Take a short weekend trek to Bijli Mahadev Temple, which people after one visit call “Electric Mahadev” because the experience is truly electrifying! The legendary temple is located on top of Mathan Hills in Kullu Valley. Kullu valley is also known as “Valley of Gods”, and it is in the lap of majestic Himalayas with breathtaking landscapes, distinct rich culture and heritage. The valley is surrounded by Pir Panjal Range on one side and Parvati Range on the other. Bijli Mahadev is one of the sacred temples in Himachal Pradesh, and at 8000 feet it towers over the town. It has got its name after a supernatural phenomenon that occurs every now and then. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and it is said that the statue in the temple is occasionally struck by lightning and it shatters into pieces. The priest then uses butter as an adhesive to put the statue together. Sounds thrilling enough to make one want to trek all the way up just to see this phenomenon!
The temple is finely made with stone and wood, a typical hill architecture with sloping roof made of wooden planks. The tranquility of the place will surely lure you when you explore the temple’s heritage, especially the carving on wood and vibrant paintings on the temple doors. The trek starts from Jana village passing the ancient village of Naggar - once the capital of the Kullu Kingdom. Climb the stairs which cross verdant forests, paddy fields and terraced orchards of apples, pears and pomegranate, and a small Himalayan Village called Jana. Enjoy the spellbinding panoramic views from the temple overlooking the Parvati and Kullu Valley. After reaching the top, the view is so alluring that your fatigue of climbing there will vanish!
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Day 01: Manali - Jana Village - Matikochar (4 Hours)
Reach Manali on your own and lose yourself in the beauty of snowcapped mountains and lush forests around you. Our representative will meet and greet you at Ram Bagh Chowk on Mall Road in Manali and from there we will take you to the village of Jana by road. Jana is the starting point of your trek. The steep forest trail will take you to typical Kullu villages, giving you ample chances to explore the place around before reaching the Matikochar Ridge in the Kais Wildlife Sanctuary amidst forests of Pine and Deodar. Spend the night at the camps there.
Day 02: Matikochar - Bijli Mahadev - Manali (5 hours)
Walk through the woodland and then enter the wide grass field which leads to Bijli Mahadev temple. The view of Kullu and Parvati valley from the top will leave you breathless. You will be amazed to see the confluence of Parvati and Beas River from the top; it is worth capturing in your camera. After spending some amazing time with the majestic beauty of the mountains, trek down to the Chansari Village. You will be picked up from there and dropped off at Manali. Your trek ends there, continue to your next adventure from Manali.
Oct 2016 : 1st, 15th, 22nd
Duration: 1 Night/ 2 Days
Maximum Altitude: 8000 feet
Meeting Point: Ram bagh Chowk, The Mall, Manali
Starting Time: 10:00 AM
A minimum of 04 passengers required to operate this departure.
Note: Participants are expected to carry their own packs with their personal belongings for the whole trek. In case you wish to have your personal pack carried on a horse/ porter then the extra cost is INR 1000 per pack and there is an 8 kg limit per pack. No suitcases/trolleys/duffel bags will be allowed. You will need to decide this while signing up for the trek. Partial offloading of the pack is not allowed and if you decide last minute on the trail then separate charges will apply.