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Himachal Pradesh, India

Bhrigu Lake

Bhrigu lake is one of the few glacial lakes in the Kullu valley, just 24 km from Manali. This beautiful lake sits between two high altitude ridges. While it stays frozen in winter, come the monsoon season, the lake mimics the turquoise blue sky. The trail starts at the forest in Gulaba to Rola Kholi and it'll take you through precious old villages, inviting apple orchards, clear rivulets, and green pasture lands. Snow-lovers will feel at home with large sections of snow patches.

In order to get to Old Manali, which is the pickup point, you would have to take either bus 17 or 143 from Behlana to Isbt-17 where you will change the bus. This journey will take you 19 minutes and cost you USD1. From Isbt-17, you will take either Bus 206 or 214 to sector 8/18 where you will make a transfer. This journey will take you 3 minutes and cost you USD 1. You will make a transfer to Chandigarh and board Bus 754 to Manali. This journey will take you 4 hours 5 minutes and cost you USD4-8.

No, you do not need a guide but a guide would ensure safety and preparations.

No, you do not need to train up for this trail.

It is recommended to visit Bhrigu Lake from MidMay to October but the ideal time is before June or after July-August. One should avoid the monsoon season (June-August) since the probabilities of landslides is quite high.