Panoramic views and worth-exploring picturesque destinations is what best describes Manali. It is believed that Manali was named after the great sage Manu who wrote ‘Manu Smriti’. Manali is often termed as ‘Valley of the Gods’ for being home to many temples.
Every year tourists from all parts of the country arrive here to escape from the hustle-bustle of city life and relax in the serene ambience of the valley.
The beautiful destination is literally the much-needed respite from the blazing summer sun. Apart from this, there are various reasons why Manali should be on your travel bucket list. Firstly, one can explore a variety of activities like paragliding, cable car rides in and around Manali region.
Playing in the snow is another reason why people, especially kids, like to visit Manali. And, last but not the least, Manali has nature’s beauty in abundance, which attracts people to Manali.
Manali is a very old town in India and has a vast history as well. Scroll down to read about the same.
Manali has been named after Manu. He is considered to be the lawgiver of the Sanatan times of our country. According to the legend, it is believed that Manu had stepped off his ark after the great deluge had ended, in the present day Manali, to recreate life.
Today, one can even find ancient temples dedicated to Manu in these regions. This supports the fact that Manu may have been present here in the past.
It is said that in the 17th century, Raja Jagat Singh brought a statue of Lord Raghunath Ji for the well-being of his kingdom. And since then Lord Raghunath Ji is considered as the presiding deity and also the symbolic king of Manali.
By the 20th century, the Britishers had invaded India and were quite frequent in their holiday visits to Manali due to its pleasant temperature. With their coming, Manali went a subtle change as Britishers introduced many things to the local culture like roads, contemporary restaurants, churches and activities like snow-racing, skating.
It is said that they even planted apple trees and it is because of Britishers that people today are able to relish the tasteful apples locally.
1. Solang Valley. If you are considering visiting someplace really enchanting then you should definitely consider visiting Solang Valley. It is situated at a distance of around 14 kilometres to the northwest of the main town of Manali. The Solang valley is situated on the way to Rohtang from Manali. And on a yearly basis, a great number of tourist footfalls can be witnessed here, in search of solace in the lap of nature.
2. Rohtang Pass. This pass connects Manali to Himachal. The unmatched beauty of Rohtang Pass will leave you wanting for more. Every year, the pass is open in the months of May to November. It was also a part of the ancient trade route for the people residing on either side of Pir Panjal.
3. Beas Kund Trek. Now, this is simply one of the best weekend getaways. The outstanding views of the Pir Panjal Mountain range over the Beas River are worth exploring and capturing in your camera lens. The spectacular meadows will simply take your breath away.
4. Hadimba Devi Temple. The Hadimba Temple is situated away from the hustle and bustle of city life. If you love peace and quiet then this is the kind of place which you would absolutely love to explore. Hidimba was the wife of Bhima who was one of the five Pandavas from the epic Mahabharata. And it was in her name that the name of this temple was kept.
5. Skiing in Manali. No doubt that Manali is one of the best tourist spots of Northern-India. And when people travel to this place the one thing which they don’t miss out on is skiing. On an annual basis, a lot of skiing enthusiasts travel here to have fun and make some cherishing memories.
6. Partying. If less crowded and more fun parties interest you then Manali is the place to be at! The cafes here are all about live performances and amazing food. Cafe 1947, Johnson's cafe, Sunshine Cafe, Casa Bella Vista, Martins, and Rasta Cafe are a few top spots in Manali where one can enjoy crazy New Year Eve celebrations.
If you want to enjoy and take part in activities like paragliding, rafting and mountain climbing then you can consider planning your trip in summer months. But if you like cold weather and want to relish in activities like snow-racing, skiing then winter season would suit you best. It is best to avoid the monsoon seasons due to the heavy downpours and landslides.
By Air. The nearest airport is Bhuntar Airport also known as the Kullu-Manali Airport. It is situated 50 km from Manali. After deboarding at the airport, you can easily get a taxi or some other means of public transportation to reach the desired destination in the city.
By Road. Manali is very well-connected via the road network. People arriving from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru are required to cover nearly 530, 1,900, 2,000 and 2,800 km respectively. Tourists may also take the inter-state Volvo buses that will terminate at Manali Bus Depot. From the bus depot, one may take an auto or a taxi to further reach the desired place in Manali.
By Train. Jogindernagar station is the nearest railway station from Manali. But it doesn’t have very good connectivity with other Indian cities, thus it is best to travel via flight or roadways.
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