Trip to Shrikhand Mahadev-Hidden gem in Himalayas
Everyone has some memories in their life which they cannot forget, I also have a special memory in my life which I want to share with you all.It was a trip to Shrikhand Mahadev which was very adventurous and fun. Shrikhand Mahadev is situated at a height of 5700 meters above sea level in the Himalayan ranges and there is a natural Shiva Lingam about 70 meter high.It is considered to be an adobe of Lord Shiva.This journey is center of attraction for trekkers and a holy place for Hindu religion.It is also a part of Great Himalayan National Park which is preserved for its scenic beauty and thick forest.It is open once a year starting from the month of July.
Shrikhand Mahadev is in the Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh (India). To reach Shrikhand Mahadev, if you are coming from Delhi , Delhi- Shimla-Rampur and then Nirmand where you can take a cab to Jaun.From Jaun you have to travel by foot and the journey begins.Before you start your journey you need to take few things with you like a torch because you have to travel at night, energy drinks, and most of all you must be physically fit because it is a tough trip and this trek challenges your mental and physical strength and later on there would be lack of oxygen as we go up.
Our First stop is Singhad- Here we spent our first night.Food arrangements were done already for all the people who were going to Shrikhand and they were also providing shelter. So we took some rest there and at around 2:00 am in morning we start again for our journey.We have to start at night in order to save time so that we can reach Bhim dwar (where shelter facilities are provided), we walked for six hours by having little breaks in between to save our energy.Then at around 8:00 am in the morning we reached our next stop Thachru where we had our meals and took some rest.At around 11:00 AM we started our journey again,it was like we were walking in clouds and some terrific surroundings on our way.After that we reached Kaali Ghaati which was at the top of the hill,there is a small temple.From there we can saw the glimpse off Shiva Lingam which is very rare because of fog all the time.
View of Shrikhand Kailash
A view from Kaali Ghaati
We started again from kaali Ghati agian at about 1:00 pm.We have to go through the valley and the weather was awesome,it was a mixture of sun and clouds, weather was changing continuously after some time.The beauty of the mountains,greenery was very adorable,we saw some rare flowers like Brahm Kamal which is a rare yellow lotus which blooms at midnight,we had to keep a good pace so that we could reach our next stoppage BheemDwaari before sunset where we have to spent our next night.At around 6:00 pm in the evening we reached Bheem Dwaari where we booked a tent and stayed for night and the food arrangement was also provided there along with medical assistance.It was a very nice place down the valley and we can observe the peace and beauty of the nature.There were mountains covered with snow and they were looking very beautiful in the evening.
After staying there for the night we move again in the morning at around 5:00 am.The reason behind starting our journey early was to avoid direct contact of sunlight to the Flowers as we were moving through the Valley of flowers (Parvati Baag) as these flowers when comes in contact with the morning sunlight releases some scent which makes you tired and you feel dizziness.Then we reached Nain Sarovar at around 7:00 am in the morning.It is a small shrine along with a fresh water lake surrounded by mountains and glaciers.
After taking some rest there we started again for our last destination to the top and from Nain Sarovar there were no trees and greenery because we were at the height of around 5000 meters, so we were accompanied Rocks, Glaciers and Georges.It was very tiring as we were low on oxygen we have to take rest regularly.It took us 4 hours to reach the top,but when we reached the top it was a very good feeling, we forgot our all tiredness.We can saw the clouds under us, it was like we were at the top of the world.We stayed there for about half hour and then at 2:00 pm we decided to return back,we were feeling very fresh and energetic.
A View of Nain Sarovar
A view from the top
In the evening we came back to BheemDwaari where we had spent our last night but this time we were not tired anymore,we were happy and excited.After spending our night we came back to Singhad from where we started our journey.We stayed there for the night and talked to other people about their experiences and the next day we went to our respective places.It was a very nice trip and we enjoyed a lot......So that was about my experience of a fabulous trip.