Manimahesh Yatra is pilgrimage to Manimahesh Lake (4115m) situated at the base of Manimahesh Kailash Peak. Manimahesh Yatra is just like mount Kailash yatra or Lake Manasarovar Yatra for pilgrimage to lord Shiva.
It is believed that Manimahesh is home of Lord Shiva and taking bath in Manimahesh Lake would wash all the past sins. Manimahesh Lake is at a distance of 26 km (13km by taxi and 13km by trek) from Bharmour.
Many pligrims, who visit Manimahesh every year and locals often cover this distance Bharmour to Manimahesh in one day. People start visiting Manimahesh from May onwards and keep on visiting Manimahesh until end of October. Every year more than half a million people visit manimahesh lake to take holy bath and to see Manimahesh Kailash. Manimahesh Kailash Peak is believed to be home of Lord Shiva. Manimahesh yatra is not considered complete without visit to Bharmani devi temple which is at a distance of 4 km from Bharmour. It is believed that it is necessary to take bath in Bharmani Devi pool to complete Manimahesh Yatra. Manimahesh lake and peak are considered sacred and it is said that no one has been able to climb to the Manimahesh Kailash Peak. People point out rock projections, human-like in appearance, and say that one is of a hermit and other of a shepherd, frozen stiff during their futile effort to reach the top. A fair is held at Bharmour in August every year, providing a rare occasion to see and study the customs and rituals of the local people.
Traditionally maniamehsh yatra was held from Janamashtami to Radhashtami every year. However since the formation of Manimahesh Yatra Trust in 2015 officials started mulling over increasing the period of Manimahesh Yatra so more people can visit holy Lake.
For this reason Manimahesh trust increased the period of Manimahesh Yatra 2016 to one month from 12th August to 12th Septemeber.
In 2017 Manimahesh trust was thinking of increasing the period of Yatra for two months. If any information is not updated here then official period of Manimahesh Yatra would be from Janamashtami to Radhashtami.
We start our trek packages from June and our Manimahesh Yatra trek packages are availavle from June to October. Groups or people interested in Manimahesh Yatra trek Pakcages can contact us at the email address and phone number given on the top of the page.
Janamashtami 2017 is on Monday,14 August
Radhaashtami 2017 is on Tuesday, 29 August
Many devotees of Lord Shiva start visiting Manimahesh From May onwards and keep on visiting Manimahesh until end of October. Few pilgrims or trekking enthusiasts also visit Manimahesh Lake in month of April and in November. In April there is lot of snow at Manimahesh Lake and in November there are chances of heavy snowfall at Manimahesh. Period of June to October is very good for Manimahesh Yatra.
Manimahesh Yatra Registration
Manimahesh Yatra registration is compulsory in 2017. If you are taking any trek package from us then we will handle the registration formalities.
Manimahesh Kailash Yatra trek Packages
MKYT – 1. 3N/4D Manimahesh Kailash Yatra Trek Package from Bharmour to Bharmour
Day – 1 Reception at Bharmour
Day – 2 Bharmour – Bharmani Mata Temple – Dhancho (25 Kms by Taxi and 7Km Trek)
Day – 3 Dhancho – Manimahesh Lake – Hadsar – Bharmour (20 Km Trek and 13 Km by Taxi)
Day – 4 Departure from Bharmour (After Breakfast)
MKYT – 2. 4N/5D Manimahesh Kailash Yatra Trek Package from Bharmour to Bharmour
Day – 1 Reception at Bharmour
Day – 2 Bharmour – Bharmani Mata Temple – Bharmour (6Km by taxi) and same Day Bharmour – Hadsar – Dhancho (13 Kms by Taxi and 6Km Trek)
Day – 3 Dhancho – Manimahesh Lake (7 Kms Trek)
Day – 4 Manimahesh Lake – Hadsar – Bharmour (13Km Trek and13Km by Taxi)
Day – 5 Departure from Bharmour (After Breakfast)
How to Reach Manimahesh
Bharmour is last town before Manimahesh. Manimahesh is at a distance of 26 km from Bharmour out of which 13km is by taxi and 13km by trek. Bharmour is well connected by roads from various tourist destinations but nearest Railway station is 180km far. Nearest railway station is Pathankot Cantt railway station which was named as Chakki Bank railway station earlier.
Reach Manimahesh by rail - Nearest Railway Station is Pathankot Cantt Railway station (180km from Bharmour)
Reach Manimahesh by Bus - Buses are available from Pathankot (180km from Bharmour), Dharamshala (230km from Bharmour), Dalhousie (102km from Bharmour) and Chamba (60km from Bharmour)
Reach Manimahesh by taxi - Taxi to Bharmour can be taken from Delhi, Amritsar, Jammu, Pathankot or various destinations for Himachal Pradesh. In fact you can take taxi to Bharmour from any destination.
More details on how to reach Manimahesh can be found here
Pathankot to Bharmour Bus timings
There is only one direct Bus from Pathankot to Bharmour. It departs at 8:30 AM from Pathankot and arrives at 5:00 PM at Bhatmour
How to Reach Manimahesh from New Delhi
If you would like to reach Manimahesh from Delhi then there are three buses from New Delhi to Chamba. Bus timing will be updated soon...
You can also come by night train to Pathankot from Delhi and then take morning bus from Pathankot to Bharmour, Spend the night at Bharmour and go to Manimahesh in the morning. Route map of Manimahesh from Bharmour is explained in the infographic here,
Taxi fares for Manimahesh Yatra
Manimahesh Yatra by Helicopter 2017
Manimahesh Yatra by helicopter will be held from 15th August 2017 to 30th August, 2017.
We don't deal with Manimahesh Yatra by helicopter hence please don't call us for any information on Manimahesh Yatra by helicopter.
You can find the basic information about Manimahesh Yatra by helicopter here