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    Hot springs in Manikaran

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    It’s no surprise that we often find almost no mention of hot springs even in the most talked about travel experiences. So, here we are to break the stereotype by letting you know about some Indian states that boast of some of the most famous hot springs in India located at attractive tourist places.

    Heated and brought up to the earth’s surface by geothermal forces, hot water springs are natural features which often take the form of pools, geysers, and fumaroles. These natural hot springs of India contain dissolved chemicals and minerals which are found to be beneficial to the human body and are believed to possess great medicinal values. Medicinal value apart, an experience of immersing yourself in these must-visit hot springs in India is really a great pleasure too.

    But wait, before you start chalking out your own plan to bathe in hot springs, do check out our list of 10 states that house some of the most popular hot springs in India.

    Hot Springs Of Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir

    Not many who travel to Ladakh, know that Ladakh is not just about lifeless mountains and deep gorges. Lies within, is the warmth of Chumathang and Panamik hot water springs which can be explained best if experienced.

    1. Chumathang

    Photogenic view of Chumathang hot springs in Ladakh

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    Chumathang hot springs will give you an incomparable bathing experience as you will forget the cold of Ladakh and feel the warmth of the water of this hot spring destination. Chumathang hot springs are like other amazing hot springs in India and are believed to have medicinal powers.

    Best Time To Visit: June – August

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    2. Panamik

    Panamik hot water springs in Ladakh

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    Nestled quietly in Nubra Valley, located about 150 km from Leh, Panamik village is often flocked by tourists taking a dip in hot sulphur springs. There are pools for males and females, cabins with showers and change rooms as well that makes bathing in Panamik hot springs a real delight and comfort.

    Best Time To Visit: June – August

    Entry fee: INR 20 per person for bathing in hot bath complex for tourists.

    Suggested Read: 9 Places To Visit In Leh Ladakh

    Hot Springs In Himachal Pradesh

    Imagine yourself bathing in a hot spring on a pleasant day with a view of rivers gushing through the picturesque valleys and dense forests covered in a blanket of mist. Well, that’s Himachal Pradesh for you! Some of the famous hot springs of Himachal Pradesh are:

    3. Manikaran Hot Springs

    A collage of people bathing and cooking rice at Manikaran hot springs

    Located in Parvati of Kullu District, Manikaran is known for sulphur hot water springs. Enjoy bathing in hot water spring of Manikaran besides visiting Sikh Temple and taking a dip in its holy water.

    Best Time To Visit: May – July and November – January

    4. Kheerganga Hot Springs

    A view of Kheerganga and the hot water pool

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    Trek up through the dense forests of Kullu district and enjoy bathing in hot water springs while being surrounded by mesmerizing ambient beauty in Kheer Ganga. Tourists from all parts of the world love to immerse themselves in this exceptional experience.

    Best Time To Visit: October – May

    Must Read: Kheer Ganga Trek- Whispers From The Parvati Valley

    5. Tattapani Hot Springs

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    Known as one of the most famous hot water springs in India, Tattapani pure sulphur springs can cure many ailments, especially bone and joint diseases. The amazing location adds to the beauty of the hot springs.

    Best Time To Visit: April – May; Timings for tourists are 7:00 am – 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm

    6. Kasol


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    While in this hippie town of Himachal Pradesh, it is important to take a visit to the beautiful hot spring which is located at the Parvati Valley. This is quite an offbeat place which is often missed out, but its beauty is boundless. Surrounded by the beautiful views of the Himalayas, this hot spring has facilities like shower, changing room and a hot water pool which is run and managed by the government.

    Best Time To Visit: September-April

    7. Vashisht Hot Springs

    Scenes from the inside and outside of the temple at the Vashisht hot water springs

    Surrounded by lush green hills, Vashisht is a small village housing one of the best hot springs in India which appear from granite deposits in this area. There are separate hot water pools for women to bathe.

    Best Time To Visit: May – October

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    Hot Springs Of Uttarakhand

    If you are planning a trip to Uttarakhand anytime soon, the do enjoy a dip or two in the natural hot springs Uttarakhand.

    8. Tapovan Hot Springs

    The sulphur rich hot springs of Tapovan

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    Apart from offering an amazing scenic view of the picturesque landscape, Tapovan is also famous among visitors as a famous attraction for its sulphur-rich hot springs which emerge from the yellow-soiled hill. You can cook rice or boil eggs by dipping the contents in these hot water springs here.

    Best Time To Visit: April-June

    9. Gaurikund Hot Springs

    Emerald Gaurikund Lake Just After the Dolma La On Mount Kailash Outer Kora

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    It’s an another popular Hindu pilgrimage site. Situated at 6,000 feet, it houses many hot springs that are famous among tourists as bathing hotspots. It also serves as a base camp from where people trek to Kedarnath temple after bathing in these hot springs.

