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Manimahesh Yatra 2018, Dates & the Route

Manimahesh Yatra 2018

Manimahesh Yatra is held every year in the month of August or September. Devotees trek for two days to take a freezing dip in the sacred Manimahesh Lake, known for the home of Lord Shiva. Schedule for the Manimahesh Yatra 2018 is as, starting from the auspicious day of Shri Krishna Janmashtami on 26th August 2018. Yatra will be held for 15 days and will end on auspicious occasion of Radha Ashtami on 10th September 2018 with festivities and Bada Snan held at Manimahesh Lake. The trek to Manimahesh starts from Hadsar near Bharmour, located in Chamba, Himachal Pradesh.

From Chamba, a twisting mountain road winds up to the ancient village of Bharmour, known as the capital of the of Chamba region until AD 920. There are beautiful temples and treks to surrounding mountain passes in this region. Chaurasi temple in Bharmour is one of the finest in Himachal Pradesh and can be reached through the bazaar leading uphill from the taxi stand. Built in the classic stone-shikhara style, the temple is spread over a courtyard that doubles as a classroom for local schools. Highlights of the temple are the lofty Manimahesh Temple, built in the 6th century AD, and the Lakshna Devi Temple, featuring an eroded but wildly carved wooden doorway.

Manimahesh Yatra

Thousands of Hindu pilgrims complete the trek to the sacred Lake during the Manimahesh Yatra every year. Prior to the main yatra in late August or September, a fair is held in Bharmour with folk dances and the celebrations attended by the villagers and other pilgrims. Following the ceremony, the head priests lead the pilgrims from Bharmour to Manimahesh Lake. Although, nowadays pilgrims can drive to the trailhead at Hadsar. Beyond Hadsar the well-defined trail and a numbers of dhabas at Dhanchho and Sundrashi makes your trek easy, you will also find basic pilgrim shelters here. It is not appropriate to stay overnight at Manimahesh Lake (4170m/13680ft) unless you are habitual or well acclimatised.

Manimahesh Yatra 2018 Permits & Regulations

There is no special permit for the yatra, however, you may be requested to register your personal details at Bharmour.

Manimahesh Yatra 2018 Route & Trek

Day 1: Hadsar to Dhanchho (3 hours, 7km)

This is a start to an ancient pilgrim trail of Manimahesh Yatra. The trail winds up through a forest of oak and pine to the grassland at Dhanchho. The well established camps at Dhanchho are the best place to rest and acclimatise before ascending to Manimahesh Lake, as well as taking in the fine views of the Pir Panjal Range.

Before starting the trek (yatra) from Hadsar (2150m/7054ft), climb up the stone steps above the bazaar and reach the temple where prayers are made. The well-defined trail along the Manimahesh River winds up through mixed forest to a series of green meadows. After crossing the bridge 5km ahead of Hadsar, take a right turn and ascend 2km to the series of dhabas and camps at Dhanchho (2900m/9514ft).

Day 2: Dhanchho to Manimahesh Lake & Return (7 hours, 16km)

From Dhanchho, cross the bridge over the Manimahesh River to the left of the valley, and than a right after crossing a wooden bridge 2km ahead. Follows a long climb, as the trail ascends through flowered meadows. Two hours after leaving Dhanchho, there is a line of dhabas (3600m/11,810ft) at Sundrashi from where the final trail to Manimahesh Lake is visible. After an hour you will see an impressive waterfall flowing from the lake. A number of dhabas and camps are here, where pilgrims prepare for the final stage to the lake. It is a further 1.5km steep ascent to Manimahesh Lake (4170m/13,681ft). The beautiful location of the lake – opposite to the Manimahesh Kailash Peak would inspire you.

After taking a holy dip in the lake, the descent back to Dhanchho takes around three hours.

Day 3: Dhanchho to Hadsar (2½–3 hours, 7km)

The return trek to Hadsar from Dhanchho can be done in the morning, with plenty of time to return to Bharmour and Chamba.

Manimahesh Yatra 2017 Images

Duration 3 days
Distance (up-down) 30km
Difficulty Easy
Start/Finish Hadsar
Nearest Town Bharmour
Summary Follow the pilgrim trail to holy lake during the Manimahesh Yatra

Manimahesh Yatra 2018
Manimahesh Lake, Hadsar,Bharmour,Chamba, Himachal Pradesh-176315
Starting on
August 26, 2018
Ending on
September 10, 2018
Thousands of Hindu pilgrims complete the trek to the sacred Manimahesh Lake during the yatra every year. Prior to the main yatra, a fair is held in Bharmour with folk dances and the celebrations attended by the villagers and other pilgrims. Following the ceremony, the head priests lead the pilgrims from Bharmour to Manimahesh Lake.

8 responses to “Manimahesh Yatra 2018, Dates & the Route”

  1. Vijay Saini says:

    Manimahesh jaane k liye amarnath yatra ki tarah medical karwana padta h kya

    • Himanshu says:

      Hello Vijay,

      Medical Test is not necessary for Manimahesh Yatra as per government rule. But than also, you must take advice from your doctor before going for Manimahesh Yatra.
      (मणिमहेश यात्रा के लिए मेडिकल टेस्ट करवाना जरुरी नहीं है। फिर भी आप एक बार अपने डॉक्टर से सलाह ले लें, और एक बेसिक जांच करवा लें। ).

      In case if feel, short of oxygen while on high mountain areas, you can buy and keep this portable oxygen can with you while on the yatra.

  2. Rahul Tanwar says:

    Oct 20 se Oct 30 tkk ka time Yatra jari rahti hai kya vkt vhn ja skte hai ??

    • Himanshu says:

      यात्रा 10 सितम्बर के बाद बंद हो जायेगी। फिर भी आप चाहें तो अक्टूबर में जा सकते हैं, परन्तु उस समय आपको रहने के लिए टेंट और खाने का सामान खुद ले जाना पड़ेगा।

  3. Rintu chandra says:

    Can i go to manimahesh after 15th october

    • Himanshu says:

      Hello Rintu,
      Yes you can go after 15th October, but there you will find no arrangements for accommodation or food, you will be on your own. So I suggest if you can take a porter with you to carry tent and other essentials.

  4. sreeradha s j says:


    • Himanshu says:

      Sorry Sir, we do not provide packages or do travel arrangements.
      This is an Informational post & you can ask anything related to Manimahesh Yatra.

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