Parvati Valley and Manikaran in KulluKullu has many valleys throughout the district and each one is famous for its scintillating natural beauty, religious shrines and varieties of other activities one could actually there. Kullu, the Valley of Gods or Dev Bhoomi houses many religious places of Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists. Every year thousands of tourists come to Pin Parvati Valley and Manikaran to enjoy panoramic views of the nature, adventure sports of all types and for pilgrimage. Here in this article you will get informed about Pin Parvati Valley and other attractions in the surrounding areas.
About Parvati Valley and ManikaranParvati Valley is located at a height of 1737 m and is the largest valley of District Kullu. The total area of this valley is about 1085 sq km and the length of the valley is about 90 km. Manikaran is located in this valley and is an important religious destination for the Hindus and the Sikhs. Location of Manikaran is in between the two rivers of this region, River Parvati and River Beas. Manikaran is about 45 km away from Kullu town. This small town has already made its entry in the list of must-visit places of Kullu. Throughout the year, Manikaran is flocked by the Hindu and Sikh pilgrims.
Manikarn owes its panoramic beauty to the surrounding Harinder Mountain. The hot springs of Manikaran are famous worldwide. These hot water springs are known for their therapeutic nature. For the trekkers, Pin Parvati Valley is a favorite destination for Pin Parvati Pass and Khirganga Trek. River Parvati is an important place for trout fishing but permissions from the forest department is needed for the same.
Legends associated with ManikaranWhile Devi Parvati and Lord Shiva were walking in this valley, Devi Ma had lost her “Chintamani Jewel” at this place. The precious stone was taken by Sheshnag , the Serpent God. He agreed to give it back only if Lord Shiva could perform his cosmic dance, the “Tandava”. After Lord Shiva performed Tandava, Sheshanaga gave back “Chintamani’ through a hot water spring. This is how these springs of Manikaran have got originated. Every year thousands of visitors take holy dip into these sacred springs to have clean body and soul.
Interesting Places around Manikaran
Rup Ganga and Brahma Ganga SangamBrahma Ganga Sangam is the place where River Parvati and River Paap Nashini meet. It is about 200 m away from Manikaran located on the right shores of River Parvati. Rup Ganga is 4 km from Manikaran and is an important tributary of Parvati River.
Pulga and BarshainiThese two villages are about 14 km away from Manikaran. This is the last village where vehicles can go. There are stretches of Pine Trees covering the entire valley. Manikaran has many temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Lord Rama, and Lord Krishna. There is a gurudwara in Manikaran which is visited by thousands of Sikhs throughout the year.
Rupi VillageThis village used to have silver mines which are no more there. The silver extracted from these mines was used to make the ornaments for the local deity Jagatham of Barshaini Village.
How to Reach Manikaran and Parvati ValleyManikaran is about 45 km away from Kullu and the best way to reach here is through road. There are numerous bus services available from Kullu to Manikaran. Taxis can be hired for reaching Manikaran. Private vehicles are also very comfortable means of reaching Manikaran via road. To reach Manikaran via road from Kullu side, one has to reach the nearest railhead Jogindernagar and then take bus or taxi to reach Kullu.
The nearest airport of Kullu is the Bhuntar from where regular domestic flights run to Delhi making it easier for the overseas tourists to reach Kullu. The best time to visit Parvati Valley and Manikaran is from October to May.