    Best Time To Visit: April-June

    Suggested Read: 18 Offbeat Places In Uttarakhand: Explore The Hidden Himalayan Gems In 2019

    10. Rishikund

    The Rishikund natural hot springs and the surrounding natural beauty

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    Rishikund is another famous natural hot springs in the state of Uttarakhand. Also known as Gangani, it is about 46 km from Uttarkashi mostly visited by people who wish to gain some spiritual and peaceful experience. Here, people take a bath in this hot water spring on their way to Gangotri.

    Best Time To Visit: November-January

    11. Suryakund

    The beautiful Suryakund hot springs in the Gangotri region of Uttarakhand

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    Being one of the most famous hot springs in India and located nearby Yamunotri temple, it is visited by many devotees all the year round. It’s surrounded by snow-clad mountains that add to the divine beauty of the place.
    Best Time To Visit: April-June
    Note: Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri, along with Badrinath, are a part of the Chhota Char Dham Circuit.

    Tapt Kund at Badrinath, Tatopani, and Jankibai Chatti are some other natural hot springs in Uttarakhand that you should visit.

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    Hot Springs Of Madhya Pradesh

    Madhya Pradesh is also known as ‘Heart of India’ and there is no doubt that it houses attractions of various kinds, including the tourists’ favorite natural hot water springs.

    12. Dhuni Pani

    Temple around Dhuni Pani in Amarkantak

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    Located in the dense forests of Madhya Pradesh is the Dhuni Pani, one of the lesser-known yet fascinating hot springs in India. To get there, you will have to trek from Amarkantak. This is a sacred hot water spring which has a spiritual significance. It is believed that taking a dip in these hot springs can cure many diseases. Don’t ignore to hire a jungle guide while you plan to pay a visit to hot spring attraction.

    Best Time To Visit: October to March is considered as the favorable time for tourists to visit Madhya Pradesh and experience bathing in these hot springs.

    Also in Madhya Pradesh: Chavalpani is another hot water spring, located close to the Pachmarhi hill station.

    13. Tatapani


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    The Tatapani hot spring is located at a distance of 12kms from Balrampur in Chhattisgarh. This inexhaustible water spring runs throughout the year and has a very heavy flow which can be enjoyed by tourists. It is believed by the locals and the visitors that the water of this hot spring can heal any extreme disease. This site is crowded during the Makar Sankranti, when devotees come from all corners to pay their gratitude to Lord Shiva at the nearby Shiva Temple.

    Best Time To Visit: January-March

    Hot Springs Of West Bengal

    The next one on the list of hot springs in India is West Bengal. Check out the hot spring that you can visit in West Bengal. Take a look!

    14. Bakreshwar Hot Water Springs

    Hot water pool created at Bakreswar

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    Otherwise a pilgrimage center for Hindu devotees, Bakreshwar is located in West Bengal, about 230 km from Kolkata and is also famous for being home to many natural hot springs. Some of the best hot springs of Bakreswar are Surya Kunda, Dudh Kunda, Agni Kunda (hottest of all), Bhairav Kunda, Shwet Ganga, Brahma Kunda and Amrita Kunda. Each spring is enclosed in a 10-ft deep reservoir 10 feet in depth shooting the clouds of sulphurous vapors. Besides the large pond, piped water for those who don’t wish to get into the pond to bathe.

    Best Time To Visit: Monsoon, winter, and spring seasons are the most ideal times to take a dip in these popular hot water springs in India.

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    Hot Springs In Sikkim

    Clustered in the northern part of Sikkim these, are some of the most famous hot springs in north-east India – well-known and frequently visited by tourists not only from India but from all across the world.

    15. Reshi Hot Water Spring

    Reshi river and the famous Reshi hot springs in Sikkim

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    Located approximately 25 km away from Gyalshing on the banks of Rangeet river, surrounded by awe-inspiring landscape, these hot springs in north-east India are worth taking a dip. The sulphur rich hot Reshi Hot Springs are believed to possess curative powers against many skin diseases.

    Best Time To Visit: December – March is considered as the best time of the year to enjoy the hot springs in Sikkim.

    16. Yumthang Hot Water Spring

    Beautiful view of hot springs in Yumthang Valley of Sikkim

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    Enjoy bathing in the two pools of Yumthang Hot Springs, located near Yumthang village at about 135 km from the capital Gangtok. You can reach Yumthang by walking a few hundred yards from the main road and after crossing a pedestrian bridge on the River Lachung.

    Best Time To Visit: December – March is considered as the best time of the year to enjoy the hot springs in Sikkim.

    Borong, Ra Long, and Phurchachu are some other hot water springs in Sikkim that attract a lot of tourists from various places. Once in Sikkim, taking a dip in these natural hot water springs (especially during cold) is an incredibly pleasing experience. Don’t miss that!

