Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Renukaji Lake !

After a long domestic parliament debate, finally it was decided to visit Renukaji Lake for last weekend.

Nearly 100 km from Chandigarh, Renukaji Lake is the largest natural lake of Himachal Pradesh. Fed by various underground springs in the Shivalik hill of Sirmour, Renukaji lake is shaped in a profile of a reclining woman considering a personification of goddess Renukaji, wife of sage Jamadagini and mother of Lord Parshuram one of the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu.

As per legend, Sahasarjuna, an evil spirit, killed sage Jamadagini and tried to abduct his wife Renuka. With no escape in sight she flung into the waters of lake. The gods resorted her to life and lake began to be regarded as the embodiment of Renukaji.

The lake in the valley is surrounded by dense forest and a mini wild life sanctuary including a lion safari. The tourism and forest department has maintained the place well and has given a motorable road to encircle lake for spiritual purpose or for close glimpse of wild life and thick forest. The tourism hotel just at the bank of lake is a fantastic place to admire the view and relax from daily jhick chick.

The lake is deep, large and filled with uncountable fishes and tortoises. One end of the lake is covered with thousands of Lotus flowers giving impression of heavenly place. I really missed my long pending desire of owning a Sony H5 SLR and had to satisfy with my four years old poor 2.1 MP digi cam. Here are few shots.

View of Lake from left bank.

View from right bank.

The Valley.

Thousands of Pink Lotus flowers resting on the water.

Lord Parshuram Temple.

Traditional 'Nagara' at temple.

Having lunch without any fear.

A fruit called 'Khajoor' on the tree.

The banana tree on the way to lake.

Renukaji Hotel.


Deepak Jeswal said...

I haven't heard of this place ever before. Thanks for bringing it to notice. I can add to my list of 'must visit' places. The photos are so inviting. Mann kar raha hai abhi office chhod ke wahiin chala jaaoon...

(BTW, on lighter note, as your page loaded, the first thing that caught my eye was 'Renuka' and 'parliament' and I thought Renuka Choudhary had again gone off on of her (in)famous trips :P )

Praney said...

LOL @ Renuka Choudhary Deepak, and yeah you really should see that place, it's worth visiting.

Would love to see your 'must visit' list.

Anonymous said...

Pretty pictures u clicked....... Praney. You made Renukaji more beautifull.Next time i make sure i stop there and admire the nature beauty.

Praney said...

You don't have to travel so far to admire nature's beauty Nony, that you can do at home only. Just look into a mirror :)

Yeah, you surely halt there next time, you wont regret I bet.

Anonymous said...


Khajoor and that's too all ripen. I want to eat.

I haven't seen so many ripen khajoor it its tree. It reminded me my childhood :(

You have taken picture of banana too!!! :D. If I'm not wrong it's Madhuwa na? It's my fav among banana :).

So beautiful place. Nature. I love that. I wish to go there one day.

You really have had a wonderful trip.

Praney said...

Juneli, I ate few of them they were tasty. Dont know much about the species of Banana so cant tell which was that.

Yeah it is a beautiful place, make a trip there.