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Vidhi Grover
Published: Aug 05, 2018 | 64 Views

Best places to visit manali

1.Hadimba Temple

  • Resting in the laps of nature, this temple provides a quiet breakout to nature and solitude admirers.
  • The Hadimba temple is a unique temple situated in the middle of snow capped mountains of Manali. It is devoted to Hadimba Devi, who was the wife of Bhima and mother of Ghatothkach.
  • The temple was built in 1553 and is one of the most prominent places to visit in Manali.
  • Encircled by gorgeous cedar forests, this aesthetic shrine is constructed on a rock.
  • The pagoda-shaped Hadimba temple in Manali is not only exclusive in its architecture but is eminent for its pious value too.
  • The statue of Hadimba is made up of brass and is quite stunning.
  • Timings: 8AM - 6PM, seven days a week
  • Photography: Allowed
  • Entrance Fee: No

2. Arjun Gufa

  • Arjun Gufa is regarded to be an ancient and eminent natural formation in Manali.

  • Pandava Arjuna meditated here to get the powers of Pashupati Astra from Lord Indra.

  • The cave is an ideal picnic spot and is also popular for the experience of scouting the creation from inside.

  • It is situated on the left side of River Beas and is in close proximity to the alluring Prini Village.

  • The caves render exceptional peace, tranquility and isolation away from the rush at Manali.

  • Timings: Open 24hrs

  • Entry Fee: No

  • Photography: Allowed

  • Preferred Time to Visit: 6AM - 2PM

  • Time Required to Visit: 3hrs

3. Solang Valley

  • Solang Valley is one of the most famous tourist spots in Himachal Pradesh. It is situated 14 kilometres to the north west of the main town of Manali.

  • People of all age groups like to visit this place during winters to savour skiing and other adventure sports in summers.

  • From Solang Valley, one can get a awesome sight of the glaciers, the snow covered peaks near the Rohtang Pass and wide plains of snow and ice.

  • The altitude of Solang Valley is such that it extends to be a perfect place to play in the snow and go skiing on the slopes.

  • There is no way one can possibly skip this valley, being one of the most spirited and fantastic places in Manali to visit.

4. Rohtang Pass

  • Rohtang Pass is situated at a distance of 51 kilometres from the main town Manali and can be reached only by road.

  • The pass is located at an immense altitude of 3978 metres.

  • The path up the mountains is a delight to the eyes. As the vehicle ascends higher on the Manali- Keylong road, the charm of the scenery around will leave you wonderstruck.

  • To travel up to or beyond Rohtang, a compulsory Rohtang Pass permit is needed by all visitors.

  • Cost of the pass: INR 500 per head plus INR 50 charged as a congestion fee.

  • Two kinds of permits:
  • For up to Rohtang Pass only
  • For travelling beyond Rohtang Pass.

  • Permit for travelling to Rohtang can be obtained online. For booking your permits offline, you can do so from the Tourist and Information centre on all days from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM. But obtaining pass offline is purely on first-come-first-serve basis.

  • To just snug on your seat in the car as it starts to get icy-cold with every growing metre on the elevation scale and staring outside at the captivating charm of nature is a complete delight.

  • The pass is an encounter with nature in one of its rawest forms plausible, amidst mountain peaks covered with snow, stunning, glorious and sprawling sceneries and views. The grandeur of the white topography and majestic silence is an enchanting thing worth encountering.

  • The slope tempts people from all over the region to admire its beautiful panorama and fresh snow!

5. Jogini Waterfall

  • Soothing sounds of nature, mesmerising views, and some lavish genuine Himachali delicacies – Jogini Falls has it all for the backpackers and nature enthusiasts.

  • It is about 3 kilometres away from the rushy town of Manali.. The waterfall gushes from a height of 160 feet.

  • The trek route to the waterfall is magnificently beautiful as it passes through pine trees, orchard and several small streams, making it a complete pleasure to the eyes.

  • As one ascends, they will get a pleasing view of River Beas and the peaks of Rohtang. If visiting during winter, these peaks are snow-covered making the landscape a superb sight.

  • It takes about 20 minutes to 1 hour to trek to the top of Jogini Waterfall, so make sure you carry your camera to capture and expose yourself to the mind-boggling charm of the spot.

  • The Jogini Waterfall must be visited to undergo its enchantment when traversing the incredible valley of Manali.

6. Pandoh Dam

  • This is one of the ideal places to visit in Manali if you are looking to spend time in a pristine, unexplored place.

  • The dam is constructed over the Beas River and lies in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. It is 88 kilometers away from Manali.

  • The dam is encompassed by tall pine trees and the lush green hills of the Himalayas.

  • You can adore the flora and panoramic beauty around the dam. The view of the blue and green water reservoir surely makes up for some outstanding shots.

  • The dam can be simply reached by road. However, prior consent is needed from the authorities to visit the dam.

  • Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM

  • Entry Fee: No

  • Photography Allowed: Yes

7. Manu Temple

  • Nearly 3 km away from Manali, the well-known Manu Temple is devoted to Lord Manu. The shrine’s premises provide a feeling of solitude and peace to the followers walking in.

  • As one tours the region, they are sure to observe the composure around the alluring temple structure. Devour the serenity as you breathe in the fresh air and relish the refreshing greenery around.

  • This is a must-visit place, not only due to its religious importance but also because of its prehistoric, marvelous architecture and wooden carving.

  • Moreover, the sights of tall hills carpeted with verdant green forests from this temple makes people gasp for breath. The composed aura of this place is gratifying.

  • Timings: 5AM to 9PM

8. Van Vihar National Park

  • One of the most recurrent places to visit in Manali, the Van Vihar National Park tempts visitors mostly because of its ideal location, which is right on the Mall road in Manali.

  • The best-loved attraction of this park is a glittering man-made lake that is situated amidst the lush green topography and brings the entire vicinity to life!

  • Adore the scenic view of the sunset here as it hides behind the majestic Himalayan ranges.

  • The park is a best break for anyone who decides to visit it and makes up for a nice place for a relaxed picnic or simply a long walk!

  • The vague twitter of the beetles and the enthralling bird song makes the ideal background music when you are seeking a break, free from the chains of our fast-paced city lives.

  • Timings: 8AM to 7PM (in summers) & 8AM to 5PM (in winters)

  • Entry Fee: INR 10 per person

  • Photography Allowed: Yes

9. Vashisht Baths

  • Almost 3 km away from Manali, the Vashisht Temple is a magnificent natural marvel known for its natural hot water spring.

  • These are sulphur springs which spout hot water all year long and are said to have medicinal properties that are believed to cure skin diseases.

  • The government has made separate bathing areas for men and women.

  • Luxuriating in a dip with the stunning Himalayas on the backdrop is surely a memorable episode.

  • Timings: 7AM to 1PM & 2PM to 10PM

  • Entry Fee: No

  • Photography Allowed: Yes

10. Museum of Himachal Culture & Folk Art

  • Located 2 Km away from Manali has a great collection of prehistoric and traditional inheritance belonging to the region.

  • Tourists find the museum an ideal place to get a glimpse into the primitive way of life of the people of Himachal Pradesh.

  • It is located at a short distance from the popular Hadimba Devi Temple of Manali.

  • This draws not only tourists but also researchers from all over the world to study the primeval civilization.

  • There are also models of the ancient houses and temples that aids tourists to know how the past generations of the region lived and endured.

  • So, whether one visits to acquire understanding of the early residents of Himachal Pradesh or to get encouraged, this is a place worth visiting while in Manali.

  • Timings: 8AM to 8PM

  • Entry Fee: INR 10 per person

11.Nehru Kund

  • It is located 5 Km away from Manali on the Manali-Leh National Highway, which is another must-visit crowd-pleaser near Manali.

  • The spring is so titled because Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru, the foremost Prime Minister of India, used to drink water from the spring during his visit in Manali.

  • Peaceful surroundings and verdant green captivates the tourists coming here.

  • When in Manali, one must visit this place, drink cold, pristine and clear water from this spring and feel the composure that surrounds this place.

  • The scenery that can be observed from here due to the location of this place is another excuse why this is among the best places to visit in Manali.

12. Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa

  • Manali also brags of the reputable Tibetan population settlement.

  • Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa also known as Manali Gompa, is a monastery situated in Manali which is a popular religious centre, mainly for the Buddhists.

  • This monastery is a small temple devoted to Lord Buddha.

  • The presence of monastery monks and the prayers of the devotees escalates the spiritual aura ten times.

  • Those who are persistently pursuing a path to cool down and find tranquility must head to Manali Gompa and spend some hours in peace before doing anything else in Manali.

  • Timings: 7AM to 7PM

  • Entry Fee: No

  • Photography Allowed: Yes

13. Bhrigu Lake

  • Bhrigu Lake, also known as the ‘Pool of Gods’, is a high elevation majestic and picturesque water body situated in the district of Kullu, about 40 kilometres away from Manali.

  • It is at a height of about 14,100ft and is situated on the eastern courses of the Rohtang Pass.

  • The way to the lake goes through mesmerising meadows which are also known as the Bhrigu Lake Meadows.

  • As one walks through the extensive stretch of grasslands amidst snow-covered peaks of the Himalayas, they feel like they have entered a different world altogether.

  • Those who continuously hunt for places to breakout from the urban life, traffic and pollution, this is heaven for them.

  • A chief attribute of the lake is that it never freezes completely even during winters.

  • Each year, the lake tempts thousands of trekkers and visitors who come here to admire the poised, crystal clear blue pools of the lake.

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