The valleys, verdant landscape, snow-capped mountains, the gushing winds, what an escape from summer, isn’t? Well, Himachal Pradesh has a lot to offer. There are several offbeat destinations that are worth visiting and one among them is Kheerganga. It is one of the most unique and offbeat places to visit in Himachal. It is easily accessible through trekking.
The legend has it that Lord Shiva meditated here thousands of years ago. However, the most splendid feature of this destination is the hot spring that has medicinal properties. Here are some destinations that are worth visiting:
Parvati Valley– it is a holy place perched at an altitude of 2960 meters is Kheerganga near Parvati, this is an overwhelming place. The trekking to this destination is fun-filled. The uneven trails filled with dense forests make the destination all the more adventurous. While trekking, you can also have a sight of rare birds. It is better to hire a mountain guide who can pave your way. The wildlife beauty of this valley is incomparable and something worth seeing for. A good quality trekking shoe coupled with comfortable clothes are a must.
Manikaran Gurudwara- the Gurudwara has a special reference and is highly revered place among the Sikhs. It is believed that this Gurudwara has been once visited by five disciples. Hence, it holds a specific place in the minds. They offer sumptuous langar to its disciples and poor people.
Hot Springs at Manikaran– the hot springs here are truly fascinating and is counted as nature’s marvel. There are various legends surrounding this place. The water present in these hit springs contains uranium which is a radioactive element and has medicinal properties. Also, the water is so hot here that you can easily cook rice here. These holy springs are believed to hold huge religious significance among the tourists. According to Sikh mythology, it is believed that Guru Nanak Dev Ji came to Manikaran during 16th century AD and during his trip, he wanted to serve for hungry and needy, but due to the absence of fire, he prayed to God and God granted his wish and spring turned hot. However, as per Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati spent around 1100 years here at this place. Unfortunately, Goddess Parvati lost her jewelry in water and no one was not able to find it. Hence, Lord Shiva became anxious and angry at the same so he opened his third eye to devastate everything. Then Sheshnag tried to calm him and hissed which resulted in a hot spring and this way he was able to find Goddess Parvati valuables. The town of Manikaran is enveloped by snow-laden mountains. The view is totally splendid. Since the town is situated near to the shore of Parvati river, sightseeing is another good option to resort to.
Kulant Pith– It is the most sacred and superior piths revered across India. The legend has it that Lord Mahadev resided here for some time and that increases its religiousness. Lord Shiva symbolizes the purity of mind. Vishnu Kund is believed to be one of the holiest kunds and taking a bath at this place is the best way to get moksha. The locals believe that if an individual takes a dip in the water washes all his evil deeds will get washed away.
Apart from that, individuals can resort here for shopping. There are various local marketplaces that offer handicraft products that reflect the culture of Himachal Pradesh. You can even take them as a souvenir or give a gift to your loved ones. It is a must-visit destination for shopaholics.