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Known as the Machu Picchu of Himachal, Bharmour Himachal Pradesh was the ancient capital of the Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh. The area is located in the Dev Bhoomi, or the Land of Gods, and is full of mesmerising picturesque views, and ancient temples. It is surrounded by the Pir Panjal snow-capped mountain ranges, which adds to its ethereal beauty. Also known as the land of Shiva, the town of Bharmour is a must-visit on your trip to Himachal Pradesh.

History Of The Town Of Bharmour Himachal Pradesh

The Ravi Valley where Bharmour is nestled in himachal pradesh

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Bharmour is supposed to belong to Lord Shiva the Hindu God. Because of this, it is popularly referred to with the nickname of Shivabhumi, which literally means the abode of Lord Shiva. Bharmour has both a legend associated with it and recorded facts that detail its history. It is recorded that the first person to settle in 2 was Meru. Meru was the father of the first recorded prince in the Chamba Vanshavali, Jaistambh. The family descended from one of the ruling families in Ayodhya. The area was won over after Meru, with his son, penetrated the upper Ravi Valley and fought off the Ranas who had surrounded the territory. .

According to legends, Bharmour, officially referred to as Brahampura, got its latter name from an ancient kingdom in the territories of Garhwal and Kumaon. King Meru gave this name to Bharmour to honour the ancient Brahampura kingdom. Bharmour was the capital of the new kingdom over which Meru ruled. Bharmour remained the capital for nearly four hundred years until Sahil Varman conquered the lower Ravi Valley area, which had fertile soil. The capital was shifted there to Chamba.

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Places To Visit In Bharmour

The ancient Chaurasi Temple Complex

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Bharmour is full of beautiful alpine pastures. These pastures provide a home for nomadic shepherds, known as Gaddi. The foothills of the hill ranges are filled with flowering and fruiting orchards and terraced farmsteads, which add to the pretty charm of Bharmour. It also ensures a continuous supply of fresh, organic produce. Some of the places to visit in Bharmour include the Bharmani Mata Temple Complex, the Kaksen-Bhagsen Waterfalls, the Chaurasi Temple, the Kugti Wildlife Sanctuary, the Lord Nandi Bull Temple, the Ganesha Temple, the Dharmeshvar Mahadev (Dharamraj) Temple.

Chaurasi Temple

The Chaurasi Temple is located in the centre of Bharmour. It holds a huge amount of historical and religious significance. The temple is more than 1400 years old. The name Chaurasi means the number 84 in Hindi. The temple is named after the 84 shrines that were built in the periphery of the temple.

Kugti Wildlife Sanctuary

One of the other popular tourist spots in Bharmour, Himachal Pradesh, is the Kugti Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to many indigenous flora and fauna species, including the endangered Himalayan tahr. It also houses the well-known Manimahesh Temple.

Kaksen-Bhagsen Waterfalls

The Kaksen-Bhagsen Waterfalls are another must-visit tourist attraction on your trip to Bharmour, Himachal Pradesh. They are located approximately 18 km from Bharmour, in the Kugti Wildlife Sanctuary near Dharol. According to local legends, the twin waterfalls represent the overflow of sin in the modern era of Kaliyug, as inscribed in ancient Hindu texts.

A Few Things To Keep In Mind When Visiting Bharmour

An aerial view of the main Bharmour

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The people in Bharmour are very kind and hospitable. They are often called Kailash Vasio, residents of Kailash, which is the abode of Shiva and Parvati. It is expected to be polite to the residents of Bharmour on your trip to Himachal Pradesh. The climate in Bharmour is very cold. The winters go in minus degrees Celsius. The summer months run from April to October. The temperatures during the summer range from a high of 20 degrees Celsius to a low of 5 to 6 degrees Celsius usually. It snows considerably during the winters, making both living a hassle if you are unaccustomed to the cold and posing difficulties when travelling. It is best to carry multiple sweaters, body warmers, inner liners, and parkas when travelling to Bharmour. Wear caps to protect your ears from the cold. You may face a few rain showers, making the cold unbearable.

If you are trekking, it is recommended that you carry a lightweight spare change of clothes. Wear clothing that is generally water-resistant or waterproof. Try to wear comfortable footwear that you can walk around long distances. If you visit the temples in Bharmour, ensure you protect your belongings in case of theft. Try to avoid carrying around valuables. Night falls in the town fast; thus, the town becomes sleepy after 7 pm or after sundown. You can plan some indoor activities.

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Location And How To Reach

Bharmour in himachal pradesh is accessible by train from Pathankot

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Bharmour is located at the edge of Budil Valley in Himachal Pradesh. Bharmour is about 60 km from Chamba. The city falls between the Pir-Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges, the Ravi River, and the Chenab Valley. The city is located at a dizzying altitude of 7000 feet in the Budhil Valley,

If you choose to drive through the hills, it is reachable in 2 hours from Chamba. The nearest airport to Bharmour is 190 km away at Gaggal, located near Dharamshala. If you are planning to take a train instead, the nearest railway station to Bharmour is in Pathankot, which is about 180 km away. Bharmour also acts as a base for many trails beginning from the city. This includes trials to Manimahesh Lake, Keylong via Kalicho Pass, Bara Bhangal and Thamsar Pass.

Further Read: Things To Do In Chamba

Now that you have a list of things to remember for your next trip to Himachal Pradesh, plan your trip to Himachal Pradesh to these fabulous spots for the best possible experience. Don’t miss out on these opportunities to visit Bharmour and book your tickets now!

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Frequently Asked Questions About Bharmour Himachal Pradesh

How much time will be required to cover Chamba and Bharmour?

You can cover Chamba in about 3 to 4 days. You can covr Bharmour in 4 to 5 days.

What to wear in Himachal Pradesh?

It’s recommended that you wear something that will help you with the cold. The nights get very cold, and in the day, the temperatures are pleasant. Wear comfortable shoes as well.

What are some tourist attractions in Himachal Pradesh?

The Christ Church, Jakhu Temple, Manali, Kinnuar, Kasol, Dharamshala and Shimla State Museum are some of the great places to visit on your amazing trip to Himachal Pradesh.

What is the Climate in Himachal Pradesh like?

Himachal Pradesh has a semi-temperate climate. The summer lasts from mid April to the end of June. The alpine zone in the state has a pleasant climate throughout the entire year.

What is the best time to visit Himachal Pradesh?

February to June ( which is the Spring and th Summer season) is the best time to visit Himachal Pradesh.

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