Dal Lake - History, Timings & Entry Fee

Lake / Backwaters

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Distance (From Mcleod Ganj Bus Stand): 3 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1 Hour

Transportation Options: Cab

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 3 km from McLeod Ganj Bus Stand and 9 km from Dharamshala, Dal Lake is a small mid-altitude lake situated near the village of Tota Rani on Mcleodganj-Naddi road in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the prominent McLeodganj tourist attractions.

The beautiful Dal Lake stands at an altitude of 1,775 m and is one of the popular sightseeing attractions to visit as during McLeodganj trip. The greenish lake is home to various species of fish. It is the best base camp for trekkers in Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj. It is situated on the crest of a hill and affords a panoramic view of the Kangra Valley and the Dhauladhar Ranges. Boating facility is also available at this lake.

This oval-shaped lake is surrounded by deodar trees and is considered to be a sacred spot as there is a small Shiva Temple on its bank. According to legend, sage Durvasa prayed to Lord Shiva here. Every year during the month of September, a large number of Lord Shiva devotees flock to the Dal Lake to attend the famous festival celebrated at Lord Shiva temple.