Manimahesh -Camping & Treking — 07Nights /08 Days

MANIMAHESH TREK – Camping, pilgrimage at The Abode of Lord Shiva

The Abode of Lord Shiva- Manimahesh


TOUR ITINERARY:    THT /201      TREK: MODERATE :  Best season: August – September (festival time)

DURATION :                07 Nights/ 08  Days


MANIMAHESH -The abode of LORD SHIVA – known as the destroyer of everything.  Every year people mainly from Punjab; Jammu; Himachal along with other places of India visit this place during the auspicious days – i.e. from Janamashtami (Lord Krishna’s birthday) to Radha-ashtami day. During this period there are lots of Langars (free service) by the devotees of Lord Shiva who serve food; medicine; and shelter with full dedication and devotion.

Manimahesh situated at an altitude of about 13500 feet lies in Brahmaur Tehsil of Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh, India. From Delhi one can go to Pathankot by train / bus /air; then reach Chamba ( aprox 700 kms from Delhi). From Chamba to Barhmour the distance is about 65 kms and time taken is approx 4 to 5 hours as the road is very narrow sometime it is steep along with river Rawi. The view on the way is mind freshening.

The hills of Barhmour are full of flora and varieties of Herbs are grown wild in this area. At Chourasi one should not forget to visit the temple of LORD DHARAMRAJ – the LORD OF DEATH. It is believed that this is the place where one has to pass through after death. It is here that Lord Dharamraj’s Court pronounce his justice according to the KARMA (deeds) of the departed Soul. The LORD GANAPATI; GODDESS LAKSHANA DEVI AND LORD NAR SIMHA (Lord Vishnu) statues are worth seeing and magnificent. The huge SHIVA LINGAM situated in the main temple of Chourasi which is surrounded by very old and tall pine trees. Their is a life size bronze statue of NANDI (Bull) in front of the temple of Manimahesh – Lord Shiva.  

From Brahmaur one has to go to Harsar or Hadsar the confluence of two rivers (10 kms by road). Here during old time people of the surrounding areas used to immerses the ashes of their dead one (bones) on the confluence point of the two rivers. From Harsar the real and tough trek starts. It is about 16 kms trek climbing higher and stiff mountain step by step besides river BHUJALA. Local people cover this distance in about 5 to 6 hours but people like us who came from the Metros cities 9 to 10 hours. It is better to halt at Dancho ( the water fall) about 7 kms from Harsar. Next day then one can start early morning and can reach the base of Kailash (Gauri Kund) and can stay near the Holy Lake of Manimahesh.

DAY 01:
Depart from Delhi by train.  Overnight in the train.
Day 02:
Morning Arrival at Pathankot.  After Breakfast proceed for Chamba.
Lunch on the way and arrive at Chamba by 3 pm.  
Evening visit Temple and market. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03:
After Breakfast proceed for Barhmour which is about 65 kms.
Arrival Barhmour by 3 pm. Tranfer to Hotel/guest house.      
Evening visit Chauras Temples such as Lord Ganpati Temple; Dharamraj Temple;                                                                             the main temple of Lord Shiva – the Manimahesh Temple.  Overnight at Hotel / Guest House.    

Day o4:
After Breakfast proceed for Hadsar and gear yourself for a trek. (7 Kms)
Reach Dhanchow the water fall at the river Bhujala by lunch time.  Overnight at Camp /Tentt.




Day 05:                                                                                             
Start early morning and cross the glacier and reach Gauri Kund and have the first darshan of the
mighty abode of Lord Shiva – the Kailash Peak. After litter rest trek to Manimahesh Lake which is
just 3 kms away. Have a holly dip in the ice frezing holy water of the lake.   Return back to Dhanchow by evening ( 15 kms).   Overnight at Tent.     

Day 06:

After Breakfast trek  back for Hadsar.  
Proceed to  Chamba for Lunch and shopping.  
Reach Khajjiar by evening. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 07    :

After breakfast depart for Pathankot for taking train for Delhi.
Evening Depart by train for Delhi

Day 08 :

Arrival Delhi in the Morning. Transfer to Hotel.

Tour Ends.

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