At a distance of 40 Kms away from Kullu towards the north, Manali is located near the end of the valley on the National Highway towards Leh. It is one of the most preferred hill stations in India, equally liked by youngsters and travel nerds. A destination of adventure sports has made it a unique hill station for the enthusiasts. Due to its breathtaking landscape Manali is known to be one of the best honeymoon destinations of India. There are many beautiful spots to visit in Manali. Every spot at Manali has its own history and importance.
The evergreen beauty of nature, snow capped mountains, waterfalls, adventure sports, snowfall and lovely gardens have made Manali completely blessed with almost everything. Due to the extreme beauty of Manali, a huge number of visitors are attracted towards it throughout the year. Not only does this hill station offer the best places for sightseeing, but also has some top pilgrimage attractions which are worth visiting.
Let us know about the Top 10 Places to Visit in Manali :
Situated on the top of a hillock, the Hidimba Devi Temple is surrounded by thick deodar forests on all sides. This beautiful place of worship is a major attraction due to its historical roots which dates back to the year 1553. The temple is dedicated to the infamous Rakshasa Hidimba (the wife of the Pandava Bhima). The structure of the temple is built with a unique architecture a bit similar to the Buddhist monasteries. The structure is made mainly of wood. You will also find another temple also lays the temple dedicated to Ghatotkacha (the son of Bhima and Hidimba popular as a hero of the Mahabharatha war) about 70 meters from it.
(2) Rohtang Pass
The high mountain pass of Rohtang is located at an altitude of 3,978 meters above sea level on the eastern hills of the Pir Panjal Range. The popular Rohtang pass lies at a picturesque location along with the Beas and Chenab rivers which lies to the southern and northern side of Rohtang Pass. Rohtang Pass is extremely famous for the beautiful views of the valley and a lot of hidden waterfalls. Rohtang Pass is a must visit place on your trip to Kullu-Manali. If you want to see the snow all round the year, Rohtang Pass is the place to be in. Rohtang Pass is also infamous for its chilling cold weather which used to take heavy toll of the people visiting in adverse weather conditions. It connects Kullu and Lahaul Spiti with Manali.
Solang Valley (Solang Nullah) has its name from combination of two words Solang (Nearby village) and Nullah (water stream). It is an extremely popular side valley at the top of the Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh, located at about 14 km northwest of Manali on the way to Rohtang Pass. Solang Valley is a well known spot for its summer and winter sports. The commonly offered sports at Solang Valley are parachuting, paragliding, skiing, skating, zorbing and a few more. Giant slopes of lawn comprise Solang Valley and gives its reputation as a famous ski resort. You will find a few ski agencies offering various courses and equipment that operate only during the winters.
Vashisht Hot Water Springs is located at about 6 kms away from Manali and gives a wonderul view of the Beas river. It is a popular place for hot water springs, which are supposed to come out of the granitic deposits covering a huge part of the Himalayas. Huge number of tourists visit these hot springs each year to take a holy dip. There is a tank here which is reserved specially for women of the nearby areas. Vashisht Hot Water Spring is an important source of water for several tourist destinations in and around Manali.
Manikaran is situated in the Parvati Valley along the banks of Parvati river, to the northeast of Bhuntar in the Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh. It is located at an altitude of 1760 m above the sea level around 40 km from Bhuntar. This small town attracts a lot of tourists who visit Manali and Kullu to its hot springs and piligrim centres. Manikaran is a well known pilgrimage centre for Hindus and Sikhs in this area. The Hindus believe that Manu recreated human life in Manikaran after the flood, and thus it is considered to be a sacred place. It has a lot of Temples and a Gurudwara. Here you will find temples dedicated to Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, and Lord Vishnu.
Pin Valley National Park is one and only national park in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It lies in the valley of the Pin River as hence the name Pin Valley. It covers a large area of the Lahaul Spiti region in the northern part of Himachal Pradesh. This place is a bit dry and has a lesser growth of foliage. You will find kinds of Himalayan birds like Himalayan Snowcock, Snow Partridge, Chukor, Tibet Snow Finch, etc. in this park. Though, the national park remains rugged and dry in winters, but in summers it is completely covered with colorful flowers. Due to the picturesque views of nature and animals, this place is known to be one of the most thrilling destinations for nature and adventure lovers. The best time to visit this Pin Valley National Park is from July to October.
Situated at an altitude of 2,460 meters above sea level, Bijli Mahadev Temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Lord Shiva. The temple is located across the river Beas and can be easily reached by a moderate trek. The name Bijli Mahadev refers to the 60 feet high lighting rod which can be found in the temple and is struck by lightning all round the year.
One of the most beautiful tourist place in Manali is Manali Sanctuary which is located at only 2 Kms away from Manali. Lush green environment, birds and other extremely rich wildlife are the main attractions of the Manali Sanctuary. Also, the place is quite popular for its adventurous activities and trekking routes. It is a must visit place for tourists of all ages. It is a popular place for photography and other activities like bird watching. This place is considered to be an abode of Tree Creepers, Snow Pigeon, Monal, Chakor, Kingfisher, Kokla, etc.
Beas River is often referred to as as the Heart of Kullu valley and is quite popular for its camping activities and water sports. The river is said to have marked the eastern border of Alexander the Great’s empire in 326 BC. The flow of the river is very fast making it perfect for white water Rafting. The shores of the river Beas are popular spots for picnic and to relax during the evenings.
Popularly known as ‘Pool of the Gods’, Bhrigu Lake attracts a lot of visitors all round the year. Located at an altitude of 4240 m above the sea level, this lake is mostly found in between snow-capped mountains in winters. Nehru Kund adds to the beauty to this wonderful lake. It is one of the most popular lakes of Kullu Region and is loved by the nature lovers.
Apart from the Top 10 Places to Visit in Manali mentioned above, you can visit the Club House which offers wonderful ambiance and facilities to the aspiring tourists. It is equipped with skating rink, auditorium, billiard room and a nice catering place with bar. In the afternoon hours, you can visit the Nature Park which is home of colorful exotic birds, Nature Park of Manali City is the best example of keeping refreshing flora and fauna alive in the heart of the city along with modernization of the old town. Dotted with tall deodar trees the stretch of the jungle in the city offers beautiful look of hill tops and the snow covered onto their top. For some shopping and fun, you can spend some time on the Mall Road which is known to be the lifeline of Manali.
Summer Season : 4 to 15 degree Celsius (April to July)
Winter Season : -15 to 5 degree Celsius (October to February)
By Road : Manali City is well connected with nearby destinations by surface transport and normal as well as luxury Volvo ply from New Delhi and other important cities. Distance from New Delhi is 570 km and from Chandigarh is 360 km
By Train : Nearest Railway Stations with distance from Manali City are :-
Jogindernagar(JDNX) – 143 km
Chandigarh(CDG) – 296 km
Ambala Cantt. Junction(UMB) – 337 km
By Air : Bhuntar Airport, Kullu is located about 50 km away from Manali City which cater to the air traffic to major north India airports.
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