Manali Hill Station
- Himachal Pradesh
Manali, located at an altitude of 2050
m, is situated along the banks of the Beas, close to the Rohtang
Pass and Solang Valley. It is the main holiday destination
in the entire valley. The raw magnificence of Manali's natural
beauty has to be seen, and experienced, to be believed. Proud,
snowclad mountains, dense forests, emerald valleys, exotic
flowers, gurgling streams meandering through meadows, it is
What to See
Hadimba Temple: This temple,
with a finely wrought four - tiered pagoda roof, dating back
to 1553, is built around a natural cave, which enshrines the
footprints of the goddess Hadimba. Hadimba was the wife of
Bhima, one of the five great Pandava brothers of the Mahabharata,
and later became the patron goddess of the Kulu royal family.
Manu Temple: Just near the Hadimba temple flows the
Manalsu River, that culminates in the main Beas river. Across
the Manalsu river is the original village of Manali, that
houses the ancient temple of the sage Manu. Manali itself
is named after Manu, who is said to have dwelt here.
Monasteries: Manali also houses three Tibetan monasteries,
that have been built recently.
Arjun Gufa: Five kms from Manali near the village of
Prini is the Arjun Gufa, Arjuna's cave. Arjuna, one of the
Pandava brothers, is believed to have performed his penance
Vashisht: Three kms from Manali is the village of Vashisht,
which is renowned for its hot sulphur springs. The village
is also the site of some old temples, dedicated to the great
sage Vashisht, and to Lord Rama. The Himachal Tourism sulphur
baths are just beyond these shrines.
Jagatsukh: The erstwhile capital
of Kulu, Jagatsukh houses temples dedicated to Lord Shiva
and Sandhya Gayatri.
Solang Valley: Around 14 kms
from Manali, is the Solang valley, that boasts of the glacier
nearest to the resort. Replete with terrific picnic - spots,
the amazing ski slopes here are full of hectic activity, come
January - February.
Towards the Rohtang Pass: Six
kms from Manali, on the way to Keylong, is the Nehru Kund,
a beautiful spring named after the late Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru,
former Prime Minister of India. 12 kms from the resort is
Kothi, an idyllic village, which boasts of a superb view of
the deep gorge, and the Beas river rushing through it. Sixteen
kms from Manali, at an altitude of 2500 m are the magnificent
Rahalla Falls, beyond which is the Rohtang Pass, 51 kms from
Manali. Located at a height of 3980 m, the Pass once served
as a crucial trade route, and still remains the gateway to
the districts of Lahaul and Spiti.The Pass is open from June
to November each year, and provides wonderful views of the
entire surroundings. Just beyond the Pass is the Sonapani
Glacier and the twin peak of Gaypan. The Beas Kund, the source
of the Beas river, a holy site for Hindus, as the sage Vyas
is said to have meditated at this spot, is also accessible
from the Rohtang Pass.
Adventure and Fishing: The Mountaineering
Institute in Manali organises skiing, rock climbing and mountaineering
courses. The common trek routes lead out from Manali to Leh,
Bhrigu Lake, Chandratal, and Spiti. For fishing enthusiasts,
Katrain, Raison, Kasol, Larji, and Nagar are some of the ideal
places for trout.
How to Get There
By air: The nearest airport is
at Bhuntar (50 km).
By rail: The nearest narrow gauge
railhead is at Jogindernagar (135 km). The nearest broad gauge
raiheads are at Chandigarh (310 km), and Ambala (355 km).
By road: The distance from Delhi
via Mandi is 585 km, and from Simla the distance is 270 km.
From Simla, Chandigarh and Delhi, luxury buses run by Himachal
Tourism regularly ply to Manali.