|Rohtang Pass||Situated nearly 51 kilometers from Manali|
|Solang Valley||About 14 kilometers to the northwest of Manali on the way to Rohtang Pass|
|Rahala Falls||Positioned right at the starting point of the Rohtang Pass|
|Kothi||Located about 16 kilometers from Manali|
|Deo Tibba||Located to the south-east of the downtown Manali|
|Indrasan||Located in the districts of Lahaul|
|Friendship Peak||Nested in the midst of Pir Panjal Range|
|Beas Kund||Positioned at the upper end of Solang Valley|
|Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa||Situated in the old Manali region|
|Himalayan Nyingamapa Gompa||Located adjacent to the Manali Bazaar|
|Bhrigu Lake||13 km from Manali and 6 km from Gulaba village|
|Zana Falls||Located about 15 kilometers from Naggar and 35 kilometers from Manali|
|Rozy Falls||sited on the way to Rohtang Pass from Manali|
|Nehru Kund||Situated just 6 kilometers from the downtown Manali on the Manali Keylong Road|
|The Castle||Located at Naggar in Manali Region|
|Hadimba Temple||Located at the footings of the Himalayan Mountain Ranges|
|Manu Temple||Located Positioned about 5 kilometers from Manali|
|Tripura Sundari Temple||Located in Naggar about 20 kilometers from Manali|
|Maa Sharvari Temple||Positioned about 5 kilometers from Manali|
|Jagatsukh||6 kilometers from Manali on the left banks of the Beas River|
|Vashisth||Stationed just 3 kilometers from Manali on the banks of the river Beas|
|Naggar||Located on the Left Bank of the Beas River|
|Van Vihar||Situated opposite the Tibetan market on the Mall Road of Manali|
|Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery||Located just about 2 kilometers from the main town of Manali|
|Old Manali||Located just 3 kilometers to the northwest of Manali|
The literal meaning of the Tibetan term ‘Rohtang’ is ‘the Pile of Corpses’. As a number of mountaineers died due to bad weather and hazardous geographical position in the endeavor of crossing this pass, this mountain pathway is named ‘Rohtang’. Nestled at the elevation of about 3,978 meters on the eastern Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas, Rohtang Pass is the mountain corridor that links the Kullu Valley with the Lahaul and Spiti Valleys of Himachal Pradesh. Situated nearly 51 kilometers from Manali the Rohtang Pass lies on the break point of the Chenab and Beas watersheds. This Pass is open for the tourists and adventure seekers from May to November. Though it is not as difficult to cross as other Himalayan trails are, the unpredictable snowstorms and other natural blizzards render it very dangerous and treacherous. Albeit Rohtang Pass; one of the oldest and most frequented passes of the region served as the trade route between the either sides of Pir Panjal in olden days. After the Kargil Conflict of 1999, the route passing through Rohtang Pass and connecting Kullu Valley to Ladakh has become a busy summer course for military commute. The tourists visiting Kullu or Manali make it a point to pay a visit to Rohtang Pass in summer and enjoy the scenic beauty of the snow clad Himalayan Pyramids. The adventure lovers particularly indulge in the activities like trekking, skiing, paragliding, mountain biking etc. at Rohtang Pass during the summer months. Rohtang Pass is acknowledged as the ‘Highest Jeepable Road in the World’.
Solang Valley, also known as ‘Solang Nala’ derives its name from two words; Solang and Nullah where Solang means ‘nearby village’ and Nullah means ‘water streams from mountains’. Solang Valley is a side valley perched at the top of Kullu Valley about 14 kilometers to the northwest of Manali on the way to Rohtang Pass. Much acclaimed for the summer and winter adventure sports it offers such as paragliding, parachuting, zorbing and skating, Solang Valley has earned the reputation of being a prominent Ski Resort of the region. A number of ski agencies are located at Solang Valley who would arrange the adventure activities for the tourists and also provide them required training and equipments. The most sought after winter sport at Solang Valley is skiing and that of summer is zorbing. Parachuting, paragliding and horse riding are also popular amongst the tourists. One can either take the direct motorable road from Manali to Solang Valley or trek all the way from Old Manali to there. The trekking route passes through Barua and Banang villages and involves crossing a number of mountain streams on the way. The most ideal time for trekking is May to November when the valley is not totally covered with snow. Recently a ropeway has been opened at Solang Valley.
