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The best destination for enchanting Falls, Valleys and Passes


Leave your mundane city life bustling with noise, stress and competition. Treat yourself to the silent, cold and calm snow capped mountain peaks of Manali. Lose yourself in an entirety of bliss and peace.

Situated in the Kullu Region in Himachal Pradesh, River Bias divides Manali city into two parts. Both these bank sides have been amply populated with snow capped salubrious mountains, which start from a few miles.

According to popular literature, Manali was the abode of Manu, the Hindu God who actually got his refuge when saved by Lord Vishnu’s avatar. The coming of British turned a new leaf in the modern day recognition of Manali and it slowly became one of the easily accessible and sought after hill stations in India. In today’s time, Manali is known for being the most preferred choice in honeymoon destinations. Tourists even given preference to Manali for being one of the most sought after leisure hill station destinations.

History reveals that Princess Hidimba of mythological book of Mahabharata used to live in Manali. A pagoda style architecture carving out a sacred temple for Hidimba Devi does exist in Manali.
It is believed that it was established by King Bahadur Shah in 1553. Wood is utilized to make the four tired pagoda temple. Intricate designing of lavish figures and exquisite symbols forms the layout of this temple. The walls have animal antlers imposed on them, adding to the artistic designing on the temple. Fine scattered rows of Deodar trees welcome the tourists towards the temple.

Currently, this temple is awaiting its inclusion in the UNESCO world heritage sites. Thus, the embellishments are very neatly carved and preserved, permeating the mythological and overwhelming ambience in the Hidimba Devi Temple.

Interestingly, even yaks are found in abundance in the vicinity of the Hidimba Temple. Other religious places include Vasistha Muni Temple, Shiva Temple and the Manikaran Gurudwara. Interestingly, hot water Sulphur springs are situated near the Vasistha Muni Temple. Even the hot water springs present within the compound of Manikaran Gurudwara are so intensely heated that they are literally used to boil water and cook food.

Following are the main attractions of Manali

Manali Solang Valley

Rohtang Pass: It is known for its panoramic vistas, revealing the earthly colours in innumerable hues, textures and peaceful ambience. This valley connects Lahaul and Spiti valleys of Himachal Pradesh with the Kullu Valley. It is situated 51 km north of Manali. It is open for the tourists from end of April till the end of October. It closed on Tuesdays. Unpredictable velocity and windfalls add to the adventurous appeal for Rohtang Pass. Be cautious about travelling to Rohtang Pass if you are suffering from chronic asthma as the oxygen level goes really low at high altitudes.

Rahalla Falls: This 8500 ft waterfall is located 16 km away from Rohtang Pass. It’s easier to envisage the natural beauty at Rahalla Falls as the fall is produced after the melting of glaciers. One can also see Silver Birch trees and Deodar trees around Rahalla Falls.

Solang Valley: Located 13 km from Manali, this side valley is located at the top of the Kullu Valley. This beautiful valley is nestled in between Beas Kund and Solange Village. The most common sports played here are paragliding, Zorbing, parachuting and skating.

Monasteries: Manali is the home of various Tibetan monasteries. Tourists also get a chance to buy indigenous Tibetan handicrafts and taste Tibetan cuisine at the local markets near these monasteries.

Naggar: It is a little small village located around 19.6 Km away from Manali. It was also initially the capital of Kullu. It includes the Naggar Castle which was built by Raja Sidh Singh around 500 years. Currently, it has been converted into a heritage hotel and it also includes a small museum.

Along with exploring these religious, adventurous and shopping destinations in Manali, the tourists should also go for river rafting at Pirdi, paragliding at the Solang Valley, Skiing at the Shuru Village and Rock Climbing at Manali. Tourists should also experience Zorbing in Manali. Amateur can also try their first hand at mountain climbing at the Friendship peak trekking located at the Pir Panjal Range. Undoubtedly, the trek can be the most exhilarating and exciting adventures. The strawberry and cherry gardens that are located few kilometers away from Manali are also a must visit destination.

Excursions from Manali
The nearby places to Manali include Naggar (19.6 km), Kulu (40.1 km), McLeodganj (238 km),  Dharmshala (244 Km), Shimla (250km) and Solan (260 Km).

Manali Rock Climbing

Shopping in Manali
It is another interesting and sought after experience. The local markets permeating the cultural and ethnic ambience are bustling with tourists hailing from India and abroad. The markets are known for exquisite soft attires like shawls, skirts, stoles, sweaters and other rare souvenirs. One can also experiment and eat new delicacies and tempting cuisines. Exploring the Tibet Art Collections and the Manu Market is recommended while travelling to Manali.

Best time to Visit
The best time to visit Manali is between June to September though the climate remains pleasant throughout the year. Months from October to February are idle for skiing related adventure when the temperature falls down to -1 degree Celsius.

How to travel
Manali can be reached both by air, road and rail.
Air: The nearest airport to Manali is Bhuntar which is situated at a distance of 50 km.
Rail: Ambala and Chandigarh are the nearest railway stations to Manali.
Road: Manali can be easily reached through buses from Delgi, Shimla, Ambala and Chandigarh.

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