The picturesque, elliptical Kareri Dal Lake, also called the Kareri Lake, seems like something created in heaven. The shallow freshwater lake is also called Kumarwah Lake, and lies south of the Dhauladhar Himalayan mountains near Dharamsala. The water here is so clear and still that, in many places, you can see all the way up to the lake bed. The lake gets its water from the melting snow of the Dhauladhar mountains, and it serves as the base camp for pass crossings through the mountains. It also makes for a short and invigorating trek near Dharamsala on its own, giving you chance to escape the bustle of the town and head up for some peace and quiet in the midst of nature. Rather than choosing the more popular Indrahar Pass or Triund trekking trails, spend a day or two at Kareri lake instead if you prefer fewer backpackers around you. ALSO READ: Best places to see in McLeod Ganj and Dharamsala
And if your spirit for adventure has not yet been quenched by the short trek to Kareri Lake, you also have the Bleni Pass trek, which takes you all the way to the pass and back in 20 km. There is also the Minkiani Pass, around 4.5 km from the lake. The lake remains frozen for most of December and all the way up to March and April, which is when it looks the most mesmerizing. The trek begins from Kangra, taking you through beautiful meadows, passes, dense forests and narrow terrain.
BEST TIME TO VISIT DHARAMSALA
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