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21 October 2017

Chandernahan Trek: A Hidden Paradise in Himachal Pradesh

Intrigued by an Instagram post on Chandernahan trek, our adventurous traveller friend Harish Sharma was fast to elope into the throes of beauty at Chandernahan. With backpacks, a childhood friend and a cooked up story about leaving for a friend’s sister’s wedding to convince his parents,  Harish left home with quite an itch in his feet.


He boarded an HRTC bus from Shimla to Rohru and the journey was filled with bumpy rides, unplanned night stays, the random surprise of a new company, and unknown paths.

After a bus to Rohru, then Rohru to Chirgaon followed with another two-hour journey from Chirgaon to Tagnu village, they commenced walking to a nearby village called Janglikh. That is where they had to start trekking for Chandernahan via Dyara Thach and Litham.


It hadn’t been a smooth journey as it is, with collapsed bridges, long walks, heavy rainfall and unplanned delays. It had already been half-past five in the evening and the villagers recommended that they stay the night there as they can’t reach Dyara Thach the same night. Being the rebels they are, Harish and his entourage started trekking right away and they were glad to have done so as the trek up was lush with greenery and the beautiful landscape enveloped them with magnanimous streams of water flowing down the mammoth mountains. The dense forest with deodar trees and the green meadows were worth the trouble.

Finally, they reached Dyara Thach around 8 pm and set camp with packed paranthas from Chirgaon and a sky full of stars. That’s everything they needed to devour!

After a well-deserved slumber night, they started out early the next day to reach Litham and yet again, everything around left them spellbound. It was no less than the landscapes they see in the movies, except it was even better to experience the cool breeze and the raw beauty of nature, in reality, the trek seemed easy and upon reaching Litham within two hours, they got into a conversation with an amiable Shepherd with interesting stories to tell. He guided them further to reach Chandernahan. That 2 km trek was a steep climb up the mountains and took them about an hour.



Finally, Harish and his friends reached Chandernahan and what they saw from up there can’t be put into words, they say. At an altitude of 4000 metres, they were surrounded with snow in the month of June. Except for beautiful brooks flowing with a delicate magnanimity, there was nothing to touch their own sweet solitude.


There are seven lakes in Chandernahan and mostly, the people of the valley walk on the frozen lakes barefoot and never go beyond three lakes because of a religious belief that all their Gods originated from these lakes. When Harish and his friends went to the frozen lakes, there was nobody to see if they went without shoes but they decided to respect the beliefs and launched into the lakes bare feet.

They were like kids running and chasing each other on the glacier with feet all bare and well, it was indeed fun and adventurous.


By noon that day, they had found and enjoyed all the lakes, breathed in the stupendous view, filled their lungs with air as pure as it gets and finally, decided to head back.


The journey back was as eventful and tiring as before, or even more. But this time these boys were taking back what they had come for. An experience where they followed their heart, treated their eyes with everything heavenly and satisfied their souls.

Words by Aishwarya Choudhary | Photos by Harish Sharma


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16 October 2017

Traveller of the Week : Akhtar Shaikh

Akhtar Shaikh, a simple human being who seeks happiness in the little things in life, loves to see the smiling faces of people when they see him like a twinkle in the children’s eye when he holds their little hands! ‘Connecting with nature, open skies, green boulevards and streams of water, birds chirping, colours of the mountain and the diversity in the culture of this country attracts me’, says the traveller.


A creative thinker, Akhtar loves to ride his Royal Enfield Classic motorcycle and has been an enthusiastic biker for 10 years now. A lover of creative forms of art, music, travelling and riding his motorcycle, he says, ‘I put my mind and soul into exploring new places and meeting new people and witness new culture, their living, food, personalities and all that while I ride to these places’.


Akhtar Shaikh


Riding solo is not only a sense of freedom for the happy traveller, it also helps in self-healing and self-development. Riding has not only been a hobby or a source of transport to move from one place to the other, it has also developed into a passion over time. Riding his 535 cc Royal Enfield Classic changes his interpretation of being a just a biker!


The traveller prefers travelling solo, group travel prevents him from self-reflecting which is vital in improving himself.

Riding solo is not only a sense of freedom for the happy traveller, it also helps in self-healing and self-development. ‘There’s a certain beauty in riding alone and engaging into your possibilities are limitless’, says the rider.


