best sightseeing places to visit in manali
If you are planning to visit any hill station in India, then let us tell you that the city of Manali, situated in the lap of Himalayas, will be the best perfect places for vacation. Manali Himachal Pradesh of India. Kullu and Manali, two famous best places of Himachal Pradesh, are extremely famous for the snow-clad hills. Tourists from far and wide come to see the beautiful sight of snowfall of both these places. There is a kind of freshness in the coolness here. Both these hill stations of Himachal Pradesh, Kullu and Manali are best for mountaineering, trekking, cliff jumping etc. Surrounded by dense deodar forests, both these hill stations are located at a distance of 250 km from Shimla. Kullu and Manali are known for lush green deodar forests, hills and apple orchards.
According to mythological facts, Kullu and Manali are two very ancient cities. Manali, this name is named after the first man Manu according to the mythological belief. Manali is often known as ‘Manu Allaya’ which means the abode of Manu. Manali is a group of three adjoining mountains, present here is the temple of Manu and the temple of Hidimba Devi. Both these hill stations have been built on the basis of European structure. It was only after the arrival of the British in the colonial period that both these sites were converted into hill stations, so tourists will find that most of the places here are very similar to European art.
If we talk about Kullu, then tourists come here to do adventure sports, parachuting, paragliding, ropeway, trekking etc.
The view of snow-capped mountains, river valleys, wonderful cafes and serene places are all around. This hill station located in Himachal is a very famous holiday destination for domestic and international tourists. The place attracts adventure sports enthusiasts, holiday families and honeymoon couples, hippies (long hair) backpackers (tourists). You must visit these major places during your holiday in Manali.
Rohtang Pass is a very beautiful hill station located in Kullu Manali. It is situated at a distance of 92 Kms from Kullu Bus Stand and 51 Kms from Manali. The best time to visit Rohtang Pass is from June to October. Tourists can also enjoy parachuting during this time. If you want to roam in the winter season then you can get a perfect view of snowfall here.
Solang Valley is a snowpoint where sports and adventure activities are mostly organized. It is situated at a distance of 51 kms from Kullu and a 4 kms from Manali. This valley is 300 meters high. The activities that can be done here include- parachuting, paragliding, zorbing, ropeway, trekking, cliff jumping etc. The Winter Scheme Festival celebrated here every year is very famous, which is organized between January and March.
The temple of Hidimba Devi reflects the antiquity of Kullu Manali. This temple was constructed in 1533. Hidimba Devi was the sister of Lord Hidimba. The grandeur and beauty of this temple is made on sight. In this, the tableau of traditional Shimla object art is automatically seen. It is believed that the king who built this temple cut the hands of all the artisans who were involved in the construction of this temple. So that no other temple can match its beauty.
Vyas river of Kullu Manali is considered a very holy river. It is a 470 km long river. River Beas is also one of the five major rivers of Punjab. The old name of this river was also Vipasha or Arjikia. Starting from Manali, this river joins Vyas Kund in Kullu. This Vyasa Kund is named after Rishi Vyas, the author of Mahabharata. It is believed that Maharishi Vyas came here and took a bath.
Many of the world’s endangered species are part of the Himalayan National Park. More than 300 endemic and exotic flora and fauna are included in this national park. There are four valleys in this national park. Along with this, 30 mammal species are also found here. The world’s oldest extinct bird, the West Tragopan, is also found in the Himalayan National Park. Therefore, due to its greenery and biodiversity, tourists are attracted here and come here.
Gulaba is a very famous village in Manali. It is located at a distance of 27 kms from Manali and 25 kms from Rohtang Pass. The name of this village is named after Raja Gulab Singh of Gulaba Kashmir. This village is very famous as a breathtaking snowy area. Tourists can do many sports activities by coming here which include biking and snow scooter riding. So this village of Gulab Kullu Manali becomes very important for an amazing and exciting journey.
This temple is situated on the banks of river Vyas. Manali Hill Station is named after Manu. According to mythological beliefs, Manali was also known as Manu Allaya which means the abode of Manu. It is believed that Manu took his first steps at this place. Manu spent 7 cycles of his life in this temple. The way to reach this temple is a bit complicated. Tourists have to reach here through sliding stones. Tourists can find an atmosphere of mythological faith by visiting this temple.
Atal Tunnel has become one of the most prominent tourist places in Manali in 2020 as it is the longest tunnel in the world at an altitude of 10,000 meters which is a matter of pride for all Indians. This is the reason why all Indians want to see it. Atal Tunnel is at a distance of 29 kms from Manali with a length of 9.02 kms. It is also known as Rohtang Tunnel. This tunnel connects Manali with Lahaul-Spiti. Due to this tunnel, the distance from Manali to Leh Ladakh has also been reduced a lot. If tourists go to visit this tunnel, then there are many beautiful places like Palchan village behind the tunnel or Sissu ahead of the tunnel, where they can sit and enjoy the picnic and beautiful plains.
This village is situated on the bank of river Beas. It is located at a distance of 3 kms from Manali. This village is famous for the sulfur springs.
It is believed that Shri Lakshman ji made sleeping here by shooting arrows. The facility of holy bath is also available here for men and women. There are two temples present in this village – of Lord Rama and Rishi Vashistha.
It was once the old capital of Kullu. It is situated on the left side of the river Vyas, it was built by King Vishuddha Pal. There is a very ancient fort here which has now been converted into a hotel. This is the only wonderful example of the architectural style of the Western Himalayas. Many crafts related things made of wood and stone have been kept here. There is also a museum inside this fort so that tourists will be able to get an idea of its historicity.
Bijli Mahadev Temple is situated at a height of 2460 meters above sea level on the top of the hill in Kullu, at a distance of about 60 kms from Manali. To reach this temple, you will get a taxi from Manali or you can also go by bus after reaching Kullu. Cars and buses go only till the village of Mathan, you will have to walk about 1.5 kilometers on top of that. On reaching the Bijli Mahadev Temple, you will get to see a spectacular view, you will see greenery all around and due to being present at such a height, the surrounding mountains will be visible in front of you. From here you can see Manikarn Valley, Kullu City, Bhuntar Airport, Confluence of Parvati and Beas Rivers. From here you will get to see such a view of nature which hardly anyone will be able to forget. The best time to go to Bijli Mahadev would be in summer because there is greenery all around at this time, due to being at the height of the mountain, a lot of snow falls here in winter, that’s why winter time is not appropriate.
Manali is known for its mountains and snow, and when these snow melt and fall down from the mountains, they become the center of attraction which are called Waterfalls. By the way, there are many small and big waterfalls in Manali and it is very difficult to reach some of the waterfalls.
Jogini Waterfall : Jogini Waterfalls is located in Vashisht village of Manali and is situated at a distance of 7.5 kms from Manali and 4 kms from Vashisht Temple.
SajlaWatrfall : This is a medium sized waterfall which is situated in the village named Sajla in the left bank of Manali. This village is at a distance of 10 kms from Manali. It will take you only 1 hour on foot to reach the waterfall from this village.
Rahala Waterfall : This waterfall is 29 km from Manali on the way to Rohtang. It is one of the most beautiful waterfalls from Manali because the beauty of the surrounding of this place is such that it will be liked by anyone.
If you want to go beyond Manali then go to Sissu, Jispa, Spiti and Leh Ladakh. All places known for its snow-capped mountains and its beauty. It is 3 hours away from Manali. If you have more time then you can also visit Kasol after Manali.