Manali is a part of the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh which is located 250 kilometers from Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh. This place is the first choice of tourists and is a hill station that attracts the most tourists.
Manali is located on the Beas River, the Solang Valley is very special for skiing and you can go trekking in the Parvati valley. The 4,000-meter-high Rohtang Pass is a prominent place for paragliding, rafting, and mountaineering in the mountains of Pir Panjal. Along with this, Mall Road and its market in Manali is the focal point of the city, and Old Manali is home to traditional stone buildings, apple orchards, and the Hindu Manu Temple.
History of Manali
Manali is named after the Sanatan Hindu lawgiver Manu. The name Manali is regarded as the derivative of 'Manu-Alaya' which literally means 'the abode of Manu'. Legend has it that sage Manu stepped off his ark in Manali to recreate human life after a great flood had deluged the world. Manali lies in the North of Kullu Valley. The valley is often referred to as the 'Valley of the Gods'. Old Manali village has an ancient temple dedicated to sage Manu.
In Manali, you can enjoy beautiful scenery besides hiking, paragliding, rafting, trekking, kayaking, etc. This place is famous as a Honeymoon Destination.
Tourist Places in Manali, Himachal Pradesh
The Manu Temple is a major tourist destination located in Manali dedicated to Manu Rishi. The temple offers spectacular views from its location and is built in pagoda style. The temple is located near the Beas river and is very close to the city market. It is said that Manu was the first man to be created by Brahma himself, and Manu spent seven cycles of life in this area. He had seven births and seven deaths in this area, and according to mythology, the Saptarishis also meditated here.
Solang Valley is also a beautiful tourist destination of Himachal, it is situated about 13 km away from Manali, it is very famous for paragliding, parachuting, horse riding, and remains a center of tourist attraction all year round. There is also a temple at the end of Solang Valley which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Solang Valley is also known as Solang the Adventure Valley due to its thrilling activity.
Jogini Waterfall is a waterfall located in the beautiful valley of Manali, about 3 kilometers from the city and about 2 kilometers from the Vashistha temple. It is a natural waterfall that passes through the Kullu valley to the Beas River. This place is the holy site of Kabki Devi Jogini. Also, this place is considered as Shaktipeeth.
Nagar Castle is located at a distance of 21 km from Manali, which was built in 1460 by Raja Siddha Singh of Kullu. Earlier it used to be Raja's house but now Himachal Pradesh Tourism is running a hotel here. This fort is situated on the banks of the river Beas. The complex of this fort has other attractions and sightseeing such as temples, art galleries, etc.
Hadimba Devi Temple
One of the main attractions of Manali is the Hidimba Devi Temple, the ancient temple. This temple is also known as Dhungari temple. Which is dedicated to the local goddess Hidimba here. This temple is located at a distance of 2 km from Mall Road. This temple was built in 1553 by Raja Bahadur Singh of Kullu and Every year on May 14, the birthday of the Goddess is celebrated in this temple, which devotees come from far away to see. And the worship in it is known as Gaur Puja. This temple is surrounded by the forests of Sidwar from all sides.
Rohtang Pass is located at a distance of 50 km from Manali. From here, a spectacular view of the hills, a land of beautiful scenery, and a glacier. Apart from all these tourists can also do trekking, mountain biking, paragliding, and skiing. Rohtang Pass opens in May every year and is closed due to heavy snowfall in September. Permission has to be taken in advance to travel to Rohtang Pass.
Bhrigu Lake is a lake located at an elevation of around 4,300 meters in the Kullu district. It is located to the east of Rohtang Pass and is around 6 kilometers from Gulaba village. Bhrigu lake has religious significance in Hinduism. The lake is situated on the banks of the Himalayan river, which is known as the sage Bhrigu. Sage Bhriguis one of the seven sages considered in Hinduism. According to the locals, sage Bhrigu meditated on the banks of this lake.