Attractions around Manali
1) PLACES OF INTEREST
The Hadimba temple is situated in a hilly grove of ancient cedar trees. The spectacle of a pagoda style temple completely sheltered by the magnificent cedar trees, said to be hundreds of years old, moves all viewers and carves a permanent niche in their minds - whether they be believers or non-believers. The temple is seat of Hirma(as the goddess is locally known ) the deity who inspires great devotion in the whole of Kullu valley. The Goddess is invoked on all matters of interest and importance- be it personal or social. Her influence on the masses and the traditional power structure is immense. The famous Kullu Dushera gets underway only after Her reaching the scene, which goes to prove her might and sway over the socio-cultural life of the people of the region. The Winter Carnival too, in its present avatar, starts proceedings only with the blessing of divine Hadimba. On the first morning of the festival, all gather in the holy precincts of the temple, ceremonial prayers and offerings are made and it is in her benign presence that the jhankees(cultural processions) get flagged off.
Siali Mahadev temple
The Siali Mahadev temple is situated on the road that leads up to the Hadimba Temple, it is the only Shiv temple here within a close a proximity of the town, its grand carving work and style is really breath taking and a must see when your here in Manali. Its built in a catkuni style of building that this region is famous for, though the original temple is hundreds of years old, the new temple is built like the old style that we’ve come to love and respect from this region. It’s built by the kardhar (craftsman) form Siyal, Kardhar Jaichand Thakur and the main (Craftsman) Karigar Dile Ram from Chachoga village and is the Karigar of the God, (Devta). The original statue that the temple is built around was found hidden within a tree and unlike other Shiv temple’s where only the Shiv Ling is found, this is a statue where the whole family is engraved in the stone, please do also look at it as it is located behind the main temple. The main function of the temple is the "Chachouli Mela" function and is held at March end.
Manu Rishi Temple
Manu Rishi temple, 3 km from Manali, is a beautiful structure with a five- storey pagoda type of roof and a brass 'Kalasa' crowning the top. The temple is dedicated to sage Manu from whom human race is believed to have started. This land was known as 'Land of Manu' and was later renamed Manali after him.
Manali is known for its shiny gompas or Buddhist monasteries.
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. Inside the brightly painted prayer hall is a statue of Shakyamuni (form of Buddha). The monastery is maintained through donations and the sale of carpets woven by the lamas within the temple workshop. A smaller gompha near the market has a large gold-faced image of Buddha, which is best viewed from its first floor verandah. Monks can be seen printing prayer flags in the open terrace..
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports was started in 1960 and offers training facilities in basic and advanced climbing as well as courses in high altitude trekking, rescue research, skiing and water sports. The institute also provides trekking and climbing gear to adventure enthusiasts.
Vashishtha Natural Hotwater Springs
Vashishtha village, 3km from Manali, is known for the hot water springs & the asceticism of Rishi Vashishtha. The temple of Vashishtha Rishi is 400 years old. In the temple there is a stone statue of the sage Vashishtha clad in dhoti, cap & a white shawl on the shoulder.
Solang valley (2480m) is situated 13km to the north-west of Manali. The slopes of Solang are considered one of the best in the world for skiing; State & National level winter sports are organized here. Solang valley offers the view of glaciers and snow capped mountains and peaks. It has fine ski slopes. The Mountaineering Institute has installed a ski lift for training purpose.
A picturesque spot rich in herbal plants & flowers. Its beauty is to seen to be believed.
Kothi (2530m) is a beautiful village situated to the north of Manali town and at a distance of 15km from Manali. Brooks gushing down from the mountains pass through the village and there you stand infatuated by the astonishing vistasIt offers a magnificent view of the snow-capped peaks and glaciers.
is located at a distance of 27 km from Manali. It is a mesmerizing waterfall where the River Beas cascades in showers from a height of 50 metres. It is a beautiful picnic spot for the nature lovers. Rahla means a halting station. In the olden days sages, saints and pilgrims preferred to stay here overnight during there journey to Lahaul.
Rohtang Pass(4111 m) , 51 km from Manali takes you to the highest point on the National Highway. Rohtang Pass offers you a spectacular view of the valley. One can see the majesty of the mountains at its height and splendor here.
'Rohtang' in Tibetan language means a house of corpses. Perhaps this name has been given to the pass due to the chain of accidental deaths that occurred here from time to time. The weather is unpredictable and fast wind blows in the afternoon. Snow falls at a very high speed.
Situated to the north-east of Manali at a distance of 6km from Vashishtha village, Bhrigu Lake (4270m) has been named after sage Bhrigu. There is a beautiful wild flower meadow called Gulaba near the lake.
Beas Rishi Lake
Beas Rishi Lake (3690m) is situated to the north-west of Manali and at a distance of 25km from Manali. The lake is very deep and transparent. The lake is mostly half covered by glaciers. The weather here is unpredictable and the best suitable period to visit is June to October.
On the left bank of the river Beas, near Prini village, is the "Arjun Gufa" or the cave of Arjuna. It is believed that Arjuna practiced austerities to get Pashupata Ashtra or weapon from Lord Indra.
About 6 kms. from Manali is the famous Shiva Temple in "shikara" style. It houses temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Sandhya Gayatri.
International Roerich Art Gallery Naggar
International Roerich Art Gallery is situated 2km uphill from Naggar bus stand. The gallery originally was N.K. Roerich's residence, later turned into the art gallery by his son Svetoslav Roerich.
