Prashar Lake

Prashar Lake | Prashar Mandi | Tourist Place Himachal Pradesh

Prashar Lake is a very beautiful lake in Mandi district. It is one of the best picnic spot in Mandi. Prashar Lake is located at a height of 2730 m above sea level in Mandi district. The lake situated on the top of a bowl shaped hill.

Prashar is named after Prashar Rishi. Prashar Rishi is said to have meditated there. There is a Pagoda-style temple dedicated to Prashar Rishi besides the lake.

There is no known source of the water feeding the lake. The water level remains constant in every season. There is a small Island which keeps floating all over the lake. Depth of the lake and thickness of the island also could not be measured. For some reason no one is allowed to enter in the lake except Priest of the temple.

The way to Parashar passes through pine and deodar forests. The area is full of greenery and views of snow covered Himalayan peaks can be seen from there.

The Prashar gets heavy snowfall in the winters, which make the view of the lake more magnificent.

In the midway, in Kamand, is situated the campus of IIT Mandi. A portion of the road is in very bad shape which makes the drive little bit tougher.

Prashar can also be trekked. It takes upto 4-5 hours for 8 kms long trek from Baggi village.

There are two rest houses i.e. PWD Rest House and Forest deptt rest house providing accommodation in Prashar.
The PWD Guest House can be booked at:
EE Padhar Tel: 01905-222151

The Forest Guest House can be booked at:
DFO office Mandi Tel: 01905 - 235360
RFO Kataula, Tel : 01905 - 269469

Weather and Climate

Pleasant climate and comparatively cool temperature in the summers make it a very desirable place to visit for picnic and day hiking. In summers temperature remains 25-30°. In winters Prashar Lake gets draped with thick layer of snow due to heavy snowfall which also takes the temperature near freezing point.

Places And Activities

Pandoh Dam : Pandoh Dam is just 16 km away from Mandi on Mandi-Manali highway.
Barot: Barot is a small tourist place near Joginder Nagar in Chauhar Valley of Mandi District. Barot is sandwiched between two parallel hills of Dhauladhar mountain ranges. It is located on the sides of river Uhl.

Rewalsar Lake:Rewalsar lake is another beautiful lake in Mandi distt. Rewalsar is 23kms away from Mandi town.

How to reach?

Prashar is 47 km away from Mandi town on towards Mandi-Kataula-Bajaura Road. A 23kms long link road connects the Prashar to Mandi Bajaura road. So it is convenient to go Prashar both from Mandi and Bajaura. A couple of buses ply to Prashar from Mandi bus stand daily. Also Taxis can be easily available from Mandi.

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