As heavy rains continue in Himachal Pradesh, the Manimahesh Yatra in Chamba district has been suspended due to washing away of a bridge, a police official said on Monday.

“A bridge near Bharngala Nala connecting Hudsar to Bharmour has been washed away following rains. This is the only route to Manimahesh. Efforts are being made to restore the bridge. Till then the yatra has been suspended,” SP, Kangra, Vimukt Ranjan said. He also advised pilgrims not to proceed further towards Chamba/Manimahesh, till clearance from authorities concerned.

The Manimahesh Lake is situated 26 km from Bharmour in Budhil valley, an important pilgrimage spot in Himachal Pradesh. The lake is situated at an altitude of 13,000 feet. Every year during August/September thousands of pilgrims flock the lake to take a dip.

The Manimahesh lake is approached from different routes. Pilgrims from Lahaul-Spiti come through Kugti pass.  The easiest route is from Chamba and runs through Bharmaur. At present buses go upto Hadsar via Bharmour. It is this route which has been affected and