The Meteorological Department has forecast rainfall in the state till July 22. In such conditions the journey to the Shrikhand Mahadev becomes risky. On the very first day a passenger was injured due to dangerous path.
Kullu administration has announced the dates for Holy Shrikhand Mahadev Yatra for 2019. The Yatra will be held from 15th to 25th July and the registration for it can be done between 10 to 14 July at the Tehsil Office of Nirmand.
Before registration the passengers have to present the Medical certificate. Here are some more details and information about the Shrikhand Mahadev Yatra 2019.
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- A meeting of Shrikhand Mahadev Trust was held in Nirmand on Monday 01 July, in which the dates were announced for the Yatra.
- After the meeting, it was announced that the groups of pilgrims will be sent between 15th to 25 july.
- Only people above age of 15 years will be allowed to the Shrikhand Mahadev Yatra.
- 150 rupees registration fee will be charged from Pilgrims.
- Medical checkup of all Pilgrims will be done in the base camp of Singhad,after that the registration will be done.
- For reaching Shrikhand Mahadev, pilgrims have to go Nirmand of Kullu District via Rampur City of Shimla. From Nirmand, they have to reach Bagi pul then Jaun. Taxis and local buses can used from reaching Bagi pul and Jaun.
- This time a special medical camp will be made at Kunsha, where medical facilities will be given to injured and sick people.
- Temporary drinking water sources and Toilets facility will also be provided to the pilgrims on the way.
- The administration has requested pilgrims for not to hurry and carry basic medicines, stick and warm clothes along with them.
Shrikhand Mahadev Yatra
|Height in feet
|Best time to Visit
|August to September
The Shrikhand Mahadev trek is considered as one of the most difficult treks to do, but nothing can diminish the faith of a true Shiva Bhakt. Every year, the Shrikhand Mahadev Yatra begins in the month of July for 15 to 20 days. Jathas or groups leave for the Yatra after their complete medical examination is conducted by the Trust and they are declared fit to take a trek to about 38 km. It is indeed a difficult trek but once you are in the spiritual zone and the divine Himself calls you to visit Him, there is nothing that can stop you from taking your foot forward to the Shrikhand Mahadev Peak. The Lord Himself gives its devotees the courage to reach up to Him. It is indeed an enriching experience one remembers for lifetime.
This year, the Shrikhand Mahadev Yatra will start from July 15th and will end on 31st July. The registration will be done at the Base Camp Singhad along with the medical examination of each devotee. The REGISTRATION FEES is ₹150. Medical treatment facilities will be available for the sick and injured people at the Kunsha valley special base camp.
Shrikhand Mahadev Height in Feet
16900 feet (5162 Meters)
Shrikhand Mahadev Trek Map
6 ways to reach Shrikhand Mahadev
|Great Himalayan Natiaonal
Shrikhand Kailash Mahadev is a holy pilgrimage. This place is related to the Hindu Lord Shiva and is one of the five Kailash. The devotees reach here by walking on the very intense path which is 5140m from the sea level. Lord Shiva is situated here in the form of fragmented ‘Shivling’. On the right side of this mountain, there is ‘Kinnar Kailash’ and on the left direction, this mountain is associated with ‘Great Himalayan National Park’. It will be interesting for you to know that Shrikhand Mahadev can be reached in 6 different ways. Before getting information about these six different ways, let’s have a look at the mythological significance of Shrikhand Mahadev.
Mythological Importance of Shrikhand Mahadev
The mythology of Shreekhand Mahadev is that the Devil Bhasmasur asked for a boon from Lord Shiva that whatever he keeps his hand on, that will be converted into Ashes. After getting the boon, Bhasampur determined to marry Devi Parvati. Therefore, Bhasampur planned to place his hand on Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva reached Srikhand by entering the Devdhakkha cave in Nirmand place and was restored as Shrikhand Shila. Then Lord Vishnu disguised himself as Mata Parvati to destroy Bhasmasur’s intention. She persuaded Bhasmasur to dance with him. During the dance, Bhasmasur put his hand on his head and was converted into Ashes.