Rahala Falls, positioned right at the starting point of the Rohtang Pass at the altitude of 2500 meters is one of the most visited tourist attractions near Manali. The water dripping from the precipitous rocks and glaciers creates this splendid waterfall of Rahala. Dense Deodar forests and thick groves of birch trees that surround the Rahala Falls yield the vicinity captivating environs. Furthermore, the lofty mountain ranges of the Himalayas ornamented with the astounding crowns of snow flurry present an extravagant backdrop to the beautiful Rahala Falls.
Kothi, located about 16 kilometers from Manali towards the highway that connects Lahaul to Leh via Spiti is a picturesque village that forms the basis of the Rohtang Pass. Nested at the elevation of roughly 2,500 meters, Kothi offers the stunning vistas of the deep gorge through which the crystal clear waters of the river Beas swiftly surges. From Kothi tourists can capture the beguiling views of the surrounding snow clad mountain ranges and the alluring Beas Gorge. Reaching the Kothi village from the gorge calls for a steep climb of about an hour where you will also come across several pretty thermal springs oozing out of the rocks. Kothi is also famous as a much loved picnic spot of Manali province and it also serves as the base for one of the most pursued ventures of the region; paragliding.
Hamta Pass, suspended at the altitude of nearly 4268 meters amid the Himalayan sierras is a precipitous pathway that is made of several snow bridges running over the Hamta Stream. The Hamta Pass, reckoned as an outstanding trekking base from Manali is a trail that leads the trekkers up the headwaters of the Chandra River in Lahaul. Enthusiastic tourists also undertake a downwards trek and explore the lower sections of the Bara Shigri Glacier.
Deo Tibba, snuggled at the elevation of over 6,001 meters and located to the south-east of the downtown Manali, can be reached following the trail that originates from a village named Jagatsukh. Jagatsukh positioned just 5 kilometers away from Manali ushers a trek that first calls for a hike till Khanol and then escorts the march ahead to the top of Deo Tibba. Khanol is nested at the height of 2200 meters above the sea level.
Rested at an elevation of about 6220 meters above the sea level, Indrasan, located in the districts of Lahaul and Spiti is a very well know trekking trail that passes through the ridge flanked by the two rivers Beas and Parvati. As the legend goes, Lord Indra, the King of Swarga (Heaven) and the Chief of the Gods chose this peak as his domicile on the earth. It is further believed that Indrasan is the venue where the conference of the Gods is held. Today very popular amongst the mountaineers and trekkers, Indrasan is much frequented by adventure seekers. The trek that leads to Indrasan offers the mesmerizing spectacles of the snow crowned alpines including Deo Tibba, Pancharatan, Aliratan, Indrasan etc. On the way to Indrasan you will also come across the Chandrakhani Pass that links Malana Valley to Kullu Valley.
Friendship Peak, nested in the midst of Pir Panjal Range at an altitude of 5289 meters is a famous trekking destination of the state of Himachal Pradesh near Manali. Located in the widely reckoned Beas Kund area, the Friendship Peak can be reached by following the route that initiates at Solang Nala. Solang Nala is the major town lodged in the cradle of Solang Valley. Friendship Peak is settled about 18 kilometers away from the town Solang Nala. The trail from Solang Nala to the Friendship Peak passes through the Solang Valley via Dhundhi.
Jalori Pass, rested at the elevation of about 3223 meters above the sea level is a mountainous pathway that joins a village named Rampur of Shimla District with the Kullu Valley. Besides, Jalori Pass also links Kullu Valley to other regions of the state including Shimla and Kinnaur.
