In the low rolls of the Shiwalik hills, lies the lake of Renukaji. Fed by underwater springs and with a circumference of 2.5 kms, this is the largest natural lake in Himachal. Shaped somewhat like the profile of a reclining woman, this is regarded as the embodiment of the goddess Renuka. Near the lake’s feet is another large pool held sacred to her son, Parshurama. Both have temples around them and the main temple to Renuka is said to have been built overnight in the early eighteenth century. The lake rests in a long valley and the surrounding woods are covered with a variety of dense vegetation.
Height: 660 m
Climate: Hot in summer and cottons are suggested. It is mild to cold in winter when woollens are required.
Getting There & Away: How to reach Renukaji
Rail: Ambala railway station is at a distance of 95 kms, the one at Dehradun is 105 kms and the Kalka railhead is at a distance of 125 kms.
Air: Chandigarh airport is at a distance of 95 kms and Dehradun airport is 73 kms away.
Tourist Attractions in Renukaji
Renuka Lake is the main attraction – and boating is also available.
The temples of Renuka Ji and Parshurama lie along the lakeshore.
A hike to Jamu peak (8 kms) that lies above the lake is possible.
Renuka has a Bird Park, Mini Zoo and Lion Safari (2 kms).
Jataun barrage (5 kms) over the river Giri makes an interesting excursion – and fishing for mahaseer is available at this spot.
Dadahu is the large village (2 kms) closest to Renuka Ji and has a market with all basic goods.