Manali has been a popular place to go backpacking and for the cosy honeymoon trips. Situated near the bank of the river Beas and nestled in the laps of Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar mountain ranges is the tourist favourite town Manali. From adventurous sports that pump your adrenaline to the temples that help rejuvenate your soul, Manali has it all. We have gathered for you 8 different places that you should never miss out on this unforgettable trip!
One of the most frequently visited places in Manali is Rohtang Pass. It is around 51 km away from Manali at a height of 13,000ft. The view from the Pass is one of the most beautiful one in the whole country. Snow-capped mountains all around the Pass gives travellers a mesmerized breathtaking sight.
The most interesting and fun activities at Rohtang Pass are the trekking, mountain biking, sledging and playing in the snow.
Dedicated to the Goddess Hidimba, wife of Pandu son Bheem, this holy place is nestled in the Dhungri Van Vihar surrounded completely by cedar trees. The most striking feature of this temple is the Pagoda-style architecture, the wooden walls, doorways and a cone-shaped roof. The inner walls of the shrine have carved stories of Hindu mythologies, cosmic dancers, and animal motifs. The awe-inspiring brass effigy of Hidimba is one of the most attractive features of this temple.
Hidimba was the princess of the Kullu region of Himachal. Her birthday period attracts a lot of devotees and tourists alike. Every year for 3 days in the month of May, a fair is held to celebrate the occasion.
If you’re looking for a few days break from Manali, Beas Kund offers amazing and equally enthralling sightseeing and trekking. it is around 4000 m above sea level. The mighty river Beas originates from Beas Kund in the Dhauladhar region. The lake provides an outstanding view of Pir Pinjal Mountains on all its sides. According to the legend, Sage Vyas used to camp near this lake for meditation and bathing.
The trek of Beas Kund is probably the shortest of the region. It passes through the Solang Valley that offers a picturesque view of the mountains and meadows. The trek is for about 4 days. The exhausting hike is absolutely worth all the scenic beauty this valley has to give.
The Solang Valley is around 14 km northwest of Manali, lying between Solang village and Beas Kund. Just like the Rohtang Pass, this place is the must-visit destination to go in Manali. The valley provides an awe-inspiring view of the white peaked mountains and glaciers.
The valley, apart from its beauty, is vastly popular for the variety of adventurous sports. This place is heaven for adventurous souls. Skiing is the most famous sport during the snowy season. After the snow clears, paragliding, zorbing, skating and horse riding takes the place of winter activities.
Old Manali is nestled beneath a valley. Located around 3 km away from Manali, is the quiet settlement of Manali. This area is less populated than the main city and is separated by the bridge of Manalsu Nala. The aesthetic of this place is its rustic cottages, lush apple orchards and laidback way of life. The sunrise and sunsets here are intoxicating, and you will surely love the energy of this place.
Accommodation here is the best with hotels and cafes and food that are available at cheaper prices. The aesthetic ambience is the added bonus.
Vashist Hot Water Springs
Almost 3 km away from the main town of Manali is located the secluded part of the town which is famous for hot water sulphur spring. Bathrooms had been built for the travellers to enjoy the healing properties of the sulphurous waters. People take a dip in the water to get rid of skin infections. The Turkish style showers are both for men and women separately.
The area is named after the hermit, Vashist. Enclosed in the premise, is a sandstone carved pyramidal temple dedicated to the local patron Vashist. If you are a tourist who is looking for a day to relax and get away from the hassle, this is your destination.
This pagoda-style temple is dedicated to Sage Manu, the creator of all living beings. The name Manali is derived from the sage’s name. This temple is said to be the only temple of Sage Manu in the entire country. It is located in the Old Manali near the Beas Kund. The environment inside the temple is as calm and serene as it is expected. You would be exhilarated on making it to the magnificent temple and surely will feel blessed at the sight of the deity.
Although a little uncomfortable, instead of taking a cab or taxi, it would be best if you choose to trek your way to the temple. The scenic beauty surrounding the tranquil atmosphere of the temple will be just the added bonus!
One of the major tourist attraction spots in Manali is the mighty Jogini waterfalls. It is located around 2 km northwards of the Vashist village. The sight of the seeming milky waters cascading down the mountains of the height of 160 m will definitely take your breath away. Tucked away from the bustling city, Jogini falls provide the best escape from dust and din of this modern world. This spot is especially popular among the couples as it is considered to be very romantic.
It is about a 3-hour trek to the height of the falls. The journey offers the scenic beauty of the encapturing snowy mountains and tall pine trees. The path could be a little uncomfortable but there are rest stops filled with snacks and a hot cup of tea available everywhere. Jogini falls is the perfect combo for the nature lovers and all the adventure and daring spirits out there!
Hope you like this article enough to plan a Manali trip sooner or later.