Where is it?
Bhrigu lake lies at an elevation of 4300 meters in Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu district. Named after the famous sage Maharshi Bhrigu, it is considered to be sacred. Legend has it that Maharshi Bhrigu used to meditate near the lake due to which the water of the lake never completely freezes.
The trekking trails start from Gulaba, a small picturesque village near Rohtang Pass. The common trekking trail is Gulaba – Janker thatch-Rola Khuli-Bhrigu Lake. Tourists are dropped at Gulaba. It takes about 3-4 days to reach the Lake.
The Panoramic views…..
Bhrigu lake trek is famous for its mesmerizing views as it carries the trekkers through forests of oak and cedar, vast green pastures and meadows along with the array of alpine flowers and natural water streams. The high alpine meadows, which are only visible if you trek to a height of at least 12000 ft. makes it a popular trekking destination. Trekking through green vast pastures to the snowcapped mountains on the top is overwhelming. All along the pathway, there is a variation of scenic beauty which never makes you tired of the view. You can spot sheep, horses and other mountain animals on your journey. But the unique experience of spending the nights under the stars, on the vast meadows is indescribable. Millions of stars on the sky, with all their dim and bright glitter, will make you not want to leave that place and sleep under it every night.
If you reach Bhrigu lake on a clear day then you will be able to view the stunning Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges and the major peaks of Hanuman Tibba, Deo Tibba, and Indrasen. The water of the lake is also different at times. Sometimes, its royal bluish, sometimes emerald green and sometimes frozen. On reaching Bhrigu lake you will be either standing amidst the foggy green lakeside or on the frozen icy land around it, you never know what you will get to see in this spectacular journey as it is said that the lake view changes every week!
How to reach
Manali is well connected to New Delhi or Chandigarh via taxi or Volvo buses. Chandigarh is the nearest railway station to Manali. The nearest airport to Manali is the Bhunter airport. Frequent flights from and to Delhi and Chandigarh are available. From Manali, one can reach Gulaba, the starting point of the trek, by hiring a private taxi.
The best time to visit this place is from May- October. However, due to the high probability of landslides during the monsoons, it is best to avoid trekking in the month of July-August. It is advisable to hire a guide for the trek. Various Trekking companies offer all arrangements such as providing meals, snacks, sleeping bags, mats, camping ground booking, forest permit with accommodation in homestays or in camps. These companies provide a more or less idea on the basic clothes and items needed to be carried by the trekkers and details for each day trek. Being physically fit is essential to embark on this adventurous journey and enjoy each moment to the fullest.
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