Renuka Hill Station

Location: Sirmaur district, Himachal Pradesh
Best Time to Visit: April to June and September to November

Renuka(Sight Seeing)

Renuka Lake 
The Renuka Lake is a major landmark in the hill resort of Renuka. The Renuka ji Lake boasts of being the largest natural lake in Himachal Pradesh and is dedicated to Goddess Renuka. Close by is another lake of Parshuram,

Parashurama Tal and Renuka Temple: Located at the base of the Renuka Lake is the Parashurama Tal, a massive pool embodying, it is believed, Parashurama, who desired to spend eternity at his mother's feet. Mother and son are reunited every year at the great Renuka Fair, held on banks of the lake, in the month of November.The original temple of Renukaji, is said to have been built overnight by a contingent of Gurkhas in the early 19th century.

Jamu Peak: Just above the revered lake, is the Jamu Peak, where Rishi Jamadagini is believed to have meditated. There is a temple at the spot, which offers a fantastic bird's eyeview of the surroundings.

Mini Zoo: Around the lake is a small zoo that has Asiatic lions, spotted deer, Himalayan black bears, barking deer and other species.

Lion Safari: Directly adjacent to the zoo is the Lion Safari, a large enclosure. An armoured van is the preferred means of observing these big cats, from a close range.

60 km from Renuka is the historic gurudwara of Poanta Sahib on the banks of the river Yamuna. The tenth Sikh guru, guru Gobind Singh lived here for four and a halfyrs & also fought his first battle at nearby Bhangani.

Renuka - Location

Renuka is a hill resort in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is at an altitude of 672 m above the sea level. Renuka, apart from being a popular hill station, also has religious sanctity.
Renuka - Weather

Renuka experiences a pleasant weather during the summer months, while the temperature is very low during the winters. You can plan your holidays to this hill resort any time of the year.

Renuka - Origin

Renuka got its name from the Renuka Lake, which is located in this place. The Renuka Lake is considered as the embodiment of the wife of sage Jamdagini and the mother of Parashurama, Renuka ji. The mythological story goes that the devil Sahasarjuna had killed the sage Jamdagini and tried to abduct his wife Renuka. She flung into the water to save herself from the devil. The gods later restored her and the lake is regarded as her embodiment. The lake, with a profile of a woman, has a circumference of 2.5 km. It is the largest lake in Himachal Pradesh. The lake is fed by the underground springs.

Tours to Renuka

Renuka - To See

Renuka has a natural beauty of exuberant forests, diverse flora and fauna. There is another lake close by dedicated to Lord Parashurama. The Renuka temple was reportedly built overnight by an invading force of the Gorkhas in the early 19th century AD. The Parashurama Lake is a large pool at the base of the Renuka Lake. Parashurama desired to spend all his life at the feet of her mother. An annual fair is held here in the month of November.

There is a mini zoo at a distance of 2 km from the lake. Species like Asiatic lions, spotted deer, lion tailed macaques, nilgai, mithun, barking deer and Himalayan black bears are found in this zoo. For animal lovers, the Lion Safari is a must to take a close shot of the lion with the camera. An armored van is provided for the closer glimpse of the lions within the enclosure.

Jataun is 5 km from the lake. There is a dam of the Giri Hydel Project. One can try angling for Mahseer from here. Jamu Peak is 8 km away from the lake. It is said that it is the peak where Sage Jamdagini had meditated. There is a small temple on this peak, which offers a splendid view of the lake and adjoining areas.

Tours to Renuka Around Renuka

The famous gurudwara of Poanta Sahib is at a distance of 60 km from Renuka on the banks of the river Yamuna. Guru Gobind Sigh lived here for four and half years over here and fought his first battle at Bhangani.

Renuka - Get There

By Air: one can reach Renuka by air from Chandigarh and Dehradun. There is the airport at Gagal near Dharamshala also.

By Rail: Renuka is linked with Pathankot, Ambala, Dehradun and Chandigarh through the railway lines.

By Road: Renuka is well connected with important places road network. The State Road Transport Services of Punjab as well as Himachal Pradesh roadways links Renuka with various cities. Taxis and buses are easily available for Renuka.

Renuka - Accommodation

A wide range of accommodation is available in Renuka to suit all the budgets. There are deluxe, standard and budget hotels. Resorts and forest rest houses are also available.

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