Manimahesh – An amazing destination for adventure and spiritual travelers
This beautiful destination receives tourists from across the world and it remains crowded throughout the year. Tourist would travel from Bharmour to the temple of Lord Shiva in one day.
Manimahesh – An overview
Manimahesh is among the famous pilgrim places that are located in the Pir Pingal Range in the Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh. The Manimahesh Kailash Peak, popular as it is also known as the peak reaches with a height of 5775 meters. The name reveals the jewel that resides in the crown of Lord Shiva. People also believe that while standing by the Manimahesh Lake, the reflection of the jewel on the crown can be witnessed on full moon day, when the light of the moon falls on it.
Hence, a trip to Manimahesh gives you a complete package that includes high mountains, silent lakes, rough valleys and lush forests that are free from any kind of fauna.
Manimahesh as a trekking trail
Manimahesh is not only a pilgrimage but is also one of the most opted trekking trails for the trekkers. The trekking trail would take you to enchanting destinations like Bharmour, Dancho, Hadsar, Manimahesh lake, Gaurikund, and much more that brings you beauty in different shades. The trekkers are also allowed to choose among two different treks that are a combination of both religious and adventurous trekking.
The first phase of trekking
The first trekking portion is from Bharmour to Bharmani Mata Temple. This 4km trekking trail gets you on the top of a range of beautiful mountains. According to the people living there, the name Bharmour derives from Bharmari Devi, the temple of whom is located there in the Malkauta Village. The trekkers before starting with the trekking route to Ghararu and Bharmani Godda have a bath in the cold water of the pool in the temple. The route serves the visitors with a number of panoramic sights that includes snow-covered mountains, lakes, and evergreen forests.
The second phase of trekking
The second phase of the trekking is also the second route of the trail. The trek heads towards Dhancho and from there to Manimahesh. Dhancho is a flat plateau that is covered with greenery and heart snatching mountains. The trekkers also observe various devotees climbing to reach the temple of Lord Shiva. The trekkers can also enjoy camping on the completion of the first day as they reach Dhancho trek.
The second part of the trekking begins from Dhancho heading towards Manimahesh. This stiff route comes with a paved trek towards the Bhandar Ghati through the Manimahesh temple. No doubt, the trek towards Bhairo Ghati is tough, it still gives you a unique experience with a vertical climbing. The tough trekking provides with pleasurable moments that can be enjoyed at places like Gauri Kund. The kund is also known as the lake of Goddess Parvati, as it is the kund where the ladies have a dip bath in the cold water.
Just as the trekking trail is difficult to climb, similarly, it is also a tough job to move downwards after you reach the topmost peak. Hence, the trekking not only teaches you how to trek in difficult trails but also brings you unseen views you wouldn’t miss to capture.
Manimahesh Kailash Trek – Where can you locate it?
Manimahesh, widely known as the Dal Lake, is a lake that is located at a high altitude in Himachal Pradesh. The lake is located at a height of 4080 meters which elevates to around 13390ft, which is beside the Manimahesh Kailash Peak located in the Pir Pinjal Range. According to mythology, the lake is said to be created after the marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati by Lord Shiva himself. Along with this, it is also believed that for 7 years, Lord Shiva performed penance after which the water flow began with his long hair. The lake ranks second after Mansarovar Lake among the most sacred lakes. The trekkers generally begin with the trek in the months of September and October.
Best time to visit Manimahesh – Planning your travel
The Manimahesh trekking is generally carried out according to traditional customs. This means, the yatra or trekking begins on the day of Janamashtmi and ends on the day of Radhashtmi every year. In short, the trekking is open from 12th August until 12th of September. However, if you are not on the pilgrim yatra, the trekking is open from June to the end of October.
Apart from this, the pilgrim also witnesses devotees on Yatra from the beginning of May till the end of October. While the trekkers wishing to visit the Manimahesh Lake begin in the month of April and November. No doubt during these months, the place receives heavy snowfall during the months, there are still some enthusiastic trekkers who visit the place.
What are the transportations to reach Manimahesh?
- If you are interested in reaching Manimahesh by train, the nearest station is Pathankot in Punjab.
- While the nearest airport to Manimahesh is in Kangra, at Gaggal.
- However, if you are willing to travel by coaches, taxis or buses, Chamba, Chandigarh, or Delhi would be suitable.
This place offers a lot of surprises and it is one of the best destinations in India to experience thrill and spirituality together.
So, ready to add some thrill to your trekking adventure? Book your tickets and make some unforgettable memories.