After the end of Bhasmasur, when Lord Shiva did not come out of Shilakhandi rock, then Ganesh, Karthikeyan and Maa Parvati came to this place, then Mahadev came out after breaking the rock.
Shrikhand Mahadev is a 72ft high fragmented Shivling. Each year, this holy place is officially open for just 2 weeks during Sawan Mas. Since the year 2014, the journey has gone in the hands of the administration, under which all the travel registration of passengers is done in Sinhgad. The online process has not started yet for registration.
Two main routes have been used mainly to reach Shrikhand Mahadev, but some travelers will be aware of the third way. But the real truth is that Shrikhand Mahadev can be reached from 6 different routes, which we will explain below:
The first route to reach Srikhand: Nirmand – Baggul – Jao
Would you believe that this is the easiest way to reach Shrikhand Mahadev. All the people who have seen the vision of Shrikhand through this path know how easy it is, but if you compare it with other paths, then it is the only way you can feel comfortable.
This journey starts from Jao village the distance of Shreekhand Mahadevis approximately 25.5 km from Jao village. 1949 m above sea level. Located on and the distance of Shrikhand Mahadev 5140m is. On this route of journey offline registration of each passenger is done in Sinhgad.
Travelers officially get a variety of assistance in the journey, such as medical assistance, search and rescue, local police and free food and lodging in many places. Due to the narrow width of the path, and the constant climbing, mules, and horses are not available on this route yet. Over the past few years, local boys have grabbed the opportunity to earn extra income by becoming Porter and Guide in this route.
How to reach Jao:
The road distance from Delhi to Shimla is about 350 km and the distance of Dattnagar from Shimla to 125 km. The passengers can reach Dattnagar after traveling about 12 hours from the Volvo or Ordinary bus from Delhi. Every day from Dattanagar, the government bus goes to Baggipul, which costs Rs 50-60 per person. The distance of Baggipul from Dattanagar is about 41 km. The distance between Jao and Baggipul is only 7 km. All types of bus services are limited to Baggipul only. To go from Baghipul, you have to book local taxis, which will cost Rs 100-150.
On this route, you can visit many temples like Nirvana Shiva cave, seven temples in Nirand, Nine gods including Mata Parvati in Jao, Parashuram temple, Hanuman temple.
Where to stay in the 1st Route: There is a facility of free stay and food for passengers on many places till Parvati Bagh. Free Food arrangements are ensured in Nirmand, Jao, Sinhagad, Thachadu, and Bhima Duari. There is also a free lodging facility for travelers in Nirmand, Jao and Sinhagad. Due to limited tents in Thachadu and Bhima Duari, accommodation is provided based on ‘first come first serve’. In addition to free accommodation, Private tents and paid food services are also available on this 1st Route of Shrikhand Mahadev.
Availability of mobile network: On this remote route, there is a network in almost all the places except the Black Valley (Kali Ghati). BSNL, Airtel, and Idea have a network in this area. If your phone is charged up then it is possible to talk to your family from Sonegaon, Khumba Duaar, Thatti Beel, Thachadu, Kali Top.
After the Kali Ghatti, there is no network but it is interesting that the network is available on the Bhim Bahi. Keep in mind that the mobile network relies on bad weather and try to keep the power bank with the mobile.
The second route to reach Shrikhand: Jury – Fancha
With 5373 m heights, the distance of this Route from Fancha is about 18 km.
Ganavi village is situated on the mouth of this valley, due to which this valley is also called ‘Ganavi Valley’ in the local language. Jury is at 1381 m from the sea level and is located on this route and starts from here. Direct climbing and frozen ice make this route extremely tough.
On this route to reach Shreekhand, there is no facility other than the cottages, which makes it more difficult.
