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.
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
human life. Thus, the area of Manali
is sacred and Hindus
treat the temples over here as pilgrimage
Attractions of Manali
For high mountain thrills perhaps nothing can surpass the magic of
heli- skiing. The sport is available in the area abound by
the Hanuman Tibba, Rohtang Pass,
Deo Tibba and Chanderkhani Pass near
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
In the valleys
below Chanderkhani Pass
situated at an altitude of 2,76m is a little hub of hundred houses. The
village, which consists of 1,000 tribals, has an immaculate system of
Hidimba Devi 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 Vihar.
Famous for the sweeping valley views and sulphurous hot-water springs, the
large settlement of Vashisht, formerly known as Bashist,
just 3km from Manali, is an amorphous jumble of
traditional timber houses and modern concrete cubes, divided by paved
courtyards and narrow muddy lanes.
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 truly breath-taking.
It is a spring of clear, cold water, named after the late Prime
Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and is 6-km from Manali
on Keylong road.
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
and Wild Animals
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 centre.
How To Get There - 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 will.
The road to Manali passes through the picturesque valley of Kullu. The
motorable 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 computerised reservation for buses. The
reservations can be made one month in advance. Both private and state
government buses are in service over here.