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HP has a chain of hot water springs which surprisingly lie along the banks of some of the coldest rivers in the state. Some of them like Tattapani, Vashisht near Manali and Manikaran in Kullu have been developed as tourist spots. The highway winds its way to these hot suphur springs. On the right banks of the river Sutlej are the hot water sulphur springs at an altitude of 656 meteres [2,150 ft]. On a motorable road, Tattapani is 51 Km [31.7 miles] from Shimla, and 29 km [18 miles] from Naldehra. Like Manikaran and Vashisht, these natural sulphur springs are invigorating and have curative powers. One can drive ahead to the charming country side of Karsog.Tattapani is a relaxed little village, offering a variety of attractions for those in search of rest, recreation and soft adventure. A series of small hot sulphur springs pop up along the right bank of the river Sutlej over an area of one square kilometre. If you're suffering from joint pains, fatigue or any skin disease, this is just the place for you. A dip in these steaming springs will provide the much-needed relief. For the perfectly fit and fine too, bathing here can be great fun. Some of these springs gush into natural bathtubs thanks to the unique rock formation. The hot water ponds though, are different from springs. They simply vanish when the level of the river rises in June-July and reappear in November-December. Tattapani is also a pilgrimage centre for Hindus. The devout consider the month of Magha (January-February) auspicious for a dip. It is believed that by doing so, one can cleanse oneself of one's sins. Dips are also taken on Baisakhi day (April 13), a major agrarian festival. Massive community baths are conducted during Tara Ratri, Lohri and 26th of January every year. While at Tattapani don't forget to visit the Shiva Caves, just 3km away. Accommodation:- Accommodation is inexpensive in Tattapani (though we can't guarantee cleanliness). HPTDC's Tourist Bungalow (Tel: 286649) would perhaps be the best option here.

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