Manimahesh Yatra 2017
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 2017 is as, starting from the auspicious day of Shri Krishna Janmashtami on 14th August 2017. Yatra will be held for 15 days and end on auspicious occasion of Radha Ashtami on 29th August 2017 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.
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 Permits & Regulations
There is no special permit for the yatra, however, you may be requested to register your personal details at Bharmour.
Manimahesh Yatra 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 2016 Images
|Summary||Follow the pilgrim trail to holy lake during the Manimahesh Yatra|