The Less Travelled Trails of Magic Valley/Weichin Valley and Rasol Valley By The Wanderers..

This trek will introduce you to the less traveled trails of the beautiful and peaceful valley in the Himalayas. Magic Valley as the name suggests is known for its mesmerizing beauty that it offers throughout its trail. The view is truly fascinating and the purity of the environment will keep you awestruck throughout your journey.

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Hidden deep within the foot hills of the Himalayas lies a small village by the name of Rasol which is at an altitude of around 10,000 feet above sea level (3048 m) and has not more than 75 houses. Rasol is located in the Parvati Valley which is in the state of Himachal Pradesh.

The only option to reach the village of Rasol is to hike from the town of Kasol. The hike takes around three to four hours to reach with a hand full of steep climbs which are very much do able for even a rookie hiker. While hiking backpackers will reach the village of Chalal which is around 20 minutes from Kasol.

Chalal is a good place to stop and have some breakfast or brunch since provisions for anything else to eat along the hike is very less. Chalal is also a good option to make base before the hike to Rasol.

While on the hike, one thing that everyone will spot is plenty of magic Rasol sign boards on rocks and tree barks pointing in the correct direction of the village. Magic Rasol is in reference to the hasish that is sold in this village. The hasish from Rasol is supposed to be one of the finest and many consider it to be on power with the stuff from Malana. It’s important to keep in mind that possession of such stuff is not only banned but can also lead to imprisonment.

Rasol can be spotted from around 70% of the hike and the first thing one will notice is the village temple sign board. Which states that entering the temple premises will lead to a heavy fine of Rs 2000. The temple is of Jamdagni Rishi a form of Lord Shiva. Inside the temple compound is a small stadium kind of a arrangement which has steps for villagers to sit on.

During the day time men from the village can be seen playing a very unique game called Panjee which is only played here in Rasol and in the village of Malana. This game Punjee is supposed to be similar to chess but upto four can play the game at a time and players have to throw a bunch of half cut bamboo sticks to determine how many places their coins move. The game attracts a lot of local crowd.

Wandering through the lanes of the village and you will see nearly every second person from the village spinning wool or asking you to buy hasish. The kids are always busy playing among themselves. Most of the villagers from Rasol have never ventured outside the valley with the town of Bhuntur being their furthest.

Accommodation at Rasol is limited to backpacker guest houses which have common washrooms and rooms with noting more than just a bed. The rooms in Rasol are spacious and can easily accommodate around four to five people in a room. Eating options in Rasol are not too bad either with all guest houses having a restaurant attached which serve really tasty food. The food is priced a bit steep since porters have to physically carry all the supplies from Kasol.

Rasol is a good place to visit all year round. The weather is generally always good other than during the winter months from end of November to mid February. Good hiking shoes and a bottle of water along with a wooden stick to aid you in the hiking is a must for all.

The village of Rasol is a must visit for all those backpackers who want to experience the magic from the Rasol cream or super cream. For others the hike and the guest house view make this village worth visiting while in Parvati Valley.

About Weichin

Weichin is a village approximately 4 kms above Malana. The village’s population is very low because of its location. There are no motorable roads that go to Weichin. The only way to reach is the one mentioned above. In winters even the villagers shift down to Jari because it is impossible to survive there. Most of the spices that they use in their food are grown there only. Best time to visit this village is the month of September.

This trek is amongst the difficult ones so be well equipped:-

  1. Carry a support stick.
  2. Do not carry unnecessary weight.
  3. Temperature is low throughout the year so carry warm clothes.
  4. Carry your first aid box and other necessary medicines. HOW TO REACH WICHIN VALLEY AND MAGIC VALLEY :_Climb the 50 steps at the end of the dam to reach a fork. The road on the left leads you to Magic Valley. You will literally have to climb up a mountain to reach there. The road on the right is also a difficult trek and it will take you to Weichin.On the road that goes towards the right, you will see a tower in front of you, make it a temporary destination and start walking towards it. There will come a time when that tower wont be visible so keep interacting with locals for route direcrions towards Weichin. Enroute Weichin you will have to cross 7-8 waterfalls. After crossing atleast 7 such waterfalls look for a way going towards your left- just before the next waterfall. Climb it up to reach Weichin.Keep your fluid intake good and don’t walk in fatigue!

