LAKES IN CHAMBA DISTRICT
1) Ghadasaru Lake:
– It is in Chamba And a kali temple is located near its bank
2) Khajjiar lake:
-A small lake called the Kund forms the centre piece of Khajiiar.
-A temple dedicated to Khajjia Nag is also located here.
-It is 24 Km from Dalhousie.
It is also known as “Mini Switzerland” by swiss envoy Willy P.Blazer on 7th Jul 1992.
-Sign board here indicated its distance from swiss capital Berne.
-It is 166th to be christened as “Mini Switzerland”.
3) Lama Dal Lake–
-It is group of 7 lakes.
-It is 20 Km from Dainkund.
-It is known for its unknown depth and local Gaddi tribe visit this lake on Janamastami.
4) Manimahesh Lake:
-It is approximately 35 Km from Bharmour Situated at the foot of mount Kailash
-It is said to be blessed by kali and protected by shiva.
5) Chamera lake:
It is Formed due a hydro project on River Ravi in chamera village and it is a artificial lake
6) Mahakali lake:
-It is devoted to maa Kali.
And it is Located at Churah in Chamba district
7) ChanderKup Tal :
-This lame is mostly remains covered under Snow
-During summer season ice blocks keep floating in it.
LAKES IN KANGRA DISTRICT
1) Dal Lake:
-It is located in Dharamshala,Kangra.
Also known as Bhagsunag lake.
-A temple dedicated to Lord Dhrumeshwar built by sage Agastya is located here and After 15 days of janmashtami a fair known as Radhaashtami is held here.
2) Pong Lake:
-it is Formed between Dehra and Pong dam on Beas River built in 1960 and it was declared as sanctuary in 1983.
It is the Only place in india other than Bharatpur(Rajasthan) where the rare red necked grebe has been found.
3) Kareri Lake:
It is located in Dharamshala and Its water falls into Layun River.
LAKES IN MANDI DISTRICT
1) Kumarwah lake:
It is located in Chachiot, Mandi
Gold and Silver offerings accumulated at a shrine nearby are thrown in this lake.
2) Rewalsar lake:
-It is known for “floating island”.
-It is also known as “Padmacan” which means lotus possessing and consider this place where spirit of Padmasambhava rests.
-This lake is also associated with Naga Cult or serpent worshipping.
Lake water is floating underground from Rewalsar to “Nagachala”(a 10 km from Mandi on the Mandi-Shimla National Highway).
STORY OF REWALSAR LAKE
-There was a king “Arshadhara” of “Zahor” (the Tibetan name of mandi).His daughter Mandarva resolved to renounce her royal ties and dedicate herself to religious order. She took bow before Bhudhist scholar named “Shantarakshita” (believed to be brother of Padmasambhava). One day Padamsambhav came to give her teachings, a cow herder who saw them spread the news that Mandarva was flirting with a man. Angry King put Mandrava inside a hole full of thorns in earth and tied Padmasambhava to a pyre and set on fire. When smoke did not clear off for a week the king visited the same place and found to his surprise the place had turned into a lake with lotus at the centre of the lake. Repenting King offered him his Kingdom and princess was married to Padmasambhava.
-“Lomash Rishi” held penance in devotion to lord Shiva, overwhelmed Shiva gave the Rishi, the seven floating islands in reward.
There is a sikh “Gurudwara” built in commemoration of Guru Govind singh’s visit.
3) Kunt Bhayog lake: It is situtated at the hill top of rewalasar town mandi.
4) Kalasar lake:
Situated at the hill top of rewalsar town.
5) Sukhsar Lake:
it is on the top of Rewalsar town in mandi.
6) Pandoh lake:
-it is Formed by diverting water of Beas River to Satluj at slapper.
7) Prashar lake:
-It is approximately 30 km from mandi
A temple Pagoda like three storyed temple is also located here.
LAKES IN KULLU DISTRICT
It is source of Parbati River in Kullu.
2) Shringtingu lake:
it is in Kullu, a panaromic view of Bara Banghal is enjoyable form this place.
3) Bhrighu lake
It is located Near Rohtang pass in Kullu.
4) Servalsar lake: It is situated on the top of Jalori pass in Kullu.
LAKES IN SHIMLA DISTRICT-
1) Chadaranahan lake: It is situated on “Chansal peak” in Rohru tehsil.
This lake is source of Pabbar river
2) Tanu Jubbar : it is a small lake located Near Narkanda ,Shimla.
3) Karali lake:
-This lame is located near chhota shali peak
-Its size is equal to Annadale ground of Shimla.
LAKES IN KINNAUR DISTRICT
1) Nako Lake:
This lake is Famous for skating and loacted Near Nako village in Kinnaur.
2) Sorong lake: it is located near Kinnaur
LAKES IN SIRMAUR DISTRICT
1) Renuka Lake:
This lake is shaped like sleeping woman. It was found when mother Renuka was sacrificed by her son Parshuram in obedience to his father.
Renuka fair is held here yearly.
It is believed Giri River once use to flow along its bank
It is biggest natural lake in HP.
Lies in depression formed by a fault in earth’s crust.
2) Saketi Lake(Suketi):
It is located Near shivalik fossil park in Sirmaur.
LAKES IN LAHAUL SPITI DISTRICT
1)Suraj Tal :
This lakes is known as lake of sun and source of Bhaga River located opposite Baralacha pass in Lahual spiti.
2) Chandra Tal:
This lake is known as lake of moon.
It is source of Chandra River.
Chinese pilgrim Hieun Tsang called it “Lohitya Sarovar”.
3) Yunam so lake
LAKES IN BILASPUR DISTRICT
1.GOVIND SAGAR LAKE
-It is situated on world’s highest gravity dam. Pandit Nehru called this dam “New Temple of Resurgent India” .
-It exists between slapper and Bhakhra villages.
-It is largest artificial lake in HP
MAN MADE LAKES IN HIMACHAL PRADESH
1.Gobind Sagar / Bhakra Lake – Bilaspur
2.Pandoh lake – Mandi
3.Maharana Pratap Sagar – Kangra
4.Chamera lake – Chamba
LAKES OF RELIGIOUS SANCTITY
1.Beas Kund – Solang Vally
2.Dashar lake – Kullu
3.Bhrigu lake – Kullu
4.Rewalsar lake – Mandi
5.Prashar lake – Between Bajaura(Kullu) and Mandi
6.Nain Sarovar – Kullu
7.Renuka lake – Near Nahan
8.Mani Mahesh- Chamba
9.Khajjiar lake – Chamba