Sightseeing

Places of Tourist Interest in and around Manali


Manali

Manali is named after the Hindu lawgiver Manu Rishi. The word Manali is regarded as the changed name of "Manu-Alaya" which literally means "the house of Manu". It is said that sage Manu stepped off his ark in Manali to recreate human life after a great flood had deluged the world.

The British introduced apple trees and trout fish, which were not native to Manali flora and fauna. It is said that when apple trees were first planted the fruits were so plentiful that often branches, unable to bear the weight, would collapse. To this day, apple—along with plum and pear—remains the best source of income for the majority of its inhabitants.

Manali is one of the most beautiful hill stations of the country. The town provides ample opportunities for adventure sport and winter sports. Easily accessible by road and a major base point for many of the important passes of the country, Manali draws a good number of tourists from within the country and abroad every year.

Hadimba Temple

Dhungri or Hadimba Temple dedicated to Goddess Hadimba , built in 1553 in a clearing among ancient deodars. This temple constructed in pagoda style displays the finest example of wood carving on it. Hadimba was a giantess who meditated at his place. She married to Bhima, one of the five Pandavas who visited here during their exile (Mahabharata Period).

Vashisht Temple

h There is a 4000 year old temple of Guru Vashishtha on the right side of the springs, built by the king Janamjaya. Inside it, there is a black stone statue of the Rishi Vashishtha, clad in dhoti. The village Vashisht is famous for hot water springs. There is also a 9th century old Rama Temple near hot Springs

Tibetan Monastery

It is a beautiful and peaceful place to visit and unwind the mind. The monastery has a huge gold faced statue of Lord Buddha. Visitors can buy carpets and other Tibetan handicrafts near the Monastery giving a very soothing feeling to the mind and body.

Manu Maharishi Temple

The temple of Manu Maharishi is located in Old Manali village, which is about1 1.5 km from the main town. It is said that Manu stepped off his ark in Manali to recreate human life after a great flood had deluged the world. The temples of Manu Maharaj found very rare in India. Manu Smriti was written by him.

Naggar Castle

With hewn stone neatly packed in a horizontal mesh of timber sleepers, Raja Sidh Singh of Kullu built this medieval castle around 1460. Perched high on a cliff, this was the stronghold of the rulers of Kullu for over two centuries till they moved down the valley to main Kullu town. The castle overlooks the Kullu valley and apart from the spectacular view and superb locale, this has the flavour of authentic western Himalayan architecture.

Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery

A short climb from Naggar Castle is Roerich’s old home in a peaceful garden with excellent views. The small museum downstairs has a collection of photos and his distinctive stylized paintings of the Himalayas using striking colours.

Solang Valley

A splendid valley between Manali and Kothi, offers the views of the glaciers and snow-capped mountain peaks. 13 km from Manali, it has good skiing slopes equipped with an excellent lift. The valley is famous for various adventure activities like paragliding, horse riding, skiing and many more.

Nehru Kund:

Nehru Kund is a natural spring in the region. Located at a distance of around 6 km from Manali, it has been named after the late Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru. The Kund has derived its name from Nehru, as he used to drink water from it, on his journey to Manali. The Kund is located on the Manali-Keylong Road.

Kothi

Kothi is quiet but picturesque spot, at the foot of the 13,000 ft Rohtang Pass, about 12 km away from Manali town, situated on the Lahaul-Spiti-Leh highway. It used to be the camping place when the pass had to be climbed on foot and it is now accessible by bus, jeep or pony. There is a beautiful P. W.D. Rest House amidst open surrounding, affording magnificent view of the snow-capped peaks and glaciers. Close to the Rest House, is an awe-inspiring gorge where the Beas enters a chasm about sixty-one metres deep and just a few meters broad.

Gulaba

Gulaba is a scenic spot and is covered with snow from November to February. Located at a distance of 20 km from Manali, Gulaba is on the way to Rohtang Pass.

Rahala Fall

Rahala Falls, a popular picnic spot, is situated at the starting point of the Rohtang Pass. Water dripping from precipitous rocks and glaciers serve as the source of the falls. The area around the waterfall is marked by thick deodar forests and birch trees. Snow- capped Himalayan peaks mark the background of the waterfalls.

Rohtang Pass

Situated about 51 km from Manali at an altitude of 4,111 meters (`13,400ft) on the highway to Keylong, is Rohtang Pass. Here one sees the majesty of the mountain at its height and splendor. This is the only access to Lahaul Valley and for traffic the pass is open from June to October each year, remaining closed for rest of the year due to heavy snowfall. Rohtang pass is the gateway to Lahaul Valley just as Zojila pass is between Kashmir valley and Ladakh.

Jogini Water Fall

A little ahead of Vashisht Hot Springs on the way to Vashist village, the breathtaking Jogini falls is a must visit. The small trek leading upto this clearing is fairly easy and definitely worth the effort. Navigating craggy paths though the ancient village is a memorable experience in itself. If you plan to spend a few hours in the midst of nature, packing in a hearty picnic basket would be a good idea. The first sight of the falls is astonishing to say the least. Abruptly flowing through a cluster of small hills, the falls are the perfect backdrop for an afternoon picnic. Take in the beauty, serenity and quiet surrounding the place and enjoy the warm sun as you dig into some local delicacies. The shops lining the area sell authentic Himachali food including the likes of kadi chawal, brown rice, rajma and aata namkeen. Away from the hustle bustle of tourist spots, you are in amidst natural beauty surrounding only by the melodious sounds of nature. You could choose to go for a long, luxurious walk in the nearby pine forest or simply find your spot and relax under the warm, soothing sun.