How to reach: The distance by motorcycle of Jury from Rampur is 25 km. The road from Jury to Fancha is worth traveling by Vehicle and is 15 km. Fancha is 2214 m above sea level and being a village, all living and eating facilities are available here. There is also the British-made Forest Rest house in Fancha where there are 2 rooms with 4 beds.
Information about Fancha: This second path to reach Shrikhand Mahadev starts with the jury, which is mainly used by local residents of Sarahan and Jury. Let us take a look at some places located on this route where the passengers can stay.
Fancha: After jury, Fancha is the first place in this route where lodging facilities are available. This place is about 15 km from Jury. The distance from Shrikhand to Fancha is 18 km.
Fancha Kanda: After Fancha, the next location is Fancha Kanda, which is 3 km from the Phaka. It is located at the height of 2450m. Here travelers can see some of Himachali residents in the monsoon. If there is any doubt in the way of the road, information about Shrikhand Mahadev Marg can be obtained from these people.
Spava: The next station after Fanta Kanda is Spava. The way you go around the corridors of dense forests. The distance of the spava from Fancha Kanda is around 5 and the place is 3287 m from sea level.
Majbon: Majbon is about 6.5 km from Spava and is at the height of 4000 m. Is around and small boulders are scattered throughout this way. It would be better to call this place rock garden.
Bhim Bahi – Shrikhand Mahadev: Walking from Majbo, this path goes to Bhima Bahi. There is a sharp climb and the passengers have to face standing glaciers also. Due to the frozen ice ahead of this place, travelers may have to face the problem in finding the way. The height of Bhima Bhee is 4890 m. and about 3 km from Majbon. Walking on this route is a good test of shoes.
The third route to reach Shreekhand: Banjar-Badahad
Reaching Shrikhand Mahadev from Banjar-Badahad is much easier than the other two ways. This route has also been used primarily by locals. There is no information of any kind on the internet about this Route. Keep in mind that there is no facility of any kind on this path, so passengers will have to take the tents, sleeping bags and food items themselves, as well as locals, can also help you in this matter if they are available.
How to reach Badahad:
The easiest and shortest way to reach Badahad from Shimla is through the NH-5 / NH-305 whose vehicle’s distance is 191 km.
Banjara can also be reached from Kullu which is only 40 km away. That’s it. The driving distance from Banjar to Badahad is 19 km is. Banjar is located at the height of 1356 m and Badahad is at 2050m.
Information about Badahad Road: Badahad village is located at height of 2050 m from the sea level. This is where the journey begins. The first stop of this journey comes at the origin of the river Falacha, where the temple of GodFalach is also located.
The second day the journey begins early in the morning. This day begins with a sharp climb, under which after walking 2-3 km the height increase to 650 m.
On the third day, devotees quickly visit Bhim Dauri and visit Lord Mahadev. So this was the information about the third path to reaching Shrikhand Mahadev.
Fourth route to reach Shrikhand: Gushyeni-Banayag Marg
The fourth route to reach Shrikhand Mahadev goes from Gushyeni. This route is one of the dangerous route. The dangers of this route can be estimated from the fact that this path leads you directly to the base of the Kartik Swami Mountains which is 5100 m high. From Kartik Swami, the route raises the ‘Vimti Passenger’ from the back of Shrikhand Mountain. By this route, Shreekhand Mahadev will not be a journey but a mountain campaign.
There is a good road worth traveling by Vehicle till Gusheni. Banjar is about 10 km away from Gusheni.
Gusheni route leads along with ‘Tirthan river’ flowing in ‘Tirthan valley’. The route reaches the crossing of many villages where the Tirthan river takes the form of a bayalag glacier.
This route is also part of the ‘Great Himalayan National Park’ as well as the Tirthan Valley. There are 11 hidden lakes on the glacier beyond ‘Baniyag’.
On the online maps, 11 lakes can be seen with Baniyang Glacier.
