Widely popular and loaded with tourists, Manali is one of the most travelled tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh. Manali is just 534 KMS away from Delhi, a 14-hour bus journey will take you to the city surrounded by lofty peaks covered with snow. The best part about Manali what I feel is that one can enjoy the place in any season. If you are an avid snow lover and want to experience snowfall, visit in winter. Those, who are living in plains and finding escapism from scorching summers can go in summers and enjoy the cool breeze from the mountains and moderate snow of Rohtang pass.
Top Attractions In Manali
When one discusses Manali, the Hadimba temple is the first thing that comes to mind for sure. Whether you are religious or not, this place has a lot to offer to every visitor. The temple is nestled in the middle of pine trees and is believed to be the place where the goddess Hidimba from the time of Mahabharata meditated. Going back to the Mahabharata age, Hidimba Devi was from the Rakshas clan. Although born in a Rakshas clan, she was unlike her brother Hidimba, who was completely evil. Bhim, one of the five Pandavas, defeated Hidimba in a fierce battle and later Hidimba and Bhim married each other.
Maharaja Bahadur Singh in 1553, built the temple for the devotees of Devi Hadimba. It is a four-story temple surrounded by dense forest. The forest is so dense that you will find a scarce amount of sunlight in it. The temple certainly creates a mystical aura and enchants the visitors towards it. The temple has sacrificial remains of the animals at its wall and doors that enforce the thought of sacrifices of animals that were prevalent in ancient times.
One of the main attractions of Manali is Solang Valley which is also called Snow valley at times. It is an ideal spot for tourists. Solang Valley is famous for hosting a list of winter adventure sports such as skiing, trekking, paragliding and mountaineering. Solan Valley is a treat to the eyes of all the tourists who come to Manali to enjoy snow and glaciers. The valley is settled between Solang village and Beas Kund, and also one can have a look of dazzling glaciers and snow-capped mountains from the valley.
Another point of attraction of Solang Valley is Anjani Mahadev temple, before heading back to your hotel, visit this temple and enjoy the tranquility of the place. Every year, out of thin air, a Shivling made up of snow appears here just like the one in Amarnath. Now you understand why I said earlier that this place would be a treat for your eyes.
Rohtang La or widely known as Rohtang pass is 51 Km away from Manali. The pass acts as a route or gateway between Kullu valley and Lahaul – Spiti valleys. Rohtang La should get first place in your itinerary. The panoramic view of the Rohtang pass will leave you awestruck indeed. It has unparalleled beauty and this makes it a vital place to visit on the Manali trip. The best time to visit this place is between May to November. In winter snowfall, this place is not accessible for tourists. Rohtang La’s unprecedented beauty has lured Bollywood as well. Movies like Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani and Jab We Met have shot various scenes in Rohtang pass. Thus, one can imagine the magnificence of this place. So, if you are ready to admire the beauty of this place and want to experience the chilling breeze of Rohtang Pass, do visit this place on your Manali trip.
Beas Kund Trek
Beas Kund trek is a perfect place for those who love trekking. For most people, Manali is a tourist destination having some selective places to visit. However, Beas Kund Trek is the least traveled yet thrilling and beautiful trek. It is about 17 km away from the main city. Pir Pinjal mountain range view would indeed be a feast for your eyes that you can experience from Beas Kund Trek. The breathtaking view of Dhundi and Bakharthach along with the gleaming lake make this place worthy of all the efforts you put into hiking. So, pack your bag and be ready for a Beas Kund trek.
Gurudwara Sahib Manikaran
One of the most acclaimed pilgrimage points near Manali is Manikaran Gurudwara, in Kullu. Gurudwara Sahib Manikaran has nestled on the bank of river Parvati. It is believed that Guru Nanak Dev Ji meditated at this place. The sanctity and sacredness of this sanctum fascinate tourists in an unparalleled number.
The place is having precedented significance for Hindus as well. There are three hot water springs that are considered sacred bathing ghats. One can be located in the Gurudwara and the other two in the vicinity of the Manikaran Gurudwara. The creation of these hot water springs itself contains a mystical aura. As per the mythology, Once Goddess Parvati lost her precious stones (Mani). Lord Shiva asked her servants to find those stones. However, their efforts went futile. Upon learning about their futile efforts, Lord Shiva got angry and opened his third eye. In order to pacify Lord Shiva and protect the Earth from his rage, Sheshnag hissed and vented the hot water springs. The water was so hot that it spread in the nearby area and formed the Mani almost similar to those lost by Goddess Parvati. Since then, this place holds a tremendous amount of significance for Hindus as well. Gurudwara Sahib Manikaran is one of the main attractions of tourists who visit Manali.
A small yet beautiful village, Gulaba is a gift of nature to Himachal Pradesh. It is approximately at a distance of 27 Kms from Manali and 25 Kms away from Rohtang Pass. Gulaba is a picturesque village in the lap of Milk-white mountains, Beas River, and lush green meadows. This all makes this village an enthralling one. The name of the village was after the Raja Gulab Singh of Kashmir.
Gulaba is not just famous for its scenic beauty but also for adventure sports. A large number of tourists come here to enjoy various adventure activities such as Paragliding, trekking, Skiing, Snow Mobile riding, and hiking. Therefore, if you are seeking tranquillity and want to enjoy yourself alongside, then Gulaba has everything you wished for.
So plan your journey now and enjoy the awe-struck beauty of Manali. Do not forget to share your experience in the comment section below. Find more interesting blogs covering different locations at Travelist. Keep visiting and keep reading.
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