The prospect of staying home on a long weekend didn't seem like a good idea, but as my partner in crime was out on a business trip, I had options of either going on a solo trip or searching some group who can arrange for a quick trip. Once zeroing on the group was done, the next step was to decide the destination. I had been missing the mountains for some time and didn't want to go to a very popular place, as it would be teaming with people because of the holidays. So two places were shortlisted from the options I had; Tirthan Valley and Prashar lake. Again, as there was a possibility of an early morning meeting on Monday, I finalized on Prashar lake so that I would be back by Sunday. I had decided to go with a travel group .
We started from Keshav Puram metro station in Delhi at around 8 Pm in a tempo traveller. Most of us had interacted while waiting for the trip to start, but still had a formal round of introduction session once the journey started. Everyone was friendly and despite my introvert nature, I started blending in with the group. Around 10 pm we stopped at murthal (shiva restaurant) for dinner. After dinner, we started off for Mandi. It was around 5.30 am, when we reached Mandi. Baggi, the base for Prashar lake trek is a 2 hour drive from Mandi.