Family Trip/Trek to Prashar Lake-Jan 2016

narender

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Our Winer family Trip and Trek to Prashar Lake
Our winters vacations started on 24th Dec and schools were closed for 20 days but some urgent long pending works kept us from traveling but finally found a window of 3-4 days open and decided to visit hitherto unseen Prashar Lake in Mandi Disrict of Himachal Pradesh.Idea was to reach at shrine by car and parked our car few kilometers before shrine and covered the remaining distance on foot.Road walking is always easier than proper trekking trails which passes thru deep forests and steep ascents.No a good idea with kids.My two nephews Harsh and Ashish also joined us.This time I decided to reach Mandi via Kiratpur-Anandpur-Nangal-Una-Sundernagar Ner Chowk-Mandi.Road was super smooth on his section we all enjoyed our drive through these towns and halted at Bangna (Una Disrict).Hotel name was Karanraj.550 rs per room rent.Second day we started from Una around 7 am and reached Baaggi Village around 11.30 PM. We ordered fried rice,Omelette there in Kishan Cafe.Food was very delicious.Trek to Prashar Lake started from this village and it is around 8 kms through river bed and bouldors and forest.Easy to moderate grade.My nephews started the trek around 11.30 am and we covered the distance in car via a broken road in first gear and reached a point where frozen black ice forced us to leave the car and made us walk for 4 kms.Car was skidding and it was scary.Walk was tiring initially but soon we adjusted to altitude and felt comfy.It was fun walking on the road.Around 3.30 pm ,we reached at the lake and very hungry,so ordered some food at the only dhaba there.Food choice were very limited.Only Dal-Chawal and Maggi..and Tea.
Both the food items were very pathetic and served in very bad quality paper plate.Avoidable food.
After food,i booked a room and 4 beds for night stay.Charges were 100 rs per bed,toal 400 rs.Night stays was warm and comfy and luckily room had a bulb that kept the room air somewhat bearable.No provision of restroom,all rustic,which we dont mind.Did some night photography in chilly winds.
Next day we started our trek back to our parked car.Harsh and Ashish again started their downhill trek and we four marched towards our parked car.Meeting point was same Kishan Cafe at Baggi village.Around 2 PM,we all reunited at Baggi village,had lunch and drove back.Destination was Thapar University to drop Harsh at his hostel.Reached very late around 12 midnight in Thapar and decided to spend the nigh in Guset room for parents.Room was okay...with clean blankets and quilts.On fourth day on 11 Jan 2016 we left Thapar at 7 AM and reached our home back at 3.30 PM.
Another enjoyable trip came to end.Kids enjoyed double in the company of their elder cousins.Ashish was also initiated into trekking and liked his debut trek.

Thanks for Reading.Happy traveling to all.



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