Bharmour is situated 65 kms from Chamba and 80 kms from Dharamshala at an elevation of 2,195 mts above. Bharmaur is located in the Chamba district below the high mountain ranges of the Himachal Pradesh. The trek to Manimahesh commences from Hadsar which is just 17 kms from Bharmour. Bharmour is well connected by motor-able roads with major towns of Himachal Pradesh. Bharmaur is located 17 kms before Hadsar and 31 kms before Manimahesh.
Bharmaur is a fascinating hill station situated below the high mountain ranges of Himachal Pradesh in the Chamba district. Bharmaur is also known as Bharmour and it was the ancient capital of the princely state of Chamba till 920A.D. Bharmaur is also popular because its proximity with Manimahesh. Chaurasia is the main ancient temple of Bharmaur reflecting the glorious past of the town. Bharmaur is also known as the Abode of Shiva as there are numerous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in nearby regions.
History of Bharmour
The history of Bharmour can be traced back to the 6th century when Meru a ruler from Ayodhya and his first prince Jaistambh defeated the Ranas to settle down in the upper Ravi valley. It was then called Brahampura. The name gets its origin from the Brahamini goddess temple which is situated there.
According to the locals, Brahamini Devi was living with her son who was very fond of his pet birds. One day he found them killed by a peasant which shocked the son to death. The mourning also led to the death of Brahamini Devi. The villagers built a temple in memory of the trio.
Several decedents of Meru ruled Brahampura. The empire was later expanded by Sahil Vaman by conquering the lower Ravi valley. The land also owns its pride for being the home of a set of tribes called Gaddis who are respected for their honesty, friendliness and peaceful lifestyle.
Bharmaur travel attractions
Hadsar: Hadsar is a picturesque spot from where the trek of 14 km to Manimahesh Lake commences. Hadsar is situated 17 kms from Bharmour at an elevation of 2317 mts above sea level. Hadsar is the endpoint of the road. Simple accommodation facilities are available at Hadsar. The place is flooded by tourists during Manimahesh Yatra.
The best period to visit Bharmour is between July and September.
There is PWD Rest-House and a Lodge for accommodation. A number of hotels, sarais and a mountaineering hut with dormitory facility for 26 persons is coming up at Bharmour. There is a regional centre of Mountaineering Institute, Manali, where courses are conducted by qualified trainers. Bharmour is also known for its delicious apples and local blankets.
By Air: The nearest airport to Bharmaur is Gaggal Airport situated in Kangra District. Taxis are available to Bharmaur and Hadsar from Gaggal Airport. The distance from Gaggal Airport to Bharmour is 85kms.
By Rail: The nearest broad gauge railhead to Bharmaur is located in Pathankot at a distance of 163kms. The nearest narrow gauge railway station to Bharmaur is situated in Kangra. Kangra Railway Station is situated at a distance of 83kms from Bharmour. Buses and taxis are available to Bharmaur from Pathankot and Kangra.
By Road: Bharmaur is well connected by motorable roads with major towns of Himachal Pradesh like Chamba, Kangra, Dharamshala, Dalhousie etc. Bharmour is situated 65kms from the town of Chamba and 80kms from Dharamshala at an elevation of 2195mts above sea level. Buses and taxis are available to Bharmaur.