Kasol Manikaran

In Parvati valley of Himachal Pradesh, flows the beautiful River Parvati, on the banks of which lie the village of Kasol and Manikaran. Pristine hills, low population and a great climate all through the year are characteristic of this valley. Kasol is the base for trekking to Sar Pass, Yanker Pass, Pin Parbati Pass and Khirganga. It is an anglers delight too as trout fishing is popular here.
Located 45 km from Kullu at a high altitude is Manikaran, a famous Hindu and Sikh pilgrimage destination. There are many temples and gurudwaras in Manikaran.The main attraction here is the Hot Springs among the snowy peaks which are believed to possess tremendous healing properties.
Best time to visit: March to July, October to February
Languages spoken: Hindi, Pahari
Climate: Pleasant summers and cold winters
Holy Places: Lord Ramchandra Temple, Temple of Lord Shiva, Gurudwara Manikaran Sahib, Hot Springs, Kulanth Pith
Natures Bounty: Harinder Mountain, Parvati river

Manikaran Sahib, Kullu – A short visit

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As heat in Delhi became unbearable, as we gave up on staying alive in the huge bar-be-que that seemed to follow us wherever one would go, and finally as our frustration psyched us out since we could not find an appropriate, worthy, exciting place for our holiday – along came Kasol. To make the deal more lucrative, it came across that Gurudwara Manikaran Saheb was close-by, hence a visit was warranted.

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How I Managed To Trek Kheerganga With My 8 Year Old Daughter!

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There are two different legends that explains the origin of Kheerganga – One says that Lord Shiva meditated here for thousands of years and another says that Kartikeya, son of Lord Shiva and Parvati meditated here and the natural spring was emerged when Shiva struck the ground with His trishul on Parvati’s request as she was worried that her son wouldn’t get anything to eat here.

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The best of KASOL and TOSH in winters

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Hill top of tosh was completely covered with snow, we took some pics and then we started looking for hotels to stay, there were many hotels like: pink floyd, hill top, blue diamond. We checked facilities and rates in each and finally we choose blue diamond to stay. There we got a big room with 5 beds which was sufficient for 6 people, we were all wet, as it was raining when we were trekking to hill top of tosh, so we decided to play in snow and then change. We locked our room and went down to play in snow, we were literally freezing in that temperature, and it was around -2 degree celcius at that time.

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पार्वती घाटी (कुल्लू) में एकल (solo) घुमक्कड़ी — तोष, कसोल और छलाल

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कसोल से लगभग दो किलोमीटर दूर छलाल गांव तक इस पुल को पार करने के बाद केवल पैदल ही जाया जा सकता है. छलाल गांव में जाने वाला रास्ता पार्वती नदी के किनारे है. रास्ते के एक ओर पार्वती नदी के जल का मधुर स्वर पूरे रास्ते आपके कानों से टकराता रहता है. और दूसरी ओर ऊँचे पर्वत इस मार्ग को मनोहारी बना देते है. देवदार के घने वृक्षों से होकर छलाल गांव तक की पदयात्रा का अनुभव अपने आप में अनूठा है.
छलाल गांव में पहुँचने पर शाम हो चुकी थी. रात्रि विश्राम के लिए छलाल में रूककर अगले दिन आगे की यात्रा का निर्णय लिया.

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पार्वती घाटी (कुल्लू) में एकल (solo) घुमक्कड़ी — खीर गंगा से वापसी

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नकथान में ग्रामवासियों को दैनिक जीवन के क्रिया कलापों को करते देखा जा सकता है. अपने आस-पास उपलब्ध दैनिक जीवन के सीमित सुविधा, संसाधनों से संतुष्ट यहाँ के लोग जीवन को वास्तविक रूप में जीते हैं. झरनों का बहता स्वच्छ-शुद्ध जल, पहाड़ों से होकर आती शीतल सुगन्धित वायु, पहाड़ों के बीच बहती पार्वती नदी, छोटे-छोटे खेत और बागों में उगने वाले फल, सब्जी और अन्न और साथ में रहने वाले सहयोगी पशु. जीवन को वास्तविक रूप में जीने के लिए बस इतना ही चाहिए इसके अतिरिक्त बाकी सब जीवन को और अधिक सुविधा-संपन्न बनाने की कभी न ख़त्म होने वाली लालसा ही है.

