A comprehensive list of places to must see in Manali. The list is compiled keeping in views interest of distinct type of tourist:
An ideal gateway place for adventure sport lovers, as Solang Valley is a side valley, located at the top of Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated at 13 km of northeast of Manali resort town on the way to Rohtang Pass. The most common sports offered are paragliding, parachuting, zorbing, and skating, available for both in summer and winter time.
The valley of Solang are fine ski slopes making it a perfect destination for skiing. Enjoy the beautiful view of glaciers and snow-capped mountains while you relish other activities. During winter time, the Solang Valley becomes a paradise for skiing to skip and slide over fresh snow. As the snow melts during the summer time, you can enjoy other sports activities like parachuting, zorbing, skating or horse riding. The best time to visit is the month of December to February for snow lovers.
Rohtang Pass is located 51 km from Manali at a height of 3,970 metres. The places is uiated on the Keylong (or Leh) highway. During winters the pass remains closed while it is open for tourist in the month of June to October. The Rohtang Pass is a gateway to Pangi, Leh Valley, and Lahaul Spiti. During the month of May, the pass becomes a hotspot for adventure enthusiasts as the travellers from all over the world come to experience thrilling activities like mountain biking, skiing, and snow scooter. For nature lovers, the hills covered in mountain with beautiful views of peaks, glaciers, and Chandra River will give you an overwhelming affair.
Don’t miss a visit to scenic Rahala waterfall which is located on the way to Rohtang Pass, 16 Kms away from Manali. The altitude of the waterfall is 2,500 meters and look magnificent. It attract countless tourist especially photographers those visit this pass to click natures beautiful pictures. You may require to hire a cab or take a bus as the Rohtang Pass as the drive can be quite slippery and tough because roads are narrow curved.
The Manu Temple is the most famous tourist attraction in Old Manali, 3 km away from Manali Mall Road. The temple is surrounded by lush green forest and stands tall on the glorious banks of Beas River. The trek to the temple is in itself is an experience worth exploring. the temple was builded centuries ago and dedicated to the creator of human race of the world, an Indian Sage Manu. He was also renowned for writing Manusmriti. The sage dewelled and mediated for years at the temple.
The Manu Temple has a great religious and historic significance. Travellers around the world visit Manu temple to intricate scriptures those can be seen on the temple wall and pillars, offering a scenic view of the town and valley. There is a peaceful and beautiful environment which makes your soul relaxed. There are ample of boutique cottages nearby, suitable for all budget travellers. Since its immemorial, the temple has remained as a significant shrine in Manali.
Vashisht Hot Spring
The Vashisht Hot Spring is located around 6 km aways from Manali town (Kullu district), situated elegantly above the glorious Beas River. The village Vashisht is renowned all around the world because of the commonly found hot springs here. The hot water spring emerged due to deposits of granitic that large segmented areas of the Himalayas. The water kund or known as pond is situated at the center of the village. The entire region is of the hot water spring is surrounded by the lush greenery all around the year.
The temperature of the water varies between 110°F to 123°F. It is a large source of water for various other tourist places around Manali. More than 2,500 people visit at the Vashisht hot spring everyday to enjoy beautiful scenic and take a dip in the tank. The hot spring has a separate one water tank reserved for women. The water in the tank holds medical effects that are believed to cure servaral diseases related to skin. The area is enclosed by hundreds of small vendors, selling religious merchandise and souvenirs for travellers.
Manikaran Gurudwara is a most prominent place of worship for Sikhs. It is located in the small town of Manikaran, 45 km away from Kullu district. The Gurdwara is popularly known as Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurudwara or Gurudwara Manikaran Sahib. The shrine was built at the site where Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji (the first sikh Guru) came with his disciple Bhai Mardana and Bhai Bala. Bhai Mardana was asked to arrange for langar (food). Many people donated flour and pulses for the welfare of the people. However, he could not make arrangements for fire to cook food. then it was Guru Nanak Dev Ji lifted a stone from hot spring water, so were sikhs able to cook rice and beans.
The pilgrim’s shrine is thronged by numerous devotees each year to pay homage to Guru Nanak Dev Ji in verge of seeking spiritual rejuvenation. Then visiting the site, do not forget to savour a meal at langar and take religious dip in the hot water spring famed with healing properties to pay your devotion.
Far away from the busy city life, the peaceful Hadimba Temple (also known as Dhungri Temple) is an ancient cave monument, located in the amidst of snow-capped hills and towering deodar trees of Manali. The unique shrine is dedicated to Ghatotkacha (son of Bhima), built on a rock. Inside the temple, there is a brass image which represents Hadimba Devi. The style of construction of the temple is complete different from other temples in Manali, with its wooden walls, doorways, and cone-shaped ceiling. The temple holds a strong importance to Hindu pilgrims, apart from that it is nothing less that wonder for nature lovers. The Hadimba temple has a quaint story which slowly attracting travelers around the world, depicting its beauty where the heritage meets natural beauty.
The temple is 24 meters tall and comprise of 3 roof shaped in square made of timber tiles. These roofs are surmounted by the fourth roof made of brass. Every year, a fair is held at the temple in the month of July or August in the memory of Raja Bahadur Singh. Another fair is held on 14 May every year to celebrate the birth of Hadimba Devi.