Shimla City Guide
As a collection of precious jewels adorning a beautiful body, the lakes of Himachal Pradesh have enhanced Himachal's varied landscape. Many are sources of the rivers that start as tiny streams and grow to become the mighty rivers that feed the fertile valleys of the state and the Gangetic plains of north India. These water-bodies have also opened a tremendous range of activity that includes boating, swimming, canoeing, water- skiing, kayaking, sailing, surfing and fishing.
Lakes Of Himachal Pradesh
Light blue diamonds set amidst the lush green of low rolling hillsand acres of bare rock on high mountain tops, Himachal Pradesh has dozens of large and small lakes spread over the state. Some are natural bequests that may well date back millions of years to the time when region was a vast inland sea. Today, they are fed by streams of pure snow-melt or by ground-water springs. Practically without exception, they are held sacred - or at the very least - have fascinating legends merging with their crystal-clear waters. Other lakes are far more recent, and are man-made reservoirs. Every year a large number of tourists throng to Himachal Pardesh to participate in several adventurous sports activities, that are organized by the travel & tourism department of Himachal Pradesh.
Renuka Lake is located at a distance of 37 km from Nahan and 60 km from Paonta Sahib covering an area of 2.5 km. Situated amidst lush green forests of Indian Himalayas, the surroundings of the Lake offers an excellent venue to tourists for the adventure sports like trekking and mountaineering. On the turf of Renuka Lake boating and fishing is also allowed by the travel & tourism department of Himachal Pradesh. The surrounding hills of Renuka Lake supports variety of plant and animal life. By seeing the abundance availability of wild life in the region, the state government of Himachal Pradesh has constructed a mini Zoo. There are variety of species kept in the zoo for public viewing, some of them are Himalayan black beer, spotted deer, barking beer and many more other distinct species. Apart from the nature's splendor, it has holistic values too. One of the popular temple of Himachal Pradesh, Renukaji is situated on the bank of this lake. Tourists flock to the destinations across the world to indulge in adventure sports and sightseeing.
Situated at a height of 1360m above sea-level, Rewalsar Lake is located at a distance of 24 km from the city of Mandi in Himachal Pradesh. A square shaped like lake is surrounded by mountain spur and dense vegetation. It appears like a dark jewel nestling between the high hills of Indian Himalaya. Apart from the scenic beauty of the lake, the spot is also famous among the Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists pilgrim. Monastery dedicated to great teacher Padamsambhava is famous among Buddhist pilgrim, a Gurudwara dedicated to Guru Gobind Singh is famous among Sikhs pilgrim and three temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Krishna and Lomas are popular among Hindu pilgrim.
Prashar Lake is located at a distance of 40 km from Mandi in Himachal Pradesh. The sage Prashar is supposed to have meditated at the bank of this lake and the lake houses three-tiered Pagoda like temple dedicated to sage Prashar. Prashar Lake is also a symbol of natural beauty which is overlooked by snow-draped peaks.
Maharana Pratap Sagar -- a reservoir
Situated at a height of 450m above sea-level, Maharana Paratap Sagar falls under the jurisdiction of Kangra district, which is located at a distance of 55 km from Dharamsala and 110 km from Amritsar. Once known as Pong Dam reservoir, the Maharana Pratap Sagar derives its name from great patriot Maharana Paratap Singh. Built in the year 1976, the Maharana Pratap Sagar has an area of 45,000 hectares of maximum possible flooding. In the year 1983, it has been declared as a wildlife sanctuary by the government of Himachal Pradesh that houses 220 species of birds belonging to 54 families. The plain portion of the sanctuary has barking beer, sambar, wild boars and leopards. The Maharana Paratap Sagar is also known for its 27 species and sub species of fish. Beside such assets, the Sagar offers an excellent opportunity to tourists for river rafting, fishing and other water sports activities.
Gobind sagar is located in the districts of Bilaspur, which is 83 km away from Anandpur Sahib in Himachal pradesh. One of India's largest and world's highest gravity Dams, Bhakra-Nangal Dam is built on the bank of Gobind Sagar. Built in the year 1976, the Gobind Sagar feeds electricity and water to several states of North India. Spread over an area of 170 sq km, the Gobind Sagar houses variety of birds. The travel & tourism department of Himachal Pradesh permits fishing in the Gobind Sagar and the permit can be obtained from the department of fisheries at Bilaspur. During the month of October and November a variety of water sports activities are organized by the Department of Tourism & Civil Aviation. Tourists can enjoy water-skiing, sailing, Kayaking and water-scooter racing on the turf of Gobind Sagar.
Situated at a height of 1775m above sea-level, Dal Lake comes under the region of Kangra district, which is 11 km away from Dharamsala. Nestling amidst lush green forests of deodar trees, the Dal Lake is famous for its scenic beauty and pilgrimage center. On the bank of Dal Lake a famous Lord Shiva temple is located, which is considered to be very sacred. Every year during the month of September, a huge number of tourists flock to the Dal Lake to attain famous festival celebrated to mark the presence of Lord Shiva.
Chandra Tal Lake
Chandra Tal Lake falls at a distance of 6 km from Kunzam Pass that connects the lake to Lahaul and Spiti region of Himachal Pradesh. Situated at a height of 4300m above sea-level, Chandra Lake is spread.