Trek to Prashar Lake- A photo blog

Tripoto
13th Oct 2017

A trek always sounded a good idea but I didn't have the opportunity to be on one due to various reasons. And, then luck favored me. I called upon two of my travel enthusiast friends, who decided to join me without any second thoughts. We talked, discussed, debated & finally settled upon Trek to Prashar Lake (undoubtedly a good choice). We booked a package through Flysports.com (recommendation from friend of a friend), which included bus service to & fro Delhi to Mandi, the trek & overnight camping at Prashar lake.

We started from Delhi on a Friday night. The bus from Delhi took us to Panarsa, a small place near Mandi, Himachal Pradesh. On reaching Panarsa, the next morning, we were escorted to a guest house by our host for freshening up for the trek.

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View from our guest house at Panarsa

The trek started after a few hours we reached Panarsa. To reach Prashar lake, one can go through two routes- one is through Baggi village & the other from Jwalapur village. The trek through Baggi village is a bit difficult as compared to that of the Jwalapur route. Being on the first trek, we opted for the comparatively easier route. We were taken to Jwalapur village through a car & our journey started from there. The trek was of 11kms, out of which 9kms were through the scenic mountains, forests & small springs, & the rest 2kms were through plain land till our base camp at Prashar lake.

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The start of the trek was easier. We strolled around leisurely through the plain yet curvy roads. The road was beautiful & the mild breeze made it pleasurable to hike. The trek started to become comparatively difficult as we started to progress through the mountains.

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The way to Prashar Lake

The trek started becoming tougher & tougher but more beautiful as we progressed further. Small springs & rocky paths laid ahead on our way.

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At times, we had to cross through dense forests but with plain roads.

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And again we were greeted by rocky paths, looking difficult to cross.

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The difficult part of the trek came to an end as we were about 2kms away from our destination. The road become plain as we crossed the mountains.

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And finally there we were!! We reached Prashar Lake-the lake with a floating island in it & a temple dedicated to sage Parashar. Camping was not allowed inside the lake premises, & hence, our camps were just outside the boundary of the temple.

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Our campsite
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The next morning was spent leisurely wandering accross the Prashar lake & the ancient Prashar temple.

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A glance of the Prashar Lake
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The three storeyed Pagoda of Prashar Temple
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The floating island at Prashar Lake

We trekked back to our guesthouse at Panarsa & the trip ended with an overnight bus journey back to Delhi.

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