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Manikaran, Himachal Pradesh Travel Guide

Manikaran is a small town in Kullu district of the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. Many temples and Gurudwaras in around Manikaran makes it prominent place of pilgrimage for both Hindu and Sikhs. Nestled with beautiful natural surroundings, town of Manikaran is famous for Hot Springs in and around it. It is situated near popular tourist spot of Kullu and Manali and many tourists visiting these places makes a visit to Manikaran also. How to reach: Bhuntar Airport near Kullu is closest airport to Manikaran. The airport is well linked to major cities of India. Kullu is just 45 km away from Manikaran and there are many state run buses and other private vehicles like cars and luxury buses plying on this road. These vehicles connect it also to other cities and towns of the state. You can also get down to Pathankot railway station. It is about 150km away and closest one to Manikaran. Chandigarh is another railway station where you can get down. It is 310km away from Manikaran and well connected to it by many vehicles. Places of interest: Surrounded by beautiful mountains, Manikaran is a famous tourist and pilgrimage spot. Picturesque Snow covered peaks of Harikander Mountain surrounds this scenic town and is one of the prime attractions of the tourists. Parvati River in Manikaran is known for its hot spring. This uranium and radio active ingredients contained water is helpful in curing diseases and hence it is considered as holy water and many devotees as well as tourists are seen taking dips in this water. Kulant Pith in Manikaran is regarded as one of the most holy places as it is believed that Lord Shiva was so much fascinated by this place that he spent some time here. The town of Manikaran also houses a temple of Sri Ram Chandra. This holy temple is believed, according to mythology, to be brought here by Sri Ram himself from Ayodhya. Many devotees throng here throughout the year. Temple of Lord Shiva is another place of worship in Manikaran. Damaged in the earth quake of 1905, the holy temple of lord Shiva still draws thousands of pilgrims. Sri Guru Nanak Devji Gurudwara, also known as Manikaran Gurudwara, is the most popular pilgrimage spot in Manikaran. The place is very holy one for the Shikhs as it is said that Guru Nanak Dev with his five disciples once visited this place. Other details: Some restaurants in Manikaran provide visitors with good and hygienic food. Shiva food center is located in the main local bazaar of Manikaran and one of the most sought after restaurants in the town.

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