Prashar Lake is located at an elevation of 2730 m above sea level, 49 km north of Mandi in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. There is a three storeyed pagoda temple dedicated to sage Prashar. The temple was built in the 13th century.
Hindu mythology states that the lake was formed when the Pandavas were returning after the Mahabharata with the Gid Kamrunag, after which the Kamru Valley is named, to find the best place for their teacher. Dev Kamrunag liked the isolation the place offered so much, that he decided to stay there all his life. Bheemsen, one of the Pandavas, formed the lake on his request by pushing his elbow and forearm on the peak of the mountain, therefore forming the oval lake with its depth unknown. Even divers have not been able to determine its depth. There is a floating island in the lake. 30 meter tall cedar trees are said to have disappeared in the lake. The lake offers a panoramic view of the Kinnaur, Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal mountain ranges. The lake is surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks and overlooks the Beas River.
People from different faiths visit the lake. They throw money, gold and silver coins into the lake as offering.
The best time to visit is any time throughout the year except the winter months, which are from December to March. The lake makes a perfect weekend getaway and is well connected to cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, Dehradun, etc. The trek to Prashar Lake starts from Baggi village, which is 26 km from Mandi. Mandi is 230 km from Delhi and 180 km from Chandigarh. People usually take the bus from these cities, which are easily available. It takes 4-5 hours to reach Prashar Lake from Baggi village, and the distance is about 7.5 km. The trail is charming and passes through a forest with rivulets. There are hotels available nearby, with increased number of tourists.
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