One afternoon in January, during a boring day of work, I sat there gloomily staring at my laptop screen, thinking about how much time I need to unplug the power, take a break, and then ran back to the mountain and lake. Facebook is almost like reading my mind, spitting out the memories of my last hike, taunting me, and pulling me in at the same time.
It is as if the mountains are calling me. A few seconds later, someone sent me a quote saying: “We travel not to escape life, but so that life will not escape us.” Call it coincidence or sign, but those are what I need to hear at the time, and there With words, the timing couldn’t be more perfect. So, with these thoughts, I decided to take my first hike in the snow. Due to busy work, I only have 2 days to plan a snow hike. Is this even possible? which one? With these questions, I conducted a quick search and almost immediately zeroed out the hike on the Prashar Lake trek.
Snow-capped mountains, white-carpeted trails, frozen lakes, and enchanting forests – the perfect cocktail to experience the climax of a winter wonderland on a weekend! This is your hike on Lake Prasha.
Do you want to go up the mountain tickling but don’t have the experience of a long weekend? No problem!
You don’t need it to do this. Yes, you read that correctly, you don’t need to wait a long weekend to go to this alpine paradise. Lake Prashar is the perfect winter weekend getaway from Delhi. It will transport you to a heavenly land, allowing you to return to dreamy memories in time to think long-term.
Like many lakes in India, this lake also has a mythological history and is considered sacred. The saint Parashar is believed to have meditated on the shore of this lake, hence the name Prashar (Lake Parashar). In another version, locals believe that when Pandavas returned from the Kurukshetra war, Bim, one of the strongest Pandavas, elbows the mountain and forms a dent, which is now called Prasha Lake. Very interesting, right? There is also a three-story pagoda temple dedicated to the saint Parasal on the river bank. According to legend, it was built by a baby from a tree trunk in the 13th century!
This lake is even more fascinating. So far, no one has been able to determine the depth of the lake! Locals claimed to have seen mature trees drown in the lake after a storm, but left no traces on the outer surface! There is a perfect circular floating island in the lake, which continuously rotates along the circumference of the lake. The location of the islands will be different in every photo of Prasal Lake you look for, Try it out!
Best time to visit Prashar Lake trek
The best time to hike Prasha Lake is from December to February. In these months, the lakes and trails will be covered with white snow, providing you with postcard-like photos and otherworldly feelings from the land of Narnia. I took a hike in mid-February and the temperature rose to a comfortable 1213 degrees during the day (if the sun god is pleased) and dropped to 01 degrees at night.
Tips: In mid-February, the snow began to melt and soften, making it more dangerous to walk on it. Facebook is almost like reading my mind, spitting out the memories of my last hike, taunting me, and pulling me in at the same time. If you want a relatively relaxing trekking experience and don’t mind the colder temperatures, then plan to take this trek to Mandi, Himachal Pradesh in January or the first half of February. You can have a comfortable night in a semi-reclined Volvo bus, waking up in the morning refreshed and wanting to climb the mountain!
Arrive in Mandi around 67am and take a private or shared taxi or road bus from Himachal Pradesh to Bagi Village, 30 kilometers from Mandi, this is the starting point of the trek. If you take a bus, it will take about 2 hours, if you take a taxi, it will take about an hour to get to Baji.
Arriving at, you can stop for a delicious aloo parathas breakfast at Krishna Café and stock up on carbs for hiking. You can cool off in the cafeteria and put on some hiking clothes. Also, it is best to pack your lunch so you can enjoy it on the go.
After a full meal, the hike begins. The walk starts from the cafe itself. The first few hundred meters of hiking will take you through the gradually sloping Kuqa trail, which is wide enough for a small car to pass. As you continue on this trail, you will find many small streams that sparkle in the sun.