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    Hot Water Springs In Meghalaya

    This sparsely populated Northeastern state of India is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations known for its natural beauty, culture and hot water springs. The most known hot springs in Meghalaya are in Jakrem.

    17. Jakrem

    A view of landscape near Jakrem

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    This quaint place about 64 km from Shillong is now attracting the attention of a lot of tourists and the reason is its natural hot springs. The medicinal properties of hot springs of Jakrem have turned this lesser known attraction into a potential health spa which also has separate bathing compartments for tourists’ comfort. You can also enjoy visiting the lesser known hot springs of Umngi.

    Best Time To Visit: December – March is considered as the best time of the year to enjoy the hot springs in Sikkim. February to June is considered as the best time to experience the hot springs of Jakrem as the weather is pleasant during this period.

    Hot Springs In Jharkhand

    This eastern state of India has a lot to discover apart from the exploring rich culture and visiting heritage sites. Also, you would find it worth a visit as it’s a home to some very famous hot water springs in India.

    18. Tattapani

    A view of Tattapani hot spring at Sukari River bank in Jharkhand

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    About 8 km from Latehar in Jharkhand, Tattapani natural hot spring emerges out of Sukari River banks. Tourists visit this place to make the most of taking a dip in its sulphur rich hot water that has medicinal value and property to cure skin diseases.

    Best Time To Visit: December – March is considered as the best time of the year to enjoy the hot springs in Sikkim. Winter season, i.e, the time from October to March, is the best time to experience hot springs in Jharkhand.

    Apart from these, Talaha, Tantloi, Darahi, Barapalasi, Surajkund, Balbal Duari, Charak Khurd, Raneshwar, Susum Pani, Numbil, and Tharia Pani are other worth visiting hot spring sites in Jharkhand.

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    Hot Springs In Odisha

    Thinking about visiting natural hot water springs in India? Odisha will be perfect for you! Odisha is home to many tourist attraction and its sulphurous natural hot water springs add to the allure of this beautiful state.

    19. Atri

    The natural hot springs of Atri

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    Located in Khurda district of Odisha, Atri is a small village famous for its perennial hot water springs with doses of sulphur which are considered to have healing powers. There is a bathing complex maintained by Government of Odisha.

    Best Time To Visit: November-February

    20. Taptapani

    Taptapani hot springs in Odisha that have a divine significance

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    Taptapani, meaning hot water, is yet another prominent name in the list of natural hot springs in India. Located atop a hill surrounded by lush green forest and has medicinal attributes. You can well imagine the comforting experience of bathing in the pond created next to the hot springs with such a beautiful ambiance.

    Best Time To Visit: October-March

    Suggested Read: 20 Tourist Places In Odisha To Visit In 2019 For A Fun Vacation

    Hot Springs Of Maharashtra

    Maharashtra is also home to a number of tourist-friendly natural hot water fountains in India.

    21. Aravali

    A sign board near famous Aravali hot springs in Maharashtra

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    The Aravali hot water springs are located in the Aravali village of Ratnagiri District. These hot springs are situated to south of the bridge on the Gad river and are frequented by tourists.

    Best Time To Visit: The best time to visit Maharashtra to enjoy bathing in hot springs depends upon the location of the hot springs. For hot springs in or nearby coastal region, September To April is the ideal time and for the ones in hill stations, September To Mid-June is the best time to visit.

    Suggested Read: 15 Best Hill Stations In Maharashtra That’ll Leave You Speechless On Your Next Trip In 2019

    22. Akoli

    Tourists enjoy bathing at the hot springs and pools of Akoli

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    Located at a distance of about a kilometer from Vajreshwari of Thane district in a pleasant valley, Akoli hot water springs are one of the best places for one-day trips from Mumbai. The springs nest the famous Rameshwar Temple and are therefore also known as Rameshwar springs. These springs are located on the left bank of Tansi river. The water from these springs is contained in cisterns where people can take a holy dip.

    Best Time To Visit: The best time to visit Maharashtra to enjoy bathing in hot springs depends upon the location of the hot springs. For hot springs in or nearby coastal region, September To April is the ideal time and for the ones in hill stations, September To Mid-June is the best time to visit.
    Nere, Ganeshpuri, Sativali, Unapdev, Rajapur, Sav, Tural, Unhavare, and Unhere are some other famous hot water springs in Maharashtra.

    Further Read: 25 Famous Lakes In India That Will Bedazzle You With Their Stunning Beauty

    With so many popular natural hot springs in India, there are certainly a few that are not crowded and thus perfect for you to take a dip and relax! Don’t wait anymore! Get packed, plan your vacation in India and get ready to relax and rejevunate your soul!

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