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15 Aug 2020

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Lakes in Himachal Pradesh
Geography, India Geography, Lakes in India

Lakes in Himachal Pradesh 

Lakes in Himachal Pradesh: Famous lakes of Himachal Pradesh   1. Renuka Lake:
  • Largest lake of the Himachal Pradesh, India.
  • Located in the Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh.
  • Spread over an area of 2.5 km and circumference is around 3214 meters.
  • 672 meters above sea level.
  • Named after the goddess Renuka.
  • Renuka temple is located on the banks of this lake.
  • Boating is available, a good destination for nature-friendly holidays.
  2. Bhrigu Lake:
  • Located in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh.
  • 4235 meters above the sea level, surrounded by snow-covered mountains
  • It is believed that Rishi Bhrigu meditated at this lake for a long period of time.
  • Named after the Rishi Bhrigu, a renowned sage in the Hindu religion.
  • May to October is the best time to visit.
  3. Chamera Lake:
  • Artificial lake located amidst a scenic environment in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh.  
  • A water reservoir formed by the Chamera Dam.
  • Located at an altitude of 763 meters from the sea level.  
  • It is a part of the Chamera Hydroelectric Project which is built over the Ravi River.
  • Provides water for irrigation to the nearby villages.
  • Known for water sports activities and fishing.
  4. Dal Lake:
  • Located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh
  • One of the popular tourist spots of McLeod Ganj
  • Spread over an area of 10 square kilometers
  • Located at an altitude of 1775 meters above the sea level
  • A perfect picnic spot for boating.
  • Lord Shiva temple is located on its bank.
  • In September a fair is organized on the banks of this lake to mark the presence of Lord Shiva.
  5. Chandratal Lake:
  • Located amidst beautiful peaks of Chandra Bhaga range in the Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh.
  • Located at an altitude of 4300 meters above sea level.
  • Circumference is 2.5 km and length of Chandratal Lake trek is 22 km.  
  • Crescent-shaped so is also known as the Lake of Moon. 
  • In 2005, it is declared as a wetland of national importance.
  6. Dashir Lake:
  • Located near Rohtang Pass amidst glaciers and Pir Panjal Mountains.
  • Located at an altitude of 4,270 meters above sea level.
  • Also known as Dashaur and Sarkund.
  • A sacred lake, which is believed to have therapeutic properties.
  • Water is clear enough to see right through the lake.
  7. Nako Lake:
  • Located in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh.
  • Located at an altitude of 3,662 meters above sea level.
  • It is located at high altitude so it remains frozen for the most part of the year.
  • Buddhist temples are built on the banks of this lake.
  • Perfect tourist spot to enjoy a quiet holiday.    
  8. Rewalsar Lake:
  • Located in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh.
  • Situated at an altitude of 1360 meters above sea level.
  • Square shaped lake with a circumference of around 730 meters.
  • Also known as Tso Pema Lotus Lake.
  • It is a sacred river for Buddhists, Sikhs, and Hindus.
  9. Prashar Lake:
  • Located 49 km to the north of Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh.
  • Oval-shaped lake located at an altitude of 2730 meters above sea level.
  • It is believed that the sage Prashar used to meditate at this lake.
  • A temple of sage Prashar is built beside this lake.
  10. Seruvalsar Lake:
  • Located in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh; 20 km from Ani in the direction of Jalori Pass.
  • Located at an altitude of 3100 meters from sea level.
  • Surrounded by dense forest.
  • A temple of snake goddess, Burhi Nagini Devi is located on the banks of this lake.
  11. Suraj Tal Lake:
  • Located in the Lahul division of Lahul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh.
  • Located at an altitude of 4890 meters above sea level.
  • Third-highest lake in India.
  • Fed by the streams of Bhaga river.
  12. Dhankar Lake:
  • Located in the Dhankar village in Spiti Valley between India and Tibet.
  • Located 4270 meters above sea level.
  • Source of water for Dhankar village.  
  • Dhankar Monastery is located nearby this lake.
  13. Kareri Lake:
  • Located beside the Dharamshala district of Himachal Pradesh.
  • Located at a high altitude of 2934 meters, so remains frozen during the winter season. 
  • Fed by the melted snow from glaciers and Dhauladhar range.
  14. Gobind Sagar Lake:
  • An artificial lake, a man-made reservoir, made from the water of the River Sutlej
  • Located in Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh
  • Spread over an area of 170 sq. km.
  • Named after the tenth Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh.
  • Founded by Guru Teg Bahadur, so it is a sacred lake for Sikhs.
  • Famous for boating and water sports.
  15. Khajjiar Lake:
  • Located at Khajjiar, in Chamba District, Himachal Pradesh.
  • Located at 1920 meters above sea level.
  • Fed by small streams so stays full of water throughout the year
  • Named after Khajii Nag, a nearby temple’s deity.
  • Kalatope sanctuary is located beside this lake.
  • The floating island, which is made of grass and weed is the main attraction of the lake.
  16. Maharana Pratap Sagar:
  • It is an artificial lake or man-made water reservoir.
  • Located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh.
  • Formed by building a dam on Beas River and spread over an area of 45,000 hectares.
  • A wetland which is also a bird sanctuary frequently visited by birds.
  • One can enjoy water sports like rowing, sailing, canoeing, swimming, etc.

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