With a circumference of 3214m, Renukaji is the largest
natural lake in Himachal. Shaped like the profile of a reclining woman,
this is regarded as the embodiment of the goddess 'Renuka'.
Near the lake's feet is another lake held sacred to her son, 'Parshurama'. Both have temples built around them and the main temple to Renuka is regarded to have been built overnight in the 18th century.
The lake rests in a long valley and the surrounding slopes are covered with a variety of vegetation and thick woods. Boating is available on the lake.
Renuka has a mini zoo with spotted deer, lion-tailed macaques, nilgai, mithun, barking deer and Himalayan black bears - and a lion safari. Fishing is possible on the river Giri, at nearby Jataun.
Road: Renuka lake is connected by road and lies in Sirmaur district. It is 123-km from Parwanoo, 60-km from Paonta Sahib and 37-km from Nahan.
The HTDPC has the Hotel Renukaji by the lake. Dadahiu, 2-km from Renukaji, has Hotels, PWD and Forest Rest Houses.
This fair takes place in November. The Kharif crops have been harvested and at the legendary Renuka lake, a fair graces its banks. There is trade, recreation and amusement.
Idols of Lord Parshurama and Renuka are ceremoniously dipped in the sacred waters of the lake-and it is a time when a lot of matchmaking is done.
Water Sport Competitions are held on the Pong Dam and Gobind Sagar.