Sightseeing in Manali
Hadimba Temple in Manali 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 Vihar. From the name of the forest parkland this temple derives its name. This temple was erected in 1553 and is dedicated to Goddess Hadimba.
This is dedicated to the sage Manu. Just near the Hadimba temple flows the Manalsu River, that culminates in the main Beas river. Across the Manalsu river is the original village of Manali, that houses the ancient temple of the sage Manu. Manali itself is named after Manu, who is said to have dwelt here.
This beautiful wild area is situated only 3 Kms away from Manali town which is a very famous tourist destination. For nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts this area offers great opportunity. Important wildlife found in the sanctuary are Himalayan Tahr, Himalayan, Himalayan Black Bear, Leopard, Monal,Koklash and Kalij. During winters Snow Leopard was also spotted once near Dorni area.
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. Located here is a hut and guest house of the Mountaineering and Allied sports Institute, Manali. Now a few hotels have also come up. The winter skiing festival is organised here. Training in skiing is imparted at this place.
Rohtang Pass, 51 kms from Manali. Located at a height of 3980 m, the Pass once served as a crucial trade route, and still remains the gateway to the districts of Lahaul and Spiti.The Pass is open from June to November each year, and provides wonderful views of the entire surroundings. Just beyond the Pass is the Sonapani Glacier and the twin peak of Gaypan. The Beas Kund, the source of the Beas river, a holy site for Hindus, as the sage Vyas is said to have meditated at this spot, is also accessible from the Rohtang Pass.
Naggar Castle was transformed into the site of a huge Tibetan carnival for the dance scene for the song Yeh Ishq Hai (This Is Love), in the movie "Jab We Met".
The medieval Naggar Castle, near Manali in India's northern state of Himachal Pradesh, has a long history. It was built by Raja Sidh Singh of Kullu around 1460 A.D. out of huge stones and wood.
Naggar Castle was converted into a rest house over 100 years agao, and in 1978 was handed over to the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation to run as The Castle Heritage Hotel.
The dance scene was filmed in the Castle's courtyard as well as in its backyard, which opens up to the valley.
Rohriech Art Gallery:
The paintings of the famous Russian artist are exhibited here.
Across the Beas river about 3.2 Km away from Manali bus stand at an altitude of 1,982 meters just above the Manali-Keylong road and down below the temple are the hot sulphur spring, named as Vashisht, endowed with great healing powers. Nearby is the pyramidal stone temple dedicated to Vashishta Muni. Turkish style shower fitted bathrooms, separate for ladies and gents have been built closeby where the hot and cold water is separately piped, maintaining the regular temperature for bathing, charges are nominal.
It is renowned for its hot springs and temples. Nearby is the pyramidal stone temple dedicated to Vashisht Muni. There is another Temple of Lord Ram here. Natural hot sulphur springs with two separate bathing tanks for gents and ladies are always full of tourists. Turkish style showers fitted baths have also been built nearby. Hot water from the nearby spring is provided for bathing.
Nehru Kund is a spring of clear cold water named after the late Prime Minister, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru. The interesting feature of this Kund is that the water here is collected from the natural flow of a water spring.
About 16 kms from Manali at the start of the climb to the Rohtang Pass, are the beautiful Rahala Falls at an altitude of 2,501 m.
The picturesque Rahala Falls is a result of spilling water from steep rocks and melting glaciers. It provides an excellent view of the nature around. The entire area is also characterised by the forest of deodar, silver birch trees and fresh and aromatic air.
A barren landscape offering extensive views of the valley and the mountains. 15 km. short of the 13,050 feet high Rohatang Pass on the Manali-Leh road lies one of the most picturesque places in Manali region. 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.
Manikaran is located in the Parvati Valley between the rivers Beas and Parvati, northeast of Bhuntar in the Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh. It is at an altitude of 1760 m and is located about 45 km from Kullu.