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Manikaran Sahib Tourism

Located in the Parvati Valley of Himachal Pradesh, Manikaran Sahib is a significant religious site for both Sikhs and Hindus. Nestled amidst the scenic beauty of the Himalayas, this pilgrimage destination is renowned for its hot springs, gurudwara, and ancient temples. The key reason to visit Manikaran Sahib is its spiritual significance, offering visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the divine atmosphere and seek blessings.

Manikaran Sahib is famous for its natural hot springs, believed to have healing properties, attracting devotees and tourists alike. The gurudwara, known as Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurudwara, holds immense importance for Sikhs as it is believed that Guru Nanak Dev Ji visited this place during his travels. The Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati also draw pilgrims seeking spiritual solace and blessings. The location, nestled amidst the lush greenery of the Parvati Valley and surrounded by towering mountains, adds to the serene ambiance of the place.

Apart from its religious significance, Manikaran Sahib offers visitors the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the Himalayas through trekking and hiking trails. The local cuisine, known for its authentic Himachali flavors, is another highlight, with traditional dishes like siddu, babru, and thukpa being popular among tourists. The bustling markets of Manikaran Sahib offer a glimpse into the local culture and lifestyle, making it a holistic destination for spiritual rejuvenation and cultural exploration.

In addition to its religious and cultural attractions, Manikaran Sahib hosts various festivals and fairs throughout the year, including the Guru Nanak Jayanti and the Maha Shivaratri festival, attracting devotees and tourists from different parts of the country. The serene surroundings, coupled with the spiritual aura of the place, make Manikaran Sahib a must-visit destination for those seeking a tranquil retreat amidst the majestic Himalayas.

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1. Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara

Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara
Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara is mentioned in the 'Twelfth Guru Khalsa' by Giani Gian Sikh. A highly revered center for worship amongst Sikhs, this Gurudwara is believed to have been visited by the Guru N (Read More)anak with his five disciples.

2. Shiv Temple Manikaran

Shiv Temple Manikaran
A highly revered temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, this place attracts a huge number of tourists and pilgrims throughout the year. The temple, completely made in the name of Lord Shiva got slightly dama (Read More)ged and tilted due to an earthquake in 1905. It is said that devtas of Kullu pay regular visits to this temple.

3. Manikaran Hot Springs

Manikaran Hot Springs
Manikaran has hot springs that contain Uranium and other radioactive elements and is believed to cure diseases. The water in these is extremely hot, so much so, that one can even boil rice in these. A (Read More)t the same time, these hot springs are believed to be holy by tourists and pilgrims and are hence popular in this region.

4. Kulant Pith

Kulant Pith
The Kulant Pith is said to be the most sacred and superior of all the piths in India. It is believed that Lord Shankar stayed here for some time too, highly impressed by the place. Lord Shiva's stay m (Read More)arks the purity of the place. Vishnu Kund is believed to be the purest of all the kunds and a dip into this is believed to wash away all your sins. Also, locals believe that this place takes away all the anger and evil of the individuals dipping into it.

5. Harinder Mountain

Harinder Mountain
The town of Manikaran is surrounded by the snow-capped mountains of the Harinder Mountains in the north. The view of the town from the cliff of these mountains is also breathtaking. Since Manikaran is (Read More) located on the banks of river Parvati, looking at the river from the top is also a good view.

6. Lord Ramachandra Temple

Lord Ramachandra Temple
Built in the 17th century by Raja Jagat Singh, the temple is a very popular religious centre in the area. The legend behind the temple says that Lord Ram himself brought it from Ayodhya. The Lord Rama (Read More)chandra Temple is also famous for its glorious idols of Lord Ram and Goddess Sita. It is located in the center of the city having 3 halls and 40 rooms for the devotees who visiting. Langar is organized for each and every devotee.

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Stories and Legends Behind the existence of Manikaran

Manikaran is believed to be sacred by the Sikhs and the Hindus, each having their own reasons behind their beliefs.

The Hindu Legend
Manikaran, as the name suggests has its origin from gem or Mani. Hindu Lord Siva and his wife Goddess Parvati were fascinated by the beauty of the place and chose to stay here for 1100 years. During their stay, Goddess Parvati lost her Mani in the stream and was upset about it. A serpent, Shesh Naag seized the Mani as a result of which Lord Shiva got angry and performed tandav ( a form of dance) so as to get back the Mani. The serpent hissed giving rise to the boiling water and hot springs. The gems likening to that of Parvati's sprung up all over the spilt water. Since then the place got the name, Manikaran. The jewels continued to spring up until the earthquake of 1905.

The Sikh Legend
According to Sikhs, the founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak Ji came here in 1574 during the third Udasi along with his follower Bhai Mardana. Mardana felt hungry but there was no food so he was sent by Guru Nanak Ji to collect food for Langar. People donated flour to make Rotis. Despite having the ingredients they were unable to cook food because of unavailability of water. As directed by Guruji Mardana picked up a stone and a hot water spring appeared in which the rotis floated at first. Nanak Ji advised him to pray to God that if these chapatis float back he will donate one of them in his name and to his astonishment the chapatis not only floated but turned into edible stuff. Since then it is believed that if you donate something there in the name of god you are likely to get the lost items back. This Gurudwara is also mentioned in the 'Twelfth Guru Khalsa' by Giani Gian Sikh which makes it more pure and significant for its disciples.

