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MANALI (INDIA)

STATE :- HIMACHAL PRADESH

 

DISTANCE

  • Distance From Delhi 551 Km

 

CONNECTION
  • AIR : The adjoining airport is Bhuntar Airport just about 50 km from Manali, 10 km from Kullu, and takes only about two hours to travel. The airliners that take you to this Airport are Indian Airlines, Kingfisher airlines, MDLR Airlines and Jagson Airlines, operating flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu.
  • RAIL : The nearby Broad Gauge Rail Head is Ambala Cantt (200 km) or Chandigarh (250 km) from Delhi.
  • ROAD : A distance of about 550 km from Delhi, buses connects Manali with Delhi, Shimla, Dharamsala and Leh. It takes around 18 hours to travel Manali from Delhi. From Ambala, the distance to Manali is about 10 hours; and from Kullu to Manali it takes just about 1.5 to 3 hours.

 

ABOUT MANALI

Manali is located at an altitude of about 6500 ft. above mean sea level and is one of the main tourist towns of Kullu valley. It is a place inhabited by innocent village folks who continue with their traditional rites and rituals in spite of the sweeping waves of modernization. To the modern day visitors, Manali conjures up images of evergreen pine groves, snow capped mountains, whispering forests, cascading water falls and the swift flowing waters of perennial Beas.

The original Manali is now a big village situated across the Manalsu river, a major tributary of Beas. It is about 2 Km's. from to-days bustling Manali. About five decades ago this Manali was an insignificant hamlet comprising a cluster of few shops, houses, a Civil Rest House, a two room Primary School, the Mission Hospital and the mansard roofed Jungli Kothi, now known as Govt. Circuit House. Pandit Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India used to stay in this building during his visits to Manali. Panditji’s sojourns in Manali were instrumental in attracting tourists and nature loving people of the world to this nature’s paradise.

PLACES OF INTERESTS IN MANALI
  • Museum of Himachal Culture & Folk Art : The museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art was established in Utopia Complex, Near Hadimba Devi Temple, Manali in the year 1998. Traditional dresses, utensils, musical and ritual instruments, wood carvings and all other traditional articles used by the people of HP in their day to day functioning, which are at the verge of extinction now, are present and exhibited in the museum. The Museum is a unique and extraordinary collection of unknown and rare antiques of the state. It demonstrates the almost extinct articles that clearly display the forgotten culture, art and handicraft of Himachal Pradesh. In the process of the preservation of the culture the museum has earned itself fame and place in the field of Art, Culture and Tourism of Himachal Pradesh.
  • Monasteries : The colourful Tibetan monastery is famous for its carpet-weaving unit where the residents, the immigrants from Tibet, produce handicrafts of various kinds that attract the tourists towards it.
  • Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (ABVIMAS) : today is the largest Adventure Sports training centre in the country. Spread over 20 acres of forested land on the banks of the river Beas, the Directorate can boast of having a hostel that can accommodate 260 people at a time, a dining hall that can cater to more than 200 people at once and an auditorium that has a seating capacity of 680 people.
  • Solang Valley : 14-km northwest of Manali in the Solang Valley, this place offers Himachal Pradesh's best ski slopes. The Mountaineering and Allied Sports Institute operates a 300m high ski lift and the month of February is the best month to ski over here. HPTDC runs seven-day package for ski courses with accommodation in the Hotel Rohtang Manaslu in Manali. Courses are also offered by the Mountaineering and Allied Sports Institute and the North Face Ski School.
  • Gulaba Camp : 20-km from Manali, is this beautiful place famous for sightseeing, picnic and photography.
  • Kothi : Kothi served as the camping place for tourists when the 3,978-metre-high Rohtang Pass had to be reached on foot. However, the Rohtang Pass is now accessible by bus, jeep and pony. It also has a comfortable staying option in the beautiful PWD Rest House, which lies in the middle of a picture-perfect surrounding of the snow-capped peaks and glaciers.
  • Rahla Waterfalls : Located at a distance of 16 km from Manali, the picturesque Rehalla Falls is a result of spilling water from steep rocks and melting glaciers. It is perched at an altitude of 9,000 ft. and provides you an excellent view of the nature around. The entire area is also characterised by the forest of deodar, silver birch trees and a fresh and aromatic air.
  • Rohtang Pass : Situated at an altitude of 3,978 m, the famous Rohtang Pass is a must visit destination near Manali. The gateway to Lahaul Spiti, Pangi and the Leh valley, it is an important excursion point, a paradise for the adventurous tourist. Although it asks you to bear some chill in the wind but the views it provides are worth all the hardships. You can also see the precipitous cliffs, huge glaciers and deep ravines. However, this pass is open for tourists only during the summer months as the rest of the year the traffic flow is interrupted due to the heavy snowfall.
  • Bhrigu Lake : It is a small lake situated at the height of 4240 Meters. On its bank Rishi Bhrigu practiced penance. So this place has religious importance too. The path to the lake starts from Vashishtha village near the hot water sprigs. The distance from here is 6 km. and all the way there is steep climb .
  • Beas Rishi Lake : It is the source of river Beas, at the Rohtang Pass and is easily accessible. The great sage, Vyas performed `Tapa' here during the Mahabharat times. The place is still hallowed by the celestial light. It was because of this that the river got the present name of Beas.
  • International Roerich Art Gallery Naggar : It is situated 2km uphill from Naggar bus stand. The gallery originally was N.K. Roerich's residence, later turned into the art gallery by his son Svetoslav Roerich. The art gallery is run as Roerich Heritage Museum by a trust formed by the governments of Himachal Pradesh and Russia. Prime Minister of India is the chairperson of this trust.

