To felicitate pilgrims of sacred Manimahesh Lake, the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation has given approval to two private operators to start helicopter services from Bharmour to Gauri Kund (4,000 m) just 2 km below the lake.

Giving this information here today, DC, Chamba, said that two heli-service operators, namely Sumit Aviation Pvt Ltd and Bharat Trans Pvt Ltd, had been commercially pressed into service at the Bharmour heliport.

The helicopter would take just 15 minutes to one side and it would make around 10 trips a day and operating from 6 am to 6 pm daily. The fare was fixed at Rs 6,860 from Bharmour to Gauri Kund (both sides) and Rs 3,430 (one-side).

The helicopter services would continue on the Bharmour-Gauri Kund air route till the concluding of the Manimahesh pilgrimage on September 13.