    Where to stay?

    There are 2-3 camp sites in Weichin. We stayed in the first one. The rates are quite reasonable varying from 800-1200INR/Person. This includes your breakfast, lunch and dinner. These tents are very comfortable making the experience completely satisfying. The only source to charge your devices is a solar panel. It will take a lot of time to completely charge your devices and it totally depends on the amount of sun Weichin is getting on that particular day.

    Things to do?

    There are no cafes in Weichin which is one of the things that separates it from Malana and Kasol . The food that you will get there is prepared on the spot. You just need to tell your camp guy what you want to eat and he will cook it. You can also cook for yourself. The view from the camp site will keep you charged all day and at night when the moon comes out the whole area looks very pretty. You can just sit out side your camp ask for a bonfire and gel up with the people you meet there.

    Malana – The ancient village :-

    Malana , you call it a little greece , or a stoned village , or the Trekker’s paradise , or anything you like.. there are lot of other names been given by the lovers of this beautiful hidden valley which is a 10000 feet high and is a recently discovered(1977) ancient civilization that has its own democracy. People of Malana did not go the cities till recent and had contained themselves in this beautiful village , a remote primitive village in the Parvati valley which is situated aside Malana River . As one of the story goes, they are supposedly descendants of Alexander. Some men from his army chose to remain here forever in this village and spend their lives. lot many other stories like this are prevalent. whatever the case is , this place has an addictive effect without any doubt, such is the beauty and calmness.
    Whole of the Parvati valley is known as a place for seekers of peace and positive vibrations. Malana is one of the most known destinations in the recent times in this valley for many different reasons.

    As you reach to the base of Malana after trekking through Rasol village and crossing the 11000 feet high mountain (Ofcourse you have another option of taking a direct Cab from Kasol or Jari). Bus is also on the go and is very cheap, if you are lucky to get one. By lucky , i meant, the bus goes only once in the day and the same bus returns in the evening. from here , you need to cross the Malana river , and start your trek to Malana . Malana is considered sacred to the people nearby and tourists just need to know this thing before planning a trip to Malana. climb is steep , and may take 45 mins to 1.5 hrs for you to reach there (depending on your walking speed)
    Reaching Malana.: Its very difficult to define people staying here, only thing i would say is, they are calm and Lovely , but they too expect you to be Cool with them . Giving bold looks to the outsiders , who look totally different ,(sometimes westerners) is common , take it light, its completely ok. Just follow the basic rules there (dont touch any temple, or sacred place).
    Do not touch jamdagni rishi temple and dont go near to the area where Jamdagni Rishi has his House. I think there is no reason why we can t follow these simple rules and respect them.
    Most guest houses are at the top and start after the village ends. You get a mesmerizing view of the valley from Cosmos Guest house , which is at the Hill Top and this place has got the best view in the area. There are other options too , with better hospitality. Televisions too have recently discovered Malana and also , you get 3G network for Vodafone , Airtel , Idea , Bsnl . This means, you can work on your Laptop if you are planning to stay here for long duration.If you want to stay inside the village ,HILLTOP guest house is the man. Also , its the cheapest guest house i ve come across in the parvati valley(room rent- 400 Rs , banana pancake -30 rs)
    Places around malana : Magic valley , Chandrakhani Pass, Rasol and kutla village are possible Through Trek . It is okay if you plan to stay in your tents anywhere , you will get those suitable places easily.

