Kamrunag – High altitude lake and famous local deity temple
Kamrunag is mostly famous because of local deity temple which is main deity of Mandi district, The temple of Kamrunag situated at the top of mountain ridge of Kamru valley, there is elliptical shaped lake which is known as Kamrunag lake. Lake and temple are surrounded by pine trees. Lake is situated at an average height of 3200 m(apprx) from sea level. Kamrunag offer panoramic views of Himalayan ranges specifically Dhauladhar, Pir-panja ranges and a view of Balh valley. This place is ideal for trekking and camping.
There is no direct road to Kamrunag, it can only be reached by trekking, the nearest road connectivity is at Rohanda which is 55 KM from Mandi and 35 KM from Sundernagar.
Fair at Kamrunag:Saranahuli fair in the month of June from 14 June to 16 June held every year at lake side, lots of people of Mandi and nearby district of Himachal attend the fair, devotees offers coins in to the lake,it is said that quantity of coins and metals are unknown in the lake.
Due to human interference Kamrunag lake losing its naturalism, people’s put coins, flowers, currency note and other items which are polluting lake, its high time to think about environment, need to ensure to protect ecosystem, its kind request, please do not throw any items into the lake and also ask other to do the same, its better to keep religious faith away from environment.
Kamrunag valley has very cool climate all over the year, very heavy snowfall in winter and rain can happen any time
temperature goes down under freezing points in winter. Summer is the best time to visit Kamrunag and it is advisable to bring warm clothes because weather is unpredictable here.
As Kamrunag has no road connectivity so its better to visit this place in day light and go back, still there are few inns (sarain) near temple for night stay, other option is camping near the lake.
Food: Kindly make sure to bring food items as there is nothing available here, but if you are going to visit in local fair time which is held from 14 to 16 June every year, food stall along with other shops and free langar(free foods) will be there.
Camping and trekking are the main adventure activities and has good potential for trekking and camping which can bring more inflow of adventure tourist to Kamru valley.
How to reach Kamrunag ?
Available Trek options
- Rohanda to Kamrunag Trek distance = 6 KM (2-3 hours trek)- Main route
- Saroa to Kamrunag Trek distance = 8 KM
- Dhangyara to Kamrunag trek distance = 10 KM
- Kamrunag to Shikari Devi trek distance = 16 KM
No road connectivity till date to Kamrunag, the nearest road is at Rohanda from where you have to trek 6 KM to reach Kamrunag, Rohanda to Kamrunag trek is very steep and narrow, it is advisable to visit Kamrunag if you are physically fit and capable to travel more than 10 KM on your feet.
Distance from Major Places :
- Mandi To Rohanda: 55 KM
- Sundernagar to Rohanda: 30 Km
- Manali to Rohanda: 165 Km
- Shimla to Rohanda: 148 Km
- Chandigarh to Rohanda: 208 Km
Saroa: Saroa is a beautiful place near Chail Chowk at a distance of 15 KM from here and 45 KM from Mandi at an altitude of 2230 meter above sea level on mountain ridge.
Devidarh: Devidarh is a small village and the beautiful place in the dense pine forest in the Jauni valley above Chailchowk.
Prashar Lake: The lake is situated at an avg. height of 2730m (8,960 ft) in the lap of mountains. The deep blue lake lies in a saucer shaped valley and is surrounded by snow-capped peaks.
Rewalsar Lake: Also known as Tso Pema Lotus Lake, is located @ 22.5 km south-west from Mandi. It is held as a sacred spot for Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists alike.
Janjehli: Janjehli is surrounded by pine forest and mountains, one of the best place for adventure activities like, night safari, hiking, trekking and mountaineering.
Barot : A nice picnic spot situated at a distance of 33 km. from Mandi on the Mandi – Pathankot Highway. It is famous for trout fishing and a ropeway that attracts the tourist.
- Book the hotel/guest houses on prior basis from the above mentioned numbers as the room might not be available due to many visitors or peak season (Apr – Aug approx).
- In winters there might be scarcity of water due to broken water pipes owing to freezing temperature, so carry some potable water bottles along with you.
- Fill your fuel tanks with enough petrol @ NH, as there is no petrol pump in the hilly region.
- While visiting the hilly areas, please pack warm clothes & carry the first aid kit.
A request- Please do not litter at this place and let others enjoy the Mother Nature as you did.