Himani Chamunda temple situated at a height of 2900 meters is the ancient seat of Goddess Chamunda. This trek offers you a awesome view of the Kangra Valley down below and the spectacular view of the Dhouladhar Mountain range.
An overnight trek to Adi Himani Chamunda is a wonderful experience for the adventure loving tourist visiting Dharamshala. The old Chamunda temple was located about 10kms away on top of the Dhouladhar mountains at the height of about 2864 meters and one can reach their by foot only. This ancient temple is known by the name as HIMANI CHAMUNDA or ADI HIMANI CHAMUNDA. It was not easy to visit this temple by everyone.
As per the legend some 400 years ago, a Raja and a Brahmin priest prayed to Chamunda Devi asking her consent to shift the image to an accessible location, then Maa Chumnda appeared in a dream to the priest granting him the permission. She told him to dig a certain area and subsequently, they will find an ancient idol. New temple was built at Chamunda near Dadh so that everyone can pay their homage to Goddess Chamunda. Chamunda Devi Temple, Dharamsala, District Kangra situated at a height of 1000m above sea-level. This Devi temple is a famous tourists destination of Himachal Pradesh.
Overlooked by the mighty Dhauldhar ranges, the temple is rightly situated on the bank of river Ban Ganga. Chamunda Devi Temple is located at a distance of 15 km from Dharamsala and 10 km from Palampur. Chamunda is a little railway station on the Pathankot-Joginder Nagar narrow gauge railway track. At present Chamunda temple at Dadh is going through renovation process.
Himani Chamunda Trek details
The starting point for the Himani Chamunda trek begins at 800 metres after crossing the new bridge over “Baner Khad”. The trail is divided into three distinct sections; a paved concrete section, a series of stone steps and finally over grass and scree. The Himani Chamunda trek paved concrete section is 3.5 km long and it rig-zags it’s way through a wooded section and along the hill side. As you climb higher, take time to admire the Himalayan vultures as they soar the thermals. Towards the end of this section, the view towards the Dhauladhars is especially delightful.
The second stone stairs section is 1.4 km long. The stones climb through a glade of firs and end at the base of a meadow. A temple dedicated to Hanuman sits on this meadow. From the temple the last 3 km are over grass and loose rock and scree. Stone cairns and solar lamp guide you through this last section. In addition to these markers, red arrows are painted on prominent stones that mark the route to the temple.
When to trek Himani Chamund?
- Trek Summary DIFFICULTY Moderate
- DURATION 6 hours ascent, 3 hours descent
- DISTANCE 8 km one way
- MAX. ELEVATION 2864 metres
- Best Time to Visit : Mid June to Late October