Prashar Lake in INR 1800: 5 Reasons Why You Should Trek Here7 min read

Prashar Lake

Expenditure: INR 1800/-

Duration: 2 days

Ever wondered about how you can reach the famous Prashar lake and if it is a trek you can pursue? Don’t worry because you will find all the information below about this famous hill station in India and how you can reach it in the least possible budget. 

Prashar Lake Trek Guide

About Prashar Lake

Prashar Lake is located at the top of a hill which lies 49 km north of Mandi. We had heard a lot about this place and seen a lot of wonderful pictures which tempted us finally to visit this mesmerizing place in the month of September 2016.
So, we started gathering more information on how we can reach this place and if there would be any accommodations possible there or not but there were a lot of gaps in the information which we found. At the end, we decided that we would take our own tent and camp there for the night.
And, that is how our visit to Prashar turned into our first camping trip too. We had never used our tent previously so it was a first time for us and what an experience it was!

 

Prashar Temple
Prashar Temple

 

Now, you might ask why you should go for the Prashar lake trek out of all the places in Himachal. We certainly have a few reasons which would convince you to visit this beautiful and enchanting place immediately.
  • Firstly, it is a beautiful and secluded place and not many people travel to this place. In fact, the day we reached we saw just a couple of people roaming around and most of the tents were empty. So, if you are looking for some peace and alone time, this place is perfect for just that.

 

  • Secondly, this place is completely bewitching at night, especially on the night of a full moon. We were lucky that our stay coincided with a full moon night as the sky looked so beautiful with a lone moon in the dark sky and several twinkling stars keeping it company, making us wish that we could stay here forever.

 

  • Thirdly, the sunset and sunrise from this hill is really something you need to witness once in your life. As the sun sets behind one of the hills, the whole hill is lighted up in the form of a halo and you would feel like you have just reached heaven. Yes, it is that magical. The sunset is equally mesmerizing as the first rays of the sun peek out from behind the clouds and wash away the whole place in a golden hue.

 

Sunrise at Prashar Lake
Sunrise at Prashar Lake

 

  • Fourthly, the trek here is a new experience. It might not be overly exerting or hard like other treks but it is a little challenging as you need to climb up the steep hill for 3-4 hours to reach the lake and the meadow on the way is a must-stop place to witness the beauty of the surrounding mountains.

 

  • The fifth reason to visit this place is to hear the stories about this place and talk to the locals. We talked to a few locals and they told us a few really interesting stories. In fact, if you would have noticed in a lot of photos, the small mound of land which lies inside this lake seems to change positions frequently. Don’t believe us? We have a few photos and a few stories which confirm the mysteriousness of this lake.

How to reach Prashar Lake

Price: Ordinary Bus – INR 525/-, Semi-Deluxe/Volvo – INR 546/- and INR /-1072
Website: http://www.hrtchp.com/hrtctickets/

 

Reaching Prashar lake is actually quite simple and straightforward. You just need to take a bus to Mandi. From there you have multiple options to reach Prashar. You can take private buses to Mandi or you can take the Himachal bus services. Just go to the website which we have mentioned. We took an ordinary government bus which cost us 1050 for the whole to and fro journey.
You can either trek from Bagi to Prashar through the forest route which is shorter or you can hike along the road to Prashar from Bagi which is around 11-13 km. You also have an option to take the bus from Mandi to Prashar but there are only two buses which leave at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and would cost you around 20-30 bucks.
You can also take a private vehicle till Bagi and then trek from there which would cost you around 600 bucks or you can take a vehicle directly to Prashar which would cost you something around 1500-2000. We were 4 people so it just cost us something around 300-400 per person.
For coming back, you can again trek and take a bus from Bagi or you can take the 1.30 p.m. bus from Prashar.

 

About The Prashar Lake Trek

Beware of the Earthworms and Leeches

 

You would need to trek for almost 3-4 hours and cover 6-8 Kms before you reach Prashar. On this way, you would be traveling through a steep, uphill path which would make it a little tiring. Also, you would encounter a lot of leeches and earthworms on the way, so be prepared and keep your legs covered at all times unless you want to be screaming the whole way while going up.

 

Trekking to Prashar Lake
Trekking to Prashar Lake

 

You would need to climb for at least 1-2 Kms on a rocky terrain before you come across the forest. Once you have reached the forest area, make sure to take the right side uphill path and not the straight going path.
After a climb of  3-4 Kms, you will come across a meadow which would provide you with a good view of the surrounding mountains. Once you have crossed the mountains, you will again enter the trees section and it would be a climb of 15-20 minutes again.

 

Meadow on the way to Prashar
Meadow on the way to Prashar

 

Then, you would come across a few huts. From here, Prashar is barely 1-2 Kms away. You just need to walk in the direction of the huts and buildings, then you will finally come across the road which takes vehicles to Prashar. Another few minutes on this and you would reach Prashar.

 

Prashar Lake Trek Timings

Perfect Timing: Leave by 11 a.m for ascent, Leave by 9 a.m. for the descent
Total time for trekking: 3-4 hours

 

If you would like to take the bus to Prashar, then you would need to reach Mandi by 9-9.30. If you plan to trek, then you need to start around 1 at the most from Bagi, only then you would reach Prashar by 5 before the sky grows dark.
You can leave the next day by the 1.30 p.m. bus or if you want to trek back, then you would need to leave early at around 9 a.m so that you reach Bagi by the time the Prashar bus reaches there.

