Trip to Prashar Lake & Jhibi – A travel story full of amazing experiences
Prashar lake (Mandi, HP) has always been an attractive weekend getaway location for the outdoor lovers in the North. Be it the Prashar rishi temple, the floating land inside the lake or the scenic view of the snow-capped mountains surrounding the region, all add-up to making this place a must visit for all. But what should one expect in terms of the experience that the place has to offer?
So, we bring to you the actual experiences from the place in a story shared by an Adventure Tribe member (Aastha Talwar) in her own words.
“When it comes to travel, I never rely on travel agents rather I love to explore the unexplored all by myself. So, I took this weekend getaway trip and managed to explore a lot within just 3 days.
I started with my backpack from New Delhi & took a Volvo bus ( booked from an app which costed somewhere around Rs. 800 per person) on Friday. I de-boarded at Mandi bus stop after a 10-hour journey and took a lift till Baghi- it is the starting point of the mighty Prashar lake trek. I reached Kisna cafe at Baghi. It is indeed a beautiful district with a river flowing across. Kisna cafe's lemon tea is to die for! I relaxed alongside the river, clicked a few pictures and started my trek. (If you arrive late at Baghi for some reason, you can easily hire a taxi (Rs. 1500) as the road is motorable, which means you take your own vehicle uphill Prashar lake too!). Do not opt for a guide as what trekking is without some thrill of getting lost in the dense jungle: D Jokes apart, you will get lost, but only in the beauty of the trail leading to the summit ;)
It is normally a 4-5 hour easy trek. Finally, I was welcomed with the prettiest Sunset views and I stayed at the Kisna Camps- 2kms away from the lake (remember the lemon tea shop at Baghi). When you trek, camping and bonfire add flavours to your adventure. Well, I was offered all of it. A dome tent with a sleeping bag, bonfire, music and 2 meals at Rs. 800. The most amazing thing about the stay was the marvelous night sky. You can spot the Milky Way naked eyes and get some great shots.
In the morning, I went to take a stroll to Prashar Lake. It has got a glamorous view even when it is not covered in snow!! Try walking around the entire boundary of the lake to have some great clicks of the temple too. After a bit of leisure and photography, we headed back for the descend. It was a smooth 3-4 hour trek.
As soon as we reached back to Mandi, we took the local bus to Banjar and then took another local bus to Jhibi. You can take a personal taxi from Mandi too (Rs. 2500) but I preferred to save my bucks. This journey would take around 2 to 3 hours. The locals can help you a lot to know about the buses timings and routes. I had pre-booked the camp with meals (Rs. 1000) and the bus dropped me right at its entrance. This campsite has comfortable Swiss tents with common washrooms. The gushing river flowing along the campsite makes it absolutely lovable. Moreover, it is 100m away from Jhibhi Waterfall. While many prefer to stay at Tirthan valley, I went for Jibhi and I am so proud of my decision. The unexplored valley has so much peace to offer. With lushing green tall trees, curvy roads, to cloudy calm skies, Jhibi can take your heart away. I left mine there!
The Sun was about to set when I walked to the Beautiful Jhibi waterfall and roamed around the streets of Jhibi.
When I actually reached Jhibi, I got to know about the vastness of exploration and I made a promise to myself to return back for Shangarh and Serolsar lake trek soon. One have various options to explore from Jhibi as it serves as the midpoint between Shangarh and Shoja (the famous Jalori pass is nearby from where you can opt for a 2-3 hour easy trek to Serolsar Lake).
Well because we had our return tickets booked for the night, we left Jhibi with memories in our minds for lifetime."
So as shared by the first time adventure traveller, the trip to prashar lake could leave you with some unmatched experiences & handful of lovely memories to recall. And surely the mystery story of the lake!