Located in the infamous district of Kullu in Himachal Pradesh, this holy peak is considered as a part of the Great Himalayan National Park. Situated at 5227 meters above sea level, Shrikhand Mahadev hosts a 75 feet tall and 46 feet thick Shivling which remains free of snow even with heavy snowfall. Its unique feature also incorporates the Shiva Linga depicting the face of Lord Shiva with eyes, nose and matted locks of hair. This spot is one of the most beautiful parts of Panch Kailash and hosts scenic views along the way.
Folklore around Shrikhand Mahadev
The name of this divine mountain is derived from the words – ‘Sir Khandan’, which describes the ordeal of Ravana offering his head to Lord Shiva to impress him. Looking at his consistent efforts, Lord Shiva awarded him immortality.
Another folklore is about demon Bhimasar, who wanted to attain Goddess Parvati’s affection after he received a boon from Lord Shiva that he could consume anything he touched. He wanted to place his hands on Lord Shiva to end him and attain Goddess Parvati to wed her. It is believed that Lord Vishnu came to their assistance where he transformed into Mohini, and convinced him to dance with her. As a result, while dancing he placed his hand on his own head and died. It is to this day that the water and soil in this particular spot is crimson red in color.
How to Reach?
By Air - If you want to reach by air, the nearest Airports is Bhuntar Airport in Manali. From there you have to take a cab to reach Jaon village, from where the tour starts. Due to the limited capacity of Bhuntar Airport, you can also opt for Chandigarh Airport.
By Roadways- Direct buses are available to Manali or Shimla from many major cities. If not, you can take a bus to Delhi or Chandigarh and connect to Jaon through Shimla in a local bus.
By Railways- Kalka Station is the nearest spot to connect to Kullu. Due to its limited capacity, you can connect from Chandigarh and travel by road to reach Jaon. You can also travel from Shimla through a narrow line that runs through Kalka.
Pick and Drop Points
Usually, the pickup is scheduled from Shimla, Manali Airport, Chandigarh or Jaon Village. . As your travel consultants, pick and drop for our travelers can be arranged from many major cities as per the convenience and ask. Major cities like Delhi and Mumbai can also be considered as pick and drop points for groups with many members.
There are strict guidelines from Tourist Authorities to submit a proper list of trekkers with updated documents in case of any emergency and keeping a proper record of people visiting the region. Please take note of these documents before you travel-
Temperature and Weather
Usually, this pilgrimage is started from full moon day in July to full moon day in August according to the Hindu calendar. The weather from April to August is quite summary, pleasant to start of monsoon. The temperature ranges from 8- 25 degrees during the summer months and drops to 5-17 degrees in the monsoon months.