Around an hour’s drive from Chamba lies Bharmour. It was earlier known as Brahmpur based on the belief that Lord Shiva used to reside at Mount Kailash which lies in this region. Bharmour is surrounded by high lush green mountains and seems to be a nature lover’s paradise.
Mesmerising natural beauty
Bharmour is famous for its majestic mountain views. The beautiful large green meadows are a pleasing sight to look at. The foothills are filled with orchards and terraced farmlands. Although roads are difficult to traverse by vehicles, trekking is a good way to explore the beauty of the region.
The Spiritual Connect
Bharmour provides not just beauty for your senses but also peace to your souls. The numerous temples and other places of religious significance in the region connect you to your spiritual self once again.
It is a complex of temples that were built around 1400 years ago. It is named so because there are 84 shrines in the periphery of the complex most of which house Shivlingas. The prominent among these are Lakshana Devi Temple, Manimahesh Temple, Narsingh Temple, Lord Nundi Temple and also a Ganesh Temple.
Brahmani Devi Temple
This place of religious significance is situated on a hill top around 4 km from Bharmour. It is a beautiful trek upward and views from the hill top are magnificent.
You could drive up for an hour to reach the end of the road at Hadsar from where you have to trek for around 4 hours to reach the lake. Manimahesh is an important destination for Shiva devotees and the lake is considered as second only to Lake Mansarovar in religious significance. Helicopter tours take place for pilgrims in the period of August-September.
It is also believed that moon rays reflected from the manis on Lord Shiva’s crown are clearly visible on full moon nights and is an interesting sight.
Weather is cool and pleasant mostly. Summers may get slightly hot and may reach 35 degrees occasionally. However, December and January are extremely cold with mercury dipping to minus 10 degrees at times. You could even expect snowfall in these months.
It is best to explore Bharmour on a visit to the nearby and the more popular Chamba. Adding another day to your itinerary could mean experiencing breathtaking beauty and tranquility close to nature but away from the crowds. You could even plan a day visit from Chamba as the distance is not too much. For accommodation, you can stay in one of the hotels in Chamba.
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