Dehnasar Lake

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Dehnasar Lake
LocationBarot
Coordinates32°06′N 76°56′E / 32.1°N 76.93°E / 32.1; 76.93Coordinates: 32°06′N 76°56′E / 32.1°N 76.93°E / 32.1; 76.93
Lake typeGlacial-fed
Primary inflowsSnow
Primary outflowsEvaporation
Catchment areaLumbadug Valley
Basin countriesIndia
Max. length300 m (980 ft)
Max. width200 m (660 ft)
Max. depth5 m (16 ft)
Surface elevation4,280 m (14,040 ft)
FrozenWinter
SettlementsJoginder Nagar (Nearest city)

Dehnasar Lake is a high-altitude freshwater lake in Barot Valley, in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.

Geography[edit]

Dehnasar Lake lies at 4,280 metres (14,040 ft) above mean sea level, in Kangra district. It is near Barot and Joginder Nagar in Mandi district.

The lake is situated beside rocky cliffs at the top of the mountain and derives its water from melted snow. It lies frozen under a thick coat of snow during winters. Blizzards and hailstorms are common due to high altitude.

Joginder Nagar, the nearest major town, is 20 kilometers away from the lake, while Barot is 12 km away.

Trekking[edit]

Temporary accommodations and tents are raised near the location of the lake during the pilgrimage season that falls in July to September every year. Shepherds are commonly sighted along the trek during pilgrimage, as well as rare herbs and flowers.[citation needed]

The base location to trek uphill towards the lake is at Polling village, 9 km northwards Barot which is accessible by road up to Lohardi. The moderately difficult, 14-km, uphill trek opens after June and closes after September.

Trekking via Lohardi is the most commonly used and shortest due to its steep gradient. The Thaltukhod trek is more lengthy and time consuming due to gentler slopes. The lake is approachable through another trek that starts from the opposite side of Kullu Valley. It can take more than 3 days to complete to and fro journey using this route.

Culture[edit]

According to the myth, the lake is home to the goddess Parvati, who is said to visit the lake in the Bhadrapada month of the Hindu calendar, which generally falls in August or September.

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