There are no large-sized lakes in Chamba district. There are, however, a few bodies of standing water which
have appreciable size. One artificial lake known as Chamera lake has now come into existence in Chamba district
as a consequence of Chamera Hydroelectric project. The lake extends from the dam site at Chauhra as far back as Rajnagar.
All lakes natural or artificial are described below.
Khajjiar lake lies 32°26¢ north and 76° 32¢east about 6300 feet above sea level between Chamba and Dalhousie.
Its area is approximately 5000 sq. yards but is constantly under threat from weeds. The average depth of the
lake is sitated to be thirteen feet as per District Gazetteer. For the local people this lake holds sacredness
and they beleive that it is unfathomable. The lake takes its name from Khajji Nag, the deity in the temple nearby.
It is set in huge grassy glade with surroundings of evergreen cedars. The whole ensemble makes one think of a piece
of sapphire set in the background of gold and emerald.
Located in the Budhil valley of Bharmaur at the foot of Manimahesh Kalish, the abode of Lord Shiva, this lake is the
highest in the hierarchy of sacred waters of Chamba. The tarn of Manimahesh is situated at an altitude of about 13,000
feet, 32 23 north and 76 40 east. The tarn is smaller than the tarn of Khajjiar lake but is the most sacred. It is a
great source of pilgrimage during Radha-asthmi and Janamashtmi every year when pilgrims from far and wide assemble for
a holy dip here.
The Chamera Hydel Project-Stage I is located on the river Ravi, District Chamba H.P. The project is situated at Churah-23
Kms from Bani-Khet, while the power house is located at Khairi on the confluance of the river Seva and river Ravi.
When completed it will produce 540 Mega Watt of electricity. The project is nearing completion and the diversion tunnel
has been plugged. Thus, the resultant lake is now under creation.
The project is linked with the nearest rail-head at Pathankot by a 97 kms long road. The Dam site is 36 kms from Dalhousie
and located at a height of approximately 892 mtrs above sea level. At its top the Dam is 765 mtrs. High. The Dam site enjoy
very sharp fluctuations in climate between April to June. During the day it can get very hot (around 35 degree centigrade)
though by the evening, temperatures fall to between 18 to 20 degree centigrade.
At the altitude of 12,000 feet, thirty miles east of Chamba proper near the historic Balaini pass, lie a group of seven
tarns. The last and seventh in series constitutes the main Lama Dal. This tarn is the largest in this group and also
throughout the district. It has an approximate circumference of one and half miles. Its depth and water content remains
unestimated. For the reason of its being largest it is known as a Lamba Dal (long lake); however, this is pronouced as
Lama Dal by the local people. There is small Shiva temple at the lake. The main lake serves the purpose of a sacred place
for the surrounding villages.
Situated at an altitude of 11,500 feet and sixteen miles from Tisa, the headquarters of Churah tehsil, this lake is
circular in shape and is roughly half a mile in circumference. Beside this lake also stands a temple dedicated to Goddess
Kali and thus the place has acquired a holy significance.