The Holy Lake of Gadasaru in Churah District
Ghadhasaru Lake (also spelled as Gandasaru Lake, Gadasaru Lake), a high altitude lake is situated in the Churah Tehsil of Chamba District in Himachal Pradesh, India. The lake is located at an altitude of 3470 m above sea level at the base of a mountain peak also called Gadasaru Peak. The lake is one km approx. in circumference. All mountains and lakes in Himachal Pradesh are considered the abodes of Gods and
Goddesses and considered very holy by all Himachalis as well as people from neighbouring states. Near the Gadasaru lake is a small temple of Goddess Kali. People from Tissa and beyond come to this holy place by walking on foot covering 15 km to offer their prayers and seek blessings of the Goddess. The annual pilgrimage also called jatar is held in the month of August September.
To come to this place and to explore the beauty of this less frequented tourist destitution, one must first reach Tissa, another beautiful place in Chamba District. Tissa is 24 km from Churah. There are some other beautiful glacial lakes in the near vicinity of Tissa which are besides the Ghadasru lake are Mahadev Dal, Mahakali Dal, Khundi Maral Dal and Mehalwar Dal. Dal in the local dialect means lake.
How to Reach
There is limited option as far as air travel in Himachal Pradesh is concerned. The nearest airport is at Kangra (136 km), Amritsar (243 km) and Chandigrah (347 km).
The nearest railway head is at Pathonkot which is 120 Km from Chamba. There are regular train service from Pathankot to all major cities of India.
HRTC or The Himachal Road Transport Corporation has excellent public transport network in the state running long distance services throughout the state. There are regular and frequent bus services from Shimla, Solan, Kangra, Dharmsala and Pathnakot and other adjoining states like J&K, Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Punjab.
After reaching Chamba, one has to first reach Bairagarh which is 100 km. Bairagarh to Tissa is 27 km through rough roads.