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MANIMAHESH YATRA

Manimahesh Kailash also known as Chamba Kailash, which stands towering high over the Manimahesh Lake, is believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva. It is located in the Bharmour subdivision of the Chamba district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The peak is 26 kilometres from Bharmour in the Budhil valley. It is one of the major pilgrimage sites in Himachal Pradesh.
 
Manimahesh Lake is situated at the foot of Manimahesh Kailash. Lord Shiva is believed to reside on this snow-covered mountain. The lake and peak are considered sacred and a fair called as Manimahesh fair (Manimahesh Yatra) is held at the lake in the month of August and September. The Yatra held from Janamastmi to Radhastami each and every year. It is believed that on this occasion both Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati gets the bath in the Lake. For this holy moment lacks of peoples comes from the country and abroad to take holy bath in the Manimahesh Lake
 
Manimahesh Kailash has not been successfully summitted by mountaineers and is thus a virgin peak.There are several mythical legends narrated on the sanctity of this peak and the lake at its base. In one popular legend, it is believed that Lord Shiva created Manimahesh after he married Goddess Parvati. According to a local myth, Lord Shiva is believed to reside in Manimahesh Kailash. A rock formation in the form of a Shivling on this mountain is considered as the manifestation of Lord Shiva. The snow field at the base of the mountain is called by the local people as Shiva's Chaugan (play field).
 
It is also believed that Manimahesh Kailash is invincible as no one has so far scaled it, in spite of claims to the contrary and the fact that much taller peaks have been scaled, including Mount Everest. According to one legend, a local tribe, a Gaddi, tried to climb along with a herd of sheep and is believed to have been turned into stone along with his sheep. The series of minor peaks around the principal peak are believed to be the remnants of the shepherd and his sheep. Another legend narrated is that a snake also attempted to climb the mountain but failed and was converted into stone. Devotees believe that that they can view the peak only if the Lord wishes so. Bad weather covering the peak with clouds is also explained as displeasure of the Lord.
 
Shree Manimahesh Travels always strive to provide comfortable trekking experience during their pilgrimage camping and trekking journey to Lord Shiva.
 
 

MANIMAHESH YATRA (FAIR) TREK

 

The lake and peak are considered sacred and a fair called as Manimahesh fair (Manimahesh Yatra) is held at the lake in the month of August and September. The Yatra held from Janamastmi to Radhastami each and every year.
Manimahesh is approached from three routes. Pilgrims from Lahaul and Spiti pass through Kugti pass. Pilgrims from Kangra and Mandi take the Karwarsi pass or Jalsu pass via Tyari village, near Holi in Bharmour. The easiest and popular route is from Pathankot / Chamba via Bharmour.
The Yatra is popularly known as the 'Manimahesh Yatra'. It is heralded by a procession known locally as “holy chhari” (holy stick carried by the pilgrims on their shoulders) trek undertaken by pilgrims and sadhus. Pilgrims undertake the holy trek barefoot and cover a distance of 13 kilometres from the nearest road point of Hadsar to the Manimahesh Lake. Lord Shiva is the presiding deity of the yatra. The colorful procession of the “chhari” is accompanied by singing and recitation of hymns in praise of Lord Shiva. The Chhari trek, considered a tough trek, follows a set ancient route with stops at the designated places. To facilitate this trek, pilgrims are provided with facilities of transport (jeeps up to road ends), food and medical facilities and so forth. It is a two-day trek to the lake from Hadsar with a night halt at Dhanchho. Tents are available for hire at Bharmour or Chamba. Ponies are hired by some devotees for the trek
 
 
Manimahesh Kailash Yatra - Holy Dip 2018
 
Yatra which will start on the day of Krishan Janamashtami 2nd September 2018  and ends on Radha Ashtami 17th September 2018.
 
 
Raksha Bandhan Sanan - 2018
 

Raksha Bandan Sanan will be held on 26th August 2018 on the occasion of festival Raksha Bandan.

