Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Places to Visit in Manali | Best Time to Visit Manali | Sightseeing in Manali

Sight Seeing

Hadimba Temple: High above a hillside within a dense grove of gigantic Cedar Deodar trees stands this magnificent temple of Hadimba Devi. Built in a conical pagoda style with 4 tiers of wooden slates, this temple was built 500 years ago. The outer panels are richly carved and display a number of horns of wild antelope and sheep which were sacrificed to this goddess.
Rohtang Pass is a high mountain bypass on the eastern Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas around 51 km from Manali. A full day venture with several activities like riding, horse, skiing and paragliding on the top of the pass stay everyone entertained from old people to ladies to kids to the adventure seekers.
Solang Valley : 13 Kms northwest of Manali are the beautiful hill slopes of Solang Valley. On the banks of the Solang Stream, it has excellent ski slopes in winter, while in the summer it is the venue for Hot Air Ballooning, Paragliding and four-wheeled motorbike rides on the hill tracks. This is also starting point for the 2-day Beas Kund trek leading to small beautiful glaciated lake in the high mountains. You can also take a horse ride into the meadows and forests all around. In winter go skiing or take a snow scooter ride on the glistening snow slopes. You can also climb up to a natural shivling which is formed in December and February each year.
Tibetan Monastery: A small monastery built in the traditional style in the 1960s, has a large gilded image of the Buddha besides some interesting thankas. Close by is the Tibetan Medicine clinic.
Club House: Operated by Himachal Tourism and located above the Manalsu stream a tributary of the River Beas, the Club House has facilities for badminton, table tennis, a bar and restaurant, a reading room and a large lawn with beautiful flowers.
Vashisht: 3 Kms from Manali across the river, this ancient village with traditional houses, is the site for hot sulphur springs which flow into two tanks where you can take a rejuvenating dip. The village also has a temple of Vashisht Rishi and another of Lord Rama.
Manu Temple Old Manali: This is a tastefully built temple in the Old Manali village. Known as the Manu Rishi temple it has beautiful carved images of different gods of the Hindu pantheon. Manu Rishi was the lawgiver, after the vast deluge.
Naggar Castle: 21 Kms from Manali. This now growing village was once the capital of Kullu state. This ancient castle built around 1460 by the then ruler –Raja Sidha Singh is constructed in the traditional stone and wood architectural style. It was later taken over the British and was also a courthouse and the residence of the District Collector. It is presently a heritage hotel operated by Himachal Tourism. It also contains a huge slab of rock with an interesting legend. Beautiful views of the widest part of the Kullu valley far below.
Roerich Art Musuem: 1 Km from the castle. Driving uphill from the castle we reach the pretty little cottage of the famous Russian artist, painter and philosopher Nicolas Roerich who settled down here in the early 20 th century. Inside you can see his memorable watercolour paintings and also portraits of Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi.
Manikaran is situated at Parvati Valley between the rivers Beas and Parvati, northeast of Bhuntar in the Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh. Well-known for its hot water springs Hot water spring on the river Parvati trace their source to a legend. A well known pilgrimage place on account of early Hindu temples and a Gurudwara According to a legend Manikaran is also associated with Lord Shiva & his divine Consort Parvati who lost a recover her earring here.

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