How to Reach

 

The trip to ManiMahesh can be taken by a bus, train, or by air route. The following is the route from Delhi to ManiMahesh:

1. By Bus
From ISBT, you can take a bus to Chamba. From Chamba, you have to go to Hadsar village via Bharmour. Hadsar is around 81 km away from Chamba. From Chamba to Bharmour, you take a bus, and from Bharmour to Hadsar, you will get small vehicles like a jeep or a taxi.

2. By Train
From Delhi, you can take a train up to Pathankot(the nearest railway station), Punjab. From Pathankot, you can take a bus to Chamba, and then follow the same route described above. From Pathakot, it is an estimated 6 hr drive to Bharmour via Chamba. Bharmour is the town nearest to Manimahesh where you can find proper accommodation for the night.

3. By Air
Nearest airport is at Gaggal in Kangra which is around 170 kms from Chamba. From there you can take bus/taxi to Chamba and follow the route described above.

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Hadsar is the base village from where the trek to ManiMahesh lake starts. The rest of the path is to be covered on foot, about 15 km of steep climb by the banks of ManiMahesh Ganga, which originates from the ManiMahesh Kailash peak. After reaching to Hadsar village, it’s better to start your journey afresh next morning. The first stoppage Dhancho is 6 km away, which usually takes 5-6 hours. You can stay in Dhancho or can go same day to ManiMahesh. Before ManiMahesh lake, which is also known as Shiv Kund, there is Gauri Kund located 1.5 km before Shivkund. The belief is that Lord Shiva used to take bath in Shivkund and goddess Gauri used to take bath in Gauri Kund. Women usually take a dip in Gauri kund.

During the annual pilgrimage in August-September, numerous night shelters and eateries are present along the trekking route. Night shelters are also available at the village Dhancho, about 6 km from Hadsar on the way to ManiMahesh, round the year.

As ManiMahesh yatra is a state fest, accommodation is easily available. There are several sewa camps hosted by sewaks from Punjab (especially from Patiala, Amritsar, and Muktsar) and from all over India. These sewaks provide you with tented accommodations and free langar. These tented accommodations are provided both at Gauri Kund and ManiMahesh lake. Sleeping bags, tents, and quilts are provided for a very cheap price. It feels so pure and blessed that everything is provided for free by these sewaks who are doing this sewa in the name of Lord Shiva.