Dal Lake Overview

Ranked 12 of 34 sightseeing in McLeodganj

Dal Lake is a small water body, which is one of the sightseeing attractions of McLeodganj. The beautiful lake stands at an altitude of 1,775 m above sea level, situated close to Tota Rani. In the midst of deodar, pines and oak trees, this attraction is one of the prominent picnic spots in the destination.

Moreover, there is a shrine of Lord Shiva in proximity to religious significance. The greenish lake is home for various species of fish. Hill tribes such as Girths and Gorkhas host a fair at the site in every August and September.

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Good view but dirty water

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Dal Lake

Anurag Nandan
7th Jun 17

Pleasant place at Mcleodganj

Pleasant place at Mcleodganj  Video Review

Dal Lake

Bhumi Prajapati
21st Apr 17

Fabulous place to visit in Dharmashala

Fabulous place to visit in Dharmashala  Video Review

Dal Lake

22nd Apr 17

Dal lake - beauty of Dharamshala

Dal lake - beauty of Dharamshala  Video Review

Dal Lake

21st Apr 17

Dal lake

Dal lake  Video Review

Dal Lake

Swarnaraj Sankarapandian
7th Aug 18

Dal lake

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Dal Lake

Sagar Gant
27th Dec 16

Dal lake-beautiful place to visit

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Dal Lake

Manhar Oza
21st Apr 17

What travellers are saying about Dal Lake

Experience scale
  • Very Good 6
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  • Poor 4
  • Below Average 3
  • Terrible 2
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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: Below 1hr
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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  • Food available for purchaseFood available for purchase
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  • Camera/Video allowedCamera/Video allowed
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Monday - Friday:
7:00 AM -8:00 PM
7:00 AM -8:00 PM
7:00 AM -8:00 PM
Public Holidays:
7:00 AM -8:00 PM

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Reviews and Ratings

Ruchi Khanna

Ruchi Khanna2.1/5

4 reviews

Not worth seeing

It is a pond like lake where there is no cleanliness and no scenic beauty. Just area covered with hills and a small Lord Shiva temple nearby. No boats or sign of boating. Just to visit passing by this side.

Shubham Gupta

Shubham Gupta0.7/5

28 reviews

Avoid this place

Its very bad experience here because nothing good here, not a clean place, no construction. Avoid this place. This place just a formality. If you want to burn your time then go to this place.

Rishi Frndever

Rishi Frndever4.3/5

3 reviews

Good place to visit only in Winter time

This is a good place but only in time of Winter when the water level of lake is high. The water is not so clear but you can track along side of lake, but it on upper dharamshala side and good for outing with family.

Vikas Joshi

Vikas Joshi4.3/5

8 reviews

Small Lake above McLeodganj

One can take a Auto rickshaw to visit place around Dharamshala. One of them being Dal Lake above McLeodganj in the hills. Peaceful place but does not live up to the hype created by the guides.
  • Small Lake above McLeodganj

Debabrata Ray

Debabrata Ray2.9/5

6 reviews

Small Lake and there is no Boating facility

In my day visit there. Roads are not good at all. Scenic view is good but Lake is not 100% neat and clean. Small Lake. No facilities for boating etc and I have not seen. Overall good and we enjoyed the tour. Just you see and there are no activities. But there is a Lake in the top of the hill.
  • Small Lake and there is no Boating facility

Dinesh belkhode

Dinesh belkhode3.6/5

4 reviews

The view of Dal lake is awesome with deodar trees around

The lake surrounded by deodar trees is awesome. When clouds come down, the view is breathtaking. The boating facilities needs to be improved, more number of boats should be there.

Piyush Kawatra

Piyush Kawatra1.4/5

2 reviews

Stinking water in the lake

Visited the lake, it was just like Yamuna in Delhi. No one cleans the lake and there is no point going there. It has just the mosquitoes and dirty water. No point visiting this place and wasting your time. There are better places to visit.

Akhil Chirra

Akhil Chirra4.3/5

3 reviews

Best for refreshment of mind

This is a lake which has a very attractive and pleasant climate. Especially the view of sun setting make you feel refreshed. The must and sure visit place if you are visiting McLeodganj and Dharamshala.

Manoo Joshi

Manoo Joshi4.3/5

7 reviews

Beautiful Surroundings in the Dal Lake

This Lake is situated at a very beautiful location, surrounded by countless Deodar (Deodar or the Divine tree in Sanskrit) trees. It is majestic & offers peace & joy if you are open to receiving it.I have read all sorts of reviews it. Many people say it's a dirty lake, a mud-puddle & so on but my view is different. This lake's has greenish water & yes, it sometimes looks brown too but that doesn't make it a mud-puddle.It has a Shiva Temple nearby, hence, considered a sacred spot. There is a famous festival celebrated here to offer love & devotion to Lord Shiva in the month of September every year. A lot of tourists visit this place at that time to be a part of the festival.There is a school called the "Tibetan Children's Village" a few meters away. It was started by H. H. Dalai Lama 54 years ago in order to provide care for the many children who had been orphaned or separated from their families during the arduous escape from their homeland back in 1950s.You can also talk with the head there in case you wish to volunteer. I wish I could have more time to spend there & visit each class. Mine was a very short visit but next time (2-3 years) I am going to spend good 3-4 hours there & be a part of the children and do a photo essay on the schoo

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6 reviews

Nothing much to see so please avoid

Nothing much to see. Just a small pond where you can peddle boat. You could avoid this place if you are coming to Dharamsala for 2-3 days since there are several other good places to see.In case you do end up coming to this place, check this out. There is a Ram Mandir opposite this Lake. Walk few steps behind this Ram Mandir to get awesome view of mountains.

Photos of Dal Lake

Dal Lake, McLeodganj

Photo by

Prajakta Baikar

Side by the lake
Dal Lake, McLeodganj

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Debabrata Ray

In front of the Dal Lake
Dal Lake, McLeodganj

Photo by

Mangesh Kulkarni

Dal Lake, Dharamshala

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