Beas Kund, also known as ‘Chandratal Lake’ is an attractive water lagoon set up in the peaceful and composed environs of the Himalayas. Known far and wide for its pristine natural pulchritude, Beas Kund is the very vicinity from where the magnificent Beas River originates. Christened after the name of Maharshi Ved Vyas, Beas Kund is believed to be the place where Vyas Muni used to have his daily bath. Much venerated by the followers of Hinduism for its religious significance, Beas Kund is revered as a sacred lake and taking a dip into the holy waters of this Kund is credited to be very auspicious. Apart from that, the water of Beas Kund is said to contain medicinal values which cure various skin diseases. Secluded by a stone formation that resembles the shape of an igloo, the Beas Kund is positioned at the upper end of Solang Valley amidst the rocky plateau sans any vegetation. Other than its religious magnitude, the Beas Kund also serves as the site for plentiful adventure activities including camping, trekking and a number of winter and summer sports. It also furnishes as the base of various treks in this terrain namely Friendship Peak, Shitidhar, Hanuman Tibba, Ladakhi etc.
Manali Gompa is quite a contemporary monastery established in Manali in the year 1960 AD. Acclaimed as one of the most venerated Buddhist places of worship, Manali Gompa also serves as a vital assembly point where the followers of Buddhism arrived from Spiti, Lahaul, Kinnaur, Ladakh, Tibet and Nepal congregate for their religious purposes. This monastery is particularly celebrated for its fantabulous wall paintings, Buddhist Chortens and a huge effigy of Lord Buddha.
Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa
Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa, yet another Buddhist monastery of Manali also set up in the year 1960 was essentially established with an objective of serving the Buddhist refugees who had alighted at Manali from Tibet and sought shelter. The monastery is especially renowned for its vast collection of the paintings that illustrate the Buddhist ideology. An enchanting idol of Lord Buddha is enshrined in this Gompa. Additionally, the Gadhan Thekchhokling Monastery also lists the names of those people who lost their lives in the Tibetan Occupation. The chief attraction of this Gompa is its eye catchy yellow roof built in the traditional pagoda-style. The shops parked in the premises of the monastery sell beautiful Tibetan carpets as well as other handicrafts. The income from these shops and the donation given by the devotees support the Gompa activities. Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa is open for the visitors from 6 in the morning till 6 in the evening.
Himalayan Nyingamapa Gompa
Though smaller than the Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa, this monastery located adjacent to the Manali Bazaar is particularly well-regarded for housing a huge idol of Lord Buddha whose face is formed of pure gold. Set in the midst of a beautiful square adorned by sunflowers, this Gompa built in a modern demeanor presents an impressive site when illuminated with thousands of glittering lights at night. The peaceful ambience of the monastery is enriched by the riveting perfume of Tibetan incense.
Bhrigu Lake, christened after the name of Bhrigu Rishi; one of the ‘Saptarshis’ who accompanied Sage Manu in the revival of human life at Manali after the ‘Mahapralaya’ is a beauteous water reservoir of Himachal Pradesh. Nestled at the elevation of about 4,300 meters to the east of Rohtang Pass just 6 kilometers away from the Gulaba Village in the Kullu District, Bhrigu Lake can be reached by following the trekking trail that commences from the Vashishth Temple located close to Manali.
Zana Falls, a cluster of three waterfalls positioned at a small village named Zana located about 15 kilometers from Naggar and 35 kilometers from Manali is a not to miss tourist attraction near this snowy Utopia. One of the three waterfalls settled on the road side is the most visited cataract amongst the Zana Falls. The other two are bit secluded by the Himalayan Forests and so are less explored by the tourists. Even though, the adventure enthusiasts make it a point to reach to these cascades and enjoy the compelling beauty of the vista. Adding to the majesty of the waterfalls is the bravura valley laying beneath that offers an absorbing view of the far reaching Himalayan snow-clad woods. And the tourism appeal of the place reaches to its peak when the travelers enjoy the mouth watering Himachali cuisines available in the shops scattered around the Zana Falls.
Rozy Falls, sited on the way to Rohtang Pass from Manali are astounding water cataracts worth visiting. Cradled in the midst of high snow carpeted hills, the crystal clear waters of the Rozy Falls surging down the rolling mounds of the Himalayas create a charismatic panorama.
