Manimahesh Lake is situated at 27 Kms from Bharmour at the foot of Manimahesh Kailash. Lord Shiva is believed to reside on this snow-covered mountain. The lake and peak are considered sacred and a fair called as 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 each and every year. 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. Providing a rare occasion to see and study the customs and rituals of the local people. And the glorious view of Manimahesh Kailash touches the hearts of visitor in the morning and at the time of sun rising.Regarding Manimahesh Kailash it is said that no one has been able to climb t o the peak. Local legends clarifying that people point out rock projections, human-like in appearance, and say that one is of a hermit, the other of a shepherd, frozen stiff during their futile effort to reach the top. Many holy places come in the way to Manimahesh, at the distance of 6 km from Hadsar, a Dhancho famous for water fall and after 5km from Dhancho Gourikund come. Gauri is another name of Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva. A dip in this lake is considered sacred because it is believed that Parvati used to bath in this lake. About one kilometer ahead is the Shiva Kalotri spring-said to have its source in Lord Shiva’s feet. After a short run reaches the Manimahesh Lake in this shallow circular lake gives it an enchantingappearance. A roofless temple, conspicuous with many iron trinkets, is seen on the opposite side. As per legends it is necessary to take bath in Brahmani’s pool before Manimahesh Lake. To get the glimpse of Mani dharashan dont miss this sacred visit.Manimahesh Yatra can be done by trek or by Helicopter. Anna Adventures & Tours has design following special packages for devotees of lord Shiva.
Reception at Pathankot and drive to Dalhousie (80 Kms by Taxi)
Dalhousie – Kalatop – Khajiyar – Bharmour (110 Kms by Taxi)
Bharmour – Bharmani Mata Temple – Bharmour (6Km Trek)
Bharmour – Hadsar – Dhancho (14 Kms by Taxi & 6Km Trek)
Dhancho – Manimahesh Lake (7 Kms Trek)
Manimahesh Lake – Hadsar – Bharmour (14Km Trek & 14 Kms by Taxi)
Bharmour – Chamba – Pathankot (190 Kms by Taxi)