Manali a Brief Introduction
The very name Manali evokes visual of snow-covered mountains, stately deodar tree, apple archards and tumbling Beas. So lucky are these who have opted for Manali, a calm and quite place in the Western Himalayas as their holidays destination.
Away from the din and noice of the cities, it is a veritable dreams words where bountiful nature offers variety of pleasures to all types of tourists having varying tastes. It is a nature lover’s paradise. For the overworked urbanite, it is an ideal place to relex. The honey mooners enjoy ‘as you like it’ liberty.
The salubrious air of the valley fills the doting old personos with energy to spend the rest of their evenings of life happily devoid of any ailments associated with old age.
Manali is in fact, the ‘find’ of late Pt. Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India. He came here twice for his holidays first in 1958 for a month and second in 1960 for ten days.
Manali has a legendary past, it has a history much beyond the Epic Age. It has derived its name from Vaivasvata Manu, the seventh one whose boat landed on this part of the Himalayas after the Deluge.
A half day tour around Manali Town covering local sight seeing of Himachal temple, Manu temple, Clubhouse, Ancient Shiva temple, Vashist nature hot spring & Buddhist Monasterie can be completed in 3-4 hours covering a distance a distance of 15/16 km.
Start the day by paying an obeisance to Devi Hadimba Temple situated on a little hill in a grove of magnificent cedars. Built in 1553, the temple is in pagoda style with four superimposed pent roofs.
The facede is decorated with elaborate wood carving in the folk style of Western Himalays. The temple is dedicated to Hadimba of the Mahabharta age, who made an excellent marriage with Bhima, the Pandva.
Close by is a gigantic deodar tree decorated with tin effigies and iron knives off all sorts and sizes, which is worshipped as seat of powerful Ghatotkach, the son of Hadimba and Bhima.
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- Sacred to the Vashisht Village protective goddess, who is said to reside inside the rushing waters of the beautiful falls.
- Below the falls there is a small shrine, almost unnoticeable but important. Below that is a Main Shrine (small temple) said to be more recent.
- “The Jogini waterfalls are basically the sacred bathing place for “Joginis” who are believed to be the unwed daughters of Lord Indra. It is on the first of Baisakh that the locals bring their children for their first tonsure here above the Vashisht village”.
- “The Jogini waterfall is near Vashisht village. Every day a large number of domestic and foreign tourists visit it and the Jogini temple. The villagers from the valley visit and perform their rites at the temple and till date follow the custom of serving food in plates made of stone
Situated at Old Manali is dedicated to Manu Rishi whose boat landed here after the Great Deluge. Manu is believed to have formed a treatise on social code of conduct here at Manali.
It is perhaps the only temple of Manu Rishi in india. Manali has derived its name from Manu+Alya, the home of Manu. The ancient temple is located at a distance of 3 km from the chief market place in old Manali.
The ancient Manu Temple in Manali has a distinct historical background that is appealing to most people who visit the pilgrim spot. According to Hindu mythology, Manu sage is the divine creator of the human race in the world.
Ancient Shiva Temple
The original name of this was ‘Nast‘, it remained the ancient capital of Kullu for about 10 generations.
Jagatsukh is famous for its Shiva temple in Shikhara Style and interesting old temple of ‘Gayatri Devi‘ and Devi Sharvali. It lies on the left bank of the Beas and the road from Naggar to Manali runs through the village.
It is about 12 km from Naggar and 6 km from Manali. Before reaching Jagatsukh a place Shooru, near the entrance to Hamta Nullah, is passed at which is located the ancient and historical temple of Devi Sarvali. In Jagatshukh some ancient temples are still in existance.
Hardly 3 kms across Beas to the north is located the ancient village of Vashisht. It is famous for sulpher hot water springs endowed with medicinal properties and the twin temple of lord Rama & Bashisht Rishi.
The village presents a panoramic view of the entire upper vally from Solang to Nagar. Vashisht village is a green patch of steep hill hanging at the base on a cliff. The village is 6 km from Manali at the banks of the Beas River opposite Old Manali.
Most foreign tourists preferred staying here or at the Old Manali than the downtown Manali. Rich traditions and nice cafes are integral for backpackers. Vashisht has all that.
Situated in the heart of the town give an opportunity to see gigantic statues of Lord Buddha, Padam Sambhav and other holy persons.
Thanka paintings of Tibetan art can also be seen in these monasteries. Thus one can have a fair glimpse of the art, culture and rligion of Tibet. Manali has Gurudwara too, which has been catering to the spiritual needs of the faithfuls for the last 50 years.
There are 3 newly constructed colorful monasteries, where visitors can buy carpets and other Tibetan handicrafts. Two are located in the town and one at Aleo on the left bank of Beas river. Tibetan Monastery is one of the oldest and famous place in Manali.
After local sight seeing a little time can be spared to gave a quite stroll in the Van Vihar constructed on the bank of River Beas. Van Vihar National Park is a national park in India located at the heart of Bhopal, the capital city of Madhya Pradesh.
Declared a national park in 1983, it covers an area of about 4.45 km². Although it has the status of a national park, Van Vihar is developed and managed as a modern zoological park, following the guidelines of the Central Zoo Authority.
The animals are kept in their near natural habitat. Most of the animals are either orphaned brought from various parts of the state or those, which are exchanged from other zoos.
Evening can be gainfully spent in the tourism Club House situated across Manalsu in the old Manali. It has the facilities of a billiard room, a Library, a bar, a restaurant, indoor games and a roller-skating rink.
The Club House in Manali is under the management of Himachal Tourism development Corporation, and is located just 1.5 km from the bus stand.
Easily reachable by bus or taxi, one can enjoy various recreational facilities including an auditorium, billiards room, library, roller skating ring, carom board room, bar and restaurant at the club house.
