Trekking to a Frozen Lake – a Picture Perfect Trail to Parashar

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Photo of Trekking to a Frozen Lake – a Picture Perfect Trail to Parashar by Kanj Saurav

Parashar lake is a picturesque lake at an altitude of 2730 metres above sea level. Perched on a mountain in the Dhauladhar range of Himalayas, the lake looks stunning surrounded by mystic peaks on four sides.

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Parashar Lake in mid-February

Parashar temple stands next to the lake. The three storey pagoda like temple is made of wood, and is carved in detail.

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Parashar Temple
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Parashar Temple interior

A trek to the lake requires you to reach Mandi on Delhi-Manali highway. From here you can take a bus to Bagi.

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The trek begins from here
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View of Bagi

The trek begins from Bagi, and the trail goes through a rhododendron forest which is in full bloom during spring and early summer.

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Rhododendron flower with trees in the background

The ascent is quick, and you can see alpine vegetation covering the landscape soon. In the winter season, the hill slopes may also have two to four feet of snow.

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The trail after a fresh snowfall
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The trail further
Other frozen lakes en route
Snowfall during the trek

The lake is surrounded by a few options for spending the night. It is advisable that you book a place in advance.

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Forest Department Guest House
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The area surrounding Parashar Lake
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Parashar Lake, Parashar Temple and I
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A morning at Parashar Lake

And, do not forget to take a walk around the beautiful peaks overlooking the mountains of Bir, Manali and Pin Parvati.

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Dhauladhar Range

So why won't you trek to Parashar to witness this winter wonderland!

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