Day 2 started with exploration of garden of hybrid fruit of apple and peach, pomegrant and papaya, collecting surprising information about old time gyser “Hmam” and it’s technique. Next we started our drive to Jalori. Jalori pass is a connecting way of Shimla to Manali, used by Britishers during their rule in India. It was around 45 mins drive from Jibhi to Jalori Pass. The route was amazingly curvy and hardly any vehicle on route. On the way, one can see “Trout fish” restaurant which is speciality of Jibhi and Tirthan Valley. We reached Jalori Pass and can see lush greenery and silky roads from there. In moisty and moving clouds, we had himanchali food kadi chawal, maggi and tea.
Then we started our trek to Saryolskar Lake which is 5 kms from Jalori Pass, of about 2-3 hours . It is abode of Budhi Nagin Temple which is about 3199 meters above the sea level. The trek route is narrow and covered with thick alpine forest. On the way, we met some local villagers who were coming from Budha Nagini Temple and they gave us prasad - Shudhha Desi Ghee, even they offered us Ghee waggon when we mentioned it is too tasty....Such Humility !!!
Also we discovered attractive but poisonous Mushroom...
Once we reached the nearby Saryolskar lake, famished us, had favorite Himanchali Kadi and Rice, Rajma & Rice and Chai. There, we saw some trees having its roots growing against the gravity, towards sky…Awestuck !!
We reached the temple and paid our visit to Budha Nagini Devi temple. It is said that Budha Nagini resides in the lake and there can never be a leaf found on lake, even being surrounded with trees. It is immediately pick by bird, so we had similar observation.
Local villagers have strong faith in Budha Nagini devi and offer Ghee to deity on any pious occassion or for Mannat (wish), by doing Parikrama of lake and pouring regular dhaar of ghee around lake and not to miss to tell you that at a place the pathway is really difficult that one need to climb up the wall without breaking the Dhaar. It is even more slippery to climb the wall because of spilled ghee around.
As per local’s saying, at this place Pandav stayed during their Agyatwas and they used to sow paddy in lake, small portion of paddy is still there.
From this trek, We, a group of 10 unknown/ known people became connected with sharing our thoughts, trekking, having food together and playing & singing songs.
After soaking the mist air on lakeside and spending quiet and quality time, we did not realise the time spent and started our journey back.
On the way, we collected plastics bottles, cups wrappers etc of around 4-5 kgs, thrown by fellow travelers in the mountain.