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पार्वती घाटी (कुल्लू) में एकल (solo) घुमक्कड़ी — खीर गंगा

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खीर गंगा का प्रमुख आकर्षण यहाँ बना हुआ प्राकृतिक गर्म पानी का कुंड “पार्वती कुंड” है. प्राचीन मान्यता के अनुसार खीर गंगा में प्राचीन समय में खीर बहती थी जो पहाड़ों के बीच से होकर पार्वती कुंड में गिरती थी. वर्तमान में भी पार्वती कुंड के पानी का रंग सफ़ेद है और खीर की मलाई जैसे छोटे-छोटे कतरे पार्वती कुंड के पानी में देखे जा सकते है. इसी कारण से इसका नाम खीर गंगा पड़ा. पार्वती कुंड में नहाने से पहले कुंड की पवित्रता बनाये रखने के लिए कुंड के बाहर गिरते पानी में नहाना आवश्यक है.

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पार्वती घाटी (कुल्लू) में एकल (solo) घुमक्कड़ी — मणिकर्ण

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गुरुद्वारा श्री मणिकर्ण साहिब के अतिरिक्त यह स्थान अपने गर्म पानी के स्रोतों के लिए भी प्रसिद्ध है. खौलते पानी के स्रोत मणिकर्ण का सबसे अचरज भरा और विशिष्ट आकर्षण हैं. इन स्रोतों के गंधकयुक्त गर्म पानी में कुछ दिन स्नान करने से चर्म रोग या गठिया जैसे रोगों में विशेष लाभ मिलता है. इस पानी में गंधक के कारण अधिक देर तक नहाने से चक्कर भी आ सकते हैं. इन्हीं स्रोतों के गर्म पानी का उपयोग गुरुद्वारे के लंगर के लिए चाय बनाने, दाल व चावल पकाने के लिए किया जाता है. गर्म पानी के इन स्रोतों में पानी के तापमान का अनुमान नीचे दिया गए विडियो से लगाया जा सकता है.

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Manikaran !

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The night was spent nicely at Bajaura and next day we were fresh to start our journey further.  From Bajaura we reversed towards Kullu…

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Himachal Revisited (Aug,14)

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This time, while in India, visit to Himachal was more of necessity than tourism… leaving behind Iceland, Landing in Delhi full of heat and humidity was not a joke…. at the airport itself, we were almost fainted and without waiting for my friend to come to pick up, hired a taxi and went home…the heat and humidity was unbearable as the body had tuned to climate of Iceland…. so to go back to Iceland settings, Himachal trip was mandatory

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K5 Chandigarh to the Hippyland Kasol and Manikaran

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It was a great relief when we crossed Bilaspur. Next big milestone was for Sunder Nagar which is about 43km. It was my first trip on this route. I had heard all the names of the places en route, but never visited one before. I was as excited as a child must be when he gets his first summer vacation. But, I had observed that Bollywood movies do not adopt these hill stations, they only adopt their names. The place called Kasauli in ‘Koi Mil Gaya’ was in no means Kasauli. So I assumed that Sunder Nagar will not be the place called Sunder Nagar in the movie “Main Prem Ki Diwani Hun”. I was absolutely right, it was a different place, and yes it is beautiful. We stopped there for a while. There’s a bridge (I don’t know where it leads to), there were many ‘kulche wallahs’ along that bridge. Arun could not help but to satisfy his pallet. Sunlight had started diminishing by now. Birds can be seen in groups, returning to their nests. We decided to cover one more stretch i.e. Sunder Nagar to Mandi which is about 40km.

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