22 Jun

The hot springs of Himachal

The beauty of Himachal Pradesh is beyond words. The captivating beauty of the Pir Panjal range, the serene view of lush green pine trees against clear blue skies, the spirituality of ancient temples and Budhhist monasteries, the swiftly cascading river Beas – all paint an idyllic picture of Himachal. What adds to the charm of the state are its various diversities. For instance, a place that’s most renowned for its snow-clad passes and snow-capped mountain peaks is also home to many hot springs. In this post let’s take a look at the famous hot water springs in Himachal Pradesh.

Manikaran

Located in the Parbati Valley, near the bank of river Parbati is the Manikaran hot water spring. Multiple springs surface with great pressure over an area of 1.3 kms. The water is said to be so hot that pulses and vegetables can be easily cooked using it. In fact a Gurudwara located close to the spring uses the water to prepare food. The food is also cooked by placing the pots and pans on the hot emerging springs. The spring has great healing properties, especially for muscular pain, arthritis and rheumatism.

 

Manikaran

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Tattapani

Tattapani, meaning hot water, is located on the bank of river Sutlej. These springs are rich in sulphur and also have powers to cure ailments related to muscular pain and rheumatism. The waters emerging from these streams fluctuate based on the water-levels in the river.

 Khirganga

Another breath-taking hot water spring is Khirganga. It can be reached by a short trek through a beautiful, rocky terrain. The spring is located in a steep meadow surrounded by lofty mountains and pine forests. It is believed that Lord Shiva’s son, Karthik had remained in ‘samadhi’ at this place for thousands of years. The name of the spring is derived from the distinct white-colored water that flows from it.

 Kasol hot water spring

While Kasol has only one hot water spring, the temperature of which is lesser than Mankaran, yet it makes a beautiful sight. Kasol being a less visited village in Himachal, it is one of the most serene places in Himachal. You can unravel the beauty of this place at your own pace. Take a leisure stroll on the river bank or sit down to soak in the tranquility of the spot.

Vashisht hot springs

Just 5 kms from De Vivendi Resorts in one of the most famous sulphur hot springs of Himachal – the Vashisht hot springs. The hot springs are located in the heart of the quaint village Vashisht, now a popular tourist destination. The waters of these springs emerge from the granite formations that cover this part of the Himalayan foothills.

Rich in medicinal properties and set amidst breath-taking surroundings, each hot spring in Himachal is unique. After you’re done marvelling at the various points of interest in Manali, check with our front desk for a cab to travel to these beautiful hot water springs.

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