 

Krishan Janamastmi / Chota Sanan 2018

 

Chota snan will start on 2nd September 2018 on the holy occasion of Janamastami.

 

Radha Ashtmi / Bada Sanan 2018

 

Bada Sanan will start on 17th September 2018 on the holy occasion of Radha Ashtmi.

PACKAGES (EX PATHANKOT)

About Pathankot

 
Pathankot is a meeting point of the three northern states of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Due to its ideal location, Pathankot serves as a travel hub for the three northerly states. It is the last city in Punjab on the national highway that connects Jammu and Kashmir with the rest of India. Situated in the foothills of Kangra and Dalhousie, with the river Chakki flowing close by, the city is often used as a rest-stop before heading into the mountains of Jammu and Kashmir, Dalhousie, Chamba, and Kangra, deep into the Himalayas.
 
Maharana Partap Interstate Bus terminal is one of the Biggest terminal of North India, Pathankot city is one of the rarest city of North India having 4 railway stations of its own having Pathankot Junction station under A-category.One can stop over in Pathankot en-route to Dharamshala (100 km), Dalhousie (70 km), Amritsar (108), Palampur (100 km), Chamba (120 km) & Jammu (100 km), Hoshiarpur (100 km), Kangra (100 km), Jalandhar (108 km), Delhi (490 km), Chandigarh (255 km), Srinagar (400 km) all in different directions from Pathankot.
 
Shree Manimahesh Travels is providing special packages for this Yatra. We provide all of your necessity like lodging in Hotel, ponies, porters, traveling guide, tents at Dhancho, Gourikund and Manimahesh Lake and meal etc. These are tentative and can be customized as per traveler’s interest.
 

DESTINATION COVER

 

PATHANKOT – DALHOUSIE – KHAJJIAR – CHAMBA – BHARMOUR – HADSAR (By taxi)

HADSAR – DHANCHO – SUNDRASI – GAURI KUND – MANIMAHESH LAKE (TREK 13 KMS)

 

DURATION - 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS, BEST TIME : APRIL TO OCTOBER

 

TOUR ITINERARY

 

Day – 1  Reception at Pathankot & drive to Chamba.(120 km by Taxi)

 

Chamba is an ancient town in the Chamba district in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The town is situated on the banks of the Ravi River. Visit Laxmi Narayan Temple and Chamunda Devi Temple. The Lakshmi Narayan temples complex, devoted to the Vaishnavite sect, includes the main Lakshmi Narayan temple, built in the 10th century by Raja Sahil Verman. Chamunda Devi Temple is located in a prominent position on the spur of Shah Madar range of hills, opposite to the Chamba town.

 

Day – 2   Chamba – Bharmour – Same day Bharmani Temple (2 Km Trek) and Chaurasi Temple.

 

After breakfast drive to Bharmour, formally known as Brahmpura, was the ancient capital of Chamba district. Bharmour is known for its scenic beauty and for its ancient temples. Chaurasi Templeis located in the center of Bharmour town and it holds immense religious importance because of temples built around 1400 years ago. Bharmani Mata temple complex is at the top of the ridge covered with full of pine and deodar trees situated 4 km from the Bharmour. The place is mainly known for Goddess Bharmani Mata one of the avatars of Durga Ma.

 

Day – 3   Bharmour – Hadsar – Dhancho – Gauri Kund - Manimahesh (14 Km by Taxi then 13 Km Trek)

 

Early Morning drive to Hadsar. Trek starts from Hadsar. Ponies are also available here. Overnight stay in tents.   

 

Day – 4  Manimahesh Lake – Dhancho – Hadsar - Bharmour (13 Km Trek then 14 Km by Taxi)

 

Morning take holy dip in Lake. Manimahesh Lake is a high altitude lake (13,390 ft)) situated close to the Manimahesh Kailash Peak. After puja trek back to Hadsar. After reaching Hadsar drive to Bharmour.

