Dal Lake in Mcleodganj

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Dal Lake, a charming mid-altitude lake located 11 kilometers from Dharamshala, is a natural paradise waiting to be explored. Spanning an area of one hectare (equivalent to 10,000 square meters), the lake is home to a revered Lord Shiva temple that dates back 200 years. Legend has it that the sage Durvasa once prayed to Lord Shiva at this very spot.

Perched at an elevation of 1,775 meters near the village of Tota Rani in the Kangra district of Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh, Dal Lake offers a serene and picturesque setting. Surrounded by majestic mountains and towering deodar trees, the lake draws inspiration from its namesake in Srinagar. Nature enthusiasts are invited to observe the diverse fish species thriving in their natural habitat.

The lush greenery and blossoming trees that adorn the lake make it an ideal destination for leisurely strolls and peaceful moments with loved ones. Visitors flock to this natural wonder throughout the day, seeking solace in its tranquil beauty. For the more adventurous souls, trekking expeditions around the lake provide an exciting opportunity to explore the surrounding area. Dal Lake also serves as a convenient resting point for those journeying to Naddi, also known as the Sunset Point.

Each September, a grand fair is held on the banks of Dal Lake in honor of the Shiva Temple, attracting members of the Gaddi Tribe and devotees alike. This festive occasion celebrates the presence of Lord Shiva and adds a vibrant touch to the serene surroundings.

How to Reach?

By Air
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.

By Train
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.

By Road
Dal Lake can be reached from Dharamshala (8 km from Dal Lake). From New Delhi, the distance is approximately 500 km to Dharamshala. 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.

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