Manimahesh Lake – High Altitude Lake in Chamba

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Manimahesh Lake situated in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh Chamba District, is at an altitude of about 4100 m above sea level. Mani mahesh Lake also known as Dal Lake. Manimahesh is in the south-eastern corner of Chamba District near the Chamba-Kullu border. The peak of Manimahesh Kailash is regarded as one of the mythical abodes of Shiva.

The lake is also known as Chamba Kailash and is famous for Manimahesh Yatra (pilgrimage). The pilgrimage starts in Bharmour that has beautiful ancient temples all around the region. Manimahesh lake is revered by the people of Gaddi tribe and Hindus. People of Gaddi tribe know the lake as ‘Shiv Bhumi’ (Land of Shiva).

A popular legendary tale explains that Lord Shiva created Mani Mahesh after he married Goddess Parvati and also performed penance on the banks of Mani Mahesh Lake. The lake is in the shape of the saucer and is divided into 2 major parts. The larger part is known as ‘Shiv Karotri’ (the bathing place of Lord Shiva); meanwhile the lower part is dedicated to Goddess Parvati, ‘Gauri Kund’ (the bathing place of Parvati).

The name Manimahesh signifies a jewel (Mani) on Lord Shiva's crown. Local people claim that the moon-rays reflected from the jewel can be seen from Manimahesh Lake on clear full-moon nights (which is a rare occasion). It is more likely to be the light reflected from the glacier that adorns the peak, like a serpent on Shiva's neck.

On the bank of lake, there is a marble image of Lord Shiva which is also known as Chaumukha. The lake is surrounded by amazing landscape and a small temple in Shikhara shape which houses a brass image of Goddess Lakshmi Devi known as Mahishasuramardini.

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Bada Bhangal – The Mostest Tribal Part of Himachal

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Bada Bhangal is a tribal village situated in the lap of beautiful Himalayas in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. The village is located at the height of 7700 ft above sea level and can be reached from Bir near Baijnath or from Chamba. Bada Bhangal village most tribal part of Himachal and the trek which still followed by locals for trade more than tourist. Bada Bhangal still hasn’t touched the fine line of basic necessities.

Village has his own Hydel electric unit and satellite telephone, Few small shops are also available from where you can buy some ration. One can survive here without bying ration for months as village people will invite you for lunch or dinner.

There is no sign of development in this area. Transportation facility is nil and there is no proper road or any convenient way to reach the village. Presently, people have no choice but to cross the Thamasar Pass on ponies.

Bada Bhangal village is open for 6 monts in a year. Rest of the time trails to Bada Bhangal village closed due to bad weather and heavy snowfall in the mountain passes. People of Bada Bhangal village has two houses – one at Bada Bhangal village and other at lower region of kangra valley.

Ways to reach Bada Bhangal Village:

1. Over Thamsar Pass. This route is most popular in summers and connects Bada Bhangal to Chota Bhangal areas like Bir, Billing etc. 7 Days trek starting from Bir.

2. Over Kaliheni Pass. Mostly used by Trekkers rarely by villagers. Connects Bada Bhangal to Kullu and Manali Valley. This pass is known as old and large Glaciers. This route provides you beautiful and stunning views, crevasses can found near to the pass.

3. Along Ravi river Chamba District. This path is quite narrow and dangerous. This path is mostly used by villagers in winters as there are no high ranges to cross on the way.

No other land is like Bada Bhangal. It is the one of the most remotest village in Himachal by distance. It is a an origin of Ravi river that gives life to millions of people in India and Pakistan and ends its journey in Arabian sea. Bada Bhangal is surrounded by mountain range..

Khajjiar – Mini Switzerland of India

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Khajjiar
Khajjiar is officially proclaimed the mini-Switzerland of India. Khajjiar  is arguably one of the most picturesque places in India. The charm of this place is a large meadow land that would come at sight while moving towards Chamba town. It has a rare combination of three ecosystems: lake, pasture and forest, all in one place.

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History Of Khajjiar
The history of khajjiar is linked to the rulers of chamba. The local Rajput rulers ruled chamba valley in the 6th century and made it their capital city. This region become the part of the Mughal Empire in the medieval period and later came under various Sikh kingdoms, finally, it was taken over by the British, and it became a part of the state of Himachal Pradesh when it came into being on April 15, 1948.

Khajjiar lake
In the shadow of the snow-covered Himalayas, Khajjiar Lake is the most spectacular of lakes. Surrounded by cedar forest, the lake is located at an elevation of 1920 m. The Khajjiar lake is situated in the Chambal district of Himachal Pradesh. Hailed as ‘Mini Swiss’, Khajjiar is famous for its paragliding and horse riding activities. It has an exquisite lake right in the centre and a floating island.

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History of the Khajjiar Lake
This lake is one of the oldest and lake in the city. It is one of the largest natural lake in the the district. This lake was found during the time of Mahabharata. The people of this believes that this lake is related to the god which is known as Naag Devta i.e. God of Snakes.

The people of this also said that one day some people came here and they are decided to absorb all the water and made here a large ground for the cricket but when they start their work then there snake came from the water, after that the people believes that this is not a lake but it is a temple. And on the one corner of this lake a temple of Khaji Naag is made where a statue of the local Devi and Devta are placed.

Around this lake there is a big ground, around which there are so many trees are present. In this lake there are small boats are present for the boating, so if you are interested in the boating than you can enjoy the boating in this lake.