some excellent and well-equipped accommodation choices for the
tourists. In the past decade Manali has turned out to be one
of the best hill resort destination of India, particularly in
those resorts, which cater Indian domestic tourists and
honeymoon couples. But the ideal places to stay are the small
guesthouses, providing a tranquil atmosphere of the Himalayas
for those who are looking for solitute.
literally means the 'Home of Manu'. Manu is the mythological
character who is supposed to have survived when the world was
drowned in Flood. He then came to Manali and recreated human
life. Thus, the area of Manali is sacred and Hindus treat the
temples over here as pilgrimage.
ATTRACTION IN MANALI
Hadimba Temple: Hadimba
or Dhungiri temple in Manali is one of the most important
temples in the region. This four-story wooden temple is
located in the middle of a forest called the Dhungiri Van
Temple Of Manu: Slippery
stones paths lead through the old village houses up to the
temple of Manu. Manali is named after the sage Manu who
meditated when he came in this area.
Tibetan Temple: Tibetans
have a base in Manali too. There is a large modern Tibetan
temple to the South of the bus stand and also a small
On the left bank of the Beas, 5-km from Manali near the
village of Prini, is the 'Arjun Gufa' or the cave of Arjuna.
In here Arjuna practised austerities to get Pashupata Ashtra
or weapon from Lord Indra.
Gompa: This Gompa dominates the
Tibetan area around the bottom of the Mall in Manali. The
Tibetan refugees built the Gompa in the late 1960's. The Gompa
is covered with brightly coloured frescoes and a mid size
Buddhist statute. It also carries a list of the martyrs killed
in occupation of Tibet of 1987 to 1989.
Rohtang Pass is the highest point, 4,112m, on the
Manali-Keylong road, 51-km from Manali town. It provides a
wide panoramic view of mountains rising far above clouds,
which is a sight truly breath-taking.
village near Manali is famous for its scenic beauty. The
village has a temple dedicated to Lord Rama and Vashisth Muni.
HOW TO GO TO MANALI
Manali - The nearest airport is
Bhuntar, 52 km south of Manali. There are flights to Delhi via
Shimla. The closest narrow-gauge railhead is at Jogindernagar,
135 km away. The closest broad-gauge railheads are Chandigarh
(310 km) and Ambala (355 km). By road, the distance from Delhi
via Mandi is 585 km, and from Shimla the distance is 270 km