Mandi is a major town and a municipal council of Mandi District. It is located at an altitude of 800 m above sea level in the northwestern Himalayas, 145 km in the direction of the state capital, and enjoys pleasant summers and cold winters. Next to Kandra, Mandi district is currently the second-largest economy in the state.
The lake is located at an altitude of 2730 m above sea level. Deep with blue water, the lake is considered sacred for sage Prashar and they meditate there. Snow-capped mountains, a fast-flowing river, the lake can be approached via Drang.
Mysterious Story of Prashar Lake
It is believed that a sage named Prashar meditated on the bank of the lake here hence the name Prashar.
It is also believed that the lake was built by Bhim, the brother of the Pandavas. The story goes that after the war of Kurukshetra / Mahabharata, the Pandavas were returning with Lord Kamrunag. When they arrive at this place, Kamrunag likes quiet surroundings and decides to stay here forever. So, Bhima wraps his elbow on a mountain and makes a big hole in the ground. This pit became a Prashar lake.
Yet no one can measure the depth of this lake.
Pandoh Dam is a barrage dam on the Beas River in Mandi district. The dam was completed in 1977 under the Beas project. Its main purpose is hydroelectric generation. As part of a power project running on the river, it diverts Beas water to the southwest through a 38 km long tunnel and channel system.
This water is used before it is discharged into the Sattej River for power generation at Daher Power House, which connects the two rivers. The installed capacity of the powerhouse is 990 MW.
Rewalsar Lake is a medium elevation lake located on a mountain spur. It is located 22.5 km south-west of Mandi. Its height is about 1,360 meters above sea level. With a shoreline of about 735m, the lake looks like a square. It is considered a sacred place for Hindus, Sikhs, and Buddhists.