Following day we have a plan to visit Manikaran. Our driver informed us Manali to Manikaran is approx. 80 km and it would take 2.5 hours on the off chance that we not sit around in transit. He intended to take NH3 to Manikaran Rd. From google map I came to realize that we will follow Manali-Naggar-Kullu-Bhuntar-Kosol-Manikaran route. After a substantial breakfast we prepared for our Manikaran visit.
Our Manikaran visit
At the point when we, means I, my better half, my son and my dad started our journey from Manali for Manikaran we had no insight what was coming up for us. Also, it had down-poured all through the drive making the streets very tricky which made the drive extremely dangerous. In the wake of intersection Naggar and Kullu we came to Bhuntar. Bhuntar is a town in Kullu of Himachal Pradesh. Bhuntar Airport otherwise called Kullu airport. At the meeting of the Parvati River with the River Beas, the Parvati Valley begins eastwards, through a lofty sided valley to Kasol and Manikaran.
Kasol is a village of Kullu district in Himachal Pradesh. It is situated on the banks of the Parvati River, in transit among Bhuntar and Manikaran. Kasol is the Himalayan hot-spot for climbers. Kasol is also a base for trekkers to treks to Malana and Kheerganga. It is named “Mini Israel” of India because of a high level of Israeli tourists there.
Kasol is a shelter for Israeli visitors originating from the desert land Israel. In Israel, city life offers no harmony so adolescents and travel bugs decide for a quiet spot with all gathering stuff and offices without including any excess cost. That is the reason Kasol is the new hotspot of Israelis who see Kasol as their subsequent home. Also, our driver educated us that, Kasol is an abode of drugs and sex. It is a spot for river rafting, trout angling, Camping, trekking.
Leaving Kasol we came to Manikaran. This town invites travelers visiting Manali and Kullu by its gorgeous beauty. A geothermal plant has additionally been set up there. The natural hot spring in Manikaran in the Parbati Valley can run a plant of 1,000 tones and create 30 KV of electricity. (Ref: https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/himachal-to-investigate natural aquifers for-power-age 568065)
Manikaran is a pilgrimage place for Hindus and Sikhs. The Hindus accept that Manu reproduced human life in Manikaran after the flood, making it a blessed region. It has numerous temples and a gurudwara. As per legend, when the Hindu God Shiva and his partner Parvati were strolling in the valley, Parvati dropped one of her ornaments. The ornament was snatched by Shesha, the trickster divinity, who at that point vanished into the earth with it. Shesha possibly presented the gem when Shiva played out the infinite move, the Tandava and shot the gem up through the water.
As per the Sikhs, the founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak visited the place with one of his disciples Bhai Mardana. Mardana felt hungry and they had no food. Guru Nanak Dev sent Mardana to assemble food for the langar (the Common Kitchen). Numerous individuals gave wheat flour to make Roti (bread). The one issue was that there was no fire. Master Nanak asked Mardana to lift a stone and he obeyed and a natural hot spring showed up. As coordinated by Guru Nanak, Mardana put the flat bread in the spring to his misery the chapattis (flat bread) sank. Master Nanak at that point instructed him to appeal to God saying that if his bread comes back, he would give one bread in the name of God. When he prayed to God all the breads began coming properly prepared. Master Nanak said that any individual who contributes in the name of God, he would get things back.
The exceptionally regarded Manikaran gurudwara is referred to in the Twelfth Khalsa, composed by Giani Gian Singh. A passage like corridor inside the Gurudwara prompts a room called the “garam Kothi”. This is the place the natural hot spring exists. As a visitor, you may discover the warmth inside this room unbearable, however once you get familiar to it, you will feel soothed.
The hot bubbling spring we have seen was of incredible utilized both to local people and travelers. These natural hot springs are known to contain mixtures of chemical elements, for example, Sulfur and Uranium, which have medicinal properties. Explorers bath into this underground hot water spring and get a break from the chilling cold.
As a traveler, I attempted an enjoyment trial to test the warmth of the natural aquifer waters. I purchased little amount of rice and tied it in my hanky and dunked it in the spring. I watched the rice being cooked directly in front of our eyes. A astounding association of cold and high temp water is found in the Parvati River, delivering steam that mixes delightfully with the white environment. These springs and their recovering properties have entranced researchers for quite a long time.
According to my exploration I found the high silica content found in underground hot spring can smooth and softens dry and unpleasant skin. Meanwhile the Sulfur contained in the water can likewise hold corrective properties that may dispose of conditions, for example, skin inflammation and psoriasis. The warmth of the water can rapidly loosen up strained muscles and make them pain free. Sodium, magnesium and potassium help with muscle issues and weariness. This is the reason natural hot spring water can be primarily valuable for patients with joint pain and fibromyalgia. Besides, it positively affects appeasing gastric irritation, gas, heartburn problems brought about by gastritis, ulcer and reflux.
It is accepted by numerous people of our country that taking bath in the hot water spring and drinking its water is a sure shot route for people to get an entry in paradise. For me, simply being at ‘Manikaran Sahib’ was paradise in itself! If you have a strong belief system then hot water spring is viewed as exceptionally favorable and it unquestionably cleaned our spirits! The water is hot to the point that rice can be cooked in it as I mentioned earlier. I personally observed that and caught it in my camera.
On carefully watching, I understood the spot is really otherworldly! Water coursing through the bends of the slopes has offered soar to disperse in different shapes and structures. Nature has utilized a scope of types and surfaces to shape hypnotizing mountains. I found few stones, which look like topaz, can be found at few places there.
The Gurudwara at Manikaran gives lodging and food to all the devotees free of cost. The food for Langar is set up with the assistance of the common hot water spring and is presented with extraordinary profound respect. The food is extremely delicious. For accommodation, Sarai office is accessible which can nearly accommodate 4000 individuals. You will be supplied with blankets and cushions and will be given a space to stay there. For more intricacies on stay, you can get in touch with them through this connection. They have 300 rooms and 35 halls. You can get in touch with them over telephone in the number 097178 88106.
One information I should impart to you that camera and cell phone utilization is allowed wherever in Manikaran apart from the holy spots. Temples and Gurudwaras have clear limitations on mobile phone utilization that you can discuss with the temple/gurudwara admins.
For lunch, we went to the “langar” served inside the gurudwara premises and had the best food ever! An amazing process at Manikaran is that of preparing food for langar in the bubbling high temp water of the hot water spring as I have mentioned earlier. They really don’t utilize any gas or stoves to cook! It was stunning. Subsequent after taking food at langar we began our excursion for Mandi.
We came to Mandi after dusk. Mandi is an important town and an administrative town of Himachal Pradesh. It is located 145 kilometers from Shimla and 95 kms from Manikaran. Mandi encounters lovely summers and cold winters. As an explorer place, Mandi is as often referred as “Choti Kashi” or “Kashi of Himachal”. Likewise, Mandi is the starting point for a trek of the locale, Prashar Lake trek. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) is also situated in the Mandi city. We went through the night there and prepared to return Shimla next day. Please wait for next part.
Also read HIMACHAL DIARIES-PART V