Travelling wasn’t full-time spree, ‘Initially, I used to travel on weekends or 1-2 days for an extended weekend and complete my rides. However, now I am fortunate and have the liberty to plan and travel as much as I can and whenever I can’ adds the solo rider. His family has been an immense source of inspiration and believe in him more than he himself would. A great support system and understanding from the domestic front have actually allowed him to perceive his passion and endure his dreams!


My family has been the most important source of inspiration and their Belief in me is more than myself and in fact that their complete support and understanding has actually allowed me to perceive my passion and endure throughout.


A planned traveller, everything ranging from servicing his bike, finalising the route and booking accommodation is a must. A checklist helps to minimize any breakdown and helps in a hassle-free trip. The traveller does believe impromptu trips to be a challenge for oneself and thrilling as well. Offroading into most of the hilly terrain of Maharashtra, Goa and Bidar come under the spontaneous trip category for Shaikh!


Akhtar has covered Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Telangana, Goa, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Kerala.

Topmost locations worth every traveller’s while according to Akhtar are Leh, Spiti, Jammu, Rann of Kutch, Uttarakhand, Old Goa and Rajasthan.



The motorcycle traveller also directs in investing in a riding jacket if one’s a rider or a nice weatherproof jacket to keep oneself warm and cosy along with cash, camping equipment including a tent, good sleeping bag, water bottle, outdoor chair, a stove, kettle and maggi. Not to forget a good mobile phone for photography and videos, a GoPro or DSLR will do too!


‘Never ever give up and keep trying’ advises the rider! A lesson he has learnt during years of motorcycle trips, he also believes ‘Happiness is only real when it is shared’, a very famous quote by Christopher McCandless.

Words by Harpreet
Images by ©Akhtar Shaikh


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27 February 2017

Traveller of the Week : Ravinder Singh

Meet Ravinder Singh, once a lawyer who devoted his time to working for NGOs in the past is now a full-time traveller. The 29-year-old travels the country without money, his first trip being around 12 years back when he drove from Delhi to Mussoorie on his birthday in a Maruti 800. He loved the air and the people, the excitement behind travelling motivated him to travel even more says Ravinder. His mother initially being hesitant behind the whole idea now understands and accommodates his being.

Ravinder Singh


Ravinder travels solo and also with friends. A spontaneous traveller by heart, Singh chooses to plan his travels well in advance for his photography shots.

He also loves making people, he says ‘I’ve always believed people make places so when I meet them I can see where they are coming from and you can learn so much from them’.

To our amazement, Ravinder has visited every state in the homeland! He says he never travelled abroad because he wanted to see India first. Ticking off all the states on his bucket list, he now plans to travel to Nepal and Bhutan by walking.

Lok Tak Lake, Pangong Tso, Pondicherry, Goa and Jaisalmer make on top of his 5 must visit locations’ list!




The wanderlust soul advises to carry a sleeping bag, camera (any camera for that matter), a good pair of slippers, a sturdy backpack and a good pair of earphones for travelling and staying outdoors.

One lesson Singh has learnt from his travelling expeditions is to not panic and to stay stress-free. Some things are out of control says Ravinder, he has experienced an earthquake in Manipur and was also stuck in Chennai flood. He has also spent days with the Maharashtra drought affected farmers.

The vagabond’s stories don’t end here, he has also been invited by the Tripura’s royal family for dinner when his roommate along with a girl who joined them for dosa, posted a selfie on facebook regarding Ravinder’s moneyless travels. The girl happened to be the sister of the inviter!


Images by ©Ravinder Singh


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6 February 2017

Traveller of the Week : Radhika Sharma

Meet Radhika Sharma, a 23-year-old commerce graduate from Delhi University and our ‘Traveller of the Week’. Radhika was born in Amritsar but brought up in Delhi and now works as a Business Analyst. She likes investing money in her travels rather than saving in bank accounts. All in all, she has taken 16 trips in the year ‘2016’ out of which one was a solo trip and the other one was her very first international trip.

Radhika Sharma



Inspiro India: What motivated you to travel and tell us about your first trip?

– I’m from a family which worries a lot about their girls. Hence, half of my life was spent within the four walls of the room, with them I worried about it too.

Until I decided to step out with my friends on the New Years of 2015 to Corbett. I remember it was early in the morning and extremely cold, we took a jeep to spot tigers, our expectations were set but chances were we might not be able to see even a single tiger except deers and monkeys, but to our luck we spotted dancing elephants, four tigers in a row and a perfect surrounding due to mist. This is how it all began.

