Exploring The Himalayas – Day 2

For Day 1 click Exploring The Himalayas

Day 2

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I always wanted to experience a sun rise in the mountains and this was my time for doing the same. I had never seen a rising sun before and so I was too damn excited about it . My phone’s alarm buzzed at 5.30 AM in the morning and I woke up instantly . It was still dark outside and no one could be seen around , not even a single soul , so yes it was scary as well. I knocked at the door of our caretaker as I heard some noise from his room and to my surprise he was awake and seemed like he had already taken a  bath . I asked him at about what time we can see the sun coming up ? He replied 6.30 Am . So we had approximately 45 minutes for the same by now. And did I forgot to mention , it was so chilled early morning and I had not taken my best warm clothes with me , but somehow I managed with the only jacket I had. So since we had some time in our hand , we took out our tripods and cameras and got them ready for the perfect shot.

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Sunrise at 6.30 Am

Exactly around 6.30Am we could see the rays coming up and it was so magnificent that I will not be able to express it better through words. The first word from my mouth since the rays came up and till we could see the sun properly was “WOW”  . I kept on saying “Beautiful” . Trust me there is nothing like sunrises and sunsets in this world.

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After such a delightful experience , we all got fresh and headed towards the Prashar Lake. The lake is located at a height of 2730 m above sea level. With deep blue waters, this lake is held sacred to the sage Prashar and he is regarded to have meditated here.The three storied pagoda-like temple  was built in the thirteenth 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.

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After the visit to the main temple , we headed towards the local Dhaba which is right besides the lake, up above the mountain. We had Maggie and some kadak chai . The tea was so flavorful that I ordered another one as soon as I finished the first one . It had ginger and cardamom and it helped me with my cold. The breakfast went on for another hour with chit chats .After having our belly fit and fat , we took a good tour of the area nearby . We climbed up the nearby peaks and targeted for the highest point on each one as we knew that the view from there will be worth the climb.

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Beautiful view around Prashar Lake

At around 12:00 Pm we went back towards the forest rest house and got our backpacks ready as we had to be on the same bus we came upon here. The bus came at 1 Pm and we all said goodbye to this magical place and reached back to Mandi around 3.30 pm . We had lunch at the some local restaurant around the bus stand and waited for our Volvo to travel back to Delhi .

The trip came to end with a promise to visit the place again but this time in Winters when the whole area is covered in snow.

This was a weekend getaway trip and I hope you can too take out some time to experience such solace.

 

Thanks for the read.

Cheers
Monika

If you want to  know anything about the place in detail you may comment below .

 

Exploring The Himalayas

Day 1

Believing that i could live within the given profligacy of life , i sat onto that mountain and took a fresh breath of pleasantness in the air with wide opening my arms to welcome the explorer in me.

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The journey started with boarding a bus to Mandi , Himachal Pradesh from Delhi at 8:00 Pm . It took around 10 hours to reach Mandi and with cloud led mountains we entered the local Bus Station and refreshed myself with a cup of tea. After around waiting for an hour or so we boarded the small rickety bus towards Prashar. It is the only bus which goes till there or else one can book a taxi for themselves which is a bit expensive in regard to a budget trip or one can trek right upto the hill with the help of local guides. It took exact 3 hours to reach the marvelous spot and i jumped down the bus as quickly as i could in order to visually absorb the very first look of the place.

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You have booked your dates for this one i guess

It took me good half an hour to just stand from the bench nearby and to move towards the room we had booked with the forest rest house as i was in no mood to sit indoors after experiencing such wonderful landscape. But , yes of course we had to get freshen up and so we talked to the housekeeper there and got ourselves into the very first room on ground floor. The flooring was wooden with a red carpet over it . The windows were painted white and the had a chair facing the sunny side . Overall , the room was good enough for a few friends to create memories forever.

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Forest Rest House

After having lunch , we moved a bit to explore the area and to help catch a signal on our phones. Yes , It is a bit difficult to keep your social network working over Facebook or Instagram but then we found a peak where suddenly my phone buzzed and i could finally contact my family to tell them i reached safely . It is funny that when the whole area doesn’t give even a single straight line over your device and then out of nowhere when you wide open your arms ( Refer to the 1st picture) sitting over a particular spot , your device gets working . Well , that was that !

Coming back to the beautiful evening , we just sat there and talked about nothing at all . Maybe it was the inner dialog we all were experiencing which didn’t require much to speak with anyone else. With the sun going down behind the mountain we all called it a day and went back to our room for a good sound sleep.

 

Next post will describe Day 2 of “Exploring The Himalayas”