PARASHAR LAKE TREK
Time and again emphasis has been laid on the importance of traveling and connecting yourself to nature. On the same lines, we would like to bring forth another beautiful travel destination. Lying 49km to the north of Mandi in Himachal Pradesh Parashar lake is a three-storied pagoda-like temple. This temple is a remembrance of the sage Parashar.
Located at a height of 2730m above sea level this lake is a treat to the eyes of the viewer. It lies in the Dhauladhar ranges of Kullu valley. This lake consists of 93 percent of water and the remaining 7 percent is floating land. The strange thing about this floating land or island is that it keeps changing its position. Hence it gets its name from its nature ‘floating island’. It’s Latitude and longitude coordinates are 31.754366, 77.101143 respectively. This lake is like a small oasis and is famous for trekking. It is surrounded by lush green mountains which are sometimes covered with snow and form a spectacular view.
There is no particular time to visit the Parashar lake. Temperature variations throughout the year are smooth. The lake changes according to the weather conditions. During the summer it remains pleasant. The temperature is low throughout the year owing to the high altitude of the location. During the monsoon, the area receives moderate rainfall and the lake is filled with water. During winters the temperature falls below freezing point and the water of the lake freezes sometimes partially and sometimes completely. The months of January and February witness snowfall. The temperature at the lake ranges from -5 to 25 degrees Celsius throughout the year. It is advisable to check the weather report before planning the trek or camping at this place.
Trekking & camping
Surrounded by the mountains this Trek is moderately difficult and can easily be completed by even a beginner. There is a motorable road available to reach the Prashar lake. This lake is famous among the admirers of nature. It is a well-kept secret and has not been distilled by the advancements or modernization of society. Apart from the scenic beauty, this place has a rich history.
The Temple beside the lake is of great importance to many people. It was built in the 13th century and has a rich architecture. Even the lake holds religious value and is believed to be sacred to the followers of the Hindu religion. The Temple shows rich Himachali architecture and is of great value to the lovers of history and art. The intrinsic and carefully carved wooden masterpieces are a beauty in itself.
There are no words to describe the beauty of nature from the lake. Snow-covered or not the lake is in itself a treat to the eyes. The floating island is the cherry on the top. The place will make you question the wonders of nature. The surrounding mountains will make you realize how tiny the place you hold in the world and how uncertain life can be.
While trekking you will come across various villages and can enjoy the authentic village culture and food. The trekking route is beautiful. The journey is not wonderful and the destination is better than that. The trek follows a trail through the forest which will give you a good experience. You get a view of many mountains which include the Dhauladhar, Pir Panjal and Kinnaur ranges. You go through various forests and scenic routes throughout the journey. If you are a nature lover and if you have the energy to make the trek then it is highly recommended. However, if you do not want to take a risk and want to keep it easy you can take the road and still enjoy the views. Most people also prefer spending a night in the campsites. It is like spending a night in the jungle among the wild. If you are willing to spend the night camping on the bank of the lake, under the dark sky and amidst the miraculously beautiful cliffs this night will be a memory. Whether it is a honeymoon, a trip with your squad or a solo trip this getaway is all you need.
Mountains, forests, lakes, and wildlife with a little touch of history and art is the perfect combination. This is a beautiful place for a weekend getaway. The journey in itself will be a memorable experience and the destination will forever remain in your books of good days. This trip will refresh and replenish your mind, body, and soul. You will feel energized and high. If you are a nature admirer but spend most of the days among the concrete jungles then this place is a must-visit for you. The home-office routine is tiring and exhausts us in ways we can’t explain. Everybody needs to stay connected to nature and to oneself which is only possible if we are willing to take a break once in a while.
Albert Einstein said, “Look deep into nature, and you will understand everything better”. Right by this saying if you are undergoing a mid-life crisis or have gone through a heartbreak recently or just want to figure something out then a trek is all you need. If you are willing then the camping site is the best place to take your time and the needed break. If you have the time and energy then definitely make it a point to check this place off your list of places to visit. Nature lovers or not this place will make you one. It will connect you to the more important things in life and will let you appreciate everything better. It will instill a sense of appreciation to the people and the life you have been blessed with you will come back better than what you were when you first started. This trip might also become one of the milestones of your life and not to forget it will also give you a lot of good pictures.