A SOULFUL PILGRIMAGE TRAILS TOWARDS BANNI MATA TEMPLE,MAHAKALI BANNI MATA TEMPLE

Popularly known as Mahakali Banni Mata temple or Shakti Devi Temple, this ancient temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali. Located at Tundah village of Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh, the temple is just opposite to Manimahesh Peak at a height of 8,500 ft, at the foot of the beautiful Pir Panjal Range in the Chamba Valley. Surrounded by dense forests, the temple holds a rich inclusion of natural beauty.

 

BANNI MATA TEMPLE, MAHAKALI BANNI MATA TEMPLE | Himachal Pradesh, Chamba

Popularly known as Mahakali Banni Mata temple or Shakti Devi Temple, this ancient temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali. Located at Tundah village of Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh, The temple is just opposite to Manimahesh Peak at a height of 8,500 ft, at the foot of the beautiful Pir Panjal Range in the Chamba Valley. Surrounded by dense forests, the temple holds a rich inclusion of natural beauty. Due to the presence of numerous Ban trees or Oak trees, the temple is named as Banni. For ages till now, shepherds crossing Kali Chho (Kali refers to Goddess and Chho refers to the waterfall close to the pass) visit the temple to seek blessings of Goddess for a safe crossing. According to the popular beliefs, those who make the journey to the temple with total devotion and fervor are blessed by the Goddess and grants all their wishes. It is believed that childless couple are blessed with children after visiting the temple.Therefore, pilgrims from all over the Bharmour region and other parts of Himachal visit the temple to pay obeisance to the goddess.

LEGEND :- According to the legends, after fullfilling their earthly duties, all the Pandava brothers along with Draupadi left for Himalayas in search of heaven. After travelling a lot, they reached the Pir Panjal range. After climbing a little higher, they headed towards Charola. During their travel, they faced many obstacles. The snowy mountains were difficult to climb and there were risky slopes and crevices. Later, all succumbed to the weather. Draupadi

was the first one to die. The mortal remains of the Draupadi are believed to have been inhabited by the Goddess Kali as Draupadi appeared to be the incarnation of the Goddess. The Goddess resided at the base of the Pir Panjal in Lyundi and later Goddess made Banni village as her abode. From that day on, there has been a temple devoted to the Banni Mata (Goddess Kali) at this village.

ARCHITECTURE :- The temple consists of a sanctum sanctorum with a copper-plated roof and golden finials at the top. The Hindu temple architecture is an open symmetry driven structure, with many variations, on a square grid of padas, depicting perfect geometric shapes such as circles and squares. The temple flooring are made with marble stone crafting.

FAMOUS FESTIVAL :- In the Bhadrapad month, a fair is held at the temple premised which attracts devotees from all around. The fair and Kali Puja involves severing the heads of many goats. Liquor is another common offering.

IMPORTANCE OF THIS PLACE :- The temple and the goddess are both very important in the Bharmour region. Shepherds crossing Kali Chho pass to Lahaul (Kali is for Goddess Kali and Chho is waterfall, the pass has a waterfall close to it) visit the temple to seek the goddesses blessings for a safe crossing and have done so for ages now. Pilgrims from all over the Bharmour region and other parts of Himachal find their way to the temple to pay obeisance to the goddess. It is believed Goddess Kali grants all wishes and gives children to couples who don’t have anyone, making the journey with total devotion and fervor. Sometime around August, in the Bhadrapad month of the Hindu calendar, a fair is organized at the temple and it attracts devotees from all around. The fair, in typical Kali Puja style involves severing the heads of many goats. As soon as a goat’s head is severed, the temple Shaman, called Chela in local language and bestowed with special powers by the goddess drinks the blood of the severed goat. It is said he can drink blood from as many goats as are severed at a time and that this ability is a reflection of his being in direct communion with the goddess. Liquor is another common offering and the Chela takes a gulp from each bottle offered.

In recent times, the pilgrimage to Banni Mata has become much easier with a road approaching Tundah, which leaves only 4 km to walk. With another road proposed to connect Banni, the trek will soon be over. However, the pilgrimage further up to Lyundi and Charola will continue to attract pilgrims by thousands.

