Manimahesh Yatra is Pilgrimage to lord shiva. Every year lakhs of people visit Manimahesh to take bath in holy Manimahesh Lake.
Schedule for Manimahesh Yatra 2017
Manimahesh yatra 2017 will be held in July-August-September however trekkers can also visit Manimahesh in June and October. Official dates of Manimahesh Yatra will be decided by Manimahesh Trust. If you are interested in Manimahesh Yatra trek Packages then click here
- Manimahesh Yatra 2017 Chota Snan – 15th August – (Janamastami)
- Manimahesh Yatra 2017 Bada Snan – 29th September (Radhastami)
- Every Year Manimahesh Yatra starts on Krishna Janma-asthami and Yatra ends on Radha Asthami.
Manimahesh Yatra 2017 from Bharmour-
The place attributes its name ‘Manimahesh‘ to the mythological belief that there is Mani (a jewel) on Lord Shiva’s crown and locals believe that the moon rays reflected from the Mani can be seen from Manimahesh lake on clear full-moon nights. Infact, the light reflected from the glacier that adorns the peak really looks like a shiny jewel on the head of the mountain. There are many other interesting mythological stories popular among locals associated with this place. They firmly believe that a dip into the Lake would bring in peace and wash all their past sins.
Manimahesh is not only famous for the religious aspect. The natural beauty of the lake is breathtaking. Beautiful surrounding mountains, clear reflection of lake and wafting clouds give you an impression of heaven on earth. Water of the lake is so cold that only the strong heart can take a dip in the water. The whole trip is soul stirring. Its commonly called as trekkers paradise
A trip to Manimahesh Lake (4115m) takes about 3-4 days. Manimahesh Lake is 27Km from Bharmour. Lord Shiva is believed to reside on this snow-covered mountain. The lake and peak are considered sacred and it is said that no one has been able to climb to the summit. People point out rock projections, human-like in appearance, and say that one is of a hermit and other of a shepherd, frozen stiff during their futile effort to reach the top. A fair is held at Bharmour in August every year, providing a rare occasion to see and study the customs and rituals of the local people.
Manimahesh yatra 2014 is held from Janamastmi to Radhastami every year. It is believed that on this occasion Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati take a bath in the Lake. For this holy moment more than half a million people come from the country to take holy bath in the Manimahesh Lake.
Bharmour-Chaurasi temple-Bharmani (4 Km)– Visit to Bharmani temple can be taken either by taxi or by walking. It is believed visit to Bharmani temple before visiting Manimahesh Lake is mandatory and without visiting Bharmani temple, Manimahesh yatra is not considered complete.
Bharmour-Hadsar (13 Km)– By Taxi, Bus or by foot –Hadsar-Dhanchho (6Km) – Just beyond Hadsar, their is a trail that climbs along the Gauri stream coming from the Manimahesh lake. The path ascends in dense forest for about 3Km. As height is gained the tree line is left behind and the trail works through birch trees and bushes up to the alpine meadows of Dhachho. The camp ground is seen across the Gauri stream, near a fine waterfall. There is a corrugated shelter and one or two small rock shelters around the site.
Dhanchho-Manimahesh Lake -Dhanchho (14Km) – Two routes lead to the lake. The old one, up the left side of the stream, is steep and tiring. A new mule track has been constructed which is a little longer but less steep. This climbs to the right and traverses a ridge for about 1.5Km. It then turns left, crosses the Gauri stream (bridge) and mounts steadily for another 1.5. After that a more gradual ascent along the rocky path passes near cliffs seen to the left.
After another 2 Km the trail again climbs steeply for 30min and reaches Gauri Kund. Gauri is another name of Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva. A dip in this kund (pond) is considered sacred because it is believed that Parvati used to take bath here. A few 100 meters ahead is the Shiva Kalotri spring-said to have its source in Lord Shiva’s feet. The trail once again crosses the Gauri stream and after a short ascent reaches the Manimahesh Peak in this shallow circular lake gives it an enchanting appearance. A roofless temple, conspicuous with many iron trinkets, is seen on the opposite side. A cave shelter can be found in one corner. An encampment for accommodation is prepared at the during the August fair.
Manimahesh yatra 2017 by helicopter
|For Helicopter Services: Helicopter service for Manimahesh yatra is available from Chamba and Bharmour. It takes only 8 minutes from Bharmour to Manimahesh by helicopter. Travelers can opt to stay as long as they want at Manimahesh or BHarmour, tickets can be booked accordingly. Helicopter tickets booking will be done by Manimahesh trust.
Helicopter tickets price/person (real tickets prices will be known in June 2017):
Helicopter service will be available from 1st August to 30th september (Exact dates will be decided by Manimahesh Trust)
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How to reach Bharmour
By Air: The closest airport is at Gaggal (Kangra) near Dharamshala which is 190 km from Bharmour. Taxis and Buses are available.
By Rail: The nearest railway terminal is situated in Pathankot, Punjab which is at a distance of 180kms. Taxis and Buses are available.
By Road: Bharmour is well connected by roads with main cities of Himachal Pradesh like Chamba, Kangra, Dalhousie, Dharamshala, etc. It is 60kms from the city of Chamba and approximately 200kms from Dharamshala at a height of 2195mts which is above sea level. Taxis and Buses are available.