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HIMACHAL TOUR

MANALI

Location of Manali: Himachal Pradesh
Important As: Himachal's famous Tourist Resort
Altitude: 2,050m
Places of Interest: Vashisht Hot Sulphur Spring, Rohtang Pass, Hadimba Temple
Best Time To Visit Manali: May To October.

HeliskiingManali presents some excellent and well-equipped accommodation choices for the tourists. In the past decade Manali has turned out to be one of the best hill resort destination of India, particularly in those resorts, which cater Indian domestic tourists and honeymoon couples. But the ideal places to stay are the small guesthouses, providing a tranquil atmosphere of the Himalayas for those who are looking for solitute.

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 pilgrimage.

PRIME ATTRACTION IN MANALI

TEMPLES IN MANALI

Hadimba Temple: Hadimba or Dhungiri temple in Manali is one of the most important temples in the region. This four-storey wooden temple is located in the middle of a forest called the Dhungiri Van Vihar.  

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.

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 centre.

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.Here Arjuna practised austerities to get Pashupata Ashtra or weapon from Lord Indra.

MONASTERIES IN MANALI

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.

MANALI EXCURSIONS

ROHTANG PASS TREKKING

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 truly breath-taking.   

Vashisht Hot Sulphur Springs

This small village near Manali is famous for its scenic beauty. The village has a temple dedicated to Lord Rama and Vashisht Muni.

HOW TO GO TO MANALI
Manali - The nearest airport is Bhuntar, 52 km south of Manali. There are flights to Delhi via Shimla. The closest narrow-gauge railhead is at Jogindernagar, 135 km away. The closest broad-gauge railheads are Chandigarh (310 km) and Ambala (355 km). By road, the distance from Delhi via Mandi is 585 km, and from Shimla the distance is 270 km.


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