Situated at a height of 6260 feet above sea level, Manali is one of the most popular, beautiful and awe-inspiring hill stations in this country. A valley located in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, Manali overwhelms its visitors by flowering apple trees and adventurous snow covered roads.
Surrounded by majestic hills and woody forests, the quaint charm of Manali has captured the world’s attention and has become one of the most visited tourist destinations in India. The pristine River Beas flows right through the town, creating a mesmerising and spellbinding landscape. Nestled at one end of the Kullu Valley, Manali is a popular hill station with attractions such as the Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley nearby. Rohtang Pass is covered with snow throughout the year and is a good experience in itself. This is the ideal place for tourists looking to unwind and rejuvenate in the lap of nature, for there is no place in the country more vibrant and charming as Manali.
As the popularity of the place would have it, people can have varied tastes- some appealing to the sense, others exceeding all fantasies. The lingering serenity of a prayer place is a blessing. Couple it with the silent watch of Nature over mere mortals in Manali and the wish to stay in here gets deeper. Following are prime places that begin form foundation of a beautiful trip here-
Hadimba Temple – Also referred to as Dhoongri temple, the temple is dedicated to Goddess Hadimba who was wife of mightiest of the five Pandavas – Bhim. Amidst Indian Cedar Forest, the temple is a must-see.
Manu Maharaj Temple Dedicated to the Rishi Manu after whom the town is named, it attracts people because of being one of its type. There are no temples dedicated to Him except for this.
Himalayan Nyinmapa Buddhist Temple Exhibiting two-storey statue of Shakyamuni (the historical Budhha) attracts people from everywhere irrespective of their religious faith.
Van Vihar Park – Good place to have an evening break with family and kids, it has a children’s park and a small pond for boating experience.
Hot Water Springs – Beas Kund, Vashist, Kalath and Nehru Kund are the natural springs with traces of Sulphur known for treating skin ailments.
Great Himalayan National Park, Manali Sanctuary, Rohtang Pass, etc are some other places where Nature lures the petty human senses like casting spell.
Solang Valley – Ski lovers know the place very well but so does those who know the best vantage point to get some tremendous views of imposing Himalayas. This valet is also known as Snow Point and has ski lifts.
Lord Ram Temple – Located near Vashisht Hot Water Spring, the temple has Lord Ram, the upholder of Dharma as its prime deity. People bath in holy waters and worship Lord and Nature for such gifts.
In addition to these, there are few temples that could be visited at Jagatsukha. Shiva Temple, Gayatri Devi Temple and Devi Sarvali are some of the ancient temples where tourists bound in their faith and devotion pay visit. At Thava, there is a Krishna temple; being among very few tourists to this destination is another magic. Gauri Shankar Temple at Dashal is another treat for religious and spiritual tourists.