 

Day – 5   Bharmour - Chamba – Khajjiar – Dalhousie   

 

Morning drive to Dalhousie Via Khajjiar. Khajjiar is a beautiful hill station in Chamba district. located approximately 24 km from Dalhousie. The hill station is surrounded by green meadows and dense forests. Khajjiar is situated at the base of the Dauladhar mountains, the tourists here can get panoramic views of the mountains. After spending some time here drive to Dalhousie.

 

Day – 6  Dalhousie - Pathankot

 

After breakfast visit Gandhi Chowk, Tibetan Market and drive to Pathankot.

 

Tour ends here……

 

 

MANIMAHESH YATRA BY HELICOPTER PACK

 

For the holy dip in the Sacred Manimahesh Lake many people follow 13 Kms trekking route from Hadsar to Manimahesh. But all of devotees are not able to trek this gradual and steep access and miss their dream to take dip in the Sacred Manimahesh Lake and glorious glimpse of Manimahesh Kailash. Shree Manimahesh Travels is providing a facility of helicopter service to Manimahesh Lake. So book your helicopter tickets in advance to avoid any botheration during Yatra. The facility of Helicopter services is only available from Janamastami to Radhastami every year.
 
Helicopter service for Manimahesh yatra is available from Bharmour. It takes only 8 minutes from Bharmour to Gauri kund (Manimahesh) by helicopter. Travelers can opt to stay as long as they want at Manimahesh or Bharmour. Tickets can be booked according to desired period of stay at Bharmour or Manimahesh.
 
 

TOUR ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Pathankot / Chakki Bank – Chamba

 

Reception at Pathankot / Chakki Bank Railway Station and drive to Chamba (120 km by taxi). Evening visit Laxmi Narayan Temple and Chamunda Temple. Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Day 2: Chamba - Bharmour - Manimahesh

 

After Breakfast drive to Bharmour. Visit Chaurasi Temple and Bharmani Mata Temple (Total 06 Km Trek both side or by taxi) and same day Bharmour to Manimahesh Lake (fly from Bharmour to Gaurikund by helicopter & 1Km Trek to Manimahesh). Overnight camping at Manimahesh.

 

Day 3: Manimahesh – Bharmour – Dalhousie.

 

After holy dip and pooja at Manimahesh Lake back to Gaurikund - Bharmour (1 Km Trek & then fly by Helicopter to Bharmour) and Drive to Dalhousie by taxi. On way visit Khajjiar (Mini Switzerland of India). Overnight stay Dalhousie at hotel.

 

Day 4: Dalhousie – Pathankot/Chakki Bank

 

After breakfast visit Tibetan Market and drive to Pathankot. Tour ends with happy memories…. 

 

 

MANIMAHESH LAKE SNOW TREK

 

Tour Route :- Pathankot - Dalhousie - Khajjiar - Chamba - Bharmour - Hadsar (By Road   ) Hadsar - Dhancho - Gaurikund - Manimahesh lake ( Trek 13 Km )
 
Duration - 7 Days / 6 Nights (Best Time : 15 April to 15 July)
 
Manimahesh lake snow trek is quite interesting and adventurous for trekker who loves the trekking in snow. In this track, tracker can view the beauty of Pir- Panjal range and providing a rare occasion to see and study the customs and rituals of the local people named as Gaddi (shepherd). How shepherd live their tough life along with their flocks and how the Gaddies are dedicated and faithful to their Gods and Goddess like Lord Shiva.
 
 
 

MANIMAHESH KAILASH PARIKRAMA TREK

Manimahesh Kailash Parikrama is a route which covers Manimahesh Kailash & Lake with round trip via Kugti village and back journey via Gourikund and Dhancho. This route also covers the Famous Temple of ancient Chaurasi Temples & Goddess Brahmani Mata at Bharmour with Kartik temple and Mata Marali Temple at Kugti.

