Chamera Lake & Dam- Stunning Lake

The Chamera is an unnatural lake, which is surrounded by stunning green trees and beautiful valleys. Chamera Lake, a picturesque emphasize of Chamba Area, is 25 kilometres from the famous hill station of Dalhousie as well as it is visible from the Chamba Pathankot highway. This lake is located at an altitude of 763 meters above the sea level and can be accessed from Chamba district, which is only 25 to 35 km from the main market of Dalhousie. This man-made lake is created due to the hydroelectric dam developed over the river Ravi. The road connecting the Chamera Dam accompanies the Lake to Bhalei Holy place as well as the well-known thick forests of Bhandal valley.

Chamera Lake is the reservoir body of river Ravi on Chamera Dam. It invites you to delight in different water sporting activities. Paddle boating, rowing and also sailing are several of the much-loved traveller activities.

Chamera Dam

The Chamera Dam impounds the River Ravi and supports the hydroelectricity project in the region. It lies near Dalhousie, in the Chamba area in the state of Himachal Pradesh in India. The reservoir of the dam is the Chamera Lake. A large part of its reservoir lies in Salooni sub-division of Chamba. The Chamera-I produces 540 MW (3×180 MW) of electrical energy. The 2nd stage i.e. Chamera-II Dam creates 300 MW (3X100 MW) of electrical energy. The water level in the Chamera Lake rises to a maximum of 763 meters while the minimum water level is 747 meters.

Any person visiting the Chamba Valley or Dalhousie, must see this Stunning Lake

Sunder Nagar – Famous for Lake

Sunder Nagar lake is in Main Sunder nagar region which is a place in Mandi City and a municipal council in Mandi district in the Indian state of Himachal. Sunder Nagar was formerly a Princely state known as Suket. The town is famous for the man-made lake which was formed due to the water of the Beas River being diverted from Pandoh.

The town is famous for its temples with the Mahamaya Temple being the prominent among them. Perched at an altitude of 1,174 meters, Sundernagar is noted for its shady walks amid towering trees. Sukhdev Vatika is a beautiful garden here. It is also home to Asia’s biggest Hydel Project – the Beas-Stulej hydro-electric project, irrigating nearly one-fourth of the northern plains of India,has brought unprecedented prosperity to Sudernagar. The Beas-Sutlej link colony is the biggest colony in Himachal Pradesh.

As per legend, the state was founded in 765 by Bira Sen, who was from the Sena dynasty of Bengal. The early years of the newly formed state were filled with constant warfare, especially with the kingdom of Kullu. However, the Raja of Suket, Raja Bikram Sen managed to subdue Kullu and would extract a regular tribute from Kullu. Due to the Raja’s diplomatic skills, the state of Suket successfully managed to ally with the British, and upon independence, it joined the Union of India on April 15, 1948.

Dhankar Lake – Stunning High-Altitude Lake

Dhankhar Lake is located in Dhankhar village in the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh. Dhankhar Lake Located at an altitude of 4300 meters above sea level is picturesque as it is surrounded by the snow-capped Himalayas and has water coming to it from a glacier. The lake is frozen for about eight months of the year and is only accessible from mid-May to September. The lake is surrounded by shrubs that are characteristic of the region. The lake appears blue and green from different angles.

It is a 5 km uphill trek from the Dhankhar village along a barren, muddy and dusty path across the mountain range. This is the only way to get to the lake and yes it is a difficult trek. The trek is a true test of fitness and stamina as both are needed to go from a height of 3750 meters to 4200 meters in a matter of hours. The trek witnesses a change of temperature for which extreme endurance is needed as it goes from warm to windy to very cold. 

Once up there, this magical lake changes colors, shimmers in the sun and plays multiple tricks on the mind all with a superb calming effect. From here you can also get a wonderful view of Manirang Peak (6593 meters)– the highest peak of Himachal Pradesh lying on the border of Kinnaur and Spiti dirtrict.

“Less to be said about this enchanting lake, more to experience “

Lama Dal Lake in Chamba District

Lama Dal Lake
Lama Dal Lake

Lam Dal is in chamba district at an elevation of 3900 metres. This lake is the largest and the deepest in the area with a circumference of about 2.5 Km. Held sacred to Lord Shiva, this lake lies amidst bare rock. ‘Lama Dal’ means a long lake.

It is part of holy pilgrimage that is held in July/August based on Hindu calendar. Kareri Lake is situated just 3 km (air distance) south west. This lake is a moderate/advance trekking destination accessible via Ghera (road accessible)