Inspiro India: How do you prefer to travel, solo or group?

– Nothing specific as such, if I have my friends or family to tag along they join me, else I plan to travel solo. I have done extensive travelling with my best friend. She stays in Hyderabad. So when I visit her we travel around Southern India and when she comes back to Delhi, we travel the North.


Kedarkantha Trek


Inspiro India: Are you a full-time traveller? If yes, did you face any problems in terms of travelling or even with family?

– Well, I don’t know if travelling every weekend counts as a full time travelling. In September, I went on a back-to-back trip for three weeks. The challenges I usually face are extreme tiredness which was accompanied by the evil eyes of my parents. Although they do support me in the end because they’ve seen how happy I am when I travel.


Inspiro India: Are you a planned traveller or more into spontaneous trips?

– Both I would say since I am a budget planner, I try to find the cheapest possible accommodations and commute. But last year, I remember travelling to Mussorie without any gadgets or backpack or cash (due to demonetization). I had my cell phone and power bank and no plans or idea of where to go.


Kedarkantha Trek
Cameron Highlands, Malaysia


Inspiro India: How many states have you covered in India? Any International trips you’d like to mention?

– Last year was my very first International trip I took to Malaysia. It’s a really beautiful country with amazing people. This year I plan to go to Indonesia (booked), Italy (booked) and Bhutan.

As far as the states of India, I have covered fourteen states spread across North, South, East and West.


Inspiro India: 5 must visit destinations to travel according to you and why?

– 1   Sikkim: This will always stay close to my heart as this was my first Solo travel. Sikkim is so beautiful and peaceful. I went to Zuluk which is again close to my heart because of its serenity especially the Zig-Zag route. You would not get any networks here and no hotels, only homestays.

2   Horsley Hills: Horsley Hills a small, not so famous place with viewpoints. the view is breathtaking. The wind blows at these viewpoints all the time.

3    Kedarkantha: This was my first Summit and first snow experiences where the temperature dropped down to -7 degrees celsius. We camped in snow, set bonfire, ate maggie noodles and sledged in the snow. It was amazing.

4   Triund: Triund is another place close to my heart. There were shooting stars and galaxies and camping and amazing sunset and even more beautiful sunrise.

5   Kasauli Hills: Kasauli is a really quite place and the best attraction here is Gilbert’s Trail where the sun appears all orange and disappears all at once.


Udaipur, Rajasthan

Kasol, Parvati Valley


Inspiro India: 5 must haves for travelling and stay outdoors?

–  1   Power Bank

2   Cash (Many places do not have ATMs. Some ATMs run out of money or might be out of order.)

3   Water

4   Cellphone

5   Hand Sanitizer


Inspiro India: What do you enjoy most when travelling?

– It will definitely be the nature and escape from the city life. The cherry on the cake in travelling is meeting amazing and kind people. I feel so happy when someone in an unknown place helps you out of kindness. This is the most surreal and beautiful thing.


Prashar Lake, Himachal

Prashar Lake, Himachal


Inspiro India: One life lesson you learned from travelling?

– Honestly, I haven’t pondered over it but I believe what we see and learn from our 9 to 5 jobs and getting accustomed to a routine or limiting our horizons will never be bigger than the life experiences someone gains through travel. You realise how limited you have kept yourself and in what conditions you have lived your life till now. You discover a bit of yourself, you realise your weaknesses and strengths, your bonds with other people grows, you become more confident and after all this, you realise, that the small petty issues of life are not really issues, in the end, life is bigger than that.



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28 March 2016

Living Double Decker Root bridge by Asutosh Kashyap

During the midst of the year 2014, I went through the episodes of NatGeo Covershot, there was a task at the double Decker root bridge and according to the words of the contestants that task proved to be one of the toughest trekking task they have ever went through. So those verses stroke my mind to visit that natural phenomena ( the living bridge) . I waited for my exams to get over, and thus it ended and my urge was more to go for that tough route. I was very confident. It was a working day, I started my journey early morning, my driver said it’s a four hours journey surpassing the capital of Meghalaya. We went off towards my destination with music and negotiations with the driver, his experiences in driving and places he visited. I got to know that he was a driver at our Honorable Chief Minister’s Vehicle. We continued, the journey was pleasant because of the weather and the safe drive way roads and I would like to mention the beautiful natural beauty that we passed by. And by mid-day we reached Cherrapunjji.






