Station Manali in Himachal Pradesh, India
Sightseeing in Manali
Vashisht Ashram -
It's a lovely
little village, about 4 km by road up the hillside from the Mall. There are
several decaying temples in the village dedicated to the sage Vashisht Muni and
the Lord Rama.
6 km from Manali, it was originally known as Nast, which was capital of Kullu
for 10 generations. Famous for a Shiva temple in shikhara style.
This sanctuary is located in District Kullu's nearest town, Manali. The area of
this sanctuary is 3,180 hectares. The sanctuary wasnotified on 26th February
1954, under the Punjab Birds and Wild Animals Protection Act, 1933.
The Mountaineering Institute located at Manali provides training facilities for
basic and advance climbing both for Indian nationals and foreigners. This
institute also conducts other adventurous sports activities like high altitude
trekking, minor mountaineering, rock-climbing, skiing, and high altitude rescue
and relief courses. The institute has sufficient lodging and boarding
arrangements and equipment can be hired for trekking purposes.
Hadimba Temple -
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. Winding paths through forests and glades of whispering
Deodars form the setting for the majestic wooden temple of Hidimba Devi in
Manali. The motorable road is shaded by Chestnuts, Chinars and tall deciduous
Deodars. This forested backdrop enthral one’s spirit and refresh one’s mind all
along the uphill path.
Arjun Gufa -
Just the 5 Km.
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 practised austerities to get
Pashupata Ashtra or weapon from Lord Indra.
is the Beas Kund. The tiny roundish igloo like stone hut shelters the Beas Kund,
the very source of the holy river Beas. Water flows at the source of the river
likfe a spring, so clear and icy cold that it almost numbs the fingers. All
around is the rocky terrain with very little vegetation. A few mules graze
around while all and sundry try to brave the wind on a clear sunny day.
50-km from Manali town, at an altitude of 4,111m on the highway to Keylong, is
the Rohtang Pass. There is a beautiful Dasohar Lake left of the Pass. The Pass,
which provides the only access to the Lahaul Valley, is open from June to
November each year. Snowfall is, however, unpredictable and blizzards can close
the Pass even during this period. Here one sees the majesty of the mountains at
its height and splendor. A few km away from the pass is the Sonapani glacier
and, slightly to the left are the twin peaks of Gaypan-jagged pyramid of rock,
snow streaked and snow crowned.
How to Reach in Manali -
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.
The nearest railhead is that
of Joginder Nagar 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
The road to Manali passes
through the picturesque valley of Kullu. The motor able 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 computerized
reservation for buses. The reservations can be made one month in advance. Both
private and state government buses are in service over here.
Take a trip on the toy
train to experience the decrepit grandeur of the the Raj in this
pleasant hill station. Shimla was once par of the Nepalease king-dom and
called Shyamla, another name for the goddess Kali, but Shimla never
gained any fame until it was 'discovered' by the British in 1819. Three
years later, the first 'British' house was erected, and in 1864 Shimla
became the summer capital of India.
Home of the Dalai Lama,
this is the place to head for Tibetan culture (and chocolate cake).
While Dharamshala is synonymous with the Tibetan Government in Exile,
the actual headquarters is about 4km above Dharamshala at Gangchen
Kyishong, and most travelers hang out at McLeod Gunj, stung along a high
ridge 10km above Dharamshala.
Dharamshala itself is
of little interest to travelers, although Kotwali Bazaar, at the foot of
the roads leading up to McLeod Gunj, is an interesting and colorful
market, and you can visit the Kanga Art Museum.
valley and adventure playground. Kullu was once known as Kullanthapitha
- the end of the habitable world. Beyond rose the forbidding heights of
the Greater Himalaya, and by the banks of the shining river Beas, lay
the fabled Silver Valley.
A beautiful town with
ancient Hindu temples hidden in winding backstreets. Situated in the
bosom of the middle Himalaya, Chamba has preserved its identity
inviolate through a period when the plains of India were ravaged by
fanatical hoarders from Afghanistan and Central Asia.
Manali situated in the
north Indian hill state of Himachal Pradesh. Situated at the Northern
end of the Kullu valley with its spectacular views of the snowcapped
peaks and wooded slopes, the Beas rushing along its rocky course amid
grassy wild flowered meadows, is ideal for honeymooners and adventure
The picturesque town
of Sarchu is located at the height of 4253 meters and 105 km from
keylong. This is the last point on the Himachal Pradesh - Ladakh border
that offers splendid views of snow capped mountains. The unspoiled
natural beauty of Sarchu offers a perfect ambience to spend some time
away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
"Tourist Places and Adventure in Himachal Pradesh"
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