Lakes in Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is located at the core of the Himalayan region. It is one of the most beautiful states in northern India. Himachal Pradesh is not only known for its icy mountains, dense foliage, and adventure sports but also for its serene, friendly environment and beautiful lakes. Himachal Pradesh has dozens of large and small lakes spread over the state.

Himachal Pradesh has a geographical area of 56,000 sq. km. of which one percent is covered by lakes. Some lakes are natural bequests that may well date back millions of years to the time when the region was a vast island 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.

Division of lakes bases on location and altitude

Low Altitude Lakes

Renuka Lake  & Macchial Lake

Mid altitude lakes

Dal Lake DharamshalaRewalsar Lake, Kareri Lake, Kumarwah Lake, Khajjiar Lake

High altitude lakes

 Prashar Lake, Nako Lake, Chandratal LakeSuraj Tal Lake, Dhankar Lake, Dashair Lake, Brighu Lake, Seruvalsar Lake, Manimahesh Lake, Ghadhasaru Lake, Mahakali Lake, Lama Dal and Chander Naun

Man Made Reservoirs

Pong Dam: Maharana Pratap LakeGobind Sagar Lake  and Pandoh Lake in Himachal Pradesh

Theses reservoirs and lakes in Himachal Pradesh are surrounded by green foliage and dense forests. In some lakes, fishing and boating are allowed for tourists.

Content last updated in December 2019


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