Restaurants and Local Food in Manikaran Sahib

Manikaran does not have too many options for food. One can eat at the lungars organized by the temples and the gurudwaras in the area. The food in lungars is delicious as well as hygienic. It might also be convenient to carry your own food or make some personal arrangements.
Himachali cuisine is very simple as it mainly revolves around Chapati, dals, vegetable gravy and curd. Pickles are typically served along with a meal in most of the eating joints here.
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Suggested Itinerary for Manikaran Sahib

Day1: Visit the place and stay according to your will. The gurudwara offers space for living and town comprises of many guesthouses. On your day one, complete your tour inside the gurudwara and explore the reasons behinds it sacredness. Take rest and cherish the food coming straight away from god's kitchen in the form of Langar. Bath into the hot springs and wash away all the impurities.
Day 2: Mark the beginning of your day with a dip into Kulant Pith and afterwards head towards Lord Ramchandra Temple with Lord Shiva to be the next place to visit. Langar is provided to the disciples. Choose your way out of having lunch here or outside. Look around to the local markets and enjoy the aura of the place. You can also visit nearby towns of Tosh, Kasol, Kullu and Manali if time permits. Each of those towns will take 1-2 days to cover.

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Manikaran Sahib, Himachal Pradesh
Manikaran Gurudwara
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What is famous about Manikaran sahib?

Hot Springs, beautiful surroundings of hills and valleys and its religious importance for both Sikhs and Hindus make Manikaran a must-visit place.

What are the places near Manikaran sahib?

The top places near to Manikaran sahib are Manali which is 27 km from Manikaran sahib, Kasol which is located 3 km from Manikaran sahib, Spiti which is located 69 km from Manikaran sahib, Kullu which is located 23 km from Manikaran sahib, Tirthan valley which is located 41 km from Manikaran sahib

What are the things to do in Manikaran sahib?

The top things to do in Manikaran sahib are Hot Springs in Manikaran Sahib, Sri Guru Nanak Devji Gurudwara, Kulant Pith, Harinder Mountain, City Shopping, Lord Ramachandra Temple. You can see all the places to visit in Manikaran sahib here

What are the top hotels in Manikaran sahib?

There are 135 in Manikaran sahib which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Manikaran sahib are Kabila Camps, Apple Garden Camps, SKYLAND CAMPS AND CAFE, Trippy heavensCamp, Pink house kasol, The Five Dimensions Resort. You can see all the hotels in Manikaran sahib here

What is the best way to reach Manikaran sahib?

The major railway station is in Pathankot which is 300 km away. One can also travel to Manikaran from Kullu or Manali since both these tourist destinations are very close to each other. Cabs can be hired to travel from one town to another. A lot of people visiting Kasol also visit Manikaran. Manikaran is just a few kilometres away from Kasol and local buses are easily available on the main road connecting these towns.
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What is the local food in Manikaran sahib?

Manikaran does not have too many options for food. One can eat at the lungars organized by the temples and the gurudwaras in the area. The food in lungars is delicious as well as hygienic. It might also be convenient to carry your own food or make some personal arrangements.
Himachali cuisine is very simple as it mainly revolves around Chapati, dals, vegetable gravy and curd. Pickles are typically served along with a meal in most of the eating joints here.
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What is the best time to visit Manikaran sahib?

The town of Manikaran lies in Himachal Pradesh at the height of approximately 1760 metres above sea level. This staggering height makes the weather in this region extremely cold throughout the year with an average temperature of around 10 degrees. Due to this reason, many individuals prefer to visit during the summer season (April - June), when they do not feel like staying in to avoid the cold. The place is also famous for its natural hot springs that are scattered around the entire town and make for a prime visiting spot. Winters and cold and harsh, however, a lot of people like to visit Manikaran during these months as well.

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Who should visit Manikaran sahib?

For pilgrims and people who wish to travel to hill-stations. For people going to places like Kullu, Manali, Kasol and other parts of Parvati Valley.

What is not so good about Manikaran sahib?

Roadblocks during heavy snowfall and power cut during those days. Extreme cold during winters. Limited options for food and staying.

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Kasi Rao

on Lord Ramachandra Temple 6 years ago
Lord Ramachandra Temple located at Manikaran in the district of Simla, is a popular Hindu Temple. It is located in the centre of the town. The Temple complex is a very big one. At the centre is the L (Read More)ord Ramachandra Temple and to the right is Lord Siva temple. The premises has two hot springs, one called as sita khund and the other as Rama Khund. It is very convenient to take bath here. Ladies can take bath at Sita khund and gents at Rama Khund. The premises has three halls and about 40 rooms for the pilgrims to stay. A langar is arranged for food. The temple is very peaceful and one can admire the beauty of the location. It is a must visit temple.

Rohit Shroff

6 years ago
Manikaran is a small town, known primarily for the Manikaran Sahib Gurdwara and hot springs around it. It's around 3-4 km from Kasol and around 40 km from Bhuntar. You can reach here by taking a loca (Read More)l bus or taxi from Bhuntar or Kullu. Manikaran is a good place for a day trip and should be definitely included in your Kullu Manali trip. If you're coming to Kasol, then even 4 hours is enough to cover Manikaran Sahib Gurdwara.
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