Camping around the beautiful Parashar Lake in Mandi region of Himachal Pradesh || A Photo Journey by Ankit Sood
Few other photo journeys have already been shared about Parashar Lake but this one is little special which shares some moments spent around The Parashar Rishi Lake while camping under twinkling stars. When I saw the stunning photographs on Ankit's account, I requested him to share this interesting story with PHOTO JOURNEY viewers and I was really happy to see a quick and positive response.
Prashar Lake is located at around 50 kilometers from Mandi town of Himachal Pradesh, which is popularly known as Himalayan State having major tourist inflow. There is a three storied pagoda-like temple dedicated to the sage Prashar, which is located on the side of a beautiful lake, which is shown in photographs on left. The Parashar Lake is located at a height of approximately 3k meters having deep blue waters which we can see in the aerial shot being shown on left.
There are green meadows around Parashar Lake & Ankit had planted his tent in one of the open areas. These photographs are very inspiring and I wish to do something like this in near future. Sometime back I had a beautiful star-trail photograph of Parashar Lake on Flickr. Today I couldn't locate the source but that was one of my first inspiration to visit Parashar Lake & try to stay around that place for one night to experience the twinkling stars in blue sky.
The Parashar Lake can be approached via Drang. The temple near Parashar Lake was built in the 13th century and legend has it was built by a baby from a single tree. The lake has a floating island in it and it is said to be unclear how deep it is, with a diver not being able to determine its depth.
Here is a photograph of Parashar Rishi Temple which is near to the lake. The Parashar lake is surrounded by snow covered peaks and this place also gets snowfall sometimes.
As we start the journey from Mandi, we need to pass through Runjh, Katidhi village then village Kamand. Kamand is the place where IIT Mandi is being established. If I am not wrong, one batch has already started in this campus. Kamand is very beautiful place along the riverside... There is a river Uhal near Kamand. After Kamand we hit a place called Kataula which is one of the main place in the valley. Here is another interesting account on Parashar Lake - http://disttmandi.com/journey-to-prashar-lake/
The beautiful Prashar Lake is located very high as stated earlier as well. It's very high in the green mountains in Himachal Pradesh. Some of the colorful birds can be seen in this area and recently I have seen birders exploring this region of Himalayas.
Thanks to Ankit Sood for sharing great Photographs from Parashar Lake.
Photo Credits for 2nd/3rd Pics : https://www.facebook.com/prasharrishilake