Prashar lake & Tungamata trek

Prashar Lake is situated at an altitude of 2,730 m. The lake has a breathtaking beauty to offer. The lake is surrounded by the portentous Dhauladhar Ranges in Kullu Valley. The trek to Prashar Lake involves awe inspiring trails crossing the forests and several small streams. Me and my friend undertook this trek from 23 to 25 December 2017 though not the right season for this trek but yeah we wanted to go away from our busy office life. The place is more beautiful during June July when the entire area is green, however the winter has its own charm. There are plenty of beautiful views of Dhauladhar, Pir Panjal and Kinnaur mountain ranges.

Day 1: 23 December 2017

We took a normal HRTC bus till manali from Chandigarh costing Rs. 453 per person as the ticket to mandi was not available at ISBT Sector 43. The cost of ticket from chandigarh to mandi is 290. We started at 4:30 am in the morning and reached Mandi around 1:30 PM. Yes we wasted our day in journey but we couldn’t do anything else as there was huge rush at ISBT and we haven’t booked a volvo. But I felt that the journey via normal bus is much better. Then from ISBT Mandi we took bus to kataula. It costed around Rs. 35 per person. As soon as we entered the bus we found two guys from Delhi going for the prashar trek too. We four then planned to take a cab from kataula to Prashar itself so that we could reach well in time and can see prashar lake and have a trek to Tungamata temple. We got it for Rs 300 per person. On the way we took some pictures of the beautiful mountain folds.

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We reached Prashar lake at 3:15 PM. The lake lies in a saucer shaped valley and was surrounded by dry as well as snow-capped peaks. There is an ancient pagoda-style temple located on the side of the calm lake.

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Then we started arranging for a room for four of us. To our surprise we got a free room at the Prashar Rishi Temple itself and we just had to pay Rs. 20 for a blanket and Rs. 30 for a mattress for one day. We spent time at lake area and went uphill took some pictures of the sunset and view of the lake from the top.

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The food at the small hotel (dhabha) at prashar lake is awesome and very cheap. We got unlimited fresh Dal, Sabzi and Roti at Rs. 50 per person only. At night we planned for the Tungamata temple trek talked to Jeewan Kumar, the temple manager. He is a very generous and a supporting man. He helped us throughout our stay and arranged us a guide for Tungamata trek however the guide didn’t knew the exact route to Tungamata. The guide took Rs. 1000 for the trek.

Day 2: 24 December 2017

After having the breakfast we left for Tungamata temple trek at about 8:45 AM .You should keep yourself hydrated enough to trek the route well in time. Please don’t carry huge trekking bags if you are going to prashar and Tungamata. A 25l to 30l storage bag would suffice. As we didn’t knew the exact route instead of two mountains we trekked three and that to more of ascent. The path was dangerous at some places especially during the ascent and it was also not much defined at some places. The last one kilometer was very much steep.

We reached Tungamata top at 12:50 PM. The trek was snowy and steep in between. The entire trail was riddled and that added to the beauty of this walk. The journey was very fruitful. When we reached tunga top the Himalayan magic unfolded itself and all of a sudden the towering mountains appeared to be rushing towards us from all the directions. The view of majestic mountains surrounding the temple was just jaw dropping.

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Indeed what lies beyond Prashar lake is the opulence of the mighty himalayas.

We saw multiple peaks. The Dhauladhars, the Pir Panjals group rose together forming a crescent arrangement surrounding the Tunga Bhagwati temple and it appeared that the shrine is being guarded by the mighty mountains from all directions. Some of the prominent peaks which can be seen are Dharmsura, Papsura, Patalsu, Kr1, Hanuman Tibba, Ali Ratni Tibba, Swargarohini, Grifffon, Shikar beh, Mukar beh, Ghepan Goh, Deo Tibba etc. The priest over there told us about the importance of the shrine and why it is situated at higher altitude of about 3000 meters from Prashar lake. It is belived that the temple was built by Pandavas (Mahabharata era) from a single stone. In front of the temple there is a Goddess Kali Mata’s idol, just near there is some 8 inch hole where you can see blood of Bali/ Sacrifice which is done over there.

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The priest offered as free lunch which included fresh mutton. We further had some nice time with local people at tunga top tried to play the local musical instruments. The people were very kind and helpful.

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We were told by the priest that trekking should be taken from Jwalapur village to Tungamata top and then to Prashar Lake which will save our time to. After that we came down and by this time we knew the route. The descent was slippery at some point of time due to snow.

Finally we came down to Prashar by 5:30 PM had some tea at Krishna camps nearby Prashar lake. We decided to trek to baggi village from Prashar next day.

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Day 3: 25 December 2017

We started trekking down to baggi village as we missed the trek to Prashar. We started at about 8:00 AM and reached baggi at about 10:15 AM. The trek involved walking through beautiful meadows and dense forests.

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We were waiting for the only bus which comes from mandi to baggi at 10:30 AM but sadly it didn’t came but to our surprise there came a mahindra force which took Rs. 100 per person and dropped us at Mandi ISBT. We were very exhausted.

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The guys from Delhi took bus to Chandigarh however we hired a cab (Dzire) which took Rs 1900 per person for return journey to Chandigarh and yes our decision was right we reached chandigarh by 5:00 PM and rested for the day.

25 Comments Add yours

  1. murali7571 says:

    very interesting

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  2. Hiking Singh says:

    Thank you so much !!!

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  3. Jasmeen kaur says:

    Soothing places within budget!

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  4. Good tips! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. julivaglobal says:

    What a magical place to be and visit

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  6. Luna S says:

    Wow this trip looks gorgeous, you are very lucky to be able to visit such a beautiful place.

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  7. Hiking Singh says:

    Yes, you must visit !!

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  8. Hiking Singh says:

    Yes, I feel lucky that I am able to visit such places.

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  9. Ziaul Hasan says:

    The places seem exotic and breathetaking. Hope to go there someday..

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  10. Very nice photos and day wise plan along with the budget spent helps travellers plan to visit this magical place!

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  11. vivirewellness says:

    Looks like a magical place..

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  12. Ishita Pandey says:

    This post is describing such a great experience! The images actually make me want to visit these places and witness the view on my own! 🙂

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  13. amayszingblogs says:

    I’m a Hiker and this really good post! I like to trekk this someday thanks for sharing!

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  14. beblessed23 says:

    Captivating photos! I love the view it’s breathtaking! Great tips as well thanks for sharing!

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  15. ngofrillsnomad says:

    The trek looks amazing! I really liked the contrast in photos as different times of the day.

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  16. Wow! The views and the sunset are amazing.

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  17. Novel Blondes says:

    What an extraordinary adventure! I would love to do something like this some day.

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  18. Wow..interesting. I didn’t know anything about bali and mutton served in a temple.

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  19. Pujarini Mitra says:

    I love your pictures. We visit Himachal almost every year but yet haven’t been able to explore it completely. This trek is definitely one of the best in Himachal and the panoramic view from Parashar lake is spellbinding.

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  20. Clearly from reading your post, you had a marvelous trip. I have never done a trek like this. but The view and landscape are amazing. It is so calming and peaceful.

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  21. AC Art of Food says:

    Your trek seems so calming an peaceful!! Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Simerbir Singh says:

    Great places to visit. You’ve captured amazing views.

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  23. Hiking maybe not my travel style, but watching these beautiful scene is my thing. You beautifully captured these photos!

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