Located 35 km from Bharmour subdivision of the Chamba district in the Pir Panjal Range of Himachal, Manimahesh Kailash Peak is also known as Chamba Kailash stands at a height of at 5775 meters. The word Manimahesh means a jewel or Mani and Mahesh refers to Lord Shiva. So, the name Manimahesh signifies a jewel on the crown of Lord Shiva. It is said that the rays of the moon reflected from the jewel can be witnessed from Manimahesh Lake also known as Dal Lake on full-moon nights.
Pilgrimage from throughout the country undertakes Manimahesh Yatra, which starts from Lakshminarayan Temple in Chamba and ends at the Manimahesh Lake in Bundhil valley. After reaching at the holy lake, they take dips in the holy water. Every year, this Yatra begins on Krishna Janmashtami and concludes on Radha Ashtami. Manimahesh Lake is believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva as per the Hindu mythologies. The Yatra to this sacred place in Himachal Pradesh is regarded as a state level fair according to the declaration of the Himachal Pradesh State Government.
This place offers a spiritual satisfaction to the pilgrimage to Mani Mahesh and therefore even called as “Man ka Mahesh”. Travelers can view the natural beauty of Mount Kailash and take a dip in the holy Mani Mahesh Lake. The best time for trekking on Mani Mahesh trek is between May to September. It is one of the easy treks that can be undertaken by all age groups.