 

Srikhand Mahadev Trek

A pilgrim trail with breathtaking view of the most beautiful Himalayan ranges situated in Shimla -Kullu mountain ranges.

Shrikhand Mahadev is situated at an height of 18,700 ft. above sea level in the Great Himalayan National Park of Himachal Pradesh, India. (YATRA)Trek for Shrikhand mahadev starts from Jaon village in Nirmand region of Kullu district (Himachal Pradesh).

Shrikhand Mahadev, as localites use to say, is one of the adobes of Lord Shiva, who resides there. They worship the natural, rock-made shivalingam on the great heights of mountains. The shivaling is 72 feets high and stands still at the mountain top, above 18,000 ft altitude. One has to go through many gorges, ravines, and beautiful valleys.

To reach Shrikhand Mahadev peak, one has to go to Shimla, and then to Rampur (140 KM ahead). From Rampur, one way goes to Sarahan and the other to Nirmand. While trekking, Sarahan route is little tough than Nirmand wala route. Another route is via Tirtath (but that too is unexplored – hehe).

Srikhand Mahadev Trek

Day-1: Chandigarh – Shimla

Day-2: Shimla – Sarahan – Jaun (Singhghat)

Day-3: Singhghat – Thachdu

Day-4 Thachdu – Bhimdwar

Day-5: Darshana (Bhimdwar – Parvati Baag – Srikhand Mahadev)

Day-6: Bhimdwar – Thachdu

Day-7: Thachdu – Singhghat (Jaun)

Day-8: Jaun – Shimla- Chandigarh

DIFFICULTY LEVEL OF TREK :- IT IS A DIFFICULT TREK

TRAIL TYPE :- Difficult gradients. Steep incline trek going through rough glaciers covers, rocky moraine path. People with no or less High altitude trekking experience should not attempt this trek.

DURATION :- 8 DAYS

BASE CAMP- JAON VILLAGE

TREK SEASON- LATE MAY TILL MID OCT.

THE JOURNEY OF SHRIKHAND KAILASH TREK 

The Holy Shrikhand Mahadev Trek starts from Jaun village which  lies in Kullu district at 18,700 ft. It is a small village on the right bank of rivulet Kurpan which originates just from the bottom of Shrikhand Mountain Range. This is a fast flowing rivulet with white water. During monsoon this small rivulet Kurpan looks like a treacherous river. 

Jaun is a small village of around 50 houses and a temple dedicated to Mata Katyayni. From Baagi Pul to Jaun there is a Kuccha road of 8 Kms. Jaun is a village in the midst of  great himalayan range. One can admire the beauty of mother nature sitting amid mountains, rivulets, small houses, temples and most important and pleasant fully developed apple orchards of Jaun.  Jaun provides a clear and beautiful view of Shrikhand Mountain. If weather is clear you can get a glance of holy Shrikhand peak from here. Jaun is the last place from where you can buy few necessary goods for the trek.

Jaun is a place where one can find innocent people with a lovely smile on their faces always. They are the most hospitable people. This is the place where you can spend some time with the locals who can familiarise you about the folklores related to the Shrikhand Yatra and how it has become  a source of renumeration for the locals.

After spending some time at Jaun start to Shingaarh which is at 16873 ft. Jaun to Shingaarh is a trek of 3 Kms besides the right bank of Kurpan.  On the way to Shingaarh you have to cross several apple orchards, some small streams and a village with old beautiful houses – most of which are two storied. It takes one hour to reach  Shingaarh. It is a paved trek besides Kurpan.  

Shingaarh is a place where you can stay for a while or take a rest. It is a holy place; people regularly pay rituals here for the completion of their trek. One can visit temples here at Shingaarh. It is a place surrounded by lush green forests. This place is known for its dense forest with Deodar trees.