Jana Water Falls

Jana Falls is a natural waterfall that is inside a small village called Jana. It’s near Naggar spelt as (Na-gar). The waterfall is very beautiful. If you like to have a better view of the waterfall, you can trek for up the hill and get a much clear view of it. There is a small shop where you can eat home cooked food of the villagers. The food includes Rajma, Kadi, Brown Rice, Chatni, Aata ka Namkeen. The tea they serve is very nice. Overall its a very nice place, away from the hustle bustle. All you can hear in Jana Falls is the water flowing and the birds chirping. You must go if you visit Manali.

Lamadugh:

Lamadugh is a lush green meadow above Manali and affords magnificent views of the Entire valley and the mighty pir panjal and Dhauladhar mountain ranges. The pleasant Trail goes along the Manalsu stream north west of the town and ascends through verdant forests of Deodar and oak trees. This is also the home of the Monal Pheasant, Tragopan Pocupines. Packed lunch is provided and you can enjoy it relaxing in the meadows of Lamadugh with Panoramic vies of both the pir panjal ranges to the North and the beautiful Kullu valley to The south.

Prashar Lake

Prashar Rishi also known as Prashar Rishi is one of The beautiful place and you would like to Enjoy the beautiful view of Lake The lake is located at a height of 2730 m above sea level. This is called on Rishi name as Prashar Lake in Mandi District and could be reached by tracking way from Mandi or direct by Vehicles from Mandi.

Bijli Mahadev

Bijli Mahadev is located near Kullu (head quarters of Kullu district) in Himachal Pradesh state of India. This is a hill station located at a height of 7500ft. The name of the hill where Bijli Mahadev temple is situated is called Mathan and is surrounded by Parbati, Garsa, Bhunter and Kullu valleys. There is a Shiva temple on top of the hill. There is a small village just down below the temple and the name of the village is also called Bijli Mahadev. People in this village take care of the maintenance aspects of the temple.
The Bijli Mahadev Temple is located in Kullu across the River Beas. From the temple, views of both Kullu and Parvati Valleys can be availed. The temple is famous for its 60 feet high staff. Lord Shiva is the presiding deity of the temple. Situated at a height of 2,450 metres, the temple displays Pahari style of architecture.
It is believed that the Shivlinga in the temple had broken into pieces due to lightning and the temple priest joined it with butter. The recurring phenomenon of joining the Shivlinga with butter occurs every year. The uphill path that leads to this sacred shrine is flanked by pine trees.

Vaishno Temple

Vaishno Devi Temple, commonly known as the Mahadevi Tirth, is named after the Goddess of mountains and wife of Lord Shiva Parvati. The temple stands stoic in the scenic valley of Kullu, in the hill state of Himachal Pradesh and was built way back in the year 1966. The foundations of this pretty temple were laid in the year1962 by Swami Sewak Das ji Maharaj. Swami Sewak Das ji Maharaj is attributed with the preaching of “Nishkaam Karmseva” which appropriately translates to selfless service, love for mankind and magnetic spirituality which should be praised by the devotees of Mata Vaishno Devi. Contrary to what most tourists think, this temple dedicated to Vaishno Devi is not the main temple of the deity which is located in the town of Katra in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Vaishno Devi Temple, located at a distance of 2km from the beautiful town of Kullu on Kullu Manali Road, offers multicultural experiences to tourists and pilgrims visiting its vibrant and pioneering precincts. The Mahadevi Tirth is associated with the activities and teachings of Shri Sharda Maa Seva Sangha and goes a long way in nurturing the divine woman powers of “Marti Shakti”.
Devotees visiting this beautiful temple dedicated to an incarnation of Goddess Durga are smitten by the majestic hills, sprawling forests and magnificent apple orchards which sprawl across the surroundings of its complex. Located close to the banks of the mighty River Beas, the shrines connected with Vaishno Devi Temple can also be accessed from Dhalpur-which is 4 km away.

Kasol Valley

Known as the mini Israel in Himachal Pradesh, Kasol is a hill station in Parvati Valley, on the way to the pilgrim town of Manikaran. It is located 42 km east of Kullu at a height of 1640 m. Kasol is an ideal destination for backpackers, trekkers and nature enthusiasts due to its scenic valley, untouched mountains and great climate throughout the year. It is an important base for trekking towards SarPass, Yanker Pass, Pin Parbati Pass and Khiriganga.
The recent inflow of Israeli tourists has triggered mushrooming of restaurants, hotels and shops catering to their needs. Kasol offers the much needed respite for young Israelis desperate for a break after their compulsory military service. With a sizeable Israeli population, it comes hardly as a surprise that the signboards outside shops are also written in Hebrew. Cafes and restaurants serve Israeli cuisine along with local dishes.
Kasol is ideal for a vacation if you want to chill in the lap of nature. The village is an open space by the banks of the Parvati River where one can spend lazy afternoons. The river abounds with trout and is the perfect place for angling. However, permission from forest department is required for trout fishing in the river.

Manikaran

At an altitude of 1,737 meters [5700] and a distance of 85 kms from Manali via Kullu & Bhunter, Manikaran is a famous spot in the Parvati Valley for its hot water springs, trout fishing and Ramchandraji’s temple. Thousands of pilgrims have their dip in the hot waters which are believed to be radioactive and good for such disease as rheumatism, gout, bronchitis, pneumonia and muscular pains. The water gushes with tremendous force is so hot, even rice, dal or vegetables can be boiled.