Parashar Lake Trek is one of the most beautiful and must-do treks up in the north of India. Being a relatively easy yet rewarding trek, Parashar Lake is a trek you must do before tourism traffic hits. The Lake is famously known for the floating island in it. But that’s a common phenomenon, you would say. Hold on though, for the surprise doesn’t end just yet. The miniature floating island happens to float along the circumference of the lake which is something you must watch out for. Another thing you must do when you visit Parashar Lake is to ask around for its depth. You’d be surprised to know that despite many attempts, the actual depth of this lake hasn’t been figured out yet! Now some do say, the reason behind this has got to be in the amusing climate and topology of Parashar Lake, while the others believe it’s got to do with mythology.
Now-now, we know you love stories so here’s one for you- Myths say that the lake was formed by the ram of Bheem’s elbow when he and his brothers along with Lord Kamrunag were returning from Kurushetra. Lord Kamrunag was so enticed by this valley that he decided to live there forever. Bheem being the righteous man he was, rammed his elbow into the mountain creating the lake for Lord Kamrunag. Rishi(Sage) Parashar is said to have meditated at this lake which gave birth to this name.
The destination spot has more than a lake to offer. If you’re an architecture lover, you must visit the Parashar Temple which is an epitome of abundant Himachal architecture. The Temple is one from the 13th Century, made by Raja Bank Sen in honor of Rishi Parashar.
New Delhi (Akshardham Metro Station, Gate 1 – 9:00 PM)
To and fro Transport in a Tempo Traveller(AC – Pushback)/Volvo Bus(AC – Semi Sleeper) from Delhi
To get this alluring trek weekend started with, we need to get to the home of tranquillity, away from the noise of our daily routines.
We start off from Delhi during the late evening hours of a Friday and begin our journey to Baggi. As our trek begins in Himachal Pradesh, we will be going via the district of Mandi. This is where you stock up on your basic necessities like some handy cash or medicines and respond to important emails as going forward, not only are you going to leave behind the urban privileges of Dunzo and supermarkets but also mobile network. Yes, here on, it is unlikely that you would get any signal, especially during the travel so your mobile would have only one job- capture memories.
Our trek starts at Baggi which is only a short ride from Mandi.
The first kilometre of the trek is relatively flat, brimming with humongous boulders and progresses in a gradually ascending slope. Eventually, you’re going to enter the beauty of dense forests full of Rhododendron. Keep your eyes open to observe the different birds you could spot around the trail and for the settlements that reflect the lesser-known Himachali culture. Along the trail, you can find picturesque spots that showcase the Dhauadhar range.
The trek opens into a meadow and continues to give you a sense of different terrains. You will be able to catch sight of apple orchards. But the trek here on requires you to go the extra mile, quite litreally. Not to worry though, because the clearing is worthy and rewarding. You will catch a glimpse of Manali peak, Friendship peak, Ali Ratni Tibba and so many more.
If you visit this area during the pre-summer season, you could see snow flowing down in little rivulets. Up-next comes a mesmeric lake, forests, more water streams and a few houses. And…finally, after some diligent trekking, you’ll arrive at Parashar Lake.
The lake holds a revolving island within it. It’s unlikely that you will see it moving because the movement is rather subtle and unnoticeable. The lake is usually surrounded by green pastureland, giving you shades of blue and green unlike what you would see in winters. In the winters the lake is largely frozen and the greenery around is overthrown by snow. In the monsoons, the lake reaches new levels of water due to the raise. Around the lake you will find Pagoda Lake dedicated to sage Parashar.
Spend time with your fellow-trekkers, explore the area or sit by the bonfire and admire the beauty of The Parashar. After a fulfilling dinner, pitch a tent and take a good night’s rest.
Wake up to the warming sun, chirping birds and calm winds on your final day at Parashar Lake. Take a long walk around the lake, loiter about until a hot breakfast is served.
Trek downhill for 3 hours, back to Baggi from where we will return to Delhi. Reach Delhi by late evening after having had a weekend to remember.
The interesting thing about traveling alone is that you get to meet new people from diverse backgrounds, and towards the end you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travelers are always welcome to join us on our trips. Read more about solo travelling here and get inspired! https://www.plantheunplanned.com/solo-yet-accompanied/
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