Get connected to life-force energy in the natural environment. Hot springs are a resource of medicinal\healing properties, this attracts visitors from all over India. The mineral content of these springs coupled with the high temperature is the reason behind their curative properties. This is especially beneficial if you are suffering from muscular pains, kidney stones, high blood pressure or skin diseases. Taking a bath in these hot springs can be wonderful therapy. The heat and sweating have a deeply cleansing effect on the skin and the entire body-mind system. The mineral content of the spring offers unique benefits.
The geological survey of India has identified 350 hot springs in India. You can visit hot spring in Sikkim, Orissa, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra and many other states. Here we have listed some of the most visited and renowned hot springs in India.
1. Manikaran, Himachal Pradesh
Manikaran is a pilgrimage centre for Hindus and Sikhs. It is 45kms from Kulu, at an altitude of 1760 m, in the Parvati Valley. The spring is situated near the bank of Parvati River. The springs come to the surface with pressure and temperature of the water remains above boiling point. Pulses, rice, vegetables, even chapattis can be boiled and cooked on it. The temple and a gurudwara at the spot cook food in this water and serve them to the visitors. The healing properties of the Manikaran Springs are well known and people come here to cure high blood pressure, kidney stones, and skin diseases. Even muscular pains and Rheumatism can be cured by bathing in this water. You can also visit Kasol (3 km from Manikaran) and Vashisht famous for hot spring (6km from Manali).
2. Tarabalo Hot spring, Orissa (Deulajhari)
Deulajhari is the most famous hot water spring among the four springs in Orissa. It originates from below a Shivalings attracting many religious attributes to it. The hot water spring is collected into 36 manmade ponds which confine the Shiva Temple. It is one of the largest hot springs of India spread over an area of 8 acres. Like other hot springs, this one is also said to have medicinal properties and hence a vast number of travelers and pilgrims visit here for curative and religious purposes. Deulajhari is surrounded by twenty-four hot water springs. According to the local belief initially there were eighty-four springs but many of them are hidden in the jasmine forest. You can also visit Mundiapada Hillside, Mahanadi Ghat, Khandapara Palace and few lakes and temples.
3. Surajkund, Jharkhand
You can visit hot spring in Hazaribagh dist., Jharkhand. The government of this state has set up certain spas and massage parlors near Surajkund so that people enjoy and take all the benefits of this magical water. It is also said to be the hottest spring of the India as the temperature of water is around 85 degrees Celsius. Surajkund is in north of Jharkhand, somewhere around 5 km from Barkatha and 75 km from Hazaribagh.
4. Gaurikund, Uttarakhand
Gaurikund is at an altitude of 6000 feet, on the way to Kedarnath Temple in Uttarakhand. This hot spring has a religious significance. Every year people going to Kedarnath Temple take a bath in this spring. This place is also a base camp for the people who are trekking to the Holy Temple. Apart from this, there are many other hot springs found in Badrinath and Yumnotri (nearby pilgrimage places). Dehradun (state capital) is 106 km from Gaurikund and daily buses are available from there.
Visit these as either a pilgrim or a tourist for healing and re-energization.