Places to Visit in ManiMahesh

Apart from the ManiMahesh yatra, there are many places to visit while your trip to ManiMahesh. The following are a few nearby places

Bharmaur
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Bharmaur is a beautiful hill station at an altitude of 2195 m in Chamba district, Himachal Pradesh.

Bharmaur is known for very old archaeological temples. All these temples stand on a level area, which is called the Chaurasi after the 84 Siddhas who are believed to have meditated in Bharmaur over 1000 years ago. The oldest temples in the complex are those of Lakshna Devi and Ganesh. Both these temples are made in the hill style with gable roofs and rubble masonry.

The area around Bharmour is regarded as belonging to Shiva and is sometimes called Shiv-Bhumi. Being the home of nomadic shepherds Gaddies, it is also called Gadderan.

Bharmaur is surrounded by high ranges, and delicious apples are grown here in abundance. The best period to visit Bharmour is between July and September. PWD rest houses, lodges, and hotels for accommodation can be easily found here for tourists.


Bharmani Devi
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Bharmani Devi, is the patron Goddess of Bharmaur and is located 4 km from Bharmaur, on a ridgeamong the forest and has a fascinating view of Budhal valley. According to a legend, Goddess was residing in the Bharmaur Chaurasi, before the advent of pilgrims. When Lord Shiva first appear in Bharmaur, the Goddess shifted her seat to the hill top known as Bharmani. Lord Shiva granted a boon to Bharmani Devi that all persons intending to go on pilgrimage to ManiMahesh must have a dip in Bharmani pool. Failing this, their pilgrimage would not be acceptable to Lord Shiva. Since then, it is a ritual to visit Bharmani Devi, before the journey to ManiMahesh.

 

Bharmani Devi temple
Visit to this temple is a must before the Mani Mahesh Pilgrimage

 

View of the Bharmani Devi trekk

 


Chhatrari
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The Shakti Devi temple in Bharmour is of great archaeological importance. This place is 40 km away from Bharmour and 45-km from Chamba via road. Situated at a height of 6,000 feet, it is famous for its remarkable hill-style temple of Shakti Devi. The outer walls of the sanctum are covered with frescoes, which are of recent origin and represent scenes from Purans. The village is inhabited mostly by the Gaddis who are semi-pastoral lot, engaged in rearing of sheep and goats.

Near the Shakti Devi temple is the temple of Gauri Shankar. The work can be attributed to the 10th century AD, which indicates a long period of sculptural activity in the region.

Chamba
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Chamba is a picturesque hill station and a district of Himachal Pradesh. Chamba is situated 582 km from Delhi at an elevation of 996 mt above sea level. The town of Chamba is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Himachal Pradesh and adjoining states. Chamba is famous for its ancient heritage, temples, culture, and handicrafts. Chamba is a land of mystical tranquility, invigorating vistas of nature, salubrious weather, lofty mountains passes, revitalizing atmosphere, and placid environment. Chamba is flooded by tourists throughout the year because of the popular tourist destinations like Dalhousie, Khajjiar, Manimahesh, etc. Chamba is also famous for Minjar fair held in August.


Dalhousie
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Dalhousie is built on and around five hills. Located on the western edge of the Dhauladhar mountain range of the Himalayas, it is surrounded by the beautiful scenery of snow-capped peaks. Dalhousie is situated at 6000-9000 feet above sea level. Scottish and Victorian architecture is prevalent in the old bungalows and churches in the town. There are a number of beautiful locations in the close vicinity of Dalhousie. Kalatope, located 8 km from Dalhousie, offers a fabulous view of the surroundings. Panchpulla, or the five bridges, is an idyllic picnic spot. Satdhara is known for its mineral water. Dainkund is also known as singing hill. Different sounds are produced when wind passes through the forests of the Dainkund.

Khajjiar
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It is famous for its scenic beauty and a 10th century temple dedicated to the Lord of snakes. The 12th century Khajinag temple, also known as the Golden Devi temple, is a shrine dedicated to the local goddess. It has a golden dome and spire. The architecture of Khajjiar represents an appealing mixture of Mughals and Hindu culture. There are many treks from here leading to destinations with serene and beautiful places. There is also a small lake in Khajjiar with greenery everywhere surrounded by beautiful tall trees. Khajjiar is also known as the mini Switzerland of Himachal Pradesh as the place offers scenic beauty of nature.