Manali is one of the
most beautiful and picturesque hill station, an ideal destination for
nature lovers an adventure sport. A lovely drive to Rohtang pass at
13,500 feet altitude, para gliding and skiing on the slope of solang
valley, water rafting in the icy beas river, nature treks an adventure
camping in lahaul, spiti and parvati valley, infused tremendous
enthusiasm among visitors .
Manali a land of
breath taking beauty with a panoramic grandeur and variety that is
rare. Where the sun shines in all its glory and the brilliant blue of
the sky blends into the magnificent snow capped peaks on the horizon.
Manali is the valley of gods, Manali derives its name from Manu an
It is believed that
Manali was the abode of Manu, who came here for ther renewal of life
after great deluge.At manali beautiful mountains and streams ,
forests, flowers, birds, clouds and mist all offer a delightful sight
and a new freshness.
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
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
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
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