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Parashar Lake

We came Back to our campsite after some photo session. We had our breakfast and headed to the lake. It took us 30 mins to reach there.With deep blue waters, Prashar lake is held sacred to the Sage Prashar and he is supposed to have meditated on the banks of this lake, hence it is named as Prashar Lake.There are some mysteries related to this sacred lake. One is that, according to the villagers, Bhima, one of the Pandava brothers, had created the lake. The story says, after the Kurukshetra / Mahabharat war, Pandavas were returning with Lord Kamrunag. When they reached this place, Kamrunag loves the tranquil surroundings and decides to live here forever. So, Bheem rams his elbow on one of the mountains and creates a big dent in the land. This dent became Prashar Lake.Secondly, no one is able to find the depth of the lake.Third, there is a floating island in the lake that moves in all direction inside the lake.The three-storied, pagoda shaped temple is said to have build in the 13th century By Ban-Sen king of Mandi. Local believed the temple is made with a single Deodar tree and the facade, as well as interiors, boast intricate wood carvings of animals and serpents.
Harsimranjit Singh
14/04/17 - I got out of the bus and walked around, watching the Beas river flowing right from under me while I stood on a bridge in the middle of the town, waiting for the Sun to show up. After strolling through the chilly night right before dawn, I went back to the bus terminal, freshened up, got changed into trekking pants and a jacket, and asked the helpdesk about the bus for Prashar Lake. They told me the only bus for the lake leaves at 8 AM from the counter labelled 'Baagi', which is the village from where the trek begins, about 9 kms before Prashar Lake. Be careful, since there's no other bus for the lake. It's the only one. As I waited for the bus, I had a steaming cup of tea along with some biscuits and also bought some fruit cake and juice to have during the trek. The clock struck 8 and the bus was right on time, as all HRTC buses are. The bus got full as soon as it stopped at the counter. I was the first person inside and was all excited to have my first glimpse of the snow-capped beauties. The bus takes 3-3.5 hours to reach the lake, but the ones who wish to trek get down at Baagi. Luckily for me, I was joined by two guys in the bus who were from Noida and Gurugram and had come for the same experience. We got down at Baagi and had sandwiches and omelettes and tea at Krishna Cafe at Baagi. I guess it was the only place to eat there on the side of the road.We started our trek at 10:45 AM under a scorching Sun and crossed the first checkpoint, a small Trishul, after about 40 minutes of trekking. One has to go off-road and go straight into the valley ahead, along a small stream. Then one needs to hike up the hill right in front of you. After this, it's a straight walk for a while and one crosses the Trishul and then a small waterfall along a well-defined path. There are also a couple of small settlements down below on the left side along with the stream. After about 20-30 minutes of walking, there comes a section of forest area, known as Prashar forest, that takes quite an effort as it is quite steep. Me and my fellow trekkers took some time to cross the forest, which was a good experience overall. I was very slow compared to them as it was my first trek, and they clearly had plenty of experience, and we talked a lot about their treks in Manali and Kheerganga. After getting out of the forest cover, I was welcomed with a delightful green meadow, overlooking the whole valley, that's when I realized that this trek covers a large area with a gradual increase in altitude. Afterwards, we were in another forest area, trekking through the pine trees and bushes and we decided to take a break and have our refreshments under the shade. There comes a time when there is no defined path, and one has to look for trodden areas. Fortunately, we met some people who were coming down and we asked them if we were on the right path or not. They told us to just go straight up ahead and look out for overhead cables. Once we see them, then all we need to do is just follow them to the top towards the lake. After the second forest cover, we finally got out of the valley into the open. That's when I got the first glimpse of the forest rest house and the fencing surrounding the hill of the lake. We still had about 30 minutes to trek, but first we clicked some pictures sitting outside a shepherd's hut. As the distance between me and the lake decreased, my feet forgot all their pain and I was the first one to reach our destination and have a glimpse of the clean, shiny lake covered with beautiful green grass all around it. It was truly amazing. We took our time and reached the lake at around 3 PM. We sat on the dhaba right beside the lake on the left side and ordered three plates of their famous Rajma Chawal. I even knew the price beforehand - 60 bucks per plate.That's what I've always liked about Tripoto. It helps one plan their treks perfectly, since all the articles are written by travellers who give a vivid description of their journey along with the costs and timings of the buses and everything.We walked around the lake barefoot, with a full belly and a happy smile. We went up the hill in front of the lake and sat on a big rock and admired the view of the lake along with the whole valley with the Sun going down. I went inside the Prashar temple and offered my prayers at the shrine, while I talked to the head priest for some time, who told me that the rooms are available for free, but one has to pay 20 bucks each for blankets and pillows. We had aloo paranthas for dinner and then we went to sleep at around 8 PM, as it was too cold to walk outside. The only thing that disappointed me a little was that I couldn't get a good view of the mountains as the sky was a bit cloudy. I hoped for a much better view in the morning.
Amol Sonawane
Prashar Lake Trek located in the state of Himachal Pradesh is known for being the spectacular abode of some of the most excellent trekking routes in the country. One such picturesque treks lead you through the hills of the district of Mandi to arrive at the stunning oval-shaped lake set at a high altitude basin located at a height of about 9000 feet above sea level.The lake is a neighbour is a beautiful temple dedicated to the sage Prashar who used to meditate by this ancient lake, and after whom the lake was called Prashar Lake. From the vantage point where the lake is located, you can see as far as the Pass Rohtang, and mountains of Kinnaur and Shimla. And although the trek is just 7km one way, it is a tough and strenuous one. You can do activities like camping, photography, sightseeing, trekking, stargazing in the Parashar lake.Prashar Lake Trek - Kishna CampsPrashar Lake trek is organised by Kishna Camps. This company having experience of 20 years in organizing best trekking and camping in Himachal Pradesh. Also offering some adventure activities like Paragliding, river rafting. Kishna Camp is one of the popular trek organizers in Mandi. They have a team of professional trekkers.About Prashar Lake TrekStart by arriving in Delhi and get transferred to Mandi, then their Trek Representative will come to receive and he will drive you to Baggi village, which is the start point of the trek, Prashar Lake trek is the trek which divided into three patches.1. Rocky Patch 2. Dense Forest Patch 3. Snow Patch in Winter and Grassy Patch in the Summer and Rainy Season.You will take packed lunch with you on your trek to Prashar Lake. After arrival at the lake, take a short walk forward to your campsite where you will enjoy bonfire night or you can enjoy music or party games or dance if you like and filling dinner before you go to sleep in your comfy tentsWake up the next day and take your breakfast before trekking back to Baggi Village to end your tour with a transfer to Mandi. By Mandi you will get Volvo bus it will drive you to Delhi.Day 1 - Arrive in Delhi | Boarding Point - Majnu Ka TilaThe tour starts with reaching Delhi. In the evening you need to go to the boarding point of Volvo Bus, and the Volvo bus will drop you the next day to Mandi.Day 2 - Arrive in Mandi | Prashar Lake Trek