The place is beautiful, very beautiful indeed. Now ,there, we have faced a problem. It was the time tourist come across from all over the world and we were into a situation where we were out of hospitality and even food. We weren’t familiar to their environment. For another 3 hours we searched for a place to stay. We only got luxurious hotels costing 6000 bucks in Indian currency for only a day. We thought of sleeping inside the car. But while returning to a safe place for parking car we found a lodge, it seemed to be a normal lodge. I had asked a 2 bedded seat, and it costed me a 1000 bucks for a day, and I paid the bill, and at last I could take sigh of relief. We ate our dinner with two bottles of beer and some chicken wings. And the day ended with early night sleep. The very next day we were prepared, we started our journey at 5 o’clock in the early morning. The journey to the bridge in the car was very tricky, the route was pretty stiff and very dangerous on the hills of Khasi and Jaintia Hills. The environment was humid and comparatively colder. We had to put our car on top of the hill and we needed to walk downstream on the khasi hills towards jaintia Hills. The walking journey was totally on foot for atleast 5 kilometers. After few rounds on the khasi hills we reached the actual route towards Living root bridge, and the only way to reach there was to go through slippery steps






But my confidence was much more than my phobia. I was dressed very casually and carried my camera, with some equipments and my wallet and my phone inside a small hand bag. I was walking and walking alone on the woods of khasi hills, and I could figure out lot of reptiles, amphibians, birds, etc during my walk through those slippery steps. And I was walking and walking, and world was not coming to an end. I climbed on a rope bridge, and again I was walking ahead with lot of water I consumed as I was exhausted walking for 3 hours. At one point, I was at the side of the khasi hills, I could see the jaintia hills on the other part and with the tiny water flow I figured out the root bridge and I was shocked and was totally petrified if i would be able to make it? Or this is my very last journey. With all these thoughts, I continued walking again. I reached an end where two rope bridges were in front of me and there I surrendered. I was exhausted and my whole body was in pain and sweating like my morning bath. I sat on a rock and was literally sleeping, then after some passing minutes, a short man with a dagger wearing very less clothes came from those rocks. I got real scared and the big knife frightened me more. I was shivering, he came towards me and spoke something in khasi and he mentioned root bridge, I directly said Yes! Without a thought in my mind, he waved me to follow him to the direction, I followed him but still I was little afraid. And after more than one and a half hour journey I reached my destination, and trust me this was triumphant. I took some shots and had a bath in the stream beneath the bridge.


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There, I negotiated with two foreigners – one from Australia and the other one from England. The village where it was located was Tyma Village. The people were very friendly but they didn’t know English or Hindi, they just knew Khasi. After some negotiation, I packed myself to get back to my car, the same journey repeated again and this time it was tougher as it was upstream, spreading all my energy on my feet.I walked along. At last, I came to my car and counted the steps, it was like 8000 steps in one way and like 4.64 kilometre into the woods . It was real exhausting, The bridge was made up from a rubber tree roots Ficus elastic. And ,thus,I returned to my home with memories.

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Trek to Spirituality : Manimahesh, Chamba, Himachal Pradesh | Inspiro India

“I and one of my friends planned to do the Manimahesh Trek in the time of the famous sacred Manimahesh Yatra. We started from Pathankot. We preferred public transport because the distance was large and we had an idea of how tired we would be on the way back after the trek, so driving on our own was not an easy option. We boarded a bus from Pathankot at around 12 midnight. We reached Chamba in the morning at around 5 am. Then, we boarded another bus from Chamba for Bharmour and reached there at around 11am. It took us around 3 hours from Chamba to  Bharmour.  Then we decided to stay at Bharmour for the day.


01Manimahesh Kailash Peak

It is believed by the local crowd that if one is going to Manimahesh Trek, one must do the Brahmani Devi trek first and take a spiritual bath in the water in the temperature of around  -degree Celsius. It is said that one’s Yatra to Manimahesh stays incomplete if one does not take this spiritual bath. So, we first decided to visit Brahmani Devi  and take the spiritual bath. It is a very beautiful trek covered by apple trees on both sides and surrounded by mesmerizing landscapes. The trek was quite easy. On the peak is the temple of Brahmani Devi . Before going to the temple, one has to take the spiritual bath. We reached the peak at around 7 pm. When we attempted a dip in the water body there, we realized it was not going to be easy. The water was chilling cold and cold winds were blowing. The water body was 4.5 feet deep. It took us around 15-20 minutes to take the bath and we were ready to go to the temple. We took ‘Prasad’ and started for Bharmour again. By the time we started our walk back, it was all dark around. We reached Bharmour in few hours and stayed at ‘Churasi’- the temple of 84 ‘Devtas’.