The fifth route to reach Srikhand: Jhakdi – Shreekhand Mahadev
Another route is situated between Nirmand and Jury by which the Shreekhand Mahadev can be reached. The fifth route to reach the place of Shrikhand Mahadev leaves from Jhakdi which is 1181 m from sea level. According to locals, this road is even more difficult than Fancha road. So it is advisable not to travel through this route.
The sixth way to reach Shrikhand Mahadev:
Kheerganga – Shrikhand Marg – The sixth route to reach Shrikhand Mahadev starts from Kheeraganga. Over time, this route has been buried under the glaciers. There is not much information available about this route but some information is written on a board “
The route from Shrikhand runs towards Kheerganga and Manikarna but the route is very difficult and full of glaciers.
History behind Shrikhand Mahadev Trek
According to folk tales and legendary stories, there was a demon named Bhasmasur who pleased Lord Shiva through his years long tapasya. Lord Shiva on seeing Bhasmasur’s intense dedication told him to ask for a vardaan from him. Bhasmasur asked Lord Shiva to give him the power to turn into ashes anything he would put his hand on. Shiva blessed Bhasmasur with the vardaan called Bhasma Kangan.
Then one day, Bhasmasur, completely lost in his self-pride and ego thought of turning Lord Shiva into ashes. Shiva had to take the help of Lord Vishnu, who took Mohini avatar to trick Bhasmasur and Lord Shiva escaped into the cave. Lord Shiva then appeared on the mountain top and could see Bhasmasur being tricked by Lord Vishnu who in His Mohini avatar made Bhasmasur kill himself by keeping his hand on his own head.
The mountain peak where Lord Shiva was standing seeing all this is now popularly called as Shrikhand Mahadev peak.
Shrikhand Mahadev Yatra: Routes to be followed
The Shrikhand Mahadev Yatra or Trek starts from Jaon village located in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. There are 2 routes that can be taken up to reach village Jaon:
Shimla – Theog – Narkanda – Rampur – Bushahr – Nirmand – Bagipul – Jaon village
Shimla – Mashobra – Sunni – Gumma – Rampur – Bushahr – Nirmand – Bagipul – Jaon Village
Proper location as marked by Shrikhand Mahadev Yatra Trust
Total Distance from Shimla to Shrikhand Mahadev Peak : 72 Km
Total Distance from Chandigarh to Shrikhand Mahadev Peak
Stages of Shrikhand Mahadev Yatra
Day 1: Chandigarh to Rampur Bushahr
The pilgrims starting their journey from Chandigarh will have to first reach Rampur Bushahr, which is about 128.7 km from Shimla. This will be 3.5 hour drive via NH5. In total, it will be about 6.5 to 7 hour drive from Chandigarh. Pilgrims will be made to stay in a dharamshala or a hotel for the rest of the day. Yatra will start early morning the next day.
Day 2: Rampur Bushahr to Singhad
Early morning journey will start from Rampur Bushahr and next stop will be Jaon village which is at a distance of 1 h 39 min (39.6 km) via Nirmand and Bagipul. The Yatra will start on foot from Jaon village and will continue till Singhad which is about 5 km from Jaon. People can stay here for the night and take some rest to be ready for the next day trek.
Day 3: Singhad to Thachdu
Next day the Yatra will again start from Singhad after having breakfast. The next halt will be Barathi Nala which is about 3 km from Singhad. From here, the Yatra will continue till Thachdu. This place is about 6 to 7 km from Singhad. Pilgrims can rest at Thachdu camping site and prepare themselves for the next day’s trek.
Day 4: Thachdu to Bheem Dwar via Kali Ghati
Ealy morning, danda chadai will start from Thachru to Kali Ghati, a 3 km trek. After this trek, devotees will reach Kali Ghati and from Kali Ghati, Yatra will head to Bheem Talai and then to Kunsha valley. After 3 km trek, pilgrims will reach Bheem Dwar which is 8 km away from Kali Ghati. It is said that Bheem Dwar is the place where Pandu Putra Bheem made stairs to heaven which he could not complete in time. The rocks and bog stones are arranged in a vertical position and something is written on these rocks which is fondly called Bheem Lipi.
