Prashar Lake lies in the Mandi district at an altitude of 8,9450 feet. This lake is truly mystical and is considered a holy. There is a temple as well at the side of the lake. The peculiar thing about this lake is that it has a little floating island right in between. Another one is that no one knows the depth of this lake. The locals believe that this lake is bottomless and has divine powers.
To reach this lake, you can either trek or can take a bus instead, depending upon the time you have. The trek goes through the forest areas and the trails are not properly defined as well. Also, only limited tourists trek to this place. This makes the trek even more adventurous. Also, here you can choose to camp or go back to Mandi on the same day itself.
Although I would highly recommend camping here as both the sunset and the sunrise are beautiful and alluring.
Kedakrkantha is a famous trek that is mostly done during the winters. Lying at an altitude of 12,500 feet, Kedarkantha lies in the Uttarkashi region of Uttarakhand (north India) It is famous for its winter trails and snow and from here you can see the gorgeous ranges of the upper Himalayas. The trek takes three to four days mostly and there are many tour operators who undertake guided experiences there. Indeed, this one is one of the best treks in India.
We went during the month of January where we experienced snowfall, temperatures in negative, camping on the snow sheet and beautiful sunrises. This trek is challenging for both the mind and the body but truly worthy nonetheless. In the middle of nowhere, you will also come across a lake, known as ‘Juda ka Talab’ which is a breathtaking site to see.
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Kheerganga is a paradise for us Indians as well as Israelis. This is a paradise of green where most of the stoners come for grass and weed. But Kheerganga is not famous just for this, it has a hot spring etched right in the middle of high mountains.
Camping was allowed earlier here, however, due to ecological imbalance the camps have been banned. So tourists mostly stay in Tosh instead, or come back to Kasol and stay here instead after experiencing the hot springs. The trek is fairly simple and trails are well defined. It takes about four hours to reach Kheerganga from Kasol.
Dhankar Lake lies in Spiti Valley of India. Spiti Valley lies in the Northernmost region of India and is known as the cold desert of India. Being a barren land made of sand it gets really cold here that it snows during the winter season. Spiti Valley is also known as the middle land of India as it lies right in the middle of Tibet and India.
Dhankar Lake lies at an altitude of 13,600 feet. This lake is just an hour hike from the Dhankar village and the lake is the water supply for the villagers of Dhankar. The lake lies in the middle of snow peaked mountains which makes it very majestic.
The hike is fairly simple with arrows marked to let the tourists know of the path. However, camping is not allowed near the lake as this place is considered holy.
Rupin Pass is a trek which starts in one state of India and ends in another. Isn’t that cool? The trek commences in the last villages of Uttarakhand and ends in the Sangla village of Himachal Pradesh.
The trek is moderately difficult and takes about a week to complete, but the landscape and scenery keep changing at every turn making this place serene. You have to climb forest, walk through meadows and cross passes. In this trek, you attain an altitude of 15,380 feet. Furthermore, every day one needs to walk for 5-6 hours to cover 10 KMs.
You will also enjoy numerous waterfalls and glaciers on the way and one needs a tour operator to go on this trek.