Manikaran - Manali - Chandigarh Tour www.southdelhitravel.com Manikaran Tour: Manikaran (1700 m), 45km from Kullu and just 3km from Kasol, is famous for its hot springs. Thousands of people take a holy dip in hot waters here. The water is so hot that dal, rice & vegetables etc. can be cooked in it. It is also a well known pilgrimage place for both Hindus & Sikhs. Ramchandra and Shivaji temples besides a Gurudwara are there. According to an old legend, Manikaran is connected with Lord Shiva and his divine consort, Parvati, who lost her ear rings here, which gave birth to hot waters on the bank of Parvati river. Hearing this religious myth from the priests will be more rewarding and interesting. Ample accomodation in the temples and Gurudwara, is available for night stay besides private hotels & guest houses. Manali Tour: The capital city of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is a quaint little hill station nestled in the Shivalik hills. The city derives its name from the name of Goddess Kali, Shyamala. It was discovered by the British for a perfect escape from the scorching heat of the plains. Shimla offers the picturesque set of its treasured natural gifts to its tourists, such as, pine clad hills, beautiful valleys and waterfalls. Shimla has its own colonial charm too. Places to see : The Mall : The mall that runs along the Ridge is the hub of Shimla. It is always crowded with tourists. It is the city's most famous shopping center, with shops selling all items, from clothes to junk food. Rashtrapati Niwas : This six-storeyed Vice-Regal Lodge ( now Rashtrapati Niwas) was built in 1888 and was formerly the residence of Lord Dufferin, the British Viceroy. The style of architecture is English Renaissance and it has magnificent lawns. It presently houses the Indian Institute of Advanced Study. Scandal Point : it is the State Museum of Shimla. built in 1974, it has a good collection of statues, miniatures, coins and photos from in and around Himachal Pradesh. a statue of the national leader Lala Lajpat Rai has been erected here.