Manikaran is a small hill town located in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. It is the important pilgrim center of North India and attracts tourist from all around India due to its religious significance for Sikhs as well as Hindu. It is situated at a height of 1760 meters above sea level and is a must visit location for tourist visiting Manali and Kullu. You may visit this place any time of the year, though it is preferable to pay the visit during summer to enjoy the pleasant weather. Here is the checklist of top 5 places to visit in Manikaran.
You should visit the two hot spring when you are in Manikaran. One is situated in the well known Sri Guru Nanak Devji’s Gurudwara and another is situated in river Parvati. The hot spring is regarded as holy water with many medicinal values. It is believed that it can cure the chronic diseases as well as muscle and tissue pain. Locals also believe that drinking the water or taking a dip in it helps you to attain salvation. After few scientific research, it is proved that the water contains natural Uranium and radioactive minerals.
Sri Gurunanak Devji Gurudwara
This serene Gurudwara is an important pilgrim spot for Sikhs in India. They believe that Sri Gurunanak Devji himself visited this place with his disciple. The disciple was asked to search food and the disciple returned with pulse and flour. After he returned he found a hot spring at the same place where Sri Gurunanak Dev was sitting. He was asked to put flour and pulse inside the spring, which accordingly turned into an edible food. Still, food is served in this Gurudwara for free. This tradition is also known as langer. Along with free food, this Gurudwara also provides absolutely free accommodation. Tourists looking for accommodation and food for free can stay in this awesome place. Talk with Gurudwara authorities about it, when you reach there.
Manikaran is situated on the bank of river Parvati. The serene beauty of the river along with snow capped mountain range makes this place, a must visit destination for anyone looking to cut off from city life and go to an exile. The mesmerizing beauty of this valley and crystal clear flowing water of river Parvati creates a magical combination. It is a perfect place to hangout with your family and friends.
Lord Shiva Temple
Lord Shiva temple in Manikaran is a popular attraction for tourist not only because of its serenity but also because of the story behind it. According to popular myth, the Hindu God Shiva with his wife Parvati stayed here for 1100 years. This place holds a significant importance for Hindus. Over the years some parts of this temple had been destroyed.
Lord Ramchandra Temple
This temple was built in 17th century by Raja Jagat Singh. According to popular myth, Lord Ram himself brought this temple to Manikaran. This temple just like other famous pilgrims of Manikaran holds much importance for Hindus. It is a must visit place for anyone looking for peace of mind.
Manikaran with its important pilgrim centers, beautiful valley, and serene Parvati rivers always topped the list of tourists, who are visiting Himachal Pradesh. If you have been to Manikaran before, please share your experiences in comments.