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Things To Do In Himachal Pradesh
From Manali, breathtaking views of the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal
ranges are a perennial specialty. This is the place where mountain
adventures takes on a new dimension. A haven for tourists, Manali is
replete with scenic quotients offering trekking enthusiasts an
experience of its own kind.
Attracting visitors from all over the world all year round, this is a
place for backpackers to explore the serene settings of the Himalayas.
It is also the place where adventure tourists can enjoy exhilarating
activities such as paragliding, rafting and skiing while on Manali to Leh Road trip.
Also known as the ‘Pool of Gods’, Bhrigu Lake is a majestic an picturesque water body that is located at a distance of about 43km from the town of Manali. Each year, the lake attracts thousands of trekkers and visitors who come here to appreciate the serene, crystal clear blue pools of the lake as a part of their itinerary to visit Manali tourist places.
Rising to a height of about 14,100ft it is located on the eastern courses of the Rohtang Pass. One of the many glacial lakes of the Kullu Valley, it makes up for being a perfect weekend outing on your next trip to Manali.
The lake is bordered by snowy peaks of the Himalayas on all sides and is a moderate to difficult trekking escapade. Also nearby is the Nehru Kund, which is a natural water spring that is fed by the waters of the Bhrigu Lake and is truly picturesque.
The trekking route to Bhrigu Lake starts either at
the village of Gulaba or Vasishth Temple, either ways it perches you up at a
height of almost 14000ft right on the second day, making it one of the most
captivating treks of the Pir Panjal Ranges.
Locals of the village believe that this lake has been blessed by the
sages and Gods which is why, it never freezes over completely even in the times
of harsh winters.
Distance from Manali: 18 Kms
How to get there: Follow the Kullu-Naggar-Manali Road through the village of Gulaba
Best time to Visit: May to June
Type of destination: Trekking and religious
Built in 1460 AD, the Naggar Castle has a unique architecture that comprises of stones and wood. About a century ago, this castle of Raja Sidh Singh of Kullu was converted into a rest house, and presently it is being taken care by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation.
In its rechristened avatar, the castle is now The Castle Heritage Hotel. Naggar Castle came into the limelight after a bollywood movie was shot here. A grand Tibetan carnival dance was shot here and hence this castle grew in touristic prominence.
One of the most
frequent places to visit in Manali, the Van Vihar National Park attracts
visitors mainly because of its ideal location, which is bang on the Mall road
in Manali. The park is a welcome respite from the crowds and the pollution with
its tall and shady groves of Deodar, birch and pine. There are a number of
wooden and concrete benches within the park, which provide rest, relaxation and
recreation to its visitors.
Take off your shoes and take a leisurely walk across the garden paths of this wonderful haven of nature. You could also have fun cruising around in a boat that sails in the small pond within the vicinity of this park. Set amidst beautiful and verdant environs, the park is a perfect respite for anyone who chooses to visit it and makes up for a great place for a spontaneous picnic or simply a long walk!
08:00 am – 07:00 pm (summer)
08:00 am – 05:00 pm (winter)
Entry Fee: 10 INR per Person
Photography Allowed: Yes
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Traveller Tales From Himachal Pradesh
19 October 2014
I was expecting a simple trek, but this seemed to be a dicey and challenging one. Most of my co-trekkers seemed to enjoy this and the overall service was good. We got enough time to explore Nagar town. Our base camp was very good and tents and sleeping bags were of very good quality. Amazing part of the trek was jeep ride as it give us opportunity to see beautiful mountains and landscapes.
20 March 2016
Very good option for trekking and camping. Beautiful scenery with snow capped Himalayas in the backdrop, exquisite meadows, refreshing springs en route. Spent a memorable trip. wanted the sheer joy of being etherized to the core by the beauty of the unknown. Trekkers can also explore this park area as its one of the richest biological parks in world. Small lodges are available with good local food.
07 January 2016
We sped past Barshaini and we now able to view the mountain peaks from an altogether different angle - could not believe these were the same vistas that we had been viewing all day long. As the evening hues came about, the peaks turned crimson red - absolutely stunning. We were once again humbled into silen
26 January 2016
This place is heaven for nature lovers as well very reasonable as compared to other places for best experience go with your tents and have your energy drinks and water with you when start trekking
03 January 2017
Prashar lake is a perect trek for anyone looking for a 2 days of wilderness. Am happy that i did this trek and even more happy that i booked it from thrillophilia. all the arrangements from food, camps, bonfire, guides were on time and of top quality. Morning yoga and Meditation around the lake was very refreshing.
01 February 2017
Amazing experience. Went on a snow trek. It was handled amazingly well. Thanks to Thrillophilia for such a wonderful experience. Would definitely recommend.
04 October 2017
"love this place"
14 August 2017
What I liked about this whole trek is the challenging routes and the jeep drive through some routes. It was not hard to climb the hills up yet demanding high energy. Every day we trekked around 5 hours average. Every place was showing us different images. I did not find any single place that was behind the expected level of beauty. Like the photographs of the Himalayas, Bhrigu Lake and the villages around it are well maintained and properly arranged. There were many groups who were camping when we reached the base points. I think all of them were coming through other agents and tour organizers. With our group, there was a tour guide and a cook and also one team manager. All of them were behaving so nicely with us. Unlike other Himalayan regions, Bhrigu Lake had something special I felt. May be the natural trails that led to the top. I don’t know exactly. It is a large lake with beautiful surroundings. It is located in a secluded region and heard that during winter, it will be covered by snow and that sight is the most interesting one too. But we went during June and there was rain also sometimes. But the trek was really exciting. We found a lot of cattle also grazing on the sideways of the lake. One shepherd was with those flocks. The green meadows and the large pine forests were adding so much charm to the whole region. The villages are small and the houses are also small. But all were beautifully constructed. The locals seemed to be very familiar with the tourists. They were involved in their daily activities. But near the lake only tourists were found. One or two shepherds too. Other than that local people were not there. I think, this is a beautiful trek that can be done with family and friends. I have gone with my family. Some portions might be difficult for kids and old people. Yet it is one of the must visit places in the Himalayas.
12 August 2017
It was my wife’s wish to visit some place in the Himalayas. Many places came to our mind. One day I found this tour on Thrillophilia and I contacted them. I called them during December or January this year and they said that it was not season and wait for two three months and book later. Thus I waited and booked the tour in July. We went to join a small group from Manali. As people say, Manali itself is so beautiful. Then I was thinking about Hampta Pass and other places. How beautiful would they be? My wife was also so happy to see the places. We trekked through the beautiful regions, visited some landmarks and buildings and also a local house. The tea from the house was awesome. I have never tasted such a tea from anywhere. Eventually, we reach the Hampta Pass and Shea Goru. Both were so beautiful and from the high altitude, it is a different feeling to see the nearby places and the Himalayas were standing tall with their heads high. Snow fall was not there hence that sight we just imagined in our mind. The locals were friendly and offered us some local dishes and snacks. The guides were from Kashmir and north regions and they were helping us throughout. The only problem I felt was about food. Roti, vegetable curry, Maggi, bread etc were the items and they were not providing enough energy to us to climb the steep trails. Other than that, there was not much difficulties we found during the tour. I think, everyone can try this trekking if you are an adventure lover.
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