Isn’t it fascinating that how so many people from different parts of the world, including you and me, have one thing in common – the urge to keep visiting new places? It is because the rush that we feel when we go to a strange land is addictive, and one can never get enough of it. And thankfully, our world is so vast that we cannot run out of new places to go to, at least not in a single lifetime!
Now, a few months back, I and a bunch of my friends suddenly experienced this urge. One evening, we were just sitting and talking about how everybody we know is either going to or returning from a trip. After the end of that conversation, we just looked at each other and knew that we also had to go somewhere, and soon!
It was the last week of February and winter was just about to bid adieu to Delhi. Being a sucker for the cold season, I convinced everybody that we should go to somewhere in Himachal Pradesh (pretty obviously).
But, the issue was that not all of us could afford to take a leave of more than two days from work. So, with that constraint, we had to choose a place that could be visited over a weekend.
We had a few places in mind such as Kheerganga, Prashar Lake, Jibhi and Jalori Pass, and after several rounds of discussions, we finally zeroed in on Prashar Lake.
After reading a bit about the place on the Internet and speaking to a bunch of travellers whom I got in touch with via Instagram, I learnt that camping was not allowed at Prashar Lake at that time of the year because the place was all covered in snow. I also got to know that there are not many guest houses or hotels nearby the lake. So, we decided to book a package tour and we found one which included Delhi to Delhi transportation, accommodation and meals at a reasonable price of Rs. 5000. (Just Google and you will find a list of such package tours to Prashar Lake)
Now, all we had to do was wait for the first weekend of March to arrive, which was 10 days away. Unable to contain our excitement, we brushed up our knowledge about the place. We learned the significance of the Prashar Rishi Temple and also found out that the depth of the lake is unknown and that it has a small floating island. Now, we were even more excited and fortunately, the 10 days had passed.
And thus began our trip to Prashar Lake!