Dal Lake is a prominent tourist destination located at an elevation of 1775 m above sea level, 11 km from Dharamshala. Surrounded by forests of lush green deodar trees, this lake is situated on the road between McLeodganj and the village of Naddi. The Dal Lake serves as a base camp for trekkers in Dharamshala and McLeodganj. The banks of the lake are also the site for an annual fair organised in the month of September. A religious belief tied with the lake is that a dip in the lake relives people from all miseries and secures the blessings of the Hindu deity; Shiva. A nearby temple, devoted to a Hindu sagel; Durvasa, is also an important place to visit.