Next day, in the morning at 10 am, we started from Bharmour. We reached Hadsar at around 11am. We stopped there for breakfast. Hadsar is actually the place from where the Yatra begins. We went through the checking process there and then finally, we began our Yatra. Without taking a pause, we walked for around first 1.5 hours. The trek was quite steep right from the beginning. We stopped at a place after 1.5 hours to take a break. There was a beautiful river flowing nearby. So I decided to stop and take some shots there. After I was done with my captures, we started again. At a distance of about 3 km was Danccho. There is a beautiful waterfall at Danccho. Since I love photography, this place was a true treat for me. It is believed in Hindu mythology that when BhasmaSur was following Lord Shiva to attack him, Lord Shiva took shelter there. We stopped here and took a cup of tea. Immediately after having tea, we started again. Then we reached Sundrasi.  On our way, we met many people who crossed us and some of them whom we crossed. All this while, my Camera was at work. The nature was simply at its best. By this time, it had started raining. So we stopped for a while and because of the rain, we had to take a pause of around 45 minutes. This is, basically, the point after which even on a sunny day one starts feeling cold, so, one must carry jackets or sweaters or warmers.  Now next, we were supposed to cross a glacier. This path is totally covered with snow and you have to walk through it. We crossed it. The Sun was setting. The entire view was picturesque. All this while, I was trying to encapsulate whatever was around. Our next destination was Gauri Kund. If Hindu mythology is to be believed, only girls can go and take bath at Gauri Kund. We spent the night there in a tent. We brought a tent for Rs. 400/- . It is advisable to carry one’s own sleeping bags there because the weather is chilling cold there.






05View of Bharmour from Brahmani Devi



Due to the weather, my friend preferred going and resting inside the tent where as I was more interested in spending time in nature and taking some shots. I came out of the tent and took some shots including first shots of the galaxy. This is the point from where you can actually see half of the view of Kailash. I took pictures from around 8pm to 9:30 pm. There are few shops here at this point but the price of the commodities is comparatively high. After taking few more shots, we had dinner and we preferred sleeping early due the weather being cold and the other reason being we had to get up early in the morning. We actually had to club 6 blankets together in order to beat the cold weather and even after that we were quite chilled. The good shot here is that Himachal Pradesh Govt. has made all the arrangements of toilets. It was completely comfortable staying here.  Also, there is no problem of water even at this height, all because of the successful efforts of Himachal Pradesh Govt. The next morning we woke up at 7am, we freshened up and got ready to continue the trek. From here, we saw two ways going to different destinations one of which we came to know goes to Dal Lake and the other one goes to Kamal Kund. Here, at this point, it becomes little tough to breathe. One must take frequent rest periods after this point. The trek goes on to be steeper. This point is above 12,000 feet where we find more of wild vegetation and it is advisable not to touch the vegetation here. The good thing is that the medical help is quite frequent and effective during the Yatra.  We, then, proceeded towards Kamal Kund. The way becomes steeper. The water there was quite less. It is believed that one must neither take bath there nor should speak any bad words here. Here, at this point, one feels like one is actually sitting in the feet of Lord Shiva. From here, one can easily see the Ariel view of Dal Lake. Between Dal Lake and Kamal Kund is a river. Two ways to reach Dal Lake from Kamal Kund is to cross the river and the other is to go back the same way back till Gauri Kund and then trek up 2.5 km more to Dal Lake. We came back to Gauri Kund and then walked towards Dal Lake. The sky was clear. We could see it clear. It is believed that blessed are the beings who can see the clear view of Kailash. All through this, we kept clicking lost of pictures. The trek from Gauri Kund to Dal Lake is again steep. Vegetation is very less.  After walking for 2.5km, we reached Dal Lake 14,500 feet at around 2:30pm where we saw lots of shops by local people. We took a water bottle there. We, then, took the sacred bath there. It is the most essential part of the Yatra, from the spiritual point of view. It is important to note that during the time of the Yatra, Police Men and medical help is quite active here. Then we took round of the lake again and then started enveloping the beauty around with my Camera. We, suddenly, saw many people coming from one side from there. When asked, we came to know that they were coming walking all the way from Baijnath, Himachal Pradesh.


