Kag Bhushandi Tal is an ablong sacred lake at an altitude of 4730 m, near Kankul Pass (4960 m), in the high Himalayan region of Uttarakhand in INDIA. This is a small oblong lake (Almost 1 Kilometer in Length) cradled at the bottom of Hathi Parvat is an explosion of technicolour. Its water are striking emrald green and its banks are overrun by blooms in various shades- pink, mauve, orange, purples, periwinkle blue, crimson, ochre, rust and greens. Myriad blossoms decorate its banks during the season, a wildest profusion of colours make the trekker forget the hardships and the exhaustion of the trek. The area comes under the
Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, a UN world heritage site for natural diversity.
Set in the lap of Hathi Parvat (6730 mts.), the lake can be approached either from Bhyundar village, near Ghangria, or from Govind Ghat/Vishnu Prayag (which is also the starting point for the Valley of Flowers and Lokpal - Hemkund Sahib Trek). The trek from Bhyundar passes through thick bear-infested, forests and stretches of stinging nettles. In this trek route one has to face big shrubs, rivers, glaciers, passes, moraines and over slippery rocky area.
Above the Kagbhusandi Lake, two huge irregular shaped rocks can be seen sitting on the spur of the Hathi Parvat. According to the local folklore, they are the Kaga (crow) and Garuda (Eagle) who are having a heated discussion on the affairs of the universe. Yet another version narrates the crow as actually being a learned Brahmin from Ayodhya having been unfortunate enough to incur the wrath of the sage Lomasa who lived near the lake, the Brahmin was cursed by the sage and turned into a crow.