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Places to visit in Manali
Manali is situated at the northern end of Kulu Valley, Himachal Pradesh-India. Manali is a hill station and attracts tourists from all over the world. This small town is a part of the Kullu district and is situated at a height of 2050 meters in the Himalayas on the banks of the sparkling River Beas.
Manali is named after a Hindu sage "Manu". Mythology states that sage Manu recreated life in this place after the great deluge that submerged the world. Manali is also referred to as the “Valley of Gods”.
Manali is famous for its scenic treks such as the Beas Kund Trek and Chandrakani Pass. During winter, Manali is a haven of snow capped mountains and becomes a winter paradise. The rest of the year the temperature varies from 15 degrees Centigrade to 20 degrees Centigrade.
Manali is 550 Km from Delhi, the capital of India. You can reach Manali by boarding a bus from Delhi or by taking a taxi.
Places to Visit
Rohtang Pass is at an altitude of 3979 meters above sea level. It is the highest point on the Manali-Keylong road. This place offers panoramic views of the mountains and the greenery around. The other places to visit nearby are Baes Kund ( the source of the Beas River) and a small lake called Dassaur which is worth visiting.
Beas Kund is an igloo-shaped temple dedicated to a Hindu Goddess. Located on top of this temple is the spring which is the source of River Beas. The temple is surrounded by a cedar forest.
For anyone who wishes to take a course in climbing, the Mountaineering Institute offers advanced and beginner courses.
There are many splendid waterfalls to be visited – Rozy Falls, Rahala Waterfalls, Zana Falls.
Vashist Hot Water Springs is about 3 Km from Manali. Vashist is a small village across River Beas with natural sulfur springs. The water from these springs is said to have medicinal properties. Vashist also has a pair of unique old stone temples facing each other. These temples have elaborate and beautiful wood carvings.
Solang Valley also known as the Snow Point is located at 13 Km north-west of Manali and is a spot where you can put your skiing skills to test. This place is famous for the 300 meters ski lift. You can view the snow-capped mountains and amazing glaciers from this spot.
Manali has many Buddhist Monasteries and temples to visit. Old Manali is famous for its orchards and old guesthouses. A fort called Manaligarh which is an old relic is worth visiting.
Ghadhan Thekchoking Gompa was built by the Tibetan refugees. This place has brightly colored beautiful frescoes. The highlight of this place is a visually stunning mid-sized Buddhist statue.
The Manali Sanctuary has varied fauna and flora. It is a haven for bird-watchers or anyone who loves nature walks.
Manali is the ultimate treat as a tourist spot set in natural surroundings and has many exciting things to do. A must visit at least once in a lifetime.
A splendid travel destination specially in summer when you want to escape from the scorching heat.