14 Places To Visit In Manali
With the stunningly beautiful Beas river located in its very heart, Manali is the most important hill station located in the Kullu-Manali Valley. With a perfect blend of rich ethnic history and striking natural beauty, Manali is a visitor’s favorite. And the most important places that no visitor should miss while in Manali are:
- Rohtang pass The Rohtang Pass is the gateway to Lahaul, Spiti, Leh and Pangi and remains open to visitors during May-June and October-November. Adventure activities like skiing, mountain biking, snow scooters are the major attractions here. The panoramic views are a treat for nature lovers and photographers.
- Beas Kund Mainly known to be the scared bathing spot of Sage Vyas, the Beas Kund region is also known for the incredible trekking and camping facilities that it provides.
- Solang Valley The Solang Valley is about 13 Kms from Manali and is best known for its view of the snowcapped mountains and glaciers. The fresh snow offers opportunities for skiing, or simple sliding or slipping on the snow. During summers, the region hosts activities like zorbing, horse riding, paragliding and parachuting.
- Chandrakhani Pass Known for its serene beauty, the Chandrakhani Pass is a major spot for trekking lovers.
- Pandoh Dam in Manali The embankment on the Beas in Mandi is known as the Pandoh Dam that offers beautiful views of gushing water from the Beas.
- Monasteries The Tibetan monasteries that are located all over Manali are a major attraction of the region, the most important being Himalayan Nyingamapa Gompa and Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa. These monasteries are a rich source of Tibetan crafts, literature and culture.
- Jagatsukh Located just 6 Km from Manali, the small village is known for its natural beauty and heritage temples, the most famous being the Jagatsukh Shiva Temple that is housed in a shikara.
- Jogini Waterfalls This perennial waterfall is considered to be sacred to the goddess of the Vashist village and hence regarded as one of the shakti peethas of the Hindu mythology.
- Vashist Hot Water Springs The Vashist Village is famous for its old temples and sulfur hot springs that are believed to have medicinal properties. Visitors take a bath in these springs to benefit from their medicinal values.
- Kalath Hot Water Springs Manali is known to be the home to many hot springs, one of them being situated in the village of Kalath.
- Hadimba Temple Built at a calm, serene location, the Hadimba temple is dedicated to Bhima’s wife Hidimba and hosts the Hidimba Devi Festival in the month of May.
- MaaSharvari Temple A small trek of 5-6 Kms from Manali takes the visitors to the MaaSharvari Temple that house the local deity, the Kuldevi of the kings of Kullu Kings.
- Gauri Shankar Temple at DASHAL Built in the 14th century, the Gauri Shankar Temple located at Dashal village is a marvelous piece of architecture placed on a high platform.
- Kothi The village of Kothi is located in the foothill regions of the Rohtang Pass and is known for its magnificent views of nature and snow covered mountains, making it an ideal spot for camping outdoors.
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