Manali  (India)

In a nutshell

“Surrounded by well-defined snow capped peaks, Whose language the meandering river Beas speaks, The place who is supposed to be resided by each God, Manali is what that place is called.”One of the most favored destinations in India-Manali is situated towards the north of Himachal Pradesh. It gets its name from the name of the sage Manu, who is said to have stepped out of his ark in Manali to create human life after the flood with which the world had faced. The place is well-loved by trekkers to Lahaul, Spiti, Bara Bhangal (Kangra) and Zanskar ranges. Besides trekkers it is also well-loved by tourists because of it unexplored hilly routes .religious importance and ofcourse its picturesque scenic beauty. It is also famous amongst honeymooners. he town of Manali is the first thing that comes to mind when we think of Honeymooning in India. And rightly so, Manali offers some of the most romantic sights which you won't want to miss with your loved one. The whole aura of the place will make you fall in love, deeper and deeper. As they say, Love is in the Air! 

How to Reach:

Air: Bhuntar (50km from Manali) is the nearest airport; from here you can make it to Manali by using a taxi.

Rail: Chandigarh (320 km from Manali) and Pathankot (325 km from Manali) have the nearest railway stations to Manali. From their you can take up the bus or private vehicles to Manali.

Road: Delhi (570 km from Manali), Ambala (360 Kms from Manali), Chandigarh (320 km from Manali), Shimla (260 km from Manali), Dharamsala (235 km from Manali) and Chamba/Dalhousie (385 km from Manali) are the places to which Manali is well connected by road so one can easily reach Manali by bus or private vehicles.

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Rohtang Pass

Mountain pathway that connects Kullu with Spiti and Lahaul.The pass provides a natural divide between the sub-humid/humid Kullu Valley with a primarily Hindu culture (in the south), and the arid/semi-arid high-altitude Lahaul and Spiti valleys with a Buddhist culture (in the north). The pass lies on the watershed between the Chenab and Beas basins. On the southern side of this pass, the Beas River emerges from underground and flows southward and on its northern side, the Chandra River, a source stream of the river Chenab, flows westwardThe pass is open from May to November. It is not particularly high or difficult to cross on foot by Himalayan standards, but it has a well-deserved reputation for being dangerous because of unpredictable snowstorms and blizzards.

Vashishta Temple

Vashisht is blessed with natural springs and amazing sand stone temples.Threre is a natural hot water spring where you can take a dip into.It is an old temple Dedicated to sage Manu.Vashishta is situated at the suburbs at around 6 Kms away from the city of Manali.

Hidimba Devi Temple

Hidimdi Devi Temple, also known as the Hadimba Temple which identified the female as di in Dimasa Kachari word,Hidimdi Devi is related to Dimasa Kachari living in North East India, who was a son of the soil of Assam,is located in Man?li,a hill station in the State of Him?chal Pradesh in north India.It is an ancient cave temple dedicated to Hidimdi Devi, sister of Hidimba,who was a character in the Indian epic, Mah?bh?rata.The temple is surrounded by a cedar forest at the foot of the Him?layas. The sanctuary is built over a huge rock cutting out of the ground, which was worshiped as an image of the deity. The structure was built in 1553. The most surprising feature of the temple or what believers could call the most reassuring feature of the temple is the fact that inside the temple the imprint of the feet of the Godess carved on a block of stone are worshipped.The temple houses chariots, a small statue and footprints. Hidimba is one of the most powerful and spritualist deities in Kullu valley. The pagoda type wooden temple with intricately carved wooden doors and a wooden shikhara is believed to be over 500 years old.

Solang Valley

Solang Nala (Valley) drives its name from combination of words Solang (Nearby village) and Nullah (water stream). It is a side valley at the top of the Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh, India 14 km northwest of the resort town Manali on the way to Rohtang Pass, and is known for its summer and winter sport conditions. The sports most commonly offered are parachuting, paragliding, skating and zorbing. Giant slopes of lawn comprise Solang Valley and provide its reputation as a popular ski resort. A few ski agencies offering courses and equipment reside here and operate only during winters. Snow melts during the summer months starting May and skiing is then replaced by zorbing (a giant ball with room for 2 people which is rolled down a 200 metre hill), paragliding, parachuting and horse riding. A ropeway was recently opened.

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• One must try Mountain Biking to Rohtang Pass, Lahaul and Spiti and Ladakh.
• One must try Mountaineering at Hanuman Tibba (5,930m) and Deo Tibba (6,001).
• One must buy apples from Manali.

• Go for Paraglyiding in Solang Valley.
• Enjoy Snow Scooter ride in Solang.

• One must try river crossing.
• Dont Forget get Captured in A pic with Himalayan Yak.
• Allways get your Warm Clothes Ready to beat the chill.
• Must visit nearby Vashisht Temple for a hot Water Bath.

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