- Posted July 5, 2014 by
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Natural wonders in the 50 states
Land of God
Prashar Lake lies 49 km north of Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India, with a three storied pagoda-like temple dedicated to the sage Prashar. The lake is located at a height of 2730 m above sea level. With deep blue waters, the lake is held sacred to the sage Prashar and he is regarded to have meditated there. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks and looking down on the fast flowing river Beas, the lake can be approached via Drang.
The temple was built in the thirteenth century and legend has it was built by a baby from a single tree. The lake has a floating island in it and it is said to be unclear how deep it is, with a diver not being able to determine its depth.
The Pin Valley National Park ( Spiti ) :
For unknown aeons, long before man discovered this remote land, several hardy animals and birds inhabited this Himalayan Eden in exquisite equilibrium. The Pin Valley National Park represents the bio-geography of the Trans-Himalayan cold desert with its characteristic flora and fauna. Endangered species such as the precious snow leopard, the endemic Himalayan Ibex, the mighty Bharal or Blue Sheep and Lynx among others are found in these cold and rugged lands. The desolate grandeur accentuated by the utter lack of noticeable vegetation brings stunning lunar-like beauty to the landscape set against the blust of skies. The large variety of indigenous, medicinal herbs that help sustain the ancient Amchi (Tibetan) system of medicine add much to the cultural and floristic significance of this national park. Fossilised crustacea and other marine life forms lay embedded in stone and geologic folds, testimony to the tectonic rise of the Himalaya from the depth of the Tetheys sea.
Churdhar Sanctuary ( Sirmour ) :
Named after the 3647 m high Churdhar peak, this wildlife sanctuary is a trekkers' paradise in the outer Himalayas. The spectacular Monal, Himachal's state bird, can be easily sighted in the forested slopes of Churadhar along with the Koklass and the Kaleej pheasants. The endangered Himalayan Black Bear and the canine toothed Musk Deer inhabit the higher reaches of the sanctuary.
There is Shiva temple and a sarai at Churadhar and Forest Rest Houses at Nehra, Choras and Sarain. Summer or early winter is the best time to visit.
Kalatop-Khajjiar Sanctuary ( Chamba ) :
The magnificence of the deodar forest is at its best here. An hour's drive from the well known hill resort of Dalhousie, the Kalatop-Khajjiar Sanctuary, home to the elusive serow and the common Black Bear and numerous well laid out trekking paths is a starattraction for the wildlife tourist.
The curious floating island in a small water body amidst an enchating meadow at khajjiar has become legendary scenery. Nowhere in Himachal is such pure and exquisite wilderness so easily accessible. To experience the bliss of solitude, stay at the Kalatop Forest Rest House. Summer is best here.
Baspa Valley is the other name of the Sangla Valley which starts from Sangla and ends at Chitkul. The valley is situated on the bank of river Bispa in the great Himalayan range.
The valley is a part of Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh and is prevented by Kinnauries. Red apples, cherries, pine nut orchards and glacier streams with trout are famous of Sangla Valley.