We got lost (or we thought we were lost) atleast half a dozen times during the trek (due to the lack of signs of course) but we kept making our way to the top. We could not see any signs of human contact with this part of the world.
We walked for about 3 hours in absolute disarray, not knowing if we were headed in the right direction. Sometime after that, we reached a level plane ground and sat down to relax there. What we saw there would fill us with joy!
We saw plastic wrappers and plastic bottles (even though I hate littering in the mountains, I was happy to see this) and we knew that we were on the right track because humans have been here!
In another half hour, we could see electricity cables and huge electric poles. We remembered that the local had told us to reach that point and then continue following the cables.
When we made it to the electric poles, we could finally see some kaccha houses, and knew we had finally contacted civilisation. It was another half hour to walk to the lake from here, we sat down for some time to take in the view.
We had CLIMBED AN ENTIRE MOUNTAIN! We started at the bottom (the root of the mountain) and made it to the very top. Relaxed, took some pictures, had some water from the locals, and then walked to Parashar lake.
The lake itself sees a normal amount of crowd (because we realised now that you can reach here by road, and families come here) but it was tranquil when we got here. Sat for some time by the lake, went to the temple to get blessings, and made our way to the cottage.
There are only 2 cottages in Parashar (if you plan to stay here) so it is advisable to book in advance because room availability is always an issue. We took a room for one night, and the night was chilling! It was extremely cold (even in June). Cost 1000 INR for one night, which is expensive for the quality of rooms that we got.