited anytime during the whole year.
The Nachiketa Tal is a very attractive spot that is located amidst some dense forests, and is situated at an altitude of 1,219 metres above sea level. It is about 26 kms. from Nainital and attracts many migratory birds each year, because of the wonderful ecosystem that the place has. Yachts and paddle boats are also available for anglers who are interested in exploring the lake.
The place around Nachiketa Tal is very famous for its orchards, and the fact that it was here, at this very place that Rabindranath Tagore completed his collection of poems called Gitanjali, which won him the Nobel Prize.
It is believed that Nachiketa, who was the son of Uddalak created this lake and hence the name of the lake is Nachketa Tal. However, please note that there are no accomodation options available for the visitor visiting the lake and they need to go back either to Uttarkashi or stay at the PWD House at Chaurangi-Khal.