Dashaur Lake, is located close to Rohtang pass in Manali-Kullu area on Himachal Pradesh. The Rohtang Pass is at an altitude of 13500 feet and it divides Kullu and Lahoul valley. As soon as you cross Rohtang pass, you are on your way to Keylong, the District Headquarters of Lahoul valley. You encounter a very different vegetation and and landscape with towering hills and a deep valley with Chandra-Bhaga river (Chenab) flowing dangerously down below.
Dip in the Dashaur Lake
The lake has a depth of 3 to 4 meters. It is thought that waters of Dashaur Lake have therapeutic abilities and a dip will heal you of numerous ailments. The lake attracts scores of local pilgrims throughout the weeks of August and September. The area is also great for a base camp to explore the lovely and enchanting mountains/regions nearby.
Other Names of Dashaur Lake
Dashaur lake is also known by many different names viz Dashir, Sarkund and Sheela Sar. It’s located at an altitude of 15000 ft approx and stays covered in a sheet of ice the majority of the time throughout the year except for just a couple months . The lake gives a panoramic view of the snow clad peaks of Hanuman Tibba (5960 meters), the majestic Ghepan Goh and the Pir Panjals ranges like Deo Tibba (6001 meters) and Indrasan (6221 meters) to the east of the Dashaur Lake.
How to Reach Dashaur Lake
To reach the lake, one can take a bus/taxi from Manali to Marhi, which will be one and half hour travel, passing on the road through several mesmerizing villages and landscapes. From Marhi the distance to the lake is approx 7 km trek. From Rohtang Pass lake Dashaur is situated nearly 6 km westwards from Rohtang. There are primarily two paths, one which offshoots straight from the very top of the Rohtang Pass, which though brief is very strenuous. Another one from Rani Nallah two km before Rohtang Pass is simple and it begins right from the Rahni Nallah turn. There is another route which is to trek from Beas Kund, which is somewhat longer. Dashaur forms a part of the “3 Lakes Trek”, covering Beas Kund, Dashaur Lake and Brighu Lake.
Best Time to Visit the Dashaur Lake
During winters, Rohtang Pass remains cut off from outside world as it is inaccessible. Dashaur Lake also remains covered under a thick sheet of snow and inaccessible and therefore during winters this trek is not possible. However, during summers ie from May onward (except during rains) till November end, one can easily do this trek .
It rains during August and September and therefore advisable to keep off Dashaur Lake Trek. Brighu Lake, the Beas Kund lake, Dashaur Lake and Rani Sui Lake treks are among the popular treks in Manali. You can stay in Manali and from there do these treks.
How to reach Manali by road
The distance between Manali and Delhi is 550 kms approx with Chandigarh, Mandi, Kullu being the major cities on the way. HRTC and Punjab Roadways run frequent delhi to manali bus services. Manali to chandigarh distance is around 300 kms. Chandigarh to Manali bus service is excellent and is available from Sector 17 Chandigarh. Overnight journey is advisable as you can spend half of the long journey that takes 12 to 15 hours, sleeping in the bus.
How to reach Manali by air
The nearest airport is located at Bhuntar, which is about 55 kms from Manali. Cabs and taxis are easily available from the airport for Manali.
How to reach Manali by train
Chandigarh and Ambala are the nearest cities connected by train. From there one can take bus or taxi to reach Manali.
Distances from Manali to Major Cities and Towns
Manali is easily approachable from Delhi, Chandigarh and other major cities and towns. Himachal Pradesh is connected with excellent road network and Manali being one of the most sought after tourist destination in India, is easily approachable by road and air.
Kullu to Manali distance is only 40 kms. While coming to Manali you first reach Kullu which is also the District HQ. The famous Manikaran town is just 80 km and takes just 2.5 hours. Just before Manikaran is the Kasol town. The distance from Manali to Kasol is just 76 km. Nearest airport to manali is at Bhuntar, Kullu at a distance of 50 kms. The distance from Manali to some of the distances from major cities and nearby towns are as under :-
Chandigarh to Manali distance is 300 kms approx and takes 8 to 9 hours via NH 154.
Delhi to Manali distance is about 550 kms approx and takes 14 to 16 hours via NH 44.
Shimla to Manali distance is 250 kms approx and takes 7 .5 hours via NH 205.
Dharamshala to Manali is about 470 km and takes 10 hours via NH 44 and 503.
Manali to Leh distance 427 km and takes 12 hours appx via manali Leh highway.