Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Valley Of Gods
Manali is a beautiful hill station located in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is placed near the northern end of the Kullu Valley. It is located in the district Kullu. It is the most famous tourist place. The Manali is surrounded by the banks of the Beas River. The name Manali has been taken from Manavalaya meaning the Home of Manu. It is also referred to as “Valley of the Gods”. Manali is famous for its adventure sports like Mountaineering, Hiking, Water Rafting, and Trekking. Manali is popular for its lush green forests of deodar. Manali is also famous for snow-capped mountains.
BEST TIME TO VISIT MANALI
The best time to visit Manali is all over the year, except monsoon. Winter season from October to February is the best time to visit Manali if you like the cold. January is best to enjoy the fresh snowfall. Summer season is most recommended for a family bonding time. Adventurous people can take to the winters for adventure sports.
PLACES TO SEE IN MANALI
Hidimba Devi Temple is locally known as Dhungiri Temple or Hadmiba temple. It is one of the most famous temples in Manali. It is located on deodar covered hill in Manali, some 3 km from the bus stop and few minutes walk from Old Manali. It is an ancient temple built in 1553 by Raja Bahadur Singh. Built over a huge rock, the sanctum is covered by the three-tiered roof of wooden planks. Hadimba Devi Temple is usually dedicated to the wife of Bhim, who is one of the five Pandava brothers in the Indian epic Mahabharata. Then the people who were her disciples later erected a temple in her respect, known as Hadimba Temple.
The temple has a wooden doorway and mud walls decorated by stonework. The door has elaborate small paintings of the Goddess, animals, etc. The beam of the doorway has the Navgrahas (the) and female dancers from one of the stories of Lord Krishna. The temple does not have an idol of the Goddess, but put a large stone carrying her footprint is kept here.
Rohtang pass means the heap of the human bones. It symbolized the death of countless human beings while attempting to cross this treacherous Pass over the years. On a meandering uphill road, 51 km away from Manali, Rohtang Pass is an ace tourist attraction that elevates your travel experience. The pass gives summer access to the land of Lahaul and Spiti. Heavy snow closes the pass in late November which after much effort is again opened six months later by May.
As the summer picks up and the snow starts to melt, tourist vehicles start making a beeline to the Pass to experience snow in the months of June to August. The tourists do also enjoy adventure activities of paragliding, trekking, and skiing here. Other excursions in the area include a visit to Nehru Kund, Jogini Fall, and Kothi.
To preserve the pristine beauty of the Pass, the small streams, alpine pastures, and mesmerizing waterfalls, overcrowding of the destination by law stands restricted. The government has enforced regulated access of visitors and vehicles to Rohtang.
A special permit for petrol and diesel vehicles by the designated authority at Manali is required to visit Rohtang Pass for tourism purposes.
Visitors can apply for Rohtang Pass permit online on Official website of Distt Administration Kullu https://rohtangpermits.nic.in/
Club House is situated in the old Manali near the Mall road. It is ideal for people of kids as well as adults, Club House is a wonderful amusement and adventure zone, which is one of the most popular attractions in Manali. It is placed on the banks of Manalsu Nallah (Branch of Beas River), in that place we have found various indoor and outdoor game facilities. There is an in-house restaurant at the Club House complex where the tourist can enjoy hot and cold beverages, along with some delightful snacks. The Club House in Manali is under the management of Himachal Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) and is located just 1.5 km from the bus stand. Tourist can enjoy various enjoyable facilities including an Auditorium, Billiards Room, Library, Roller Skating Ring, Carom Board Room, and Table Tennis.
Jogini Falls is an attractive waterfall situated near Vashisht Village in Himachal Pradesh. The fall is formed by a watercourse which is merged into Beas River in the downstream. The waterfall can be reached by trekking from Vashisht Temple. It is one of the famous Place in Manali and also among the popular in Himachal. Jogini Waterfall is one of the top attractions you must include in Manali Packages. Below the falls there is a small temple, almost unnoticeable but important. Below that is a Small Temple said to be more recent.
“The Jogini waterfalls are basically the holy bathing place for “Joginis” who are believed to be the unwed daughters of Lord Indra. It is on the first of Baisakh that the villagers bring their children for their first tonsure here above the Vashisht village”.
“The Jogini waterfall is near Vashisht village. Every day a large number of domestic and foreign tourists visit Jogini Waterfall and the Jogini temple.
Manu Temple is situated in old Manali, at a distance of near three kilometers from the main market of Manali. The temple is devoted to the Indian sage Manu, who is said to be the creator of the world and the writer of “Manusmriti”. The Manu Temple is the only temple dedicated to the King Manu, who was later known as Sage Manu in India. The temple is a pagoda structure that offers a glance into history and spirituality through its fascinating architecture. The name Manali was derived from Sage’s name who is believed to be the creator of the human race. The temple is one of the prime attractions in Manali and is believed to be the same place where saint Manu meditated after stepping on earth. This place has a separate historical background that appeals to most of the people who visit Manali. The popularity of this majestic temple lies in the fact that it is the only temple dedicated to Manu; so whoever visits Manali makes it a point to visit this temple. The travelers are advised to wear dresses covering the knees and shoulders, while inside the temple.