 


Best time to Visit Prashar Lake

Our recommendation: After Monsoons (September – February)

 

Prashar can be visited all round the year but it is especially beautiful just after the monsoons and during the snowfall. Although you won’t find much encouragement during snowfall as the trekking is a little hard but still, a lot of people make their way to this beautiful abode. If you are looking to spend some time during the lush greenery, then we would suggest you go just immediately after monsoons.

Where to Stay at Prashar Lake

Our recommendation: Camping beside the Prashar lake

 

You will find a lot of tents around this place which would cost you 300-500 per person and a Forest Reserve guesthouse which offers you accommodation for 500 bucks. You can choose either of the options or you can get your own camping equipment too. There is enough place to erect your own tent and you get to choose your own view too.

 

Food and Other Things

Take snacks and chocolates. You can take Maggi and Wai Wai too.

 

One thing to ensure when you start your trek to this place is to stock up on snacks and chocolates because you won’t find a single shop after Bagi. So, make sure you keep your food items ready.

At Prashar, you would find sufficient eating places but they have limited options. You would get Rajma Chawla and a few other dishes here, so don’t expect too much. Rajma Chawla is actually pretty great over here so, do try it.

You can also take your own Maggi or Wai Wai and ask them to prepare it for you. They would take some service charge for it but they would do it for you.

 

On the way to Prashar Lake
Just before Prashar Lake

 

There is also a toilet here to take a bath and use for other things but it is closed in the evenings. So, you might need to relieve yourself somewhere inconspicuously. Also, the toilets are bad near the lake so, I would advise you to avoid them if you can. Avoid taking bath for a day.

 

Things to Carry with You

 

We didn’t plan our camping trip properly and so we suffered a lot at the night as it tends to get extremely cold over there. So, make sure you carry all these stuff with you when traveling to Prashar for a night stay.

 

  • Warm clothes
  • Extra layers of clothing
  • Warm socks
  • Trekking shoes
  • Warm jacket
  • Warm pants
  • Torches
  • Extra batteries for the camera
  • Power bank for phone
  • Warm blanket for sleeping(1 for each person)
  • Warm mat(For placing beneath you as the ground is pretty cold)
  • Tent
  • Toiletries

Interesting Stories about Prashar Lake

 

Once we reached this place, we were completely thrilled to have completed it and although it was a little tiring, we are glad we did it. We met a few locals who worked here and they told us quite a few interesting stories. Here are a few of them:

 

Sunset at Prashar Lake Hill
Sunset at Prashar Lake Hill

 

  • This place was the place where Prashar rishi used to meditate. And this lake held the demons who used to try to enter this world. This Rishi had a faithful devotee who volunteered to go into the lake and kill the demons. As the water started overflowing and started to threaten to drown this place, he went into the lake and didn’t come out for another 4-5 days. No one knew if he was dead or alive. Finally, on the fifth day, he arrived and the lake’s water receded back. From then on, he stayed with Prashar rishi here and made the Pagoda-like temple in his honor.
  • No one knows the depth of this lake. Many people have tried to find out the depth but all have failed. In fact, once a few people came with all the measuring devices and a long rope but they still couldn’t figure out the depth.

 

Small mound of land changing positions
Small mound of land changing positions

 

  • No one is allowed to go inside the lake and stand on that small mound of the lake as it is a holy lake. Once a couple came and the lady wished to get her picture clicked while standing on that small piece of land but when she stepped on it, she fell down inside the water and her husband barely managed to pull her back. Since then this lake has been surrounded with fences to protect both the lake and the people from it.

 

  • The small mound of land in between the lake moves according to the climate. When it is going to be a bad weather, it moves to the left side of the temple. And when it is going to be warm, it moves to the right side. In fact, we ourselves witnessed it moving from left side to right side and then back again. No one knows why it happens.

 

Please Note: These are all the stories told to us by the locals to us. We don’t claim these to be 100% true.

 

Important Note: If you are female travelers, you don’t need to worry much. Prashar is a safe place for female travelers and you can stay in a tent without much issue.

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  1. Ashish

    I am planning to solo trek prashar on new year eve. What are all things i should keep in my mind and would that be a good idea?
    Also if i dont carry my tent or sleeping bag, will i get any place to stay?

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      nomllers

      Hey Ashish,
      I don’t think that would be a good idea because usually this time Prashar lake is covered with snow and you won’t find a lot of people trekking on this path. When we visited Prashar lake, we were told by the locals that during snow there is only one family which stays there to look over things so you might get a room but you can’t be too sure about it. Don’t forget to take really warm clothes and something to eat as during snow you might find it hard to find eating places.
      Let us know how your trek goes. 🙂

  2. Pratik

    I am planning solo trip in the 1st week of June over here . If I won’t carry tent with me , Is there any chance of any camping/ tent on rent from Mandi?
    Thx

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      nomllers

      Hi Pratik,

      Yes, you can. There are tents near the lake as well, however, I will give you one tip. What you can do is, once you reach Mandi, ask the people around of the number of people going to the top. If by chance a lot of people are actually going (which generally does not happen), you can rent out the tents from Mandi itself. Hope that helped 🙂

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