07Milkyway as seen from Gauri Kund, Manimahesh
08Glacier, Manimahesh Trek
09Danccho, Manimahesh Trek



Well, then we stopped there. It was quite soothing here because there was sunlight and warmth around and it was a delight to stand in the sun after the cold bath. But, the evening was all rainy and foggy. The visibility was only 400metres. My friend had to leave after this because of a prior commitment. He left for home and I stayed back. I slept a little early and woke up at 2 am. At this point, the weather was clear and the surroundings were beautiful. I woke up and I realized that the weather was very cold and chilly again. But, I had decided to take pictures. So I freshened up and geared myself up myself. I started walking towards Kamal Kund again, but later due to the suspicion of Leopards and other wild animals, I decided to stop and wait. In the morning at around 5 am, I started for Kamal Kund. I took lots of pictures with starts, sky and the beauty around. At around 6:30, the sky was clear. I just turned back and looked at the sky and I was amazed to see a Mani in the sky. I was astonished to see it. I had heard people saying that it is the Mani which shines on the head of the SheshNag of Lord Shiva. I was spell bound and excited at the same time.  This is why it is called MANI MAHESH. By this time, some people came up the same path who asked me the way to Kmala Kund. They belonged to Kashmir. I told them the way and they went. This place gifted me some really beautifu lpictures. Now, in order to save up on the time I went through the river, the shorter way. I put my best to save my shoes and clothes from getting wet but I simply could not. I reached Dal Lake and captured the first Sunrise. It was beautiful beyond words. It is rightly said, “Whatever man keeps making, God will always be the best creator.” When the Sun was finally completely out, I took bath. This spiritual bath is called ‘Chotta Nahaun.’  I took the spiritual dips and trust me, it fell amazing.


11View from Kamal Kund
12View of Dal Lake from Kamal Kund
13Kailash Manimahesh & Dal Lake
14Kamal Kund

As they say,

“Best of the feelings in the world cannot be put in words.”

After the bath, I decided to start my way back. Having no option, I had to wear wet socks and wet clothes. By this time, I was really hungry. I ate some food there and sat at a spot for a while because the warmth of the Sun there was really soothing. It is advisable to take food before one walks down. I even saw a person faint there because of weakness. I started my way back and by the time I reached Gauri Kund, I had taken lots of pictures. Walking from Gauri Kund, I realized that walking back was quite easy. It took less effort and was less tiresome. I took some shortcuts on my back.  Then, I stopped after a while near the water fall, took rest and took some shots.When I reached Hadsar, I took a taxi for Bharmour and then I took a bus for Chamba.

This travel experience was the most pleasing I have ever had.”


Geographic Location

Chamba District, Himachal Pradesh, India


Instant facts

1. Manimahesh Kailash has not been successfully summitted by mountaineers and is a virgin peak.

2. An attempt to climb the peak in 1968 by an Indo-Japanese team led by Nandini Patel was aborted. This failure is attributed to the divine prowess of the peak since it is revered as the holy mountain of Chamba according to the staunch devotees of the Manimahesh Lake and the peak.

3. It is believed that Lord Shiva created Manimahesh after he married Goddess Parvati who is worshipped as Mata Girja.

4. Devotees believe that that they can view the peak only if the Lord wishes so. Bad weather covering the peak with clouds is also explained as displeasure of the Lord.

5. The snow field at the base of the mountain is called by the local people as Shiva’s Chaugan (play field).


Where to Eat?

The trek, if done in the ‘Yatra’ season (from Janamashtmi to Radhashtmi), witnesses a lot of Lord Shiva followers putting up Langars for the people. One can easily eat there. But once the Yatra is over, it is advisable to carry food material with oneself.


How tough it is to trek?

The level of difficulty in the trek is Moderate. If one does it with normal speed, it takes around 7-8 hours to complete the trek. It is advisable to take a carry stick with oneself. And essentially, one must carry nutritional bars, energy drinks and water. Also, private helicopters are available to reach the top whose price goes in thousands.


Local Crowd

The local crowd is hugely supportive and leaves no stone unturned in helping a traveller find the way.


At Manimahesh, for an Art/Photography Lover

Manimahesh is a paradise for Art and Photography lovers. Nature walks with you, step by step. Beautiful River flows from the glacier. An artist who loves live sketching will spend beautiful time there. Nature, here, is at its best and there is a huge scope for Landscape Photography.