Vashisht Baths situated on the banks of the gurgling Beas River. At this place is hot water springs. It is a holy place and there is hot water inside it. Vashist Bath is Hardly 3 km across Beas to the north is located the ancient village of Vashisht. It is famous for sulphur hot water springs endowed with medicinal properties and the twin temple of Lord Rama & Bashisht Rishi. The village presents a panoramic view of the entire upper valley from Solang to Nagar. Vashisht village is a green patch of a steep hill hanging at the base on a cliff. The village is approx 6 km from Manali, at the banks of the Beas River opposite Old Manali. Most of the foreign tourists preferred staying here or at the Old Manali than the downtown Manali.
Manali has lots of colorful monasteries that represent the rich culture and history of the Tibetan people settled in Kullu and Manali. There are two main monasteries in Manali that attracts a large number of tourists, the Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa, and the Himalayan Nyingmapa Gompa. These monasteries are surrounded by lots of shops selling beautiful carpets and handicrafts etc, made by Tibetan people living nearby these monasteries. To preserve ancient Tibetan art The Tibetan Monasteries run a “Thanks School of Arts” and a “Carpet-weaving Center”. The paintings inside these buildings depict events from Lord Buddha’s life and the Kalchakra, i.e., the wheel of life fixed on the wall of the monastery shows the human life cycle. The Buddhists believe that rotating these wheels give you salvation. Tibetan Monastery is one of the oldest and famous places in Manali.
The Van Vihar is situated in front of the Tibetan market on Mall Road, Manali. In Manali one of the best place for relaxing is Van Vihar which is also called as Manali’s Nature Park. Also known as Van Vihar National Park, it is maintained by the municipal corporation of the city. The Van Vihar Park is beautifully decorated by deodar trees and is a perfect place to spend a memorable time with loved ones. A number of tourists visit the park to relax and get the fresh breeze of the Deodar trees.
The main charm of the park is the beautiful man-made lake situated in the middle of the woods. Tourists can enjoy boating in the lake. There are also a lot of swings for the children as well as couples in the park. The River Beas runs nearby the park. Visit the park in the evening and you will get a chance to enjoy the strikingly beautiful view of the sun setting against the wonderful backdrop of the majestic mountains.
Manikaran is situated in the Parvati Valley in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. It positioned on the banks of river Parvati. The term Manikaran means “Jewel of Ear”. It has many Temples and a Gurudwara. There are temples of Lord Rama, Krishna, and Vishnu. The area is well-known for its natural hot-water springs and its beautiful surrounding. Manikaran is a pilgrimage center for Sikhs and Hindus. The Hindus believe that Manu recreated human life in Manikaran after the flood, making it a holy area. The Vishnu Kund at Manikaran is the sign of purity. The water of this place is considered to be the holiest. The Sikhs have a very famous Gurudwara here which was visited by the first Guru. Manikaran attracts a huge number of tourists not only because of its fame as a holy place, but also because of its striking beauty.
Solang valley is referred to as the ‘Snow Valley’ which is famous for hosting several winter adventure sports like parachuting, skiing, trekking, mountaineering, and paragliding. This dazzling valley is one of the racist sights in Manali and is located at an average height of 2,560 meters above sea level. It is one of the most favorite trekking spots of the tourists, holidaying in Manali. Solang Valley is located between the Solang village and Beas Kund and offers majestic views of glaciers and snow-capped mountain. The Mountaineering Institute of Manali has installed a ski lift for training purpose and there is a small hut and a guest house that belongs to the Mountaineering and Allied Sports Institute. Every year in winter season organized ‘The skiing festival’ in Solang and the activities like Horse riding, Zorbing, & Snow Motor Bikes riding are offered for the entertainment of tourists.
HOW TO REACH
Airways: The Nearest Airport is in Bhuntar, which is 50 Km from Manali. And 10 Km away from Kullu. The airport is also known as Kullu-Manali airport and has more than a kilometer long runway.
Train: If you are planning to reach Manali by train, you can take a train to Joginder Nagar railway station which is 162 Km away from Manali. After deboarding at this station, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to Manali.
Roadways: Manali is connected with road, and loving Nature on road is another gift people can enjoy in car or bus. Bus services are available from many cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, Shimla, etc. Hiring a jeep or car or taxi could also be an idea of a road trip to Manali.
- River Rafting
- Mountain Biking
- River crossing
- Jeep Safari
- Motor Cycling
- Rock Climbing