The Kullu valley has an ancient town in its lap called Manali. Surrounded by towering peaks at an arm length, Manali's major asset is its proximity to the snowline. It is a flourishing orchard industry, a popular honeymoon destination and trailhead for numerous treks as well as a great countryside ideal for adventure sport lovers.
Manali literally means the 'Home of Manu'. Manu is the mythological character who is supposed to have survived when the world was drowned in Flood. He then came to Manali and recreated human life. Thus, the area of Manali is sacred and Hindus treat the temples over here as pilgrimage.
Hadimba Temple : Hadimba or Dhungiri temple in Manali is one of the most important temples in the region. This four-story wooden temple is located in the middle of a forest called the Dhungiri Van Vihar.
Solang Valley : Around 14 kms from Manali, is the Solang valley, that boasts of the glacier nearest to the resort.
Kothi (15 Kms) : Bottom of Rohtang Pass Kothi (12km) is a picturesque village and has a thrilling view of the deep gorge through which the beas swiftly races. , an idyllic village, which boasts of a superb view of the deep gorge, and the Beas river rushing through it.
Nehru Kund (6kms): 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.
Rahalla Falls (51kms) : 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.
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 here.
Vashisth (3 kms) : Well known for its hot springs . There are old temples dedicated to the sage Vashisth and to Lord Rama. Three kms from Manali is the village of Vashisht , which is renowned for its hot sulphur springs.
Jagatsukh (6 kms) : The one time capital of Kullu. Here are old temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and to Sandhya Gayatri. The Arjun caves are just ahead.The erstwhile capital of Kulu, Jagatsukh houses temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Sandhya Gayatri.
Manu Temple (2 kms) : This is dedicated to the sage Manu.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. There are three recently built Tibetan monasteries at Manali. Manali also houses three Tibetan monasteries, that have been built recently.
Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa : This Gompa dominates the Tibetan area around the bottom of the Mall in Manali. The Tibetan refugees built the Gompa in the late 1960's. The Gompa is covered with brightly coloured frescoes and a mid size Buddhist statute. It also carries a list of the martyrs killed in occupation of Tibet of 1987 to 1989.
Old Manali : The old Manali area is located some 3-km from the present day Manali. The old Manali is covered with guesthouses, which look ancient now, and orchards where the livestock move at will.
Temple of Manu : Slippery stones paths lead through the old village houses up to the temple of Manu . Manali is named after the sage Manu who meditated when he came in this area.
Rohtang Pass : Rohtang Pass is the highest point, 4,112m, on the Manali-Keylong road, 51-km from Manali town. It provides a wide panoramic view of mountains rising far above clouds, which is a sight truly breath-taking.
Tibetan Temple : Tibetans have a base in Manali too. There is a large modern Tibetan temple to the South of the bus stand and also a small handicrafts center.
Arjun Gufa : On the left bank of the Beas , 5-km from Manali near the village of Prini , is the 'Arjun Gufa' or the cave of Arjuna . In here Arjuna practiced austerities to get Pashupata Ashtra or weapon from Lord Indra.
How To Get There
Air : The nearest airport to Manali is that of Bhuntar, which is 52-km from Manali. From Bhuntar one can take a taxi or a bus to Manali.
Rail : The nearest railhead is that of and this narrow gauze railway station is 95-km from Kullu. The scenic beauty of Kullu while going to Manali can best be enjoyed on a bus or a taxi. It is better to take a taxi, which one can stop and enjoy the nature at will.
Road : The road to Manali passes through the picturesque valley of Kullu. The motorable roads to Manali connect the town with other major tourist places in Himachal as well as in the nearby states. At the Manali bus stand there are two booths, which do computerised reservation for buses. The reservations can be made one month in advance. Both private and state government buses are in service over here.
DISTANCE FROM MAJOR CITIES
» Kasidhar : 15-km
» KasoRohtang Pass : 50-km
» Kothi : 12-km
» Solang Nullah : 14-km
» Bhuntar : 52-km
» Kullu : 40-km
» Jogindernagar : 135-km