Manimahesh lake (also known as Dal Lake) is situated in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas, in the Bharmour subdivision of Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. Nestled at an elevation of 4,080 meters, it is considered only second in significance to the Lake Mansarovar in Tibet. Manimahesh literally means “Shiva’s jewels”. According to a local legend, on a full moon night, one can see the reflection of this jewel in the magnificent lake. Most of the year, it remains closed due to the snow.
The mighty Lake is situated in proximity to the virgin peak of Manimahesh Kailash Parbat, which is considered to be the holy abode of Lord Shiva. According to legends, He created both the landforms as his marital home with Goddess Parvati, and He is still believed to be residing on the mountain.
The glacial Manimahesh lake has its sources in the melted snow water from nearby peaks. As the ice begins to melt by the end of June, it breaks into numerous small streams. This streams, together with green hills and bountiful of flower give the valley a remarkable look.