Manikaran located in the Parvati Valley is very famous for its hot springs. Manikaran means ‘Jewel from the Ear’ – the name derives from local legend. The hot spring water has 94C and is hot enough to boiled the rice, potato and eggs… (what most of Hindu and Sikh pilgrims do when they come to visit the temple). For the purpose of bathing, spring water needs to be cooled with river water. This small city, picturesquely situated on the river bank is fool of tourists and pilgrims, mainly Sikhs from Punjab. There are plenty of baths and nice open-air pool (only for men). Sri Guru Nanak Ji Gurdwara ‘complex’ located on the north side of the river houses temple, spa with bathing pools, ‘hot cave’, and the canteen… But my attention was drawn by gigantic mountains of rubbish on the banks of the river. Disgusting view and stench:(

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