Manikaran at an altitude of 1760 mts 80 kms from Manali is located in the Parvati Valley along the banks of river Parvati. Manikaran is considered to be the prime place in kulant peeth as per the brahmand puran. Manikaran is a pilgrimage centre for Hindus and Sikhs. The Manikaran Gurudwara or Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurudwara is commemorated to the visit of Guru Nanak Dev to Manikaran.
Manikaran is surrounded by the Harinder Mountains and the prime attraction of the town is its hot springs that are located in and around Manikaran. Manikaran is a well known pilgrim center with the Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara Ram chandra & Shivaji temples. A dip in the hot springs here are considered to be spiritually cleansing.
Manikaran provides the base for some challenging treks to the Pin-Parvati pass which , at a height of 4806 m connects the Sutlej and Spiti Valley, through Khirganga and Mantalai.
Legend of Manikaran
As per the local legend Lord Shiva and Parvati lived in Manikaran for 1100 years owing to the sublime beauty of the place. At one time, the godess lost her chintamani of her ear ring. Everyone frantically searched for the 'mani' but in vain. The gods approached 'Shesh Nag', the serpent god to find the 'mani'. In order to subside the anger of Lord Shiva, Shesh Nag hissed and there was a flow of boiling water, which passed over the area and out came a number of precious stones of the type which were lost.
Kasol also known as the mini Israel is a village located 5 kms from Manikaran and is a backpackers paradise. If you have an angling license then you can get a permit from the forest department for angling and you could have some great time angling in Kasol.