It was pretty late by the time we reached the top. An oasis of serenity could be sensed in the tranquil Himalayas even in the bustling environment all around.
Bijli Mahadev:Travel to the famed temple of lightening, climbing the ancient stairs of Chansari. A 60 feet-long wand towers over the temple. The blessing of the gods, in the form of lightening bolts, shatters the Shiva ling during each thunder storm. As you stand on the abode of the gods, the valleys of Kullu and Parvati embrace you.
At a distance of 26 km from Kullu, 3 km from Chansari Bus Stand and 60 km from Manali, Bijli Mahadev temple is one of the sacred temples of Himachal Pradesh state. It is located at an altitude of about 2,460 m in Kullu Valley… 6: Great Himalayan National Park (Near Kullu)
Best time to visit: Throughout the year, except during the monsoon.How to reach: Take an overnight bus to Manali, from there take a local bus or taxi to Jana Village. The trek starts from there, which is a couple of hours from Manali. The trek can take 6 to 7 hours depending on your speed.Trail: The trail to Bijli Mahadev Temple starts from Jana Village. The first stop is Matikochar, after which you enter Kais Wildlife Sanctuary, which falls on the route to Naggar. On the way back you exit through the Chansari Village.Khar MyundariBest time to visit: March to September (excluding the monsoon months)How to reach: Take an overnight bus to Manali, from there take a local bus or taxi to Setan. The trek starts from there, which is an hour away from Manali. The trek can take 3 to 4 hours depending on your speed.Trail: The trail to Khar Myundari starts from Setan Village. A thick forest of Deodar and pine will keep you company as you follow the stream to the meadow. The trail is not very strenuous and climbers can either camp at the top or head back the same day.
This is the jewel of the Kullu valley, surpassing Kasol anyday. Approached from Kullu a 12 km road will lead to Chansari village from where you climb stairs to reach this heaven. Also approached from Naggar, a jeepable road with some scary cliffs will get you to Bijli Mahadev, Motorcyclists and mountain bikers will love this road. A huge meadow with unsurpassed vistas of the Himalayas greets you upon arrival, and you wish to stay here forever. Its a sacred site and the temple located at the top has a very interesting legend attached to it. In this temple of lightning, it is said that the tall staff attracts the divine blessings in the form of lightning. It is believed that the priest of the temple has to restore the Shiva linga placed inside the temple using butter and sattoo after every lightning as it shatters to pieces with flash of lightning. Perched at 2480 mt the only option is to camp out in the open. Be Here for the light within yourself and see it lighting up.