Hot springs in India are huge tourist attractions. The geological survey of India has identified 350 hot springs in India. They are considered to have healing properties and after taking a bath in these springs people have reported development in the cure of many diseases. The mineral content of these springs coupled with the high temperature is believed to be the reason behind their curative properties. Here I have listed some of the most visited and renowned hot springs in India.
Top 5 Unique Hot Springs Destinations in India
Bakreshwar, West Bengal
Situated on the edge of the Chhotanagpur plateau, Bakreshwar is a famous pilgrimage spot and holds a distinct identity as one of the popular sightseeing spots of West Bengal. It is one of the hot spring destinations in India. People from corners of the country flock hear for a bath in the natural hot waters. The natural springs of Bakreshwar are also the sources of Helium gas. Some of the important hot springs are Baitarini ganga, Paphara ganga, Khar kunda et al.
Atri in Orissa is well known for its hot sulphur springs. Located 42 km from Bhubaneswar, the capital of Orissa, the hot sulphur springs maintain a stable temperature of 55°C throughout the day. Adjoining the hot sulphur springs in Atri there is a bathing complex that offers you to take the advantage of the curative powers of the hot spring. The steam bath will leave you fresh and rejuvenated. You can also visit the famous Lord Hatakeswar Temple on your tour to Atri.
Yumesamdong is well known for its hot springs. Situated at 15500 feet altitude in the North East state Sikkim, the picturesque Yumesamdong boasts 14 sulpher hot springs. The hot springs are not out of bound and offer the tourists a chance to take a dip in any of the 14 hot springs in the region.
Manikaran, Himachal Pradesh
Located 45 km from Kullu, at an altitude of 1760 m about, Manikaran is a famous natural hot springs destination of India. The water is said to have high contents of Sulphur, Uranium and other radioactive minerals. The temperature of the water remains above boiling point. Manikaran is a pilgrimage centre for Hindus and Sikhs. You can take a bath in the hot water within the premises of a Gurudwara and there is a separate place for women to bath as well.
Panamik, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir
Situated in the Nubra valley, around 9 km from the beginning of the Siachen glacier, Panamik in Ladakh is another unique hot springs of India. Panamik hot spring water is also rich in sulfur. This spring is very hot and water bubbles are visible so you cannot get near or touch it. The rocks around the hot spring are also very slippery because of the sulphur coating of the water and presence of green algae.