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Mani Mahesh pilgrimage/ Yatra, Chamba (Himachal Pradesh)
Altitude 3950 m
Total no. of days 8 days
Type of Trek Easy
Total no. of trek days 4 days
Fixed Departure dates Minimum 4 member group, ideal for students
Starting point of trek Hudsar
End point of trek Hudsar
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Location Chart: Delhi - Pathankot - Chamba - Bharmour - Hudsar - Dancho - Mani Mahesh - Dancho Hudsar - Chamba - Khajjair - Pathankot - Chakki Bank - Delhi
Best time to Visit: April and May, September to mid November

This hiking route is equally popular among the trekkers as well as the Hindu pilgrims because of its association with Lord Shiva.

Mani Mahesh Peak is located 35km from Bharmour. It is also called Chamba Kailash. The peak is 5486m above sea level. The pilgrimage to Mani Mahesh is called "Man ka Mahesh" because it provides one with spiritual satisfaction after viewing Mount Kailash and taking a holy dip in the lake. The Mani Mahesh Yatra begins on Krishna Janmashtami and concludes on Radha Ashtami every year.

Itinerary:

Day 1
Delhi (315m) to Pathankot by train over night journey.
Leave Delhi for Pathankot by train.
Pathankot is last broad-gauge railway junction in north India. We can travel on narrow – gauge through small Himalayan train famous as toy train among the tourists.

Note: there are many trains from Delhi to Pathankot. Please check site out: www.indianrail.gov.in

Day 2
Pathankot to Chamba (912m) (118 kms / 3 - 4 hours)

Arrival Chakki bank or Pathankot and after refreshing leave for Chamba by train. Arrival in chamba and check into hotel. Evening is free to explore historical town of chamba. This is historically worth seeing town, which is generally been not covered by the tourist. The Laxmi Narayan temple of Chamba is the masterpiece of Himalayan heritage architecture. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Day 3
Chamba (912m)to Bharmuor(2150m)Hudsar (2280m) (80 kms/ 3-4 hours) Then Trek from Hudsar to Dancho

Note: Hudsar is the starting point of trek.

Leave Chamba for Hudasr by Bharmour. Bharmour is 67 kms from Chamba famous 84 ancient temples. Now we drive Bharmour for hudasr which is the starting point of Mani Mahesh Trek. Trek to Dancho. It takes around 3 hours to reach our first camp site at Dancho. Overnight in Tents.

Day 3
Dancho (2550m) to Mani Mahesh (3950m)
After Refreshing and breakfast, Leave for Gori kund and then to Mani Mahesh lake. Thre are two ways to reach mani Mahesh one is through Bandar ghati and other is way which generally for visitor.

The temple here is one of the most ancient in the hills of Himachal. From Bharmour also starts the trek through Kugti pass to Lahul. Kugi National Forest and Wildlife Sanctuary is located in this area. This remote sanctuary is home to black and brown bears and snow leopards and rare pheasants. Overnight in camps near to this holy lake.

Day 4
Mani Mahesh Lake(3950m) –Dancho(2550m): Same Route
Overnight in Camp

Day 5
Dancho(2550m) Hadsar (2280m) to Chamba.(912m)
Leave dancho for hudasr, drive to Chamba. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Day 6
Chamba (912m) to Khajjair (1938m)
Leave for Khajjiar (also called Mini Switzerland of India) after lunch. Check in at exactly the heart of the great Khajjiar Meadows at Hotel Mini Swiss.

Day 7
Khajjiar (1938m) to Dalhousie (2036m) to Khajjiar
Visit Kalatop wild life sanctuary. And visit Subash bowli dedicated to Neta Ji Subhash Chandra Bose (Indian revolutionary leader), Sat dhara and Panjpulla. Back to Hotel for dinner for overnight stay.

Day 8
Khajjiar-Chakki bank
After Breakfast leave for Chakki Bank. (6-7hrs) reach station for onwards journey to Delhi.

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