A hippie's paradise, an ideal honeymoon destination, or simply a place you head to when you're in a mood to bond with your near and dear ones—Manali can mean a lot of things to a lot of different kinds of travellers. On the flip side, however, one cannot deny that this once a simple Himachali town has now fallen prey to the ghosts of excessive tourism. So if you're someone who's had enough of shelling out big bucks for hotels in Manali and being stuck in traffic for hours, here's a sigh of relief.
Merely 15 km from the popular hill town, lies a mountain that does not even find a place on Google Maps and is a local gem that's been hiding all along. It's officially time to bid adieu to Manali's touristy side and travel to this lesser known heaven like a true blue mountain lover!
Promising an experience unlike any other, Futta Saur, also known as the 'Mountain of Lakes' is simply a haven for trekkers and curious travellers. The trek is often identified as one of the most offbeat ones you can take in the region and takes you through the serene Pir Panjal ranges in Western Himalayas.
Unlike other mountain treks that take you through tourist spots, this one offers a completely different experience, encouraging you to unearth the explorer within you.
Locals claim that there are as many as 12 lakes spread across the mountain and each of them is bound to leave you simply mesmerised. Of all these mist-laden lakes, the most popular one happens to be Futta Saur (after which the mountain is named), best known for being the place where the celebrated sage Jamdaagni once meditated. The trek to Futta Saur takes you through unexplored snow-clad trails, plantations of medicinal herbs, breath-taking views of the Himalayas and wide open meadows.
What is the duration of the Futta Saur trek?
The Futta Saur trek promises a memorable experience which can last for around six to seven days.
What is the suggested day-wise itinerary?
Well, it completely depends upon how fast or slow you wish to experience this, however we won't mind sharing a day-wise breakdown of what you can do to take this trip: