Manikaran is a small town situated between the rivers Parvati and Beas. It is located in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. Several tourists who visited Kullu and Manali would like to see this place to see the hot springs. This place is also famous for pilgrim centres. Several Hindu temple and Gurudwaras are placed here. According to Hindu mythology, Manu who is the law giver recreated the life of human beings after the disaster of city in the floods. Temples of Vishnu, Rama and Krishna can be seen here.
One story for the hot springs says by the local people is, once Lord Shiva and Parvati stayed in this place for millions of years. At that time Goddess Parvati lost her jewellery in the river. She made all the attempts to gain jewellery back. At that time Lord Shiva felt so angry and opened his third eye. With the intention to control the angry of Lord Shiva Serpent God hissed from then onwards hot water started oozing from the place where the jewels had fallen. With the view to wash of the sins many pilgrims take a dip in the holy spring water.
What to see in Manikaran:
Kulant Pith: Of all the Peethas, Kulant Pith considered as the holiest place in the country. Most sacred place in Kulant Pith is Vishnu Kund.
Sri Guru Nanak Devji Gurudwara: This is the most sacred place to all the Sikhs. Here free food offers to all the pilgrims.
Lord Ramachandra Temple: It is believed that statue in this temple bough from Ayodhya by the king of Kullu. For the Hindus this is the most sacred place.
Hot springs: In Manikaran there is two hot springs. One is at Sri Guru Nanak Devji Gurudwara and other one is at river Parvati. Pilgrims believe that after taking the bath in river Parvati if they drink water of that river that leads to salvation.
Temple of Lord Shiva: Thousands of visitors come to this place every year. After earthquake in 1905, this temple was slightly damaged.
Harinder Mountain & Parvati River: On the northern side of the city Harinder Mountain is located. Visitors can enjoy snow capped peaks of this mountain. City is located on the banks of river Parvati.
What to see around Manikaran:
Kullu: Beautiful valleys of Himachal Pradesh are located in this place. This place is situated between river Beas and Himalayas. Valleys in this place are known as Valley of Gods. It is situated 41 kms away from Manikaran.
Manali: Snow covered peaks and Slopes of Himalayas are most attractive during winter season. This is famous honeymoon spot. Adventurous sports are attracting large number of foreign tourists. Mecca is the place for adventurous sports. It is located 79 kms away from Manikaran.
Getting to Manikaran: Only way to reach this place is road way. Regular bus facility is available from Chandigargh, Manali and Kullu. Coach services are most comfortable to reach this place. Nearest railway station is at Pathankot. Nearest airport is Bhutar Port near Kullu.
Getting around Manikaran: Private vehicles and cabs are available to visit the surrounding places of Manikaran.
Best time to visit Manikaran: From March to May, visitors rush will be more in this place.
Where to stay in Manikaran: Budget range hotels are available in this place. Mid range and luxury hotels in this place are very limited.
Where to eat in Manikaran: Several restaurants are available to offer South Indian, Punjabi and Chinese dishes. Very few restaurants offer continental and Italian dishes.