At a distance of 238 km from Shimal, Manikaran is a holy place for both the Hindu and the Sikhs. Mythological legends have it that the earring of Devi Parvathi fell into the river. Seshnag colleted it underwater and instead of returning it to the goddess stole the stone embellished earring and hid in the infernal region. Anxious Parvathi narrated the incident to Lord Shiva who, in turn, became furious. To save himself from the rage of Shiva Seshnag surfaced penetrating the inferno and returned the ornament to Parvathi. It is said that through this hell-piercing channel the Manikarna or Manikaran hot spring surfaced on the earth. The temple of Shiv-Parvathi is nearby the spring. Bathing facilities are there for the pilgrims.
In 1574 Guru Nanak visited this place and had spent a few days. This makes Manikaran a pious place for people belonging to Sikh religion. There is a big Gurudwara at Manikaran where pilgrims are treated with food and lodging free of cost.
Other temples in Manikaran are Ram Temple, Raghunath Temple, Srikrishna Temple, Hanuman Temple, Temple of Nayanadevi and the like.
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Rent: Double-bedroom costs Rs. 400–600/- per day.
Besides, there are dharamsalas at the Gurudwara and Ram temple.