Bharmaur is a fascinating hill station perched at an altitude of 2,195mts above sea level affording mystical views of nature’s divine exquisiteness. Bharmaur is situated below the high mountain ranges of Himachal Pradesh in the Chamba district. Bharmaur is also known as Bharmour and it was the ancient capital of the princely state of Chamba till 920A.D. Bharmaur is also popular because its proximity with Manimahesh. Chaurasia is the main ancient temple of Bharmaur reflecting the glorious past of the town. Bharmaur is also known as the Abode of Shiva as there are numerous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in nearby regions. Apples are grown in large amount in the Bharmaur region. Bharmaur is inhabited by Gaddis who reside exclusively on the snowy ranges which divides Chamba from Kangra. Gaddis are semi-nomadic and partial pastoral tribes; they stay at Bharmaur in summers and move to lower areas in winters. Bharmaur is pleasant in summers and the climate is salubrious, but the region receives heavy snowfall during winters. There are many temples in Bharmour which dates back to 8 th century and the continued existence of these sacred shrines reveals about the significant wealth and material possessions of the country. Bharmaur is well connected by motorable roads with major nearby towns. Jeeps, taxis and mini buses are available to Bharmaur.
Location of Bharmaur
Bharmour is situated 65kms from Chamba and 80kms from Dharamshala at an elevation of 2,195mts above. Bharmaur is located in the Chamba district below the high mountain ranges of the Himachal Pradesh. The trek to Manimahesh commences from Hadsar which is just 17kms from Bharmour. Bharmour is well connected by motorable roads with major towns of Himachal Pradesh. Bharmaur is located 17kms before Hadsar and 31kms before Manimahesh.
Places to see in Bharmaur
Chaurasia: Chaurasia Temple is centrally located in the Bharmaur town and it holds immense religious importance. The name of the temple is derived after the 84 shrines built within the periphery of Chaurasia Temple, as Chaurasi is a hindi word for no. 84. The beautiful shikhara of Manimahesh temple dominates the square. A giant statue of Nandi in polished brass stands before the temple. It is believed that when 84 Siddhas were passing through this region to Manimahesh, they fell in love with the calmness if this place and reconciled to meditate here.
Kugti: Kugti is the last inhabited village of Bharmaur and it is situated near Kugti Pass (5,040mts). Kugti is located on an intricate track from Bharmaur to Keylong. Rest house at Kugti widens the scope for night halt. The famous Keylong Wazir Temple is just 2km away from Kugti. The trekking path affords splendid views of coniferous forests and snow laden Himalayas.
Manimahesh Lake: The sanctified water of the Manimahesh Lake is the centermost attraction of the place. Every year thousands of devotees visit this sacred place dedicated to Lord Shiva. A sinner turns into a holy man and a holy man turns holier by taking a dip in the holy water of Manimahesh Lake. Perched at an elevation of 4080mts above sea level Manimahesh Lake offers invigorating view of the reflection of Manimahesh Kailash peak.
Hadsar: Hadsar is a picturesque spot from where the trek of 14km to Manimahesh Lake commences. Hadsar is situated 17kms from Bharmour at an elevation of 2317mts above sea level. Hadsar is the endpoint of the road. Simple accommodation facilities are available at Hadsar. The place is flooded by tourists during Manimahesh Yatra.
Dhanchho: Dhanchho is also written as Dhanchoo. It is the mid-point of the trek to Manimahesh. Dhanchho is perched at an elevation of 2,440mts above sea level at a distance of 24kms from Bharmaur. A 17km drive from Bharmour to Hadsar and then trek of 7km from Hadsar wull lead you to the scenic Dhanchoo. Dhanchho waterfall is perfect place for picnicking.
What to do in Bharmaur
Make a holy trip to the sacred Manimahesh and take a divine bath in the consecrated water of Manimahesh Lake. Visit temples situated in the nearby regions of Bharmaur and capture images of the picturesque locations. Do carry raincoats as weather is unpredictable at such altitudes. Explore the excursions of Bharmaur as they are popular and holds immense importance. Carry light woolens in summers and heavy woolens in winters while a visit to Bharmour. Carry torch and whistle while walking in the woods.
Excursions from Bharmaur
Chamba: Chamba is a picturesque hill station and a district of Himachal Pradesh. Chamba is situated 65kms from Bharmour at an elevation of 996mts 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.
Dalhousie: Dalhousie is not as famous as Darjeeling or Shimla, but a walk down the Malls and the Moti Tibba Hill is an enchanting one. It stands at a height between 1,525 m and 2,378 m and is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, lush green forests of pine, oak and rhododendron. Dalhousie is famous for its colonial type architecture, and beautiful churches. The panoramic view of the Ravi River and the Dauladhar range add to the beauty of the hill station.
