Hot water springs in India are one of the well-preserved secrets of nature which are often found mentioned in the Indian mythology and are treasured as religious heritage sites. These hot springs are mostly developed as bath houses near temples and, in other places, the hot springs are naturally formed.
While some of these sites are visited and well known for the rejuvenating experiences they provide, few others are visited for the beautiful hiking trials they offer, which take you to some of the most surreal locations in the country.
Heated and brought up to the earth's surface by the geothermal forces, hot water springs are natural features that take the form of pools, geysers and much more.
These natural springs contain dissolved chemicals and minerals that are said to be beneficial to the human body and are believed to possess great medicinal values. Apart from the medicinal value, dipping oneself at these natural hot water springs is truly a worthwhile experience.
According to the Geological Survey of India, there are more than 300 hot springs that have been discovered in the country. However, we take you to some of the hot water springs in India which are situated in their natural surroundings, or have some modest constructions around them and also those that have a religious aura filling them. Take a look.
1.Panamik – Nubra Valley
At an altitude of 10,442 ft above sea level, this hot water spring in India is believed to have medicinal properties, due to which people from the neighbouring villages often visit the place to take a dip, on a regular basis.
Panamik is a stopover for travellers who ride through the challenging terrain located in the northern most part of the country.
PC: Elroy Serrao
2. Chumathang – Leh
This hot water spring destination in the country is definitely an experience of a lifetime. Chumathang would give you a very unique hot water bathing experience on the riverside of the Indus. It is one amongst the lesser known hot springs of the country. Head to the hot spring on your next trip to Ladakh.
The trek to Kheerganaga starts from Barshiani near Manikaran, which takes you through some of the most beautiful trails in the Himalayas and eventually to the destination of the Shiva Temple at Kheerganga.
The beautiful hot spring indeed promises one of the best rejuvenating experiences after the tiring trek on reaching the summit.
PC: Himanshu Jain
Well yes, there are hot springs in the hippie town of Parvati Valley which often go unnoticed by its visitors. To head to these natural springs, one needs to cross the bridge over to Chalal and on the river bank, one would find some of the hot springs that flow parallel to the Parvati river. The next time you visit Kasol, do not forget to take a dip in the hot springs over here.
5. Vashisht – Himachal Pradesh
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The small hamlet of Vashisht is located in the banks of the river Ravi which is like an Utopian village hidden away from the eyes of tourists. The spring here has separate bathing sections for men and women and the hot water brook here is believed to have medicinal and healing properties. The village also has an important place when it comes to religious and mythological importance.
PC: Gopal Venkatesan
Tattapani is located on the banks of the river Satluj. This place is well known for its hot sulphur springs which arise near the banks of the river. Since time immemorial, locals believe that the water in these springs has miraculous properties that provides relief to people with joint pain, fatigue and stress.
7. Gaurikund – Uttarakhand
The natural thermal spring of Gaurikund comes enroute to the holy shrine of Kedarnath. The hamlet of Gaurikund is located at an altitude of approximately 2000 m above sea level. Although the spring was destroyed in a recent earthquake, the area still has a small stream that flows through the village.
8. Yumthang – Sikkim
Yumthang is located on the banks of the river Lachung in North Sikkim. The water from the hot stream is diverted into two pools under a hut.
There many hidden hot springs in the country which are well preserved in this part of the country. Yume Samdong is another site that is located about 25 km away from Yumthang, which is known for its hot water springs.