Top 5 Best Hot Springs in Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh is known for its hot water springs throughout the nation. The hot springs water in Himachal pradesh attracts thousands of tourists from different areas all around the year. Himachal Pradesh is one of the rarest states where we can find natural hot springs. Most of these are located in the Satluj and Beas valleys.
Generally, there are three types of water springs observed in Himachal Pradesh. They are Ordinary springs, mineral springs, and thermal water springs. Ordinary water can be defined as temporary or permanent passing underground water to the surface.
Mineral water spring has dissolved minerals, whereas the thermal water spring has distinctive high-temperature water. Hot water springs have become quite popular in Himachal Pradesh for their medicinal properties. All springs have one common feature.
Here is the list of some very popular and comeliest hot water springs in Himachal Pradesh:
Hot spring at Manikaran, Kullu
If we talk of hot springs in Himachal, the place Manikaran is first to come in mind as it the most famous among all others. Manikaran is at a distance of 45 km from Kullu. There are large numbers of springs in this region within a radius of 1.3 km. there is no sulfur or iron in the water but is said to be radioactive. Thousands of people take a dip in its hot waters. the water is so hot that pulses (dal), rice, vegetable, etc. can be boiled and cooked in it.
Manikaran is regarded as the sacred place and worshippers from different parts of the country come here to take bath in this holy water of Manikaran. The hot water here is very beneficial for skin-related ailments. Ailments like rheumatism, pneumonia, backache are rapidly cured by taking a bath in this water.
According to a legend, Mani Karan is also associated with lord shiva and his consort Parbati. it is said that once, while maa Parvati was taking bath, here she lost her ear-rings in the Kund (Pond). when she told it to lord shiva, he became furious and looked at the water of the Kund with great anger. with this, thousand of earrings flowed out from the boiling water and since then the water of the spring is boiling. Manikaran also means earrings. Mani Karan is also famous for an ancient Hindu temple and a gurudwara.
Hot spring at Tattapani, Mandi
The word Tattapani itself means hot water. The hot springs here are natural Sulphur springs. It is situated at a distance of about 50 km from the capital city Shimla. However, it comes under the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. Hot springs of Tattapani also have medicinal benefits. The sulphur mineral dissolved in water helps in curing various bodily diseases. Tattapani is located on the right bank of the River Sutlej.
The water level of the spring rises up with the rise in the water level of the river. The place Tattapani is also famous for the attractive costumes of the people. Now a substantial part of this spring has submerged in the Kol dam project.
Hot spring at Vashisht, Kullu Manali
Vashishta is famous for its hot Sulpher spring. There is a temple which is dedicated to Vashishta Muni. This place is a meditation place for Vashishta Maharshi. When Laxman came to take the help of Vashishta muni for Ashwa Megha Yaga, to warm up the cold place, he fired an arrow to the ground from where hot water spring gushed out.
The water ‘Kunds’ is in the center of the village. Till now there is a belief that the water here is having medicinal values. Vashisht is a small and beautiful village situated on the bank of the Beas river. It is situated 3 km from Manali. Vashisht is also famous for the temples of ‘Vashisht Rishi” and ‘ Lord Rama’.
Hot spring at Kheerganga, Kullu
Kheerganga is a well-known tourist destination located in Manikaran. Khirganga is situated in Parvati Valley at a distance of 22 km from Manikaran. This is the place where ‘Kartik Ji’, the elder son of ‘Lord Shiva’ remained in ‘samadhi’ for thousands of years.
The natural hot-water-spring experience is something that you will remember for a lifetime. It is said that the white water of the hot springs has medicinal properties. Etymologically, the name ‘khirganga’ came from the white water of the Hot Springs. The spring water gets its creamy white color from the sulphur present in it, which floats up to the surface.
Hot spring at Kalath, Kullu – Manali
Kalath popular for Hot Sulpher water bath. Very few peoples know about it. The story behind this is. Once in satyug The Vashisht Rishi was traveled from Manikaran to Vashisht. He kept a pot of water from Manikarn to Vashisht. When he reached Kalath, Kapil Muni (regional god of Kalath) asked him to stay and rest for some time.
When he kept his pot on earth some drops fall throughout it and in Kaluga, the place becomes a hot water spring place. This water is full of natural minerals like sulfur, zinc, magnesium, etc. Which is healthy for many diseases and skin problems. With this gift of the god, The place is famous around the state and tourism also.