Bheem Bhai (Something is written on it in Bheem Lipi)
Day 5: Bheem Dwar to Parvati Bagh to Shrikhand Mahadev Peak and then back to Parvati Bagh
Fifth day of the trek would probably be the toughest as it will be to the last stop i.e. Shrikhand Mahadev peak. But, with the chants of Har Har Mahadev, Jai Bhole plus the satisfaction of reaching till here will make this difficult trek an easy and fulfilling one.
From Bheem Dwar, next stop is 4 km away called Parvati Bagh. As the name suggests, this place is full of the rare Himalayan flowers. Parvati Bagh also contains the beautiful and rarest flower, Brahma Kamal, which is also considered to be Mata Parvati’s favorite flower.
As you climb up, you will have to cross glaciers etc. and then comes the Nain Sarovar Lake which is 3 km from Parvati Bagh. Nain Sarovar is a small lake/sarovar which emerged from the tears of Mata Parvati who was waiting for Lord Shiva, but He took so long to arrive from the mountain top that Mata Parvati broke down and with her tears was made the Nain Sarovar Lake. This lake has frozen mountains and glaciers around it.
The next and final stage of this Yatra, the Shrikhand Mahadev peak can be seen from the Nain Sarovar Lake and Parvati Bagh, if the weather is not cloudy. After a trek of about 6 to 7 km one can have the darshan of Shrikhand Mahadev peak, the abode of Lord Shiva. At this place the pilgrims can feel that their life is fulfilled, it is so divine. After having a proper darshan of Lord Shiva, pilgrims will have to trek down to Parvati Bagh the same day to have some rest at the camping site.
Brahma Kamal Flower at Parvati Bagh
Nain Sarovar Lake
Shrikhand Mahadev Peak
Day 6: Parvati Bagh to Thachdu
Now, the trek will start back to Thachdu from Parvati Bagh via the same route that was taken to climb up the peak. This will be a 15 km trek down to Thachdu camping site where food and other services will be available.
Day 7: Thachdu to Jaon Village
Enjoying the amazing scenic beauty of the hills, pilgrims will make their way back to Jaon Village, from where the actual Yatra commenced. Here, they can their meals and enjoy their last night as the Yatra will end the next day and everyone will be heading to their homes.
Day 8: Jaon village to Sarahan and back to Chandigarh
This will be the last day of this devotional Yatra. Starting from Jaon village, pilgrims will be made to reach Sarahan which will take about 3 hours and then one can head to Chandigarh, a 7 hour drive. The pilgrims who went from Shimla can stay back at their beautiful city and cherish the darshan of Shrikhand Mahadev top.
Total Cost of Shrikhand Mahadev Yatra
The total cost or total package of Shrikhand Mahadev Trek will be ₹15,000 to ₹17,000 approximately including food and accommodation. However, this package may vary from agency to agency. The cost will also depend upon the number of people going in a Jatha (group).
Carry Light With These Trek Essentials
One must carry the following essential things before starting with the Shrikhand Mahadev Yatra, which is considered as more difficult than the Amarnath Yatra.
• A woolen sleeping bag
• Good quality trekking shoes
• Sleeping mats
• A sweat protector backpack with its raincover
• Medicines such as cetirizine, ibuprofen, Ciprofloxacin etc.
• A small first aid box containing band aids, cotton and an antibiotic cream
• Thermal wear and quick dry half sleeved t-shirts
• 2-3 pairs of socks and comfortable clothes
• Extra Phone batteries
• GPS and fully charged mobile phones as you might not get to charge them frequently and lose out on battery
• Rehydration packets
• Cameras to capture the beauty around you
• A light weight towel
• Headlamp or torch
• Some packaged food items such as nuts and dry fruits, but don’t overstuff your bag with food items