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Explore The Offbeat Town Of Bharmour In Himachal Pradesh

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Bharmour is one of the many pristine destinations of Himachal Pradesh which remains mostly unexplored by tourists. This offbeat location used to be a regal capital of Chamba for nearly 400 years, starting from the 6th century till 920 AD. It is located nearly 65 km from Chamba and is perched at an altitude of 7000 ft, in the valley of Budhil.

The lush green mountain-bound region of Bharmour is sometimes known as the land of Lord Shiva, since the Lord is believed to reside on the Kailash mountain located nearby. Bharmour was formerly known as Brahmpura. It is dotted with many ancient temples, some of which date back to almost the 10th century.

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Bharmour has lush green rolling meadows that are used as land of pasture by shepherds. It is nestled between the famous valleys of Ravi and Chenab. The people of Bharmour are utterly warm and friendly. The Chaurasi Temple complex reflects the architectural and cultural grandeur of Bharmour.

Chaurasi Temple Complex

Chaurasi literally translates to the number 84 in the Hindi language. A popular legend believes that thousands of years ago, 84 Siddhis who were on their way to visit Lord Shiva meditated here. The main deities in Chaurasi are Goddess Lakshana, Lord Ganesh and Lord Manimahesh.

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The temple dedicated to Lord Ganesh was built in the 7th century by Meru Verman of the Verman empire. A bronze image of Lord Ganesh can be viewed in this temple completely built of wood. To witness the architecture of the Verman dynasty in its entirety, Lakshana Devi Temple must be visited.

The ceiling and pillars of this modest looking temple has beautiful carvings. The frame of the outer door is adorned with exquiste work of wooden carvings as well. The image of Lakshana Devi is shown in the form of the four-armed Mahishasuramardhini, which is one of her avatars.

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Bharmani Mata Temple Complex

Bharmani Devi, being the main deity, has a temple complex located 4 km from the town centre of Bharmour. It is believed that Bharmour was known as Brahmaputra after Bharmani Devi.

It is perched on top of a ridge and is completely covered with pine and deodar trees. It is believed that a dip in the Manimahesh Lake nearby is a must before heading to the temple.

Manimahesh

Manimahesh houses a sacred high-altitude lake, where devotees usually stop at for a dip before heading to the Manimahesh Temple. It is perched at an altitude of 4,080 m and is close to the Manimahesh Kailash Peak of the Pir Panjal range in the Himalayas. The religious significance of this lake is believed to come second to that of Lake Manasarovar.

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Other Temples And Shrines

As previously mentioned, Bharmour is an abode of many ancient temples. Narsingh Temple dedicated to Lord Narasimha, Kartikeya Temple, Shivashakti Devi Temple, Banni Mata Temple are some of the other popular temples of the region that cannot be missed.

Waterfalls Of Bharmour

The town is filled with not only temples, but also breathtaking waterfalls are spread in and around the town. Thala, Ghared, Hadsar, Kaksen-Bhagsen and Sathali Waterfalls are all within a distance of 20 km from the town. Few of these falls like Thala, can only be seen during the monsoon since it has low water content.

To reach these falls, a trek of minimum 200 m is required, which is certainly worth it since the view is simply magnificent!

Best Time To visit Bharmour

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The weather is pleasantly cool throughout the year. But like most places in Himachal Pradesh, summer months of April to June are ideal to visit the town, making it the perfect escape from the general summer heat.

But if you want to witness snowfall, chilly months of December to February are the ideal time to visit, when the temperature can go as low as -10 degree Celsius.

How To Reach Bharmour

By Air: The Kangra Airport or Dharamsala Airport is the closest airbase to Bharmour, which is located 180 km from the town. It is well connected to places like Gwalior, Delhi, Indore and Varanasi.

By Rail: Pathankot railway station and Chakki Bank railway station are the two closest railheads, that are situated at a distance of about 180 km from the town. These stations have trains coming from neighbouring places like Jammu, Dhauladhar, Bhatinda, Delhi, etc.

By Road: Bharmour is well connected to the cities of Himachal Pradesh like Chamba, Dalhousie, Kangra, etc. by road. Taxis and interstate buses are regularly available throughout the state.

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