Friday, March 1, 2013

In the month of August/September the annual famous yatra of Manimahesh commences from Laxmi-Narayana Temple in Chamba.  The CHHARI is taken to the sacred lake of Manimahesh, which is one of the chief pilgrimage destination in the district. Off late people from north India and beyond have started visiting this sacred lake at Manimahesh. The lake is situated at the height of 13,500 feet above sea level and at the base of Manimahesh Kailsah peak (18,564 feet), 92 km from Chamba, where pilgrims take holy dip. Manimahesh Kailash is a virgin peak. In 1968 an Indo-Japanese team led by Nandini Patel made an unsuccessful attempt to scale the peak. The devout attribute the failure to the divine prowesses of the holy mountain. On the margin of the lake is a small marble Shivaling called CHAUMUKHA. 


Dalhousie (2036 m) is a hill station full of colonial charm that holds lingering echoes of the Raj. Spread out over the five hills (Kathlog, Potreys, Tehra, Bakrota and Balun) the town is named after the 19th century British Governer General Lord Dalhousie. Dalhousie was popular with the British Army personnel in 1860's. Dalhousie's varying altitude shades it with a variety of vegetation that includes stately grooves of pines, deodars, oaks and flowering rhododendrowns. Rich in colonial architecture, the Dalhousie preserves some beautiful churches. St. John church is the oldest one built in 1863, St. Francis was built in 1894, St. Andrew in 1903 and St. Patric in 1909. Dalhousie is  28 km via Khajjiar from Chamba and 102km from popular tourist place Bharmour  Dalhousie has many beautiful places to see including kalatop wildlife sanctuary.