The art gallery is run as Roerich Heritage Museum by a trust formed by the governments of Himachal Pradesh and Russia. Prime Minister of India is the chairperson of this trust.
Nicholas K. Roerich embraced stupendous qualities. He was a master artist, a scholar, a writer, an archaeologist and an explorer. His reverance for the Himalayas inspired him to paint thousands of paintings of the Himalayas, sentinels of India.
A few of his excellent creations have been housed at the Roerich Art Gallery, in Naggar. The gallery preserves original works of Roerich on the Himalayas, quotations from Roerich and valued words of the visitors and the admirers.
The gallery remains open from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M., except Mondays.
Manikaran town is situated in Parbati Valley at a distance of 45km from Kullu. The beautiful Parbati Valley is situated to the north- east of Kullu. Manikaran is famous for hot water springs that cure rheumatic pains. Manikaran is renowned for Gurudwara and Ram temple that bestows free lodging and food.
Manikaran is famous for its hot water springs gushing out from below the rocks. Temperature of water varies from 88°C to 94°C. Presence of radium is one of the main reasons given by a German scientist behind the hot water springs. Rice can be cooked in twenty minutes in the hottest of springs.
2) ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES
Manali, your gateway to another recreation, hiking tours, camping adventures, yoga retreats, pilgrimages, travel planning and much more..
Himalayas bustles with diversity, uniqueness and colour. Its unique history, ancient cultures, ceremonies, festivals, colourful costumes and magnificient landscapes refelect an extraordinary past that has left an indelible mark on the land, the people and the monuments. It is a past that began at the beginning of time in the very birthplace of mankind. Whether you are a seeker of excitement, adventure, romance, solitude, faith, Himalayas has something for you – the discerning traveler.
For sheer geographical diversity, few places in world are richly endowed as Manali. Rivers in deep gorges, thick forests, alpine pastures, peaks that lie several thousand meters high and never lose their perennial snows. Then past these forbidding heights, lie visually stunning cold deserts of the Trans Himalaya. This variety of nature also opens immense possibilities for a wide range of outdoor activities and adventure. All you have to do is make up your mind and select your own activity.
River rafting has gained immense popularity in the last few years in Himachal Pradesh. The melting snow on Himalayas during summers, fill the rivers with water and also provide them the enough speed to take up rafting challenges. Himachal Pradesh’s snow-fed rivers pose the toughest of the challenges to the rafters. The magic behind rafting is the extreme and never-ending thrill in the untamed rivers. The upper Himalayan rivers are among the best in the world for river rafting sports, with many staircase rapids that challenge the body and spirit of the rafter. For a surge of adrenalin to gush through every vein and surge over every muscle, you can race over the river rapids in an inflatable rubber dingy.
As free as a bird, riding the warm thermal currents of the air, is perhaps the closest man has ever come to sailing the skies of Manali. Seemingly at will, you dip and wheel high over the hills and valleys of the Himalaya. Paragliding has emerged as a new means to satisfy the hunger for flying. Para gliding uses “thermals’ as the driving force. In perfect weather conditions one can stay aloft for over three hours and can soar to heights more than 3,000m.
The challenge of the snow covered terrain and a streak of adventure in man. That is what combines together in the realm of skiing - the fastest and most fascinating winter sport.
Encircled by some of the most stunningly scenic landscapes in the world, Manali, Himachal Pradesh is a major focus for the sport of Skiing. No matter where you are, if you are looking for the best ski slopes, come to Manali. It offers exciting skiing opportunities for both beginners as well the professional skiers.
Angling is a source of recreation to innumerable naturists belonging to different strata of the society. Himachal, with its many rivers and streams, offers vast opportunities for the sport of fishing and angling. Whether you’re the type who likes to string a worm onto a makeshift line and catch your own dinner, or a thoroughbred professional angler with the latest in fishing tackle - Himachal’s waters can be a pleasant surprise.
Rock climbing is often seen as the basic stage for mountain climbing. Yet, this may also be treated as an independent sport, where the most basic level is climbing or descending a rock face, using only hands and feet and a safety rope.
Rock climbing camps are aimed at both the novice as well as the experienced participant. For the novice, a basic camp is run on camping, equipment planning and management, along with the opportunity of climbing short and long rock patches, and practice in the art of rappelling. For the more experienced, this is an opportunity to sharpen the technique under the supervision of our skilled trainers and to further the knowledge on various aspects of mountain safety.
Rappelling is the practice of sliding down a rope to descend a rock face in a controlled manner. The technique was developed by climbers, but has turned into a sport of its own. When you want to descend, there are basically two options: you can walk or climb down, or you can rappel. When the terrain is easy, walking or climbing down is the best choice. But when the terrain becomes too difficult rappelling is the faster, easier and safer solution.
We conduct training camps in Rappelling.
These camps are organized for children (10-18 years) from April-June (summer) and then again from Sep-Oct (autumn) every year. Camp is set up near Manali and all activities are organized from there. Starting from sight seeing of Manali town, it includes river crossing, rock climbing, rappelling, soft trekking, etc. This is an introductory camp designed to impart outdoor housekeeping and survival skills. During the camp, basic mountaineering techniques are taught. Participants are also introduced to the fundamental values involved in the conservation of mountain environments. All activities are conducted under the guidance of qualified