Nehru Kund, christened in the fond memory of India’s first Prime Minister Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru is situated just 6 kilometers from the downtown Manali on the Manali Keylong Road. The unique feature of this lake is that it is created due to the natural oozing of a water spring. As Pundit Nehru used to drink water from this lake when on the journey to Manali, the lake came to be known after his name.
Constructed by the king of Kullu; Rajah Sidh Singh approximately in 1460 AD, ‘The Castle’ located at Naggar in Manali Region is one of the must visit tourist destinations around Manali. This mediaeval structure displaying a fine blend of Western and Himalayan architectural orders is a peerless masterpiece revealing the architectonic caliber of the artisans of yesteryears. Positioned on the banks of the river Beas and formerly serving as the royal abode of the ‘Rajah’, today The Castle of Naggar houses an extravagant art gallery. This magnificent mansion was transformed to a rest house in the year 1978. This heritage rest house is today run by HPTDC (Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation). The courtyard of the castle houses a beautiful temple.
Hadimba Temple or Hadimba Devi Temple of Manali dedicated to Hadimba (Hidimba) Devi; the sister of demon Hidimb and the wife of one of the five Pandava brothers Bheem is an ancient cave temple located at the footings of the Himalayan Mountain Ranges. Enclosed by a dense cedar forest, Hadimba Devi Temple is set up atop a huge rock protruding out of the ground. Constructed in 1553 AD, the temple is adorned with a 24 meters tall wooden tower (Shikhar) and has several ornately carved wooden doors. The Shikhar of the temple is built in the design of three square roofs sheltered with timber terrazzo topping one another in a Pagoda Style. A pyramid shaped brass roof is mounted onto these three hierarchical roofs. The carvings of the main entrance of the Hadimba Temple depict the motifs of Goddess Durga. In the premises of the temple is placed a gargantuan rock against which a rope is hanging. It is believed that this mechanism was used to punish the criminals in ancient times. The sanctum of the temple enshrines a very small brass idol of Goddess Hadimba which is just 3 inches tall. As the legend goes, it was here that Bheem encountered the demon Hidimb during their exile and married his sister Hidimba after killing him. The son that was born to them was named Ghatotkacha who fought valiantly in the great war of Mahabharata against the Kauravas. A temple dedicated to Ghatotkacha is also situated close to the Hadimba Devi Temple of Manali.
The mythological sage Manu who claims the credential of saving the four Vedas and the Saptarshis from the mighty deluge of Mahapralaya and restoring the human life on earth is believed to have settled at Manali. Assumed to be the seventh incarnation of Manu, this ancient law-giver of India is worshipped in the Manu Temple of Manali. This temple located about 3 kilometers from the main market of Old Manali is perhaps the only temple dedicated Sage Manu in India. It is said that after the Mahapralaya, Manu landed at Manali and settled there. The road that leads to the temple of Manu is covered with greasy pebbled sandstones.
Tripura Sundari Temple
Tripura Sundari Temple located in Naggar about 20 kilometers from Manali is the replica of the Hadimba Devi Temple of Manali. Constructed entirely in Deodar Wood in Pagoda Style, this temple is frequently referred to as ‘Kailashan’. As per the tradition, at the time of Birsu festival celebrated on the first day of Baisakhi, the Goddess is offered the shrouds of dead bodies for her clothes.
Maa Sharvari Temple
Maa Sharvari Temple positioned about 5 kilometers from Manali on the way to the Castle of Naggar at the top of a Himalayan Peak above the Shaminallah Village is dedicated to the patron deity of the Kings of Kullu. Goddess Sharvari, the Kuldevi of Kullu sovereignty is worshipped here as the manifestation of Goddess Durga. An idol of the Goddess Sharvari is enshrined in this temple. The most important festival celebrated at the Maa Sharvari Temple is Dussehra when the Goddess is carried to the temple of Lord Raghunathji in Kullu in a grand procession.
Jagatsukh, the erstwhile capital of Kullu is placed nearly 6 kilometers from Manali on the left banks of the Beas River. One of the biggest towns of Kullu District, Jagatsukh is a home to an ancient temple devoted to Lord Shiva. Erected in the Shikhara order of temple architecture, this Shiva Temple is the prominent landmark of the town. Constructed in 8th century AD, this age old shrine is fashioned after the Naresar group of temples. Apart from that, Jagatsukh is also the auspicious land that serves as the domicile of a small shrine dedicated to Gauri Shankar and a straw-roofed temple of Goddess Sandhya.
