17 Lake/ River/ Ponds to explore in Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh (meaning "snow-laden province") is situated in the Western Himalayas. Himachal Pradesh is spread across valleys with many perennial rivers flowing through them. Almost 90% of the state's population lives in rural areas. Agriculture, horticulture, hydropower, and tourism are important constituents of the state's economy.
Considered to be the birthplace of River Beas, Beas Kund is as spectacular as it is startling. It is said sage Rishi Vyas took his daily bath here.It is highly recommended to reach by noon if you want to adore the sumptuous allurement of the place. The very first sight of the kund is stunning. You will be surprised by the sudden views of the snow-capped peaks, clear blue skies, and the swiftly flowing river.
Brighu Lake is a paradise on earth. Commonly known as the "pool of god", the lake attracts large number of visitors every year. Flanked by snow-capped mountains from all the sides, the lake is situated at an elevation of 4,235 m above sea level. Legends have it that Rishi Bhrigu, a renowned sage of the Hindus, meditated at this site for a long period of time. It is also believed that many gods of the Kullu valley took a holy dip in the hallowed water, and that's why the lake is considered sacred
Chandra Taal lake is on the Samudra Tapu plateau, which overlooks Chandra river. The name of the lake originates from its crescent shape. It is at an altitude of about 4,300 metres. Chandra Taal is a tourist destination for trekkers and campers.
Dal Lake is a small mid-altitude lake(1,775 meters above sea level) situated at a distance of 11 kilometers away from Dharamshala near the village of Tota Rani on Macleodganj Naddi road in district Kangra Himachal Pradesh.Dal Lake is 2KM walk westwards from MacLeodganj bazaar. Nestling amidst lush green forests of deodar trees, the Dal Lake is famous for its scenic beauty and pilgrimage center.
Dhankar Lake lies after a steep trek of 45 minutes. Though the trek seems an easy hike, it is quite difficult. The loose pebbles and the crisp mountain air make you breathless within a few seconds. Dhankar Lake can be reached after a quite strenuous trek. You would want to quit and not continue with your climb but the surprise you get once you reach the lake is beyond words. The breathtaking expanse of cerulean waters is set against the backdrop of snow covered peaks.
The unparalleled scenic view of rolling hills and plains overlooking the azure blue tint of the man-made reservoir of the Gobind Sagar lake is an alluring vista to gaze upon. The gigantic reservoir is formed on the Sutlej river by the Bhakra Dam, one of the highest gravity dams in the world. Built in 1963
Jogini Falls is situated on the Northern edge of Vashisht Village & mark the village boundary. The waterfall cascades down from a height of around 150 feet through multiple levels. There is a small pool at the base formed by the fall and visitors can take a plunge in the water and spend some time. The flow of the water is heaving in monsoons and suggested not to adventure into the water during this time. Jogini mata temple is at the base of the waterfall.
The Kamrunag Lake is one of the many places on earth that baffles the intellect of an average human. It is not an ordinary lake but one that has uncountable wealth stored in its bed. Located in Mandi. the Kamrunag Lake is an oasis for a spiritually-parched soul.
Mantalai Lake is located at 4200 m on the trail to Pin Parvati pass and is the source of Parvati river. The lake is formed by the melting of snow from the nearby mountains and glaciers. There is a legend associated with a stone crossing at Mantalai and a shrine lined with tridents has been built to this effect. The Parvati river is crossed on Pandu Pul, which marks the route that the Pandava brothers took in an earlier age.
This stunning kund or water resource is located at the Manali keylogn road. it is named after the primeminsiter of India. Jawaharlal Nehru who is said to have had water from the natural spring when he used to stay in Manali. The water in it is so tasty and is so clear . It is a photographic spot and a famous tourist spot.
The lake is located at a height of 2730 m above sea level. With deep blue waters, the lake is held sacred to the sage Prashar and he is regarded to have meditated there. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks and looking down on the fast flowing river Beas. This wooden temple has a pagoda style of architecture with intricate carvings of animals and serpents. As legend states, it is made of deodar wood. The region has emerged as a popular tourist destination besides being a pilgrimage site.
Renuka Lake in the Sirmaur district is famous for its cultural and historical connection. The tourist can experience some of the breathtaking views when they reach the ridge of the lake while passing through the dense alpine forest. The lake is located at an elevation of 672 m above sea level. Renuka Lake is the largest lake (area wise) in Himachal Pradesh, covering a circumference of about 3214 m.
The lake is considered to be the third-highest lake in India and the 21st highest in the world. Placed at an altitude of 4950 m above the sea level, the lake is enveloped by mighty snow-covered Himalayas. It is believed to be a sacred lake and a dip in its waters means getting rid of all the sins.