 

RELIGIOUS PLACES IN MANALI
  • Siali Mahadev Temple : Syali Mahadev Temple is located above Manali town just 1.5Kms from mall road. This temple is dedicated to lord shiva and has beautiful woodcraft done on it. The location is beautiful and one can visit with family and friends to see the Himalayan architecture and Hindu faith reflecting in artwork and idols of temples.
  • Manikaran : Manikaran town is situated in Parbati Valley at a distance of 45km from Kullu. The beautiful Parbati Valley is situated to the north- east of Kullu. Manikaran is famous for hot water springs that cure rheumatic pains.
  • Jagatsukh : Located at a distance of 6 km from Manali, Jagatsukh is the largest village of Kullu district. It is situated on the bank of the river Beas, and is famous for its glorious history as well as the religious importance that it holds. The village has a famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The structure of the temple is of the Shikhara style. Jagatsukh also holds historical importance as it functioned as the ancient capital of Kullu for about ten generations. In addition, it was here that the first and second revolutions against the Thakurs and Ranas took place.
  • Arjun Gufa : Located at a distance of 15 km from the main Manali town area, Arjun Gufa is another place to visit in Manali. Located near the Prini Village, the legendary gufa (cave) is an ideal spot for a daylong visit. According to a legend, Arjuna, one of the Pandavas, used to practice stringent meditation here to attain the powerful Pashupata Ashtra (a powerful weapon used in warfare).
  • Hadimba : The Hadimba Devi temple is an important place to visit in Manali. The temple is dedicated to the goddess-turned-demoness Hadimba (or Hirimba), the wife of Bhima. It is said that Bhima fell in love with Hadimba, the sister of demon Tandi, whom he killed in order to marry Hadimba. Built in the 1553, this temple is locally known as Doongri Mata temple. The temple is characterised by its pagoda-like roof that adds into the beauty of the place.
  • Manu Rishi Temple : 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.
  • Vashishtha Natural Hotwater Springs : The hot water spring of Vashishtha is famous for its medicinal power. A large number of people throng here for a bath as the water of the spring is believed to cure several diseases. There is a pyramidal stone temple nearby, which is dedicated to Vashishta Muni.

 

WHEN TO GO

The best time to visit manali is from May To October. The weather in Manali remains very enjoyable almost all through the year except the rainy season when heavy rainfall damages the roads and causes the landslides.

Summers in Manali are very pleasant and winters are very cold but the tourists keep coming into the place almost all through the year. In winter, the snow line comes down. The temperature often drops below the freezing point.

 

WEATHER

The pollution level is very less in Manali for the high altitude in which it is situated.

 

FUN ACTIVITIES IN MANALI
  • White Water Rafting : River rafting has gained immense popularity in the last few years in Himachal Pradesh. The melting snow on Himalayas during summers, fill the rivers with water and also provide them the enough speed to take up rafting challenges. Himachal Pradesh’s snow-fed rivers pose the toughest of the challenges to the rafters.
  • Para Gliding : As free as a bird, riding the warm thermal currents of the air, is perhaps the closest man has ever come to sailing the skies of Manali. Seemingly at will, you dip and wheel high over the hills and valleys of the Himalaya. Paragliding has emerged as a new means to satisfy the hunger for flying. Para gliding uses “thermals’ as the driving force. In perfect weather conditions one can stay aloft for over three hours and can soar to heights more than 3,000m.
  • Skiing : Encircled by some of the most stunningly scenic landscapes in the world, Manali, Himachal Pradesh is a major focus for the sport of Skiing. No matter where you are, if you are looking for the best ski slopes, come to Manali. It offers exciting skiing opportunities for both beginners as well the professional skiers.
  • Angling : Angling is a source of recreation to innumerable naturists belonging to different strata of the society. Himachal, with its many rivers and streams, offers vast opportunities for the sport of fishing and angling. Whether you’re the type who likes to string a worm onto a makeshift line and catch your own dinner, or a thoroughbred professional angler with the latest in fishing tackle - Himachal’s waters can be a pleasant surprise.
  • Rock Climbing : Rock climbing is often seen as the basic stage for mountain climbing. Yet, this may also be treated as an independent sport, where the most basic level is climbing or descending a rock face, using only hands and feet and a safety rope.
  • Adventure Camps : These camps are organized for children (10-18 years) from April-June (summer) and then again from Sep-Oct (autumn) every year. Camp is set up near Manali and all activities are organized from there. Starting from sight seeing of Manali town, it includes river crossing, rock climbing, rappelling, soft trekking, etc. This is an introductory camp designed to impart outdoor housekeeping and survival skills. During the camp, basic mountaineering techniques are taught. Participants are also introduced to the fundamental values involved in the conservation of mountain environments. All activities are conducted under the guidance of qualified.

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