Attractions In manali
Attractions in Manali
Saying that nature has bestowed its beauty generously upon Manali would not be wrong. One of the most popular
honeymoon destinations in the India tourism circuit, the town is nestled at an altitude of about 2050 metres above sea
level. Tourists visit this place to indulge in activities like paragliding, mountaineering, skiing, rafting and trekking.
Though Mandiali is the ethnic language of Manali, the locals are proficient in English and Hindi too. During a Manali trip,
you can explore many lakes, valleys, waterfalls, museums, castles, temples, monasteries and national parks. Listed below are
the topmost attractions here.
A visit to scenic valleys, breathtaking waterfalls and beautiful lakes are included in almost all Manali packages. A
paradise for nature lovers, the famous Solang Valley is an ideal place to see snow-capped mountains and glaciers. The valley
acts as a skiing destination in winters, whereas activities like zorbing, parachuting and paragliding can be enjoyed in
summers. About 50 km from Manali, Rohtang Pass is the place to be to indulge in mountain biking and snow scooter riding.
While reaching Rohtang Pass from Manali, the roaring Rahala Falls can be witnessed for their beauty.
Another gem of nature, at a height of around 3660 metres, is the Chandrakhani Pass in Parvati Valley that is ideal for
trekking. Named after India’s first Prime Minister, Nehru Kund attracts tourists with its clear water, green surroundings
and calm setting. You can also connect with nature at sites like Bhrigu Lake, Pandoh Dam, Hadimba Hills, Jana Falls and Rozy
Only 5 km from Manali, Arjuna Gufa is another popular attraction. It is believed that the Pandava brother, Arjuna, meditated
here to get Pashupatastra. The cave attracts tourists not just with its religious importance, but also its rock formations
and surrounding beauty.
Showcasing a blend of Himachali and European architectures, Naggar Castle is embellished with stone and woodwork.
Constructed by Raja Sidh Singh in AD 1460, the castle has been converted into a heritage hotel. It also houses a gallery,
which displays paintings of Nicholas Roerich, a noted Russian artist. Besides, three temples, namely Jagatipatt Temple,
Tripura Sundari Temple and Gauri Shankar Temple are located within the castle.
Established in 1998 close to Hadimba Devi Temple, the Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art opens from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Showcasing the history of Manali and Himachal Pradesh, the museum exhibits a collection of antiques, ethnic dresses,
handicrafts, stone vessels, wood carvings, weapons, relics, instruments and traditional articles.
Manali is not just a nature lover’s paradise, but also home to loads of temples and monasteries. Situated within Dhoongri
Forest, Hadimba Devi Temple is dedicated to the wife of Bhima. The four-tier pagoda roof and 3-inch tall brass idol of the
goddess are the highlights of this temple. Tourists can also visit Vashisht Temple, just 3 km from Manali. It is famous for
its intricate wood carvings; you can take a dip in the nearby water springs. The springs medicinal properties, and Turkish
style showers have also been built at the site. You can also visit Manu Temple, a shrine to Lord Manu, only 3 km from Mall
Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa was erected by Tibetan refugees in 1960. Teaching visitors about the Buddhist religion through
kaal chakras, murals and paintings, the monastery is a place for those in search of peace and seclusion. Besides, Bijli
Mahadev, Siyali Mahadev Temple, Jamula Temple, Gayatri Temple and Gauri Shankar Temple are a few more religious sites in the
Nothing can be more relaxing than spending some quiet time in the arms of nature, and the weather of Manali makes it
possible. Surrounded by deodar, birch and pine trees, Van Vihar National Park is an ideal picnic spot. Here, tourists can
enjoy boating on the small pond or enjoy chatting with friends, sitting on wooden benches.
Established in 1984, Great Himalayan National Park is one of the most popular sites in the region and also a UNESCO World
Heritage Site. Set between 1700 and 5800 metre altitude, it is home to a variety of fauna like common leopard, Himalayan
brown bear, blue sheep, Himalayan tahr, snow leopard, musk deer and serow. An ideal spot to enjoy bird watching, it is
inhabited by avian species, such as lammergeiers, golden eagles, western tragopans and Himalayan vultures. Visitors can also
admire the beauty of diverse flora in the park while trekking through it.
So, pick a map of Manali, book a tour package, pack some warm clothing and get ready to explore the treasures of the town.