Manali is a famous tourist destination of Kullu Valley located in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Manali is situated just 40 km north of Kullu near the tip of the valley on the National Highway leading to Leh. Manali is a famous hill station in India. Situated at an altitude of 2050 meters above sea level, Manali is situated on the banks of the Beas River. The temperature of Manali reaches below 0° in winter. Apart from the beautiful natural scenery here, you can also enjoy sports like hiking, paragliding, rafting, trekking, and kayaking in Manali. The fragrant breeze filtering through the wildflowers and apple orchards of Manali fills the mind with freshness. First of all, the snow-capped mountains and the river Beas with clear water are visible. On the other hand pine and pine trees, small fields and fruit orchards are visible.
History of Manali
Manali is named after the first man Manu. It is said that when the whole world was submerged in the Holocaust, Manu was the only survivor. Coming to Manali, he reconstructed man. Therefore Manali is also considered a holy pilgrimage site for Hindus.
How to reach Manali?
The nearest airport is at Bhuntar at a distance of 50 km from Manali. Bus or taxi services can be taken from here to reach Manali.
Joginder Nagar Narrow Gauge Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Manali which is at a distance of 135 km from Manali. Chandigarh is the nearest broad gauge railway station, 310 km from Manali.
Manali is well connected by road to Himachal and nearby cities. State Transport Corporation buses ply from many cities to Manali.
Tourism In Manali
Manali is an ideal holiday destination and a favourite destination for mountain climbers such as Lahaul, Spiti, Bara Bhangal (Kangra) and Janaskar mountain ranges. The panoramic views and thrilling activities of Manali make Manali popular in all seasons and among all types of travellers. The famous Hidimba temple located in Manali was built by Maharaja Bahadur Singh in 1553. Located just three kilometres away from Manali, there is a famous ashram of Maharishi Vasistha and a small temple in Vashistha.
Vashistha also has glasses of hot water. Located at an altitude of 4,000 meters north of Manali, Rohtang Pass is located in the Pir Panjal mountain range. Situated 7 km north of Rohtang, near Trilokinath, there is a confluence of the Chandra and Bhaga rivers and the origin of the Beas river. At this place, there is a temple of Trilokinath form of Shiva, where two eternal flames are always lit. Another famous place is the Rahala Falls, located 16 km from Manali. Jagatsukh, located on the left side of the river Vyas, 6 km from Manali, is famous for the ancient temples of Shikhar Kala of Lord Shiva and Sandhya Gayatri.
Trekking In Manali
Manali is probably the first city that comes to mind for trekking enthusiasts and professionals alike. Situated in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Manali trekking not only offers beautiful snow-capped views but also provides an opportunity to explore adventure sports like paragliding, skiing and river rafting.
There are many treks you can do from Manali and some of the famous ones are:
Hampta Pass Trek,, Beas Kund Trek, Chanderkhani Trek, Pin Parvati Trek, Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek, Lamadugh Trek, Bijli Mahadev Trek and many more.
Jeep Safari in Manali
The best way to reach unexplored places is through jeep safaris. Jeep being a sturdy vehicle, it can reach difficult places easily. In this, one can cross the Thar desert and travel from Manali to Leh in a jeep safari on the Himalayas. There are some major routes of Jeep Safari. Leh and Ladakh, Kumaon and Garhwal and Rajasthan.
Shopping In Manali
Handicraft items and carpets are often bought by tourists from Manali. Manali wool shawls are also very popular. These shawls are decorated with embroidery. Tibetan handicrafts are available in large quantities in the markets of Manali. They can be bought as a sign of home decoration, gifts and souvenirs.
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