TREK BEYOND CHAMBA VALLEY  TO  KUGTI VALLEY Trekking to Kartika Swami Temple, Kugti village, Himachal Pradesh is a unique experience in itself. In the month of June when the construction...


Trekking camping at Holi, village Holi, Tesh Bharmour

VILLAGE HOLI, Teshil Bharmour, District Chamba, Himachal Pradesh

Trekking to Kartika Swami Temple, Kugti village, Himachal Pradesh is a unique experience in itself. In the month of June when the construction work on our dream project at Dharamshala ( studio room to come up soon) was going to start but due to certain delays as i was not getting the raw material as well as construction worker.

I had one week of time to spare. So we decided to go to the higher mountains. Two places are in our mind. My wife wanted to visit Manali and i wanted to visit Bharmour. Though i had trek to Manimahesh many a times and i wanted to show her this region. Also during the month of June there will be less tourist at Bharmour. On the other side at Manali which is overloaded with tourist; traffic jam etc and to book or find a hotel accommodation as well as tariff will be a headache.

So it was decided to visit .. CHAMBA AND BHARMOUR.

We parked our vehicle at Dharamshala and took HRTC bus for Chamba in the morning of 16th June. Fortunately the bus we took was going to Holi via Chamba. In HRTC buses Ladies are getting 25% travel discounts. We took bus in the morning around 8 AM and reached Chamba via Jot around 2 PM. It was hot and humid at Chamba town so we decided to extend our journey to Holi village which was another four to five hour journey.

From Chamba onward our bus race toward Holi village on the bumpy; zig zag; narrow gages as well as narrow bridges besides the river Rawi. We landed at village Holi in the evening around 1800 hrs. Though there was one hotel as per net and we have to walk to that hotel about 500 mtrs but on the way i saw Forest Rest House as well as the PWD Guest House.  We got good room at Guest  House. The evening view at Holi village was very fascinating especially the water fall and the village view from our guest house.


Holi is a Village in Bharmour Tehsil in Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh State, India. It is located 54 KM towards East from District head quarters Chamba. 174 KM from State capital Shimla Holi Pin code is 176309 and postal head office is Garola . Bajol ( 14 KM ) , Bharmour ( 14 KM ) , Greema ( 16 KM ) , Garola ( 16 KM ) , Ghared ( 17 KM ) are the nearby Villages to Holi. Holi is surrounded by Gopalpur Tehsil towards South , Dharamshala Tehsil towards west , Bhawarna Tehsil towards South , Panchrukhi Tehsil towards South . Dharamsala , Chamba , Keylong , Dalhousie are the near by Cities to Holi.

Next day we visited Ilaka wali Mata temple about 14 kms from Holi. Some of the ancient trek start from this place especially to Baijnath; Palampur region. Few local people still are using these trekking routes as it took one or two days to reach Baijnath / Palampur.  After spending about 1 hour at the temple area our bus took us back to Holi where we took our breakfast of fruits and we left our bus at Khara Mukh. From there we took another bus and reached Bharmour at the time form lunch.

Evening visited Bharmour temples known as Chaurasi Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. These temples were build during the 6/7th century AD. The Brass statue of Bull; the only temple of Dharamraj; Lakhana Devi temple; Narshima temple are the main temple in Chaurasi area along with many small temple.

Next day after breakfast we took shared jeep for Kugti village. on the way we visited Hadsar or Harsar .. the starting point of trekking for Manimahesh Lake. Our jeep dropped us 2kms before the village as the road upto the village is still under construction.

So trek started from here. We trek about 7 kms and reached Kartika swami temple by 3 pm. On the way we crossed many nalas (local streams) and saw the glaciers. At Kartika swami temple the view of the Kailash was marvelous.. even word are less the explain the beauty… if you had fascinating for trekking then one must undertake this trek once in their life time.


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