Everyone was super energised and stoked, brimming with excitement that was hard to contain.
We had left the greenery behind and were now amidst barren and rocky terrain with a few
patches of green scattered all over. The climb ahead was pretty steep however the trail was well
defined and broad as the villagers maintain this route. The air was cold and crisp and was
piercing through the skin. We noticed another trail that leads up to the Fachu Kandi pass on this
route as we continued to approach the lake. As we neared our destination I noticed that my co-
hikers took off their shoes and asked me to do the same. The lake is considered holy and is
worshipped by the locals. It was finally here. The Saru Taal stood right in front of me,
magnificent and majestic and all I can say is that pictures don’t do justice to the real beauty of it.
One has to see it with naked eyes to believe that something so beautiful exists in the world.
There were three temples next to the lake and a small shepherd hut that is used as emergency
shelter for people that come here. We all paid homage to the deity and worshipped the lake and
then sat down to soak in the view that surrounded us. Magical indeed. A couple of hours later
we headed back in the direction of Taloti to set up our camp as it is prohibited to stay next to the
lake. We were all tired after the climb and content that our wish to see the lake was fulfilled.
Next morning we headed back to Taloti and stayed overnight again, and then hiked to the
nearest village Taluka the next day which was the end point of our trek. The car waited to pick
us up and with fond memories we bid farewell to this magical land. I can’t wait to be back there
again. Until next time.....
Few points to remember when visiting the Lake :
>>The lake is Holy. Camping next to the lake is not allowed (need to camp minimum 2 kms
>>No shoes allowed near the lake.
>>Bathing in the lake is not allowed, nor is taking off your clothes. Please refrain from trashing
the area or throwing pebbles in the lake. One needs to maintain silence when here.
>>Menstruating girls are not allowed near the lake or temples.