 

Tour Route: Pathankot - Dalhousie - Khajjiar - Chamba - Bharmour - Hadsar (By Taxi)

Hadsar -Kugti - Kartik Temple - Dalotu - Base Camp - Kamal Kund - Gauri Kund - Manimahesh Lake - Dhancho - Hadsar (Total Trek 53 Kms)

 

Duration - 9 Days / 8 Nights, Best Time : June To September

 

TOUR ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Reception at Pathankot /Chakki Bank & drive to Bharmour (190 Kms by Taxi)

 

Reception & welcome at Pathankot / Chakki Bank then drive to to Bharmour via Chamba. After reaching Bharmour check into hotel. And in evening join the Aarti at Chaurasi temples.

 

Day 2: Bharmour – Bharmani Mata Temple – Bharmour (6Km Trek - Acclimatization Day)

 

Early in the morning after breakfast and taking pack lunch, trek to Bharmani Temple. Bharmani temple is situated at the ridge and is 03 km trek from Bharmour. In evening return back to Bharmour and check into hotel.

 

Day 3: Bharmour – Hadsar – Kugti (20 Kms by Taxi & 6 Km Trek)

 

Early in the morning after breakfast and taking pack lunch, move to Hadsar then Dhanaul via taxi. From Dhanaul the actual trek to Manimahesh Parikrama will be start. A run of 02 - 03 hrs along with Bhujla stream will reach you at beautiful & unexplored Village Kugti. Kugti is last village of Bharmour. Enjoy and rest for left day in the camp.

 

Day 4: Kugti – Kartik Temple - Dalotu (08 Kms Trek)

 

Early in the morning around 6:00 am after breakfast and taking pack lunch start trek to Kartik temple. The temple is dedicated to son of Lord Shiva known as Kartik. After reaching Kartik temple glimpse the beauty of surroundings and take lunch. After lunch move to another beautiful camp site Dalotu. After reaching check into camp and enjoy left day.

 

Day 5/6: Dalotu – Padhargot – Alyas Base Camp (10Km Trek )

 

After taking breakfast early in the morning at camp troop will pass through the dense forest, cross a small stream over wooden bridge then climb for half hour along the bank of the stream, After a straight and alpine walk of half an hour over boulders the trail climbs steeply for another half an two hours to the Alyas. After taking lunch at Alyas camping ground enjoy whole left day and rest for a night in tents after taking dinner.

 

Day 7: Base Camp – Chobu Pass – Kamal Kund – Manimahesh (12Km Trek)

 

Alyas - Manimahesh Lake 12 km trek is totally depending upon the weather and physical condition of trekker. Generally Tour Guide will not take the risk or allow crossing the passes in bad weather condition and will wait for clearing the sky. If sun shine then after taking  light breakfast and packed lunch start moving ahead very early in the morning around 5:00 am  After a section over moraine, a usually visible trek in snow winds upwards, well-trodden and with the way. After crossing the pass gradual path of up and downs for half an hour troop will reach destination Kamalkund. Kamalkund is a small lake dedicated to lord Shiva. After spending some time at Kamalkund move forward to Manimahesh Lake. After reaching Manimahesh Lake take holy dip in the lake and spend left day at Manimahesh Lake.

 

Day 8: Manimahesh – Gaurikund – Dhancho – Bharmour (14Km Trek & 14 Kms by Taxi)

 

After taking breakfast in the morning at camp, troop will trek downhill to Gourikund. Visit Gourikund and spend half an hour at Gourikund move further to Dhancho. After reaching Dhancho enjoy the water fall and take the lunch and some rest. After rest, trek to Hadsar. After reaching Hadsar take the taxi and reach Bharmour. At Bharmour check into hotel and in evening visit ancient Chaurasi temples.

 

Day 9: Bharmour - Chamba – Pathankot (190 Kms by Taxi) 

 

After breakfast the departure of troop will be done from Bharmour. Move to Pathankot / Chakki Banks. After reaching Chakki Bank our outdoor team will depart the group here with lots of memories.

 

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