Manali Hill Station is a fairytale land for those who love mountains and adventure. Steeped in sheer natural beauty, this destination is ideally located in the fascinating state of Himachal Pradesh. It is also one of the popular hill stations of India where honeymooners, adventure enthusiasts, backpackers, nature lovers and holiday makers come in great numbers. Its natural beauty and the facilities of adventure sports attract tourists from all over the world. Travel to Manali and enjoy the beauty and charm of its attractions such as picture-perfect landscapes, snow-covered mountains, thick forests, fruit gardens, winding pathways, beautiful waterfalls, wonderful mountain streams, colorful flowers, enchanting lakes, breathtaking valleys and pleasant climate.
Located in the Kullu district, Manali has an elevation of 2625 m. According to the legend Manali, in the ancient times, was the abode of the Saptarishi or seven sages. It got its name from a sage named Manu Rishi who used to live here in the past. And the term 'Manali' means 'the abode of Manu'. It is also a favoured destination of Bollywood film makers for shooting.
Manali is affectionately dubbed as the 'Switzerland of India'. Rohtang Pass which is located only 50 km from Manali is a paradise for adventure and nature lovers. Apart from enjoying the beauty of glaciers and snow-capped mountain peaks Manali Tourism allows you to indulge in adventure sports such as mountaineering, trekking and heli skiing.
Some of the must-see places of Manali
Hidimba Devi Temple
Surrounded with towering deodar trees, this temple is dedicated to Hidimba, the wife of Bhima. The simplicity of this temple catches the fancy of every human soul. Alongwith serenity, the architecture of this temple is also highly admirable.
This spectacular looking pass, on the Manali- Keylong road, underlines the true wonders of nature. The beauty around this region leaves vacationers awestruck with the sights of mountain covered peaks and far stretched emerald landscapes.
Just 14 km away from the main town of Manali; Solang Valley is a renowned tourist destination in Himachal Pradesh. This place is visited by adventure seekers who wish to participate in numerous fun activities here, including Parachuting, paragliding, horse riding, mini open jeeps, etc.
Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art
The museum brings out the beautiful art and culture of Himachal with exhibits like religious relics, household objects, weapons, instruments, and scale models.
Bestowing a magnificent view of the snow-clad mountains of Lahaul, Beas River is a must visit attraction in Manali. Apart from acting as a popular picnic spot, the river quenches the thirst of the fields of Punjab and Pakistan.
Named after Raja Gulab Singh of Kashmir, Gulaba is a tiny village that gathered popularity owning to its diverse topography. Adventure enthusiasts love this village as Paragliding facilities are available here to explore the region from bird?s eye views.
Arjuna Gufa (cave)
At a distance of 4 km from Manali is the enchanting Arjuna Gufa. As per legend, this is the place where Arjuna, the great archer of epic Mahabharata once meditated.
Manali is famous for woolen shawls. The bazaars here also offer hand-woven goods, Kullu topis or caps, various Tibetan handicrafts, amulets, dorjes (thunderbolts), masks, musical instruments and thangkas.
Best Time to Visit
Manali being a year-round destination can be visited any time of the year. March to June is the time when people flock here to escape the hot and humid climate. Also, those who wish to spend some time playing with pearly white snow, the months from September to February are perfect.
How to Reach Manali
By Air: The nearest airport is Bhuntar airport( 10 km from Manali), which is connected to cities like Delhi, Shimla and Chandigarh by regular flights.
By Rail: Nearest rail heads are Chandigarh and Pathankot.
By Road: Manali is well connected by road with Delhi (789 km), Ambala (606 km), Chandigarh (556 km), Dehradun, Haridwar, Shimla, Dharamsala, Chamba/Dalhousie, Ropar, Bilaspur and Mandi.
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