A Trip to Rohtang Pass (Snow Point)
On the way to this mighty Pass, stop for a while to quench the thirst by drinking ice-cold but natural crystal clear spring water at Nehru Kund. Situated at a short distance from Manali, the natural springs owes its origination to Lake Brighu, which is located high above in the mountains.
It is believed that whenever Mr. Nehru was in this beautiful hill station, he drank the clear, crystal water of the natural spring. Owing its fame to this ritual, the spring now is one of the most popular tourist spots.
Surrounded by lush and abundant greenery, the kund is the perfect spot to spend your afternoon amidst the magic of nature.
It iis the last village of the valley. It commands a panoramic view of the glaciers. A peepo into the awe-inspiring gorge through which the Beas flows sends shivers down one’s spine.
Located at a distance of 12 km from Manali, Kothi is situated on the Lahaul-Spiti-Leh highway. Kothi served as the camping place for tourists when the 3,978-metre-high Rohtang Pass had to be reached on foot. However, the Rohtang Pass is now accessible by bus, jeep and pony.
It also has a comfortable staying option in the beautiful PWD Rest House, which lies in the middle of a picture-perfect surrounding of the snow-capped peaks and glaciers.
The spot is named after a road worker who died under tragic circumstances here during the construction of the road. During summer it abounds in variety of flowers and herbal plants. Its natural beauty is seen to believed.
From here, ascent to the great Pass starts. The view of the majestic snow capped mountains, the swirling Beas River and the small grasslands simply add charm to the area. Named after Raja Gulab Singh of Kashmir who camped here whilst invading China through this area, Gulaba is slowly gaining popularity.
The road to Gulaba opens only during the summer months. During winter, you can hire a mountain bike and give this spot a dekko.
After crossing a few blind curves, a cascading waterfall suddenly comes into sight. It is Rahlla Fall. The splashes and sprays of the falling icy cold water sends the chilling but sweet sensation through one’s body.
It is one of the most favorite spots for photography. Located at a distance of 16 km from Manali, the picturesque Rehalla Falls is a result of spilling water from steep rocks and melting glaciers. It is perched at an altitude of 9,000 ft. and provides you an excellent view of the nature around.
The entire area is also characterised by the forest of deodar, silver birch trees and a fresh and aromatic air.
Quite spot to rest and enjoy refreshments. The legend has it that i unit of Shikh army perished to a man owing to sudden snowstorm. The Ladakh bound expedition was caught unawaree in the blizzard. Thus the place derived its name from Marhi, a death house.
Marhi – a mountain plateau surrounded by lush green meadows strewn with myriad wild flowers.
The place remains a stopover for transit visitors and tourists during summer and autumn seasons and a transit place for the people to wait for the ferocious weather to improve at Rohtang Pass to cross over to Lahaul and Spiti valley, during the winter months.
It is said that the Rani of the Sikh General commanding the Ladakh expedition died here. Hence the name of the palce was given as Rani Nallah where one can find snow as deep as 15ft. during the months of May and June.
So it is an another favorite spot to get photographed in order to have a cherished souvenir. Rohtang Paass is now a stone’s throw from here, the journey is tiring but rewarding. The main attraction for tourist at Rohtang pass is snow and the scenic beauty of the area.
The road is very narrow near the Rohtang pass and the parking of vehicles is very difficult and one has to be very alert while parking the vehicles because slight distraction may be hazardous.
You can have tete-a-tete with nature’s beauty and might in the stel of waterfalls, snow flowers of various hues and colours, sky touching snow covered peaks and running runnels of clear and pure water.
Situated at an altitude of 13500ft, the Pass is a gate way to the inaccessible land of lamas. Rohtang pass means the heap of the human bones. It symbolized the death of countless human beings while attempting to cross this treacherous Pass over the years.
Near the Top is Beas Rikhi, the original sourse of river Beas. Paying respects by visiting the small shine dedicated to Beas Rishi, the author of the Mahabharta is a must for every visitor crossing the formidable pass.
Temple Trail to Naggar & Janna Waterfall
Manali to Naggar via left bank offers a fascinating and satisfying trip. Every village falling in between has its own temple dating back to 7th and 8th centuries. Shuru Prini, a 3 km. drive from Manali in known for excellent temple in folf style.
Near by is Arjun Gufa (Only for trekking) where the famous Pandva meditated during their clandestine stay in the Himalyas 6km.
From Manali is Jagatsukh the former capital of Kullu Rajas. It is famous for 7th century Gaurishankar and Sandhya Devi temple.
After a magnificent trail of 25km. you are led to the heritage village of Naggar. It had been an old capital of Kullu Rajas for about fourteen centuries. Naggar Castle erected on a hillside as royal residence offers a panoramic view of the uper Beas Valley.
It is presently run as a hotel by the State Tourism corporation. Adjacent to it is a flat slab of rock knows as Jagati Pat amoung the locals. The famous Roerich Art Gallery is close by above the hill. It had been the home of world famous painter Roerich for about 18 years.
After Naggar one can continue to travel through think forest towards Janna water fall where one can enjoy local food on the way to Bijimahadev temple (subject to clear weather) Optional.
Manikaran is located in the Parvati Valley along the banks of river Parvati, northeast of Bhuntar in the Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh. It is at an altitude of 1760 m and is located about 40 km from Bhuntar.This small town attracts tourists visiting Manali and Kullu to its hot springs and piligrim centres.An experimental Geothermal Energy plant has also been set up here.
Manikaran is a pilgrimage centre for Hindus and Sikhs. The Hindus believe that Manu recreated human life in Manikaran after the flood, making it a sacred area. It has many Temples and a Gurudwara. There are temples of Lord Rama, Krishna, and Vishnu. The area is well-known for its natural hot-water springs and its beautiful landscape.