Manali is one of the most famous and charming hill station situated in the kullu valley . It is a year round magnet. Manali offers a lot of adrenaline rush activities such as trekking ( Beas Kund Trek ) , rafting , climbing , paragliding and skiing ( seasonally ) .There is also a lot to do for people who wish to travel back in time and indulge in the exquisite display of culture and heritage at the Museum of Himachal Culture & Folk Art during their Manali trip. The mighty Himalayas have inspired many foreign settlements here, giving rise to popular European and Israeli cafes, restaurants and hostels, providing one a consortium of around the world cultures. It is also a perfect destination for foodies . The cuisines vary from Thai to European .
You can get to Manali either by train , plane or private taxi .
Top places to visit in Manali –
Hadimba Devi Temple
Located within the dense forest in a small town in Manali. It is dedicated to the goddess Hadimba Devi, who features in the Mahabharata.
The temple was built over a large rock jutting out of ground which was where Hidimba was said to meditate. The structure is made of wood, with a three-tiered roof crowned by a cone-shaped brass tower known as a shikhara.
Even apart from that, the Hadimba Temple is no less of wonder to nature lovers. Packed away into the laps of nature, this temple offers a quiet getaway to nature and peace lovers. Being quite a quaint story in itself, the Hidimba Temple is slowly but steadily attracting tourists from all over the country to its doors where history and heritage meet natural beauty.
One of the most attractive destination is Rohtang Pass.he popular vistas point is well known for its unparalleled natural beauty and is one of the most essential attraction points in the region. The pass is located just 50 km away from the main town, and is easily accessible by road.
Though Rohtang has a scenic view but, it is one of the most dangerous roads . Winding bends, steep drops down with no barrier, rock falls and landslides all create a recipe for disaster.
Solang Valley is one of the most gorgeous and adventurous places to visit in Manali. It’s not just another skiing paradise, but a lot more than that when it comes to the unique experiences it offers. So, irrespective of whether you’re an adventurous junkie or a calm nature admirer, this is the best place to visit for your next holiday.
Some of the adventurous activities that Solang offers are
- Paragliding is the most thrilling experience to indulge in. With two jump stations – one on a low and other on a higher level, this adventure lets you fly like a bird quite literally.
- Zorbing Rolling up and down the lush green hills in summer creates sensations in the body, which make it all in all a pulsating experience.
- Quad biking is my personal favourite. Riding an ATV on mountains is a dream come true .
- Skiing is the most thrilling experience to indulge in. Solang being known as a skier’s paradise offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy the white snow landscapes from different levels, and board through it for unlimited fun.
When in Manali , one must visit to the iconic Manikaran gurudwara . Also known as Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurudwara, this shrine was built at the site where Guru Nanak Dev Ji came with his disciple Bhai Mardana for the welfare of the people.Next in the list of the top things to do in Manikaran is taking a steaming bath in the natural jacuzzi of Parvati River – the Manikaran Hot Springs. Utterly fascinating and revitalizing, these hot springs are said to contain Uranium, Sulphur, and various other radioactive elements that help cure diseases and ailments to a great extent. Other than the scientific factor, these springs also have various spiritual beliefs and a religious history attached to it.
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