The next step for the first day is towards Barathi Nalah at 17283 ft, which is the place of the confluence of two small rivulets that make Kurpan.  The trek upto Barathi Nalah is breathtaking. This is a trek of 3 Kms and takes 1.5 hours. On the way to Barathi Nalah sometime you have to cross the Kurpan through wooden bridge which are just a rip of Deodar tree.  It creates excitement and thrill among the trekkers for being so near to nature.

You can take a rest at Barathi Nalah. Form Barathi Nalah to Taacharu there is a vertical climb of 6 Kms of Danda Dhaar which takes around 6-8 hours. This climb requires good stamina. You can halt on the way to Taacharu. This climb is through the dark forests of deodar where because of the dense nature of the forest nothing is visible. You can hear the sound of rivers, streams and waterfalls clearly from here. There is no source of water on the way to Taacharu so it becomes essential to carry more water for the trek upto Taacharu.

As you trek uphill you can experience the change in the vegetation and from several place one can get a glimpse of Kullu Himalayas. On the way you can find some big Deodar trees which are centuries old. One can fine some beautiful birds here on the way to Taacharu. On the way there are some cliffs from where you can admire the beauty of dense forest and rivulets near to Danda Dhaar and Surrounded areas of it.

Taacharu at 16318 ft is a place where tree line ends and herbs and shrubs remain for the next patch of the trek. Day one trek stops at Taacharu. Evenings are very beautiful with views of  Sarahan and Kotgarh region towards Southern side and Shrikhand peak towards Eastern side and Kullu Himalaya at Westerns side. Taacharu is the best place for night stay because this is a place just after the vertical climb of 6-8 Kms. From here to Parvati Baag the trek is gentle and not very energy consuming.

Day 2- Taacharu to Parvati Baag. (13.5 Kms, 16318ft to 17622 ft) 

Next days start early in the morning, so that you can reach at Parvati Baag with ample time to spare. From Taacharu to Kali Ghati there is a straight climb of 3 Kms. It takes 1.5 hours to complete this. On the way to kali Ghati one can find some rare flowers of Himalayas. The way to Kali Ghati from Taacharu is straight north facing and one side has a deep ditch.  After spending about 1 hour on trek you reach an open place full of big rocks.  It provides a close view of surrounding mountains. From here it takes 15 minutes to Kali Ghati. Kali Ghati is the top of Danda Dhaar. It is at 15778 ft. The vertical climb started from Barathi Nala ends at here. From Kali Ghati you can get 360 degree view of the Himalayas.

A small temple dedicated to Maa Kali is here. Next journey starts here after worshipping Kali. From kali Ghati trek extend towards Bhim Talai which is just 1.5 Kms. It takes only 30 minutes to cover this distance because trek is gentle. Bhim Talai is a place where according to legends Bhim one of the Pandava brothers used to take bath. This is a place surrounded by high peaks, bugiyal and tiny waterfalls. One can see shepherds here at Bhim Talai. Bheem Talai is at 16879 ft.

From Bhim Talai to Kunsa which is 3 Kms ahead is a smooth trek. It takes 1.5 hrs to cover this patch. Just after crossing the Big Bugyals (Grass Ground), you have to cross a glacier around 500 meters long and 80 meter wide. From this glacier to Kunsa there is a vertical climb with rocks. Kunsa at 17746 ft is a place surrounded by big waterfalls. It is a place of breathtaking  scenery. Nature is splendid here. One can spend hours here just by admiring nature with waterfalls, clouds, flowers. This is the best place to take some rest and rejuvenate with nature.

From Kunsa to Bheem Dwar there is a level walk with small ups and downs. It is a trench of 3 Kms which takes 2 hours. The route to Bheem Dwar is filled with rare Himalayan flowers and different shrubs. This place is like the valley of flowers in Uttrakhand. One can find very rare flower here easily. This place is so wide and it provides a panoramic view of deep valleys, deep gorges, big waterfalls and some small streams flowing on the way. Kunsa valley provides gorgeous view of clouds, mountains, small patches of snow and the sweet sound of fast flowing streams just one after one. Kunsa valley is like a beautiful scenic dream.

