Kasol is a town at the height of 1760m in Parvati Valley named after deity Parvati is one of the best kept secret. It’s about 2 to 2.5 hours drive one way from Manali.
Tosh and Malana towns are closer from Kasol but requires trekking. There are also Kalga, Tulga, Pulga towns that are on the way to Tosh town. Mandi is the oldest town in Himachal Pradesh with many temples.
There is a beautiful Parvati River flowing throughout this town, Kasol. According to the believes, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati meditated in this valley for about 11,000 years. The Parvati river originates from ManTalai Glacier.
Manikaran is a Lord Shiva Goddess Parvati temple and famous for its hot spring. You can cook your rice which is inside a muslin bag in the hot spring which is sold at a fraction. The hot spring is also the place where the daily food for the pilgrims are cooked.
The hot spring is also believed to heal ailments.
Legends says that this is the resettlement or recreation by Sage Manu after the great flood.
The place is also associated with the arrival of Guru Nanak, founder of the Sikh religion and the temple is named Sahib Gurudwara. Where there is a Gurudwara, there is a langar (food).
The other two temples nearby are Ram Sita Lakshman temple and Naina Bhagwati temple.
The history behind Manikaran is that Goddess Parvati lost her jewel and as a result of Lord Shiva's anger, the hot spring was His creation that brought forth her jewel.
Visit Kasol to feel the energetic connection with the ancient past.