Just 40 kms away from Kullu to the north, Manali is situated near the end of the valley on the National Highway leading to Leh. Manali is located at an altitude of 1950m and is also known as Beas River Valley. Manali is also known as the Valley of God. 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.
How To Reach Manali
The airport from Manali is located at a distance of 50kms at Bhuntar. From Kullu town, the distance is approximately 10kms. Tourists who want to ravel by air should board down at Bhuntar and avail the taxis, buses and private cars to reach Manali. Generally regular flights connecting to Delhi are available. You can also get other flights.
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. Regular buses are provided by the Himachal tourism from places like Chandigarh, Shimla and Delhi. Deluxe and Non Deluxe buses are also operated by the private tour operators.
Major Attractions of Manali
This is one of the most important temples of Manali and is called the Dhungri Van Vihar. Located in the middle of the forest, this four storey wooden temple is dedicated to Goddess Hadimba. The wooden doorway of the temple is particularly fascinating and the architecture of the temple is also par excellence.
If you take a brisk half an hour’s walk from town you will come across hot springs, emerging out of the rocks at Vashist. It is commonly believed that these waters have medicinal value and can cure different kinds of ailments.
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 Manali.
The Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa monastery was constructed in the year 1969. A mid size Buddhist statue and colorful frescoes are the main highlights of this monastery. Another notable monastery is the Himalayan Nyingamapa Gompa, which is modern in appearance, although slightly smaller than the Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa monastery.
The Rohtang Pass is the only entrance to Lahaul Spiti and is 51 km from Manali. Situated at an altitude of 4111 m on the highway, this is one of the major Manali tourist attractions, for those who love to indulge in trekking. Beas Kund and Dasohar Lake are also near from here. Beas kund is the place where the Beas River originates. The water here is so crystal clear and icy cold that it can make your fingers numb.
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 Punjab Birds and Wild Animals Protection Act, 1933.
Solang Valley (14 km) :
Solang Valley drives its name from combination of words Solang (Nearby village) and Nullah (water streams from mountains). It is a side valley at the top of the Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh, India 14 km northwest of the resort town Manali on the way to Rohtang Pass, and is known for its summer and winter sport conditions. The sports most commonly offered are parachuting, paragliding, skating and zorbing.
Manu Temple :
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.
About 16-km from Manali and 4-km away from Kothi, at the start of the climb to the Rohtang Pass, are the beautiful Rahalla Falls at an altitude of 2,501m
The Beas River flowing through Kullu valley is suitable for not only white water rafting but is ideal for canoeing and kayaking too. The Beas River from the Manaki to Jhiri near Bajaura in Kullu district has become very popular among the lovers of river rafting . The trip starts from Mohal and covers a total distance 10-kms. The season normally starts from May to mid-June and rest depends on the arrival of monsoon. The various clubs provide the basic equipment required for the water sports.
Near Manali there are some slopes, which have been rated the best for skiing in the world. The Solang Nullah, Patalsu, Kothi, Marhi and Rohtang slopes are very good for skiing in the winters as well as in summers. In fact Patalsu and Rohtang slopes are the only places where one can do summer skiing. The national level skiing competition is held on the slopes of Solang Nullah and the winter carnival is organised at Manali. The place has immense potential to offer some world-class ski slopes and they are being developed on the same lines.
The slopes of Solang Nullah provide just the right kind of slopes for paragliding during summers. There are organisations, which offer packages for paragliding. One can hire equipment from the private organisations in Manali and around.