Bakrota: Bakrata Hills is a fascinating spot situated in Chamba district at an elevation of 2085mts above sea level. The view of the snow capped peaks of the splendid Himalayan range is captivating from Bakrota. Bakrota is a popular excursion from Dalhousie, Chamba, Khajjiar and Bharmaur.
Khajjiar: It is famous for its placid beauteousness and a 10th century temple dedicated to the Lord of the Snakes. The architecture of Khajjiar represents an appealing mixture of Mughals and Hindu culture. Khajjiar is also known as the Switzerland of Himachal Pradesh as the place offers scenic splendors of nature. There are many short trekking excursions from here leading to destinations with serene and exquisite places. There is a small lake in Khajjiar with green meadows everywhere surrounded by towering trees.
Triund: Triund is a fascinatingly mysterious spot perched at an elevation of 2,827mts above sea level. The trek of 12kms commencing from Mcleodganj is an immortal experience where you get to explore scenic vistas of nature. Triund is situated at the foot of the Dhauladhar Ranges and it is a popular spot for camping and picnicking. The snowline starts just 5km from Triund offering spectacular view of the splendors of nature. Forest Rest House is situated at Triund.
Kala Tope: KalaTope is a popular picnic spot and trekking excursion of Khajjiar perched at an elevation of 2,440mts above sea level. Kala Tope can be reached by a 5km trek on the secluded woody pathway and it is also the adjoining point of several treks. There is a temple on the top of the peak with Goddess Kali as its deity. Kala Top is also famous for its sanctuary which inhabits deer, leopards, wild cat, ibex, monal many endangered species. The views of the splendid Himalayan range are invigorating from Kala Tope. Kala Tope is also sanctified with lush green forests, deodar trees and varied fauna.
Dharamshala: Dharamshala is one of the prime tourist spots of the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is set amidst the lofty snow-capped peaks of Dhauladhar Range, deodar and pine forests, tea gardens, beautiful hills, ancient temples and pagoda shaped monasteries. Today it is best known as the residence of his holiness, the Dalai Lama.
Mcleodganj: Mcleodganj became renowned spot when Tenzin Gyatso, the 14 th Dalai Lama fled to India after the failed uprising in 1959 in Tibet. Mcleodganj is also written as Mac Leodganj and McLeod Gang. This holy site became holier with the presence of Dalai Lama, when Indian Government offered him refuge in Dharamshala. Mcleodgang is often called as little Lhasa and Dhasa. Situated at an elevation of 1775mts above sea level, Mcleodganj is an important learning centre for Tibeten Buddhism. McLeodganj is located just 10kms from the famous tourist destination of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala. Mcleodganj is situated in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, affording panoramic beauty and scenic vistas of nature. Mcleodganj is the end point of the road of the Dharamshala region with numerous monasteries. Mcleodganj is well connected with motorable roads but the railway station and Airports are at a distance.
Accomodations Hotels in Bharmaur
Good Hotels and Lodges are at Bharmaur where tourists enjoy a comfortable stay while a visit to Hadsar and Manimahesh. PWD Rest House and Rajdhani Hotel are the best option to stay at Bharmaur. A few budget hotels in Bharmour are Chamunda Guest House, Krishna Lodge, Sharma Paying Guest House and Shanti Guest house.
Best time to visit Bharmaur
The best time to visit Bharmaur is from May to November as the region receives heavy snowfall during winters. Carry woolens with you as the region remains cold even in summer months. The temperature during winters falls below zero at Bharmour. The Abode of Shiva - Manimahesh is the most popular excursion of Bharmaur. Tourists usually visit this tranquil hamlet from May to November as the trek to Manimahesh Lake remains opened during this period. Monsoon adds charm to the greenery of the region making the green color more vivid.
How to reach Bharmaur
By Air: The nearest airport to Bharmaur is Gaggal Airport situated in Kangra District. Taxis are available to Bharmaur and Hadsar from Gaggal Airport. The distance from Gaggal Airport to Bharmour is 85kms.
By Rail: The nearest broad gauge railhead to Bharmaur is located in Pathankot at a distance of 163kms. The nearest narrow gauge railway station to Bharmaur is situated in Kangra. Kangra Railway Station is situated at a distance of 83kms from Bharmour. Buses and taxis are available to Bharmaur from Pathankot and Kangra.
By Road: Bharmaur is well connected by motorable roads with major towns of Himachal Pradesh like Chamba, Kangra, Dharamshala, Dalhousie etc. Bharmour is situated 65kms from the town of Chamba and 80kms from Dharamshala at an elevation of 2195mts above sea level. Buses and taxis are available to Bharmaur.