Panch Kailash Yatra > Shrikhand Mahadev Yatra 2018

SHRIKHAND MAHADEV YATRA

 

Tour Route : Chandigarh - Shimla - Rampur - Jaon - BheemTalai - Parvati Bhag - Shrikhand Mahadev - Thachdu
 
Duration : 8 Nights / 9 Days
 
Best Time : June to September
 
 
ABOUT SHRIKHAND MAHADEV
 
 
When after fulfilling Bhasmasur's wish, Lord Shiva got into trouble, then Lord Shiva sat in Samadhi in 50 Feet Stone Shivling at 16 thousand 900 feet above see level. Lord Vishnu burned Bhasmasur by taking the form of a dancing woman, But to break the Samadhi of Lord shiva, Maa Parvati filled Nainsar Lake by her tears, When She did his long Akhand Upasana, Lord Shiva came out after breaking 50 feet stone Shivling from then onwards this Parvat is known as Shri Khand Kailash.
 
Lord Shiva stay many place like our hearts, Shrikhand peak is one of such place where it is considered that Shiva reside themselves. Shrikhand Mahadev is a pilgrimage place for Hindus. Shrikhand Mahadev is considered to be the abode of Lord Shiva. Its peak is 5155 meters high from main sea level. So it is a place of great attraction for the religious people as well as for climbers and trekkers. It is part of the Great Himalaya National Park (Kullu-Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India) where the forests and the high altitude meadows are protected and can display their aesthetic beauty. Shrikhand Mahadev peak resembles the Shivaling. Numerous Lord Shiva devotees undertake the difficult trek to the mountain during the main pilgrimage season (July – August). At the top of the mountain there is a small shrine of Lord Shiva.
 
In the way of Shrikhand Mahadev peak few glaciers also have to be crossed before reaching the majestic peak of Shrikhand. But the difficult trek is not keeping Lord Shiva devotees away. Shrikhand peak is getting more and more visitors. It is usually undertaken to coincide with the Ashada Poornima (full moon day in June or July) as per the Hindu Vikram calendar. It continues till the Purnima of Ashwani month (full moon day of September or October).It is believed that Lord Shiva mediated here. It is also believed that the Pandavas used to visit the peak.
 
This pilgrimage is surely not for the weak because at times a trekker needs all the skills of an expert mountaineer. The initial phase of the journey passes through beautiful mist-laden forests filled with beautiful flowers and huge trees.Then the journey enters the difficult Himalayan terrain and it takes around seven to eight days and depends on the devotee’s stamina and climate conditions. This trek needs little experience of trekking.

 

 

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Chandigarh to Rampur.

Reception at Chandigarh and drive to Rampur via Shimla. Rampur Bushahr is a city and a municipal council in Shimla district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is 130 km from Shimla well connected with National Highway which passes through Narkanda (attitude 2708m).Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 2: Rampur to Singhad

After breakfast we drive by jeep through Devdhank, Nirmand, Bagipul mostly on tarmac road through dense forest and apple orchards to reach Jaon. After Jaon we start the trek to reach our next destination Singhghad after 2hrs of trekking. On this route we walk along the village, apple orchards, Devdar forests and Kurpan Stream.Over night at camp in Singhghad.

 

Day 3: Singhad to Thachdu(Moderately tough)

Altitude - 6873 ft to 11318 ft (Distance- 6-8 hour (steep ascend)

After breakfast at 8 am, we start the trek early morning through forest to reach Barati Nala(7283 ft). After taking some rest and offering prayers, we start to a steep ascent called Dandi-Dhar. After 6-8 hour of tough walk through Devdar forest we reach Thachdu. At Thachdu we can have nice view of Shrikhand Mahadev. Over Night at camps in Thachdu.

 

Day 4: Thachdu to Bhimdwar (Moderate)

Altitude -11318 ft to12173 ft (Distance - 7-8 hour)

After breakfast climb towards Kalighati (2 Hrs at an elevation of 12778 feet)forward trek to wards Bhimdwar (before reaching camp 2, enjoy the scenic beauty of snow capped mountains, passing through glaciers , waterfalls and watch different kinds of meditational herbs.

Kali Ghati(11778 ft)-This place belongs to Goddess Kali.

Bhim Talai(11279 ft) - (Pandavas stayed here for years while in exile.)

After lunch we start the trek through alpine flowers and snow bridges to reach Bhimdwar. On the way to Bhimdwar we can see ibex, mountain mouse and rare Barahmkamal. Over night at camp.

 

Day 5: Bhimdwar-Parvati Baag - Nain Srovar - Shrikhand Mahadev (Summit)

Altitude- 12173 ft to 5227 mtr

Distance- 8-9 hour

At 3-4am we start the trek.after 4 hr of easy walk to reach the poignant Nain Sarovar lake(14527). Here we take bath and offer prayers to Goddess Parvati for safe journey. From here the extreme trail starts and oxygen gets thinner due to high altitude after 4hrs. Of extremely tough walk/climb through Bhim ki Bahi(15921), we reach the enormous Shrikhand peak. After offering prayers and photography we descend down to reach Parvati Baag(13622). Over night at the camp.

 

Day 6: Paravti Bagh to Thachdu

Trek back to Thachdu. Overnight in camps.

 

Day 7: Thachdu to Jaon.

Trek back to village Jaon and have rest.

 

Day 8: Jaon to Jeori / Sarahan.

Drive to Jeori. Take dip in hot sulpher water spring. Drive to Sarahan. Visit Bhima Kali Temple. Overnight stay in Hotel at Sarahan.

 

Day 9: Sarahan to Chandigarh

Departure day. After breakfast drive to Chandigarh. Drop at bus stand or railway station. Tour ends here…

 

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