|Located in the Kullu Valley in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Manali is one of the most beautiful hill stations of the country. The town provides ample opportunities for adventure sport and winter sports. Easily accessible by road and a major base point for many of the important passes of the country, Manali draws a good number of tourists from within the country and abroad every year.
PLACES TO VISIT
Manali has a number of thrilling and picture perfect sites to visit. Some of the important attractions are the natural hot-water fountain and temple in the Vashishtha Baths, the legendary Hadimba Devi Temple and the picturesque Tibetan Monastery. Go a little bit away from the town, and you come across the legendary Arjun Gufa, the historical Jagatsukh, the Nehru Kund, Kothi, and the Solang Valley, besides the Rehalla Falls.
VASHISHTHA BATHS - Manali
The hot water spring of Vashishtha is famous for its medicinal power. A large number of people throng here for a bath as the water of the spring is believed to cure several diseases. There is a pyramidal stone temple nearby, which is dedicated to Vashishta Muni.
HADIMBA DEVI TEMPLE - Manali
The Hadimba Devi temple is an important place to visit in Manali. The temple is dedicated to the goddess-turned-demoness Hadimba (or Hirimba), the wife of Bhima. It is said that Bhima fell in love with Hadimba, the sister of demon Tandi, whom he killed in order to marry Hadimba. Built in the 1553, this temple is locally known as Doongri Mata temple. The temple is characterised by its pagoda-like roof that adds into the beauty of the place. According to a legend, to prevent the duplication of this four-tier temple construction, the chief craftsman’s right hand was chopped off. But this motivated the builder to construct another more elaborate and beautiful temple with his left hand, for which he lost his head. The second temple was built at Triloknath, 155 km away from Manali.
TIBETAN MONASTERY - Manali
The colourful Tibetan monastery is famous for its carpet-weaving unit where the residents, the immigrants from Tibet, produce handicrafts of various kinds that attract the tourists towards it.
ARJUN GUFA - Manali
Located at a distance of 15 km from the main Manali town area, Arjun Gufa is another place to visit in Manali. Located near the Prini Village, the legendary gufa (cave) is an ideal spot for a daylong visit. According to a legend, Arjuna, one of the Pandavas, used to practice stringent meditation here to attain the powerful Pashupata Ashtra (a powerful weapon used in warfare).
JAGATSUKH - Manali
Located at a distance of 6 km from Manali, Jagatsukh is the largest village of Kullu district. It is situated on the bank of the river Beas, and is famous for its glorious history as well as the religious importance that it holds. The village has a famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The structure of the temple is of the Shikhara style. Jagatsukh also holds historical importance as it functioned as the ancient capital of Kullu for about ten generations. In addition, it was here that the first and second revolutions against the Thakurs and Ranas took place.
NEHRU KUND - Manali
Located on the Manali-Keylong road at a distance of 6 km from Manali town, Nehru Kund is a calm and peaceful place to visit. The name of the place is given after the first Prime Minister of India, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. The place is especially famous for the clean water spring, which is believed to flow from the Brhigu Lake
KOTHI - Manali
Located at a distance of 12 km from Manali, Kothi is situated on the Lahaul-Spiti-Leh highway. Kothi served as the camping place for tourists when the 3,978-metre-high Rohtang Pass had to be reached on foot. However, the Rohtang Pass is now accessible by bus, jeep and pony. It also has a comfortable staying option in the beautiful PWD Rest House, which lies in the middle of a picture-perfect surrounding of the snow-capped peaks and glaciers.
SOLANG VALLEY - Manali
Located at a distance of 13 km from Manali town, Solang Valley is known for its beautiful landscape, thrilling snow-capped mountain peaks and the view of the glaciers. You can have a breathtaking view of the Himalayan range from the various view points. Many tourists throng this place especially during the winter skiing festival. It also has on-the-spot skiing training facility, a hostel of the Department of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, and ANTREK Campsite Resort.
REHALLA FALLS - Manali
Located at a distance of 16 km from Manali, the picturesque Rehalla Falls is a result of spilling water from steep rocks and melting glaciers. It is perched at an altitude of 9,000 ft. and provides you an excellent view of the nature around. The entire area is also characterised by the forest of deodar, silver birch trees and a fresh and aromatic air.
HOW TO REACH
Rail: Nearest convenient rail head are at Chandigarh and Pathankot. Manali can be reached from road from these stations.
Road: Manali is well connected by road with Delhi, Ambala, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Haridwar, Shimla, Dharamsala and Chamba/Dalhousie. Regular buses ply between these stations. It is connected with Leh during July to October.