After spending 2 hours in the meadow of nature you reach  Bheem Dwar. This place is at an altitude of 16279 ft. It is said that during Pandavas exile they stayed here. Today this place is known as Bheem Dwar. This is a big Bugyal surrounded by big waterfalls and a numbers of glaciers. On the way to Parvati Baag you have to cross the biggest waterfall on this trek.

During the Shrikhand Mahdev Yatra held in every July, this place Bheem Dwar provides the base for the pilgrims. Shepherds’ use this place to graze their sheep and goats. One can stay at Bheem Dwar in nature cave here. Most of the pilgrims use these for rest purpose. The beauty of this place is terrifying. One can easily spend hours here admiring the beauty of mother nature.

Parvati Baag 17622 ft is just 3 Kms from Bheem Dwar. It takes 2 hrs to reach Parvati Baag. Up to the big waterfall the trek is gentle. Just after crossing the waterfall there is a vertical climb of 2.5 Kms up to Parvati Baag. Parvati Baag is a beautiful place for night halt. According to legends it is said that Mata Parvati used this place for their stay. So it is called Parvati Baag. This place is full of rare flowers of higher himalayas and famous for rarest Brahma Kamal. One can easily find this rarest flower here at Parvati Baag. This place is just below the Holy Shrikhand Mountain. At night it feels like  you can touch the sky with your hand.

Day 3 Parvati Baag to Shrikhand and Parvati Baag (6 Kms )

Early in the morning you have to start towards Holy Shrikhand Peak. Parvati Baag is the last place where you can find Grass and some high altitude shrubs and herbs. After Parvati Baag you will trek on only  moraines and snow. Shrikhand Peak is just 6 Kms form Parvati Baag. On the way to Shrikhand you have to cross  glaciers, streams and  stone tunnels.

First part of the trek upto Nainser Lake is gentle with snow and boulders. Nainser is a high altitude lake at 14527 ft  surrounded by an area of about two football fields. It takes 1.5 hours to reach at Nainser. The whole trek to Shrikhand Mahdev is associated with Lord Shiva and Nainser Lake, it is said that this lake was created with the tears of Maa Parvati when she was worshipping lord Shiva. 

Nainser Lake as dedicated to Maa Parvati as a place of worship. Before trekking further spend some time here for worship. It is said that if one prays here at Nainser his/her trek will be completed successfully.

Trek to Shrikhand is very steep and vertical from Nainser Lake. First patch of this trek from Nainser Lake is a glacier of 200 meters.  It takes about 45 minutes just to complete this part of only 0.5 kilometre. It requires a lot of endurance to complete this part. After spending 45 minutes you reach the top of a cliff at 14967 ft. From here you can see the beauty of Nainser Lake very clearly. Toward s Shrikhand one can see the big boulders and glaciers. If you reach early in the morning then you can see the beauty of Kinnaur Mountains from here.

After this the next part on the trek is full of Moraines and snow at very few places. There are seven small peaks which you have to climb to reach Shrikhand. On the way you can feel that you are above the clouds as sun rises. On the way  to Bheem Baiee you have to cross many small stone tunnels, glaciers and moraines. Bheem Baiee is a sacred place dedicated to Bheem at an altitude 17921 ft.

You can find different marks on stone here. It is said that Bheem once constructing the stairs from here to Heaven, but it was not completed due to lack of time. You will find a number of stones one top of another which appears like a stairway. From Bheem Baiee you can see the holy Shrikhand Shila. It takes half hour to reach Shrikhand. You have to cross a big glacier to reach Shrikhand.

This place provides endless view on Himalayas from three sides and from one side a magical look towards Rampur Sarahan and Shimla hills. Shrikhand at 18700 ft is a place where you can feel the fragrance of nature everywhere.

