Many parts of the country are reeling under a severe heat wave. As people want to get rid of heat they travel to cool places. With cultural diversity, India has diversity in the climate also. Students from schools and colleges are on their vacations and parents have arranged relaxation tours for families. So it’s a tourist season in Himachal Pradesh. Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu District Magistrate orders Volvo buses and luxury buses and heavy goods vehicles will not be allowed to ply on the road from Bhuntar to Manikaran from 8 am to 8 pm with immediate effect to ensure smooth flow of traffic, till further orders.
This small town attracts tourists visiting Manali and Kullu to its hot springs and pilgrim centres. An experimental geothermal energy plant has also been set up here.
Manikaran is located in the Parvati Valley on river Parvati, northeast of Bhuntar in the Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh. It is at an altitude of 1760 m and is located 4 km ahead of Kasol and about 35 km from Kullu.
Kasol which is also called as mini Israel is a beautiful village in Parvati valley which lies at a distance of 32km from bhuntar. The major option to reach Kasol is by the local bus service which starts from Bhuntar and ends up in Manikaran. But if you are looking for the second that is to rent a bike or motorcycle to Kasol from Bhuntar then here is the option.
Manikaran is a pilgrimage centre for Hindus and Sikhs. The Hindus believe that Manu recreated human life in Manikaran after the flood, making it a sacred area. It has many temples and a gurudwara. There are temples of the Hindu deities Rama, Krishna, and Vishnu. The area is well known for its hot springs and its beautiful landscape.
According to legend, when the Hindu God Shiva and his consort Parvati were walking in the valley, Parvati dropped one of her earrings. The jewel was seized by Shesha, the serpent deity, who then disappeared into the earth with it. Shesha only surrendered the jewel when Shiva performed the cosmic dance, the Tandava and shot the jewel up through the water. Apparently, jewels continued to be thrown up in the waters at Manikaran until the 1905 Kangra earthquake.
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