Hotels at Renuka ji
Hotel Renuka Renukaji
Renuka ji is an important pilgrim centre ,associated with
Parasuram,anincarnation of Lord Vishnu,who killed his mother on the orders
of his father sage Jamdagni.
The annual fair held here in November, celebrates the immortality of
Renuka and her son.
The sacred lake shaped like a sleeping woman
is one of the most beautiful andthe largest lake in Himachal Pradesh. The
placid lake with a circumference of 2.5 kms. is set amidst thickly wooded
hills. A road is built around the lake and number of shrines dot its
embarkments. Boating facilities are available but fishing is prohibited.
How to Get There
Renuka ji is connected by road. It is 315 km from Delhi, Nahan is 45
Kms.away. The nearest rail
heads are at Ambala (95 km), Dehradun (105 km) and Chandigarh (95 km). The
nearest airports are at Chandigarh and Dehradun. Taxis/buses are available
for Renukaji at all places.
In winter, the climate is pleasant and medium woolens are suggested.
Summer temperature are high and cottons are recommended.
Places of Interest in and Around Renukaji
Gayatri Temple The temple on left bank of Renuka Lake is dedicated
to Ma Gayatri, The mother of Vedas, The treasure of Hindu wisdom. It
enshrines a 1.60 metre high Panch Mukhi Ma Gayatri marble statue, marble
idols of Ganapati, Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, Lord Bramha and Lord Indra.
Parashurama Tal and Renuka Temple (100m)
At the base of the Renuka lake, this large pool is considered to embrance
Lord Parshurama, who ished to spend all eternity at his mother's feet.
Reportedly built overnight by an invading force of Gurkhas in early 19th
Centry, the original temple of Renukaji is here. Both mother and son are
reunited every year at a celebratory fair held in November.
Jamu Peak (8km)
Above the lake is the peak where Rishi Jamadagini is said to have
meditated. A footpath leads to this. There is a small temple and it offers
an excellent view of the lake and surrounding area.
Mini zoo (2km)
You can boat across the lake or drive to this zoo, which has Asiatic
lions, spotted deer, lion tailed macaques, 'nilgai', mithun, barking, deer
and Himalayan Blackbears.
Lion Safari (2km)
Adjoining the zoo, an armoured van enters the large enclosure allowing for
a close glimpse of the lions within.
The dam of the Giri hydel project is here and angling for Mahaseer (river
carp) may be done.