This is a place where all things believe to be the part of almighty of lord Shiva. This is place from where you can see Kinnaur Himalaya from one side, Kullu and Shimla mountains from other sides.DSC_0616

 

Manimahesh Kailash Parikrama

Manimahesh Lake is situated at 27 km from Bharmour at the foot of Manimahesh Kailash. Lord Shiva is believed to reside on this snow-covered mountain.Manimahesh 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. The tentative route will like following and see the beautiful pictures of this trek:-

Outline Tour Itinerary
Day 01 Reception at Pathankot and drive to Dalhousie (80 Kms by Taxi)
Day 02 Dalhousie – Kalatop – Khajiyar – Bharmour(110 Kms by Taxi)
Day 03 Bharmour – Bharmani Mata Temple – Bharmour (6Km Trek & Acclimatization Day)
Day 04 Bharmour – Hadsar – Kugti – Kugti (20 Kms by Taxi & 6 Km Trek)
Day 05 Kugti – Kartik Temple – Dalotu (8 Kms Trek)
Day 06 Dalotu – Base Camp (10Km Trek )
Day 07 Base Camp – Chobu Pass – Kamal Kund – Manimahesh (12Km Trek)
Day 08 Manimahesh – Gaurikund – Dhancho –Bharmour (14Km Trek & 14 Kms by Taxi)
Day 09 Bharmour – Chamba – Pathankot (190 Kms by Taxi)

A round trip to mount Manimahesh Kailash is know as Manimahesh Parikrama Trek. Manimahesh Lake is situated at 27 km from Bharmour 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 each and every year 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 dip in the Manimahesh Lake.
Providing a rare occasion to see and study the customs and rituals of the local people. And the glorious views of Manimahesh Kailash in the morning and at the time of sun rising touches the hearts of visitors.Regarding Manimahesh Kailash it is said that no one has been able to climb to the peak. Local legends clarifying that people point out rock projections, human-like in appearance, and say that one is of a hermit, the other is of a shepherd, frozen stiff during their futile effort to reach the top of Manimahesh Kailash. Many holy places come in the way to Manimahesh, at the distance of 6 km from Hadsar, a Dhancho famous for water fall and after 5km from Dhancho Gourikund come. Gauri is another name of Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva. A dip in this lake is considered sacred because it is believed that Parvati used to bath in this lake and only ladies are allowed to take dip in the kund. About one kilometer ahead is the Shiva Kalotri spring-said to have its source in Lord Shiva’s feet. Two kilometer from Shiva Kalotri Kamal kund is situated in the foot of Manimahesh Kailash. After a short run from Gauri kund reaches the Manimahesh Lake is shallow circular lake gives it an enchanting appearance. A roofless temple, conspicuous with many iron trinkets, is seen on the opposite side. For beginner trekkers Manimahesh trek is the best route for beginning as the gradient is good and also provide pilgrimage visit to Manimahesh Lake.
Manimahesh 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. The tentative route will like following and see the beautiful pictures of this trek:-
Outline Tour Itinerary
  • Day 01 Reception at Pathankot and drive to Dalhousie (80 Kms by Taxi)
  • Day 02 Dalhousie – Kalatop – Khajiyar – Bharmour(110 Kms by Taxi)
  • Day 03 Bharmour – Bharmani Mata Temple – Bharmour (6Km Trek & Acclimatization Day)
  • Day 04 Bharmour – Hadsar – Kugti – Kugti (20 Kms by Taxi & 6 Km Trek)
  • Day 05 Kugti – Kartik Temple – Dalotu (8 Kms Trek)
  • Day 06  Dalotu – Base Camp (10Km Trek )
  • Day 07 Base Camp – Chobu Pass – Kamal Kund – Manimahesh (12Km Trek)
  • Day 08 Manimahesh – Gaurikund – Dhancho –Bharmour (14Km Trek & 14 Kms by Taxi)
  • Day 09 Bharmour – Chamba – Pathankot (190 Kms by Taxi)