Manimahesh Kailash Yatra By Trek Packages
Delhi –Shimla - Kullu - Manali- Dharamshala - Dalhousie - Amritsar - Delhi
Manimahesh Yatra (Fair) Trek :: The 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. As per local legends, 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 bath in the Manimahesh Lake. Manimahesh is approached from three routes. Pilgrims from Lahaul and Spiti pass through Kugti pass. Pilgrims from Kangra and Mandi take the Karwarsi pass or Jalsu pass via Tyari village, near Holi in Bharmour. The easiest and popular route is from Pathankot / Chamba via Bharmour. The Yatra is popularly known as the 'Manimahesh Yatra'. It is heralded by a procession known locally as “holy chhari” (holy stick carried by the pilgrims on their shoulders) trek undertaken by pilgrims and sadhus.
Pilgrims undertake the holy trek barefoot and cover a distance of 13 kilometres from the nearest road point of Hadsar to the Manimahesh Lake. Lord Shiva is the presiding deity of the yatra. The colorful procession of the “chhari” is accompanied by singing and recitation of hymns in praise of Lord Shiva. The Chhari trek, considered a tough trek, follows a set ancient route with stops at the designated places. To facilitate this trek, pilgrims are provided with facilities of transport (jeeps up to road ends), food and medical facilities and so forth. It is a two-day trek to the lake from Hadsar with a night halt at Dhanchho. Tents are available for hire at Bharmour or Chamba. Ponies are hired by some devotees for the trek. For this holy dip in the Lake many people’s follow 14 Kms trekking route from Bharmour to Manimahesh. But all of devotees are not able to trek this gradual and steep access and miss their dream to take dip in the sacred Manimahesh Lake and glorious glimpse of Manimahesh Kailash.