Dal Lake is a small mid-altitude lake situated at a distance of 11 kilometers away from Dharamshala. The area around Dal Lake is a natural paradise. The area of the lake is around one hectare (i.e. 10,000 square meters). On the bank of Dal Lake a famous Lord Shiva temple is located, which is considered to be very sacred and as old as 200 years. According to one legend a sage named Durvasa prayed to Lord Shiva here.
The lake, with its lush greenery and blooming trees, is a perfect spot to laze around with loved ones and enjoy a carefree day in the lap of nature. This tourist attraction is visited by nature lovers throughout the day. For adventure seekers, trekking expeditions around the lake are an option. Dal Lake is also a perfect place to stop over and relax if you are trekking up to Naddi, which is also known as the Sunset Point.
A grand fair is organized on the banks of the Dal Lake every September, owing to the Shiva Temple here. This gala event is celebrated to mark the presence of Lord Shiva and is attended by many people of the Gaddi Tribe.
Gaggal airport is the nearest airport from Dal Lake, located at a distance of only 10 km from nearby Dharamshala. This airport is connected to Delhi through frequent flights.
The nearest broad gauge railway station is Pathankot Cantt.(Chakki) at a distance of 88 km from Dharamshala and nearest narrow gauge railway station is Kangra mandir railway station. Further, you can hire a taxi, or direct buses.
Dal Lake can be reached from Dharamshala (8 km from Dal Lake). From New Delhi, the distance is approximately 500 km to Dharamhala.You can take overnight Volvo buses or can hire a taxi direct to Dharamshala.From Dharamshala you can take local buses or ca hire taxi also to Dal Lake.