Ruinsara Lake situated in the western ranges of the Garhwal Himalaya in Uttaranchal.This lake lies amidst thick deodar and pine forests and is un-spoilt area. The Ruinsara Lake is a quiet peaceful and tranquil retreat bounded by impressive peaks. The area is well-off in its wildlife and is recognized as a heaven for nature lovers and bird watchers. Ruisar Lake is a part of Govind Vihar national park. The houses in the villages specialize in characterized wooden carvings. This trek route is related with the epic Mahabharata, whose heroes are said to have roamed this area during their fourteen years of exile. You will trek through along a brilliant alpine trail to reach the holy Ruinsara Lake (3350mts). The trail passes through mixed forest and meadows of forget-me-nots and buttercups. The valley widens and crosses a series of flowered meadows half away. Shepherds from the nearby villages graze their flocks in the summer. The striking views of the Swargarohini Range are principally observed from here. Trek to the base camp of Bandarpunch Peak and admire the dazzling views from atop. From here progress to the Bhagirathi Valleys and from there hike to Dev Thach where you see untamed flora and birds on the path.

Major Attractions

Govind Vihar National Park: Built in the year 1955, this sanctuary is bounded by dense forests, and snowy peaks. The Himalaya Treks are very attractive and have attracted many tourists.

Bhagirathi valleys: A splendid valley of Garhwal is blessed by the sacred river. The enchanting white water streams, snowy peaks and pleasant glaciers will leave you speechless. These valleys are surrounded by conifer woods and alpine meadows. Bhagirathi valley begins from Gaumukh and lasts at Gangotri.

How to get there

By Air: Located at 24 km from Rishikesh, Jolly Grant is the closest airport. Though, taking a flight to this place is not advisable.

By Road: Road network is well connected to all major towns of Uttaranchal and surrounding areas.

By Rail: Rishikesh is linked to all the major towns and cities of India. Some of the links are accessible only from Haridwar.

Best time to visit: March to June and September to November.


  • Get familiar with atmosphere before trekking.
  • It is situated at an altitude of 3350 meters.
  • Good physical ability is required for an average trek.
  • Trekking permits are required.
  • Dont pick flowers while trekking in forests.
  • Maintain silence to cherish the close proximity of nature in forests.

Things to Carry

  • Medical kit
  • A good compass
  • An extra pair of clothes
  • Woolen clothes
  • Walking stick
  • Binoculars
  • Sleeping bag
  • Hiking shoes
  • Water, juices, snacks
  • Electric torch

Other Attractions in the Vicinity

Osla: Osla is only 8 km from Runisar Lake. It is also known as Sema. A little village is set on the way to Har-ki-Doon trek.

Uttarkashi Town: It is set at an elevation of 155 km from Rishikesh. A pretty town of Uttarkashi is placed on the bank of the river Bhagirathi. This charming village is also the district headquarters. Visit the temple of Lord Vishwanath.