The Renuka Lake (660 m) is regarded as the embodimezznt of Renukaji, the wife of sage Jamadagini and mother of Parshuram, one of the ten Avtars of Lord Vishnu. Shaped like a profile of a woman, the lake has the circumference of 2.5 km and is the largest in Himachal. This placid stretch of water is fed by underground springs and the surrounding hills are padded by lush forests that support a large variety of plant and annimal life. Boating and trekking are the additional attractions of Renukaji, whose natural beauty has to be seen to be believed. This is perfect year around destination that beckons every traveler. The surrounding hills of Renuka Lake supports variety of plant and animal life. By seeing the abundance availability of wild life in the region, the state government of Himachal Pradesh has constructed a mini Zoo. There are variety of species kept in the zoo for public viewing, some of them are Himalayan black beer, spotted deer, barking beer and many more other distinct species. Apart from the nature’s splendor, it has holistic values too.
PARASHURAMA TAL AND RENUKA TEMPLE (100M)
At the base of the Renuka lake, this large pool is considered to embrace Lord Parshurama, who wished to spend all eternity at his mother’s feet. Reportedly built overnight by an invading force of Gurkhas in early 19th Century, the original temple of Renukaji is here. Both mother and son are reunited every year at a celebratory fair held in November.
MINI ZOO (2 km)
You can boat across the lake or drive to this zoo, which has Asiatic lions, spotted deer, lion tailed macaques, ‘Nilgai’ Methuen, barking deer and Himalayan black bears.
In winter, the climate is pleasant and light woolens are suggested. Summer temperature are high and cottons are recommended.
How to Reach
Renukaji is connected by road. It is 315 km from Delhi. The nearest rail head is at Ambala (95 km) Dehradun (105km) and Chandigarh (95 km). The nearest airports are at Chandigarh and Dehradun. Taxis/buses are available for Renukaji at all places.
Reaching Renuka lake is not very straight forward task if you want to travel by state run buses. The starting point is the capital of India, New Delhi and from here one can travel up to Chandigarh ( 250 Kms) or Kalka(280 Kms) by rail and then take various buses running on the route to a place called Nahan. From Nahan one has to change to a bus that will take you to Renuka.