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Renuka Lake Tours

With a circumference of 3214m, Renukaji is the largest natural lake in Himachal. Shaped like the profile of a reclining woman, this is regarded as the embodiment of the goddess 'Renuka'. Near the lake's feet is another lake held sacred to her son, 'Parshurama'. Both have temples built around them and the main temple to Renuka is regarded to have been built overnight in the 18th century. The lake rests in a long valley and the surrounding slopes are covered with a variety of vegetation and thick woods. Boating is available on the lake.

Location: 37-km from Nahan, Sirmaur District, and Himachal Pradesh
Altitude: 672m above sea level
Also known As: Renukaji
Dedicated to: Goddess Renuka

OTHER ATTRACTIONS
Renuka has a mini zoo with spotted deer, lion-tailed macaques, nilgai, mithun, barking deer and Himalayan black bears - and a lion safari. Fishing is possible on the river Giri, at nearby Jataun.

HOW TO GET THERE
Road: road and lies in Sirmaur district connect Renuka lake. It is 123-km from Parwanoo, 60-km from Paonta Sahib and 37-km from Nahan.

FAIRS & FESTIVALS
Renuka Fair:
This fair takes place in November. The Kharif crops have been harvested and at the legendary Renuka lake, a fair graces its banks. There is trade, recreation and amusement. Idols of Lord Parshurama and Renuka are ceremoniously dipped in the sacred waters of the lake-and it is a time when a lot of matchmaking is done.
Water Sport Competitions are held on the Pong Dam and Gobind Sagar.

Renuka Sanctuary

Renuka Lake and the temples attract a large number of people from hills and plains. Forests and the catchments of the lake add to its beauty and attraction. The Renuka Sanctuary also adds much to the ambience of the place. It is home to a large number of animals including Asiatic lions, spotted deer, lion tailed macaques, peacocks, nilgai or large Grey Indian antelope, barking deer and Himalayan black bears. Around the place flutter thousands of gorgeous butterflies. There's a small aviary here, which houses a variety of water birds, red jungle fowl, black pheasant and peacock. Adjoining the zoo is a big lion safari and the Department of Forest provides an armored van, which enters the large enclosures allowing a closer glimpse of at least two dozen well-bred lions. A tourist bungalow and cafeteria cater to visitors.

Location: Near Nahan, Sirmour District
Specialty: Asiatic Lions
Best Season: All round the year

HOW TO GET THERE:
About every hour or so a bus from Nahan goes to Dadahu, from where you can walk for about 40 minutes to the lake. Some buses continue to the lake though.

WHERE TO STAY:
HPTDC's Hotel Renuka.

 
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