From the hard task of governing the country, Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru and Sh. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, both former Prime Minister’s of India, often sought refuge at Manali to seek solace. Sh. Vajpayee even adopted Manali as his second home, so is the charm of the place.
A year around destination, the crisp mountain air will recharge any wearied city dweller to get the adrenalin rushing for seeking some adventure. Trekking, mountain biking, white water rafting, paragliding and skiing, snowboarding or sledging in the winters, there is always a new adventure to take to when at Manali. It also serves as the gateway to the exotic Buddhist lands of Lahaul and Spiti, a part of the trans-Himalayan region that extends into Tibet and Ladakh.
Language: Hindi, Punjabi, English are understood and spoken by the people engaged in tourism trade.
Temperature: In winter the temperature gets quite low and it gets pleasant in summers.
Clothing: Cotton clothes in Summer and heavy woolens in winter.
Where to stay: Manali has accommodation to suit most types of budgets and tastes. HPTDC guest houses provide a comfortable stay at reasonable prices. Details are available from local tourist offices.
By Rail: Broad gauge trains travel upto Pathankot, from where a narrow gauge train takes you to Jogindernagar. The Jogindernagar-Mandi distance of 55 kilometers can be covered by road.
By Air: The airport at Bhunter is 50 km from Manali where taxis and buses are available.
How To Get Around: Local buses operate regularly. Taxis are also available
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- Trek and enjoy beautiful sight of glaciers, peaks and river Chandra at Rohtang Pass.
- Night stay in tents at Lambadug or Gallant thatch, don’t miss out on animal sightings and spend a romantic evening at the Manali Sanctuary.
- Enjoy picnic and indoor sports at the Club House.
- Rejuvenate and rediscover your spiritual side at the Vashisht hot water springs and temples.
Much gaiety and fanfare marked the 5 day National Level Winter Carnival that was held in the popular tourist town of Manali from 2nd to 6th January, 2014.
Shri Virbhadra Singh, Hon’ble Ex-Chief Minister inaugurated the carnival by lighting a lamp. The carnival attracted a large number of Indian and foreign tourists. Speaking at the inaugural function the Chief Minister said that protecting the environment was the main focus of the state government along with promoting tourism.
More than 25 cultural teams from different states performed during the carnival. Other than folk dances, the festival also conducted a winter queen contest, solo and group dance competitions, a fashion show and song competitions.
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Rohtang Pass (3978 m)
Rohtang Pass and Manali are complimentary, a visit to one without getting to the pass is considered incomplete. To preserve the pristine beauty of this pass that divides the catchment of Chenab and Beas Rivers, visitors and vehicles to Rohtang are regulated, especially so in the summers.Starting from the valley at Manali, a snaking road winding through Kothi village, (13 kms), Gulaba and Rahalla Falls (27 kms), Rohtang Top is 51 kms away. In winters, the pass receives very heavy snow that blocks the highway to Lahaul valley for about 6 months. As the summer picks up and snow in the lower elevations melts away, tourists can experience snow conditions at Rohtang till July-August.
A slopping meadow surrounded by high peaks that turns into a graded ski slope when it snows, Solang is one of the most beautiful tourist spots close to Manali. Lined around by deodar trees, it is just 13 kms from Manali. Here abundance of adventure filled sporting activities are conducted. In summer you could go trekking, camping, paragliding, Gondala (Cable Car ride), Quad rides or hurtle down the slope trapped in a transparent ball in a sport called Zorbing. In winters it turns into a ski resort where even state and national level events are held.
Hidimba Devi Temple
Famously known as the Dhungri Temple, the Hidimba Devi deity is revered as the presiding deity of Manali. The temple, built over a cave shrine in a forest, is believed to enshrine the footprints of the Devi, who was one of the consorts of Bhima, one of the five Pandava brothers in the Mahabaharta epic. The temple architecture rises as a four-tiered pagoda that dates back to the 16th century. The temples doors are exquisitely carved and exhibit the artistic touch of local craftsmanship.
Reached from Naggar by crossing the Chanderkhani Pass and from Jari in Parvati valley, Malana is a village deep in the interiors of Kullu valley. Governed by a self-containing democratic set up for centuries, its institutions ruled by divine laws of Jamlu Devta, the village deity, have been of much interest to researchers. The village (altitude 2650 m) and its surrounding highlands attract a lot of trekkers.
It was Raja Visudh Pal, the 12th generation ruler at Jagat Sukh who transferred the capital to Naggar, and it remained so till the 17th Century. Several monuments and relics of the past lie scattered around this lovely hamlet. The Gauri Shankar temple, Chatar Bhuj temple, Tripura Sundri Devi temple, Murlidhar temple, Jagti Patti shrine and Naggar Castle are magnificent structures, much admired for their architecture, wood carvings, stone and metal craft. Naggar Castle, a hill fortress sheltering the royal residences, was built by Raja Side Singh about 500 years ago. Conserved as a heritage hotel run by Himachal Tourism, Naggar Castle also has a small museum. Several temples are scattered around its courtyard. Russian noble and artist Nicholas Roerich, after a lifetime of travels, settled down at Naggar where he built a lovely hill cottage with a painting studio. The residence has been turned into a museum where on display are masterpieces of the great artist.
Easily accessible from Manali is the sacred village of Vashisht, with a temple of sage Vashisht who finds mention in the Rig Veda and other religious books. There is a hot water sulphur spring here and a bath in it is known to cure skin ailments. There is also an old temple dedicated to Lord Rama in the village.
At the base of Brighu Peak (altitude 4,270 m), lies this beautiful lake. Approachable from the villages of Vashisht and Gulaba, this scenic water body is a popular trekking destination.
The Manali Gompa
In bright colors, murals on the walls of this Buddhist monastery, depict picture stories taken from the Buddha’s life. Built in the early 1960’s, a large Buddha statue graces the Gompa (temple) centre.
Manu Temple, Old Manali
At a comfortable walking distance (3 km) from Manali main market, in Old Manali, is the fine stone and wood temple capped with slate tiles of Rishi Manu, a sage who codified the Hindu laws in the book Manu Samriti. A temple to Rishi Manu is rare in the country and Manali as Manu Alaya, or the abode of Manu derives its name from it.
Mountaineering Institute, Manali
A pioneering institute, the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali is one of the few in the country that imparts training from basic to advanced level in mountaineering, rock climbing, trekking, river rafting, paragliding and other adventure sports.
Jagat Sukh Village
Jagat Sukh served as the capital of the valley before it was first moved to Naggar and then to Sultanpur in Kullu. The Gaurishankar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and the Gayatri Temple is a testimony of the times when life in the valley centered upon this village.
On the road to Rohtang Pass (5 km from Manali), is a quaint little spring that is fed by the nearby Brighu Lake. Jawahar Lal Nehru, India’s first prime minister during his visits to Manali would only drink water from this spring. It has come to be named after him.
This sanctuary starts about 2 Km from Manali town. It leopard forms the catchment of Manalsu khad. A bridle path from Manali log huts/ Dhungri temple passes through dense Deodar, Kail, Horse chestnut, Walnut and Maple forests. Night stay in tents at Lambadug or Gallant thatch is an unforgettable experience. Alpine lush green pastures and glaciers beyond Galant thatch are a romantic attraction for the enthusiastic but enduring visitors. One may see Musk deer, Monal and Brown bear digging or plowing the land and also pug marks with the scent of Leopard or Snow leopard. Those who venture up to snows can see herds of Ibex in the glacier zone in summers.