Tattapani Hot Water Springs

Tattapani is a small village near the Hill Station town of Shimla in Himachal Pradesh state of India, where a chain of hot water springs exists along the right banks of the river Sutlej.

Tattapani Hot Water SpringsTattapani Hot Water Springs.

Tattapani Hot Water Sulphur Springs are situated at an altitude of around 650 meters above sea level. The hot water springs are rich in Sulfur and is having curative and invigorating powers. The irony is that these hot water springs are situated in one of the coldest hill stations in India. Similar hot water springs are found at Manikaran (near Kullu hill station) and Vashisht (near Manali hill station).

The hot water springs are spread over one square kilometer and is easily accessible by motorable roads.

Tattapani is also a pilgrimage place for Hindus. It is believed that one can cleanse oneself of one’s sins, by taking a dip in the Hot water spings , during month of Magha (January-February) or on the Baisakhi day (April 13th).

Shiva Caves are situated at a distance of just 3 kilo meters from the hot water springs.

How do I go to Tattapani?

Tattapani is at a distance of around 51 kilometers from Shimla. Naldehra is at a distance of around 30 kilometers.

What about Tattapani hotels?

Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation has a Tourist Bungalow at Tattapani, which offers one of the best accommodation for a tourist. Hotel Hot Spring Theme and Hotel New Spring View are two other good Tattapani hotels.

Manikaran, Hot Water Springs

Manikaran in Himachal Pradesh state of India is famous for its Hot Water Springs and is a pilgrimage center for Hindus and Sikhs. It is believed that a visit to Kashi (Varanasi) is not required if one visits Manikaran. The hot spring waters of Manikaran is so hot that rice and potatoes can be cooked by immersing them in the spring waters! The water is also believed to have powers to cure diseases.

Hindus believe that Manu recreated human life in Manikaran after the Great floods during the times of Vaivasvata alias Sraddhadeva or Satyavrata, king of Dravida. Dravida King along with family and seven sages escaped the flood in a boat as per the warnings given by Matsya, an avatar (form) of Lord Vishnu, the Preserver. (As per Hinduism, God Brahma is the ‘creator’ of Universe, Lord Vishnu is the ‘preserver’ and Lord Shiva is the ‘destroyer or transformer’. These Trimurti (three forms of God) is considered as different forms or manifestation of one single Supreme God.)

Manikaran is thus considered as a sacred place for Hindus. Pilgrims to Manikaran take bath in the holy hot spring waters here. It is also believed that Lord Shiva and Goddesses Parvati stayed at Manikaran and Parvathi dropped her earring in the stream waters accidentally. Goddesses Parvati asked Lord Shiva to retrieve the earrings. Lord Shiva asked his attendant to find it out and the attendant failed to find out the earring. On hearing this, Lord Shiva became very angry and Lord Shiva opened his third eye, which disturbed the whole universe. To pacify Lord Shiva, The Serpent God “Sheshnag”, hissed. This resulted in boiling waters to flow and precious stones emerged from these hot waters, likes of which Goddesses Parvati possessed.

Manikaran Hot Water SpringsA Hot Water Spring in the Gurudwara Complex, Manikaran.

Manikaran is sacred for Sikhs as Guru Nanak (15 April 1469 – 22 September 1539), the founder of Sikhism came to Manikaran with his disciple Bhai Mardana. Mardana felt hungry and there was not food. Guru Nanak sent Bhai Mardana to the community kitchen and he came back with flour to make Roti (Chappahi). But there was no fire to cook and Guru Nanak asked his disciple to lift a stone and a hot spring appeared. Guru Nanak asked his disciple to put the rolled raw Chappthis into the hot spring. But the Chappathis sank in the water. Guru Nanak asked his disciple Mardana to pray to God that he will donate one Chapatti, if it floats back. After his disciple prayed, The Chapatis floated in water, fully baked.

How Do I Go to Manikaran Hot Springs?

Kasol is the nearest ton at around 4 kilometers distance. Manikaran is at a distance of around 44 kilometers  from Kullu hill station. Delhi is at around 535 kilometers distance and it may take around 14 to 15 hours to cover this distance. Chandigarh is at around 280 kilometers distance from Manikaran.

Pathankot railway station is the nearest MAJOR railway station, which is well connected to other parts of the country, at around 190 kilometers distance from Manikaran.

“Joginder Nagar” station on the narrow gauge line is the nearest railway station at around 130 kilometers away. Being a narrow gauge station, there is no direct connectivity to other parts of India.

The Picturesque ‘Bhuntar Kullu Airport’ alias ‘Bhuntar Airport’ or ‘Kullu Manali Airport’ with IATA Code ‘KUU’, on the banks of Beas river in the Kullu valley, is the nearest airport to Manikaran.

Bhimbandh Wild Life Sanctuary

Bhimbandh Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in south west part of Munger district, Bihar state, India, south of the holy river, Ganges.

Peacock inside the Bhimbandh Wildlife Sanctuary
Peacock inside the Bhimbandh Wildlife Sanctuary.

Legend is that one of the ‘Pandavas’ constructed a dam (Bandh in Hindi Language) and hence the name Bhimbandh. )

There are many hot springs inside the Bhimbandh Wild Life Sanctuary. Bhimbandh, Rishi Kund, Sita Kund,etc, are to name a few hot water springs in the Bhimbandh Wild-Life Sanctuary.

Bhimbandh Wildlife Sanctuary is rich in Flora and Fauna. Bear, Tiger, Leopard, Cheetah, Jingle cat, fishing cat, leopard cats, etc, are to name a few of the wild animals inside the Wild Life Sanctuary. Crocodiles, Phtyon, King Cobra, etc, are some of the reptiles of this Wildlife Sanctuary. Bhimbandh Wild Life Sanctuary is home to a large number of birds including Bulbul, Falcon, Kingfisher, Night jars, Peacock, Quail, Pied Horn-bill, Swallow, etc. Many migratory birds comes to this Wildlife Sanctuary during winter.

How do I go to Bhimbandh Wildiife Sanctuary?

Munger town is the nearest town to the wildlife sanctuary. NH 80 connects Bhimbandh with other parts of the country. Munger-Jamui state highway connects the wildlife sanctuary to NH-80. Munger is at around 55 kilometers from the Wild Life Sanctuary.

“Bhagalpur Junction” railway station on the Jamalpur-Bhagalpur section is the nearest railway station. Another convenient station is Jamui Railway Station, at around 20 kilometers distance. The nearest airport is the one at Patna, at around 200 kilometers distance.

Is Accommodation Aailable Inside the Bhimbandh Wildlife Sanctuary?

There is a Forest Guest House and a Tourist Lodge inside the Wildlife Sanctuary.