The Healing Power of Himachal Pradesh's Hot Springs

You’re soaking in a hot spring on a sunny day, and all around you are mist-covered forests and flowing rivers. Hot spring water baths are effective in treating a wide range of skin conditions. Natural minerals in the hot spring water aid in the healing process of skin conditions. Throughout the year, hundreds of visitors come to Himachal Pradesh to soak in the healing waters of the region’s famous hot springs, which are also revered for their spiritual significance.

Hot springs have been highly prized for their therapeutic benefits for many centuries. Hot Springs in Himachal Pradesh are well known for their curative qualities, a gift from nature. These hot springs are located in beautiful settings, which is another perk. Manikaran, Kalath, Kheerganga, and Vashist, all located in the Kullu Valley, have become popular tourist destinations thanks to their mineral and thermal water springs. Turkish baths have been constructed next to the water springs at Vashist. 

Here are the world-famous hot-water springs in Himachal where you can bathe in any season with beautiful views and eliminate all kinds of skin ailments: 

Kheerganga in Kullu

The Kheerganga Meadow is where Shiva is claimed to have sat in meditation for 3,000 years. It takes about 22 kilometres to get from Manikaran to Kheerganga, which is in the Parvati Valley. During the colder months, Kheerganga is always blanketed in snow. A long journey across the Himalayas is required to get here, but the reward is the most restorative experience imaginable. It’s one of the most beautiful natural hot springs, with breathtaking views in every direction. Envision yourself in a hot spring surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Travellers of the Hindu and Sikh faiths give this water high regard for its purported healing abilities.

Manikaran in Kullu

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Manikaran is a holy city known for its thermal springs, and it is located on the right bank of the raging Parvati River. Many people say that Goddess Parvati once threw her earring into this pond. Shiva became quite enraged when she told him this, and he turned his attention to the pond. As a result of all this hostility, the water here quickly heated up and began to boil. Rice, lentils, and vegetables can all be boiled safely at this temperature. Hundreds of pilgrims make the journey to Manikaran every year to bathe in the hot springs that are revered for their spiritual and curative properties.

Vashist Hot Springs

This hot water spring is well-known for its Turkish-style baths and is found close to Manali, high above the river Beas. Lord Rama and his brother Lakshmana considered the ancient Indian philosopher Vashist to be their spiritual guide. Vashist village’s hot springs are responsible for its now-global fame. Many skin disorders, it is said, can be cured by soaking in the waters of the Vashist hot springs. Hot springs are a popular attraction in Vashist, and many people attend daily to enjoy a soak. The women-only water tank is located off to the side. Several popular tourist destinations in and around Manali rely heavily on water from the Vashist hot water spring.

Tattapani in Mandi

When discussing Himachal’s hot springs, the term Tattapani is always spoken first. This geothermal spring on the banks of the Satluj blends natural beauty with the therapeutic benefits of a hot bath, as mineral-rich hot water rises through the riverbed’s pebbles. After rejuvenating in the Tattapani springs, you can satisfy your need for adventure with a white-water rafting trip down the Satluj. On Makkar Sakranti, the 13th of January, thousands of devotees flock to Tattapani for a ritual immersion in the hot springs. Every year during the Muslim holy month of Magha, throngs of worshippers make the pilgrimage here to cool themselves in these waters (Jan-Feb). The river’s flow affects the amount of water that flows through these springs, so the level is always changing.

Kasol Hot Water Springs

Kasol, which is located opposite the settlement of Nikhatan, also features a hot water spring. Kasol hamlet in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, is one of the less visited tourist spots in the region, but it is brimming with exciting discoveries. Here, water temperatures are significantly lower than in Manikaran. Kasol has grown into a popular vacation destination, especially among Israelis. The religious needs of the summertime population are also met by a visiting Rabbi. There is only one source of hot water, and the temperature is substantially lower than in other Himalayan hot springs.

Tatwani in Kangra

Tatwani hot spring is a well-kept secret that may be reached after a short drive through the verdant Kangra Valley. The hot spring waters pour into a little pool from the mouth of a stone lion, which is part of a charming temple. They say warm waters can cure a variety of diseases and purify the skin. Many health problems, locals say, can be remedied by drinking the water because of its alleged medicinal characteristics. Before entering the temple, you must first wash off in the river.

Kalath in Kullu

The sulphurous rivers of the Manali Gorge begin their journey from the earth’s depths about 6.5 kilometres downstream of Manali. Kalath, a small village on the Beas River, is home to six hot springs widely regarded as having healing effects. It’s famous for its cluster of six thermal springs. Individual shower stalls are set apart for males and females. Sulphur-rich water is said to have healing effects. If you take a dip in this hot water spring, you will feel completely revitalised on every level.

Jeori in Kinnaur

Jeori’s hot water springs may be found along the scenic Hindustan Tibet Road on the way to the beautiful Spiti valley. The holy Chhari is first immersed in the Jeori hot springs as part of the famous Manimahesh pilgrimage to the Shrikhand Mahadev summit in July. After bathing at the Jeori hot springs, pilgrims continue their yatra to the home of Lord Shiva.

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