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Also known as the Dal Lake, Manimahesh Lake is situated in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayan mountains. This place is nestled at an elevation of 4,080 meters and is considered to be second in significance to the Lake Mansarovar in Tibet. 

Manimahesh literally means Shiva’s jewels. If local legends are to be believed then on a full moon night, anyone can witness the reflection of this jewel in the magnificent lake. Generally, most of the year, the lake remains closed due to snow fall. Trek lovers will simply find this place to be quite fascinating.

History and Legends Associated with Manimahesh Lake

The Lord Shiva Connection

There are multiple legends associated with the origin of Manimahesh Lake. One such legend states that Lord Shiva had created the lake after he was married to Goddess Parvati. It is also believed that if there is an avalanche or a blizzard, it is majorly due to the anger of Lord Shiva. 

Abode of the Divine Trinity

As per the mythology, it is believed that this region is the abode of the divine trinity namely Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. It is said that Lord Shiva resides in this place for six months and afterwards he handovers the reigns to Lord Vishnu for the remainder of time. The day this exchange takes place between the Gods, is celebrated as Janamashtami. And when Lord Shiva again returns to Manimahesh, this day is celebrated as Shivaratri. 

Top Attractions in and Around Manimahesh Lake

Lakshmi Narayan Temple. The Lakshmi Narayan Temple is one of the oldest temples in the region. Inside the temple, you will find six of the most stunning ideals of Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. The idol in the centre has been carved out of marble and is quite a sight to behold and cherish. Spiritual people will surely like this place to explore.

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Chamera Lake. Chamera Lake is one of the beautiful spots to visit around. This place exudes truly majestic vibes and apart from its fascinating natural beauty, it is known for its cleanliness too. You can consider exploring the area around in a speed boat or a rowboat. 

Akhand Chandi Palace. The triggering art and architecture will be the best thing about the Akhand Chandi Palace when you will give a thorough look.

Manimahesh Yatra. The famous Manimahesh Yatra is being held every year in the month of October and September. The magnificent and gigantic Yatra is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Manimahesh Peak. Get the adventurous experience while trekking towards the Manimahesh Peak which is near by Manimahesh lake. Make sure, you are considering the official authorities to guide you throughout the journey.

Best Time to Visit Manimahesh Lake

No matter when you visit these regions, you will only encounter the beauty in the air of the Bharmour. Though, you must consider visiting in the month of December and January will let you witness the magnificent snowfall.

How to Reach Manimahesh Lake

By Air. The nearest airport is the Gaggal Airport in the Kangra District. Also, there is a Heliport named Helipad NHPC Colony. After deboarding at the airport, you will need to cover the remaining distance by some means of public transportation.

By Rail. The nearest airport to the Manimahesh Temple is Pathankot Railway Station. After that, you can opt for the bus or taxi to reach the place.

By Road. Depending upon your location, you can consider travelling to this place via well-maintained road networks. You can consider travelling via your own vehicle, cab, or a bus.

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