Vashisth, a small village stationed just 3 kilometers from Manali on the banks of the river Beas is named in the honor of one of the Saptarshis: Rishi Vashisth; who was saved by Manu at the time of Mahapralaya and who contributed in the restoration of Human Life on the earth. Vashisth Village is today very famous for its natural sulfur water springs having tremendous medicinal values of curing many skin diseases. A number of modern bathrooms have been set up alongside these sulfur water springs where Turkish-style showers have been installed. The hot sulfur water directly comes out of these showers through the pipes laid down between the water springs and the bathrooms. Another attraction of the village Vashisth is a couple of ancient stone temples nested above the main square facing each other. The smaller of the two is dedicated to the Rishi Vashisth. The entrance of this temple opens on to a partly enclosed patio festooned with intricate woodcarvings and engravings. The woodcarvings that embellish the interiors of the temple are particularly artistic but today they stand blackened by years of incense smoke and oil-lamp carbon. The underground temple tanks bear hot sulfur water springs
Naggar, a serene village placed alongside the Himalayan precipices on the Left Bank of the Beas River is yet another noteworthy destination not to be missed around Manali. The striking Naggar castle is the epitome of the legacy of this vicinity that furnished as the erstwhile capital of the former Kullu Kingdom nearly 500 years back. The castle yields an enthralling panorama of the river Beas flowing far below the tableland and also the tiny villages scattered across the opposite littoral. The far-flung snow crests beyond the Rohtang Pass are perceptible from the Castle of Naggar on a clear day. An old Krishna Mandir built from stone and wood is located atop a hill over the Naggar Village amidst the dense Deodar forest. At the periphery of the Naggar village lays the Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery famous far and wide for its oil paintings. The 1930's Dodge Car that belonged to Gurudev Nikolai Roerich; the celebrated Russian artist who dwelt in Naggar for many years is an additional attraction of the place. Moreover, Naggar also serves as a base of scores of trekking routes that lead to Malana through the Chandrakhani Pass.
Van Vihar, situated opposite the Tibetan market on the Mall Road of Manali is a municipal garden much visited both by the tourists as well as the locals. The major highlight of the garden is a pristine lake located inside the premises of the park where tourists enjoy the sport of boating. Bejeweled with the sky touching deodar trees, Van Vihar is a favorite hangout place of Manali where one can relax and enjoy to the hearts content.
Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery
Nicholas Roerich, a Russian painter, prolific artist, mystic, scientist, philosopher, traveler, writer, and a public figure who created thousands of paintings arrived in the Himalayan Regions of Manali after the revolution of 1917 and dwelt there till his death in 1947. The house where Nicholas Roerich resided has been converted to an art gallery by his son Svyetoslav Roerich. The Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery of Naggar is a very well renowned attraction near Manali. Located just about 2 kilometers from the main town of Manali, this art gallery exhibits a private collection of the paintings of Nicholas Roerich. The ground floor of the same building houses innumerable paintings created by the great artists of Kullu, Lahaul and Spiti. For the management of Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery the Government of Himachal Pradesh has formed a trust. Apart from his paintings, the photos of Nicholas Roerich are also displayed in the gallery. One of them in which Nicholas Roerich is posing with Jawaharlal Nehru in his front lawn is the most noteworthy one.
Old Manali located just 3 kilometers to the northwest of Manali is celebrated for its flourishing orchards, antiquated guesthouses, a ruined fort named Manaligarh and the temple dedicated to Sage Manu.
The very rare birds and animals of Himalayan regions that we would hardly come across even after venturing into the deep woods can be spotted from close quarters at Manali Zoo. The state bird of Manali i.e. Monal is housed in the Manali Zoo. Moreover, it’s a home to some of the exclusive pheasants of Rewalsar Zoo of Himachal Pradesh. Several other fauna that stand for the wildlife of the Manali region are also sheltered in the Manali Zoo.