We were exuberant and started driving at 6 am to Parashar Lake. Although it was a 3 hr drive but we took more than 4 hrs as we drove fitfully. Also it was one lane uneven road so had to drive carefully. As we reached higher, air got better and colder. Witnessed some beautiful landscapes. We took a halt for 15 min to click some pictures. The view was so mesmerising and quiet that we could hear birds yelling at us(Haha). Finally we culminated our trip by reaching the lake. We parked our car and climbed little bit as the lake was on the other side and in the centre surrounded by mountains. Voila! There we were on the top and we could clearly see the lake, blue sky and meadows around it. We then descended to reach the lake. There is one temple next to lake which houses the Sage Parashar (that’s why lake’s name is Parashar). We sat next to lake for 30 min and it was so peaceful and satisfying that we forgot the hustle bustle of our daily.
Next, we had paratha and pickle in breakfast. You can’t find any shops but locals have made there their homes and they can provide you with breakfast if asked.
After staying for 1 hr we started heading to Manikaran. After coming down from Parashar, roads got worse, narrower and traffic was at its peak. Somehow we managed to reach Manikaran in the evening. Driving in middle of the curvy mountain road covered with trees on both the sides, river flowing on one side, water gushing and sun-rays peeping through woods was something never experienced before. We took room then and there only as it was not a peak time for tourists. After resting for half an hour, we went to take bath in hot water spring pool which is there in every temple. Manikaran is basically famous for Gurudwara. It also has various temples of Lord Ram, Ambey Mata, Shiv ji. Coming to hot water bath, the water so hot that it could literally burn you. It took me 10 min to figure out how I am gonna bath in super hot natural water. Anyhow I managed to pour the first mug of it and bathed for 30 min. This was the first time in my life that I bathed in such hot water. If you plan to go to Kasol or Kheerganga, I’d recommend you to go to Manikaran as well. Roamed around, had Maggie in the evening which costed ₹60. Reason is simple tourist place. Same goes for booze. Had dinner and slept. That was all for the day.