12 Hot Springs in India That Will Warm You Up This Winter


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Hot springs in India are the preserved secrets of nature which have often found mention in the Indian mythology and are treasured as religious heritage. These hot springs have mostly been developed as bath houses near temples and in other places, they flow their natural path. While some of these sites are frequented for the rejuvenating experiences, other hot water springs in India are visited by travellers for the stunning hiking trails that lead to these surreal locations.

Visit these hot springs in India to explore some of nature's best kept secrets in India.

1. Panamik in Nubra Valley

At the height 10,442 feet above sea level, this hot water spring in India is said to have medicinal properties and people from the neighboring villages of Nubra often visit the site to take a dip on a regular basis. Being located in the northern-most part of the country, Panamik is also a stopover for travellers who pass through this challenging terrain.

Photo of Panamik Hot Spring by Disha Kapkoti
Image Credits: Kashmir Hills

2. Chumthang in Leh District

This hot spring destination in India is definitely an experience of a lifetime for travellers. Chumthang would give you a unique hot water bathing experience on the Indus riverside. Not among the famous springs in India, Chumthang would be a discovery on your next Ladakh trip.

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Photo of Chumathang Hot Spring by Disha Kapkoti
Image Credits: Shwetha Krish

3. Kheerganga, a mystical trek to the hot pools

A trek that starts from Barshiani near Manikaran takes you through the the beautiful trail in the Himalayas to the Shiva Temple in Kheerganga. This beautiful hot spring destination of India indeed promises the best rejuvenating experience to tired hikers on reaching the hilltop.

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Photo of Kheer Ganga Hot Water Spring, Khir Ganga, India by Disha Kapkoti
Image Credits: Saqib Mohammad

4. Kasol, hippie town of hot springs

Yes, there are hot springs in this little hippie town in the Parvati Valley which often go unnoticed by travellers. Cross the bridge to Chalal and on the riverside you'd find some of the hot springs flowing parallel to the Parvati river. On your next vacation to Kasol, do not forget to discover this hot spring destination of India.

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Photo of Kasol, Himachal Pradesh, India by Disha Kapkoti
Image Credits: Koyna

5. Manikaran Sahib in Parvati Valley

Like most of the hot springs in India, Manikaran is a celebrated pilgrimage for the people of Hindu and Sikh belief systems. On the way to Manikaran from Bhuntar, you can spot hundreds of Sikh pilgrims cheering on the bus and motorcycles. In the Hindu belief system, Manikaran is considered a sacred spot where Manu recreated human life after the flood.

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Photo of Hot Water Spring, Manikaran, Himachal Pradesh, India by Disha Kapkoti
Image Credits: Navneet Kapoor

6. Vashisht, the utopian village of Himachal Pradesh

This small village in the bank of river Ravi is like a utopian village hidden from the eyes of the tourists. The spring has separate bathing provisions for men and women and this hot water brook is said to have medicinal and healing effects. Due to the religious and mythological importance of the village, it is one of the famous hot springs in India.

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Photo of Hot Water Spring, Vashist, Himachal Pradesh, India by Disha Kapkoti
Image Credits: Rupali

7. Tattapani on the bank of river Satluj

On the bank of river Satluj, this Himalayan town is famous for the hot sulphur springs that erupt near the bank. For years the locals have believed that the water of these springs have miraculous properties and provides relief from joint pains, fatigue and stress.

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Photo of Tattapani Hot water spring by Disha Kapkoti
Image Credits: Smriti Maini

8. Gaurikund and Suryakund in Uttarakhand

On the trek to the holy shrine of Kedarnath, Gaurikund is a village situated almost 2000 mts above sea level. Gaurikund is also popular owing to the natural thermal spring in this village which was destroyed after the recent earthquake in the area but a small stream still flow through the village. Home to a numerous hot water springs in India, the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand has yet another hotspring near the Yamunotri temple.

Photo of Gaurikund, Uttarakhand, India by Disha Kapkoti
Image Credits: euttaranchal

9. Tapovan near Joshimath, Uttarakhand

This small village is 14 kms ahead of Joshimath. Travellers often cross this village while on the trek to Kuari Pass and Chitrakantha. One of the hidden hot springs of India, Tapovan is a sacred place due to its proximity to the Gangotri Glacier.

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Photo of Tapovan, Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand, India by Disha Kapkoti
Image Credits: Saurabh Jain

10. Sahastradhara

This hot spring destination in India has been a commercial hotspot of the late. Sahastradhara, that literally means, thousand fold springs, has countless hot water spring flowing down the massive hills surrounding the area.

Photo of Sahastradhara, Timilimansingh, Uttarakhand, India by Disha Kapkoti

11. Yumthang in North Sikkim

Yumthang is located on the other side of the pedestrian bridge on River Lachung. The water from the hot stream is diverted to two pools under a hut. many hidden hot spring of India have been preserved in their best and perfect state in North Sikkim. Yume Samdong Hot Spring is another site only 25 kms away from Yumthang.

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Photo of Yumthang, Sikkim, India by Disha Kapkoti
Image Credits: Suman Basu

12. Reshi hot spring on the banks of Rangeet River

25 kms from Gyalshing, the area hosts a Shiva Temple and is a spot for frequent trekkers to rest. The hot spring in Reshi are near the trekkers' huts and apart from the tourists these secret hot springs in India are also frequented by the locals. Close to the spot of the hot springs is also Kah-do Sang Phu which is believed to be a sacred cave of the occult fairies.

Photo of Reshi, Sikkim, India by Disha Kapkoti
Image Credits:Amy North

To name a few more, Baksheshwar Temple in West Bengal is also a destination known for the sacred hot water spring within the temple. Garampani Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam can also be counted on the list. Within the himalayan belt there are countless other springs that are still hidden from the eyes of the travellers.

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