The pristine blue Parashar Lake is located amidst the Dhauladhar ranges of Kullu. Other than its charismatic beauty, the place is famous for the three-storied temple which is located on the bank of the lake.
- Parashar Lake is located at an elevation of 2730 metres above sea level. The lake is a perfect holiday destination, far away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
- Parashar Lake is nestled between tall cedar trees. From the edge of the lake, tourists can see the glimpse of snow-capped mountains and water streams of the Sutlej River flowing towards the south.
- First, you have to reach Mandi which is around 430 kms from Delhi en route Kullu and Manali. You can take any Manali bound bus and get down at Mandi. Otherwise, you can take a train to Chandigarh and then a bus from there. You can hire a private vehicle to visit Parashar Lake and come back.
- Mythology says that this lake was formed by the Pandavas when they were on their way after Mahabharata with Deity Kamrunag (based on which this entire valley is known as Kamru Valley today) to find the best place for their teacher, Dev Kamrunag. The deity loved the isolation of this place so much that he decided to stay here for the rest of his life.
- On his request, Bheem one of the Pandava brothers formed the lake by pushing his elbow and forearm on the peak of the mountain. And that is the reason believed by locals why the depth of the oval-shaped lake is unknown. It is said that many times during storms a 30-metre-tall cedar tree would fall into the lake and disappear.
- This place is available for visitors throughout the year except during the winter months, i.e. December to March. Now with increased visitors, there are a few hotels available with basic facilities at reasonable prices.
- The unique thing about this lake is that there is a patch of grass which moves from one end to the other. In the summer, it is at one end and in winter it touches the other end.
- The temple is dedicated to the sage Parashara, and it is also believed that the saint meditated here for quite a long time. Bansen the king of Mandi got this temple built in the 13th century in Pagoda style. It is believed that the local temple of Parashar Rishi is made of one deodar tree. The riveting “Himachali” architecture of the temple blends perfectly with the landscape.
- Today people from all faiths come here. As an offering, people throw money, silver coins and gold into the water. This place is available for visitors throughout the year except for the winter months, i.e. December to March.
- Every year, the lake is visited by more than 1.5 million tourists from all over the world, all because of its beauty. If you haven’t seen it yet, plan a trip right now.
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