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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Manali

 MANALI 

Rohtang Pass Manali








 ABOUT

Manali is in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, India and is situated at an altitude of 2050 m. It is on the bank of Beas river. It is 270 km from its capital city Shimla and 540 km from Delhi. Manali is popular destination among tourists and serves as a gateway for Leh and Spiti



 WHY TO VISIT 


Manali is a beautiful place which is famous among tourists for snow fall and fun activities like river raftingcamping and paragliding in Solang. Manali is also known fro its apple orchids. There are many things one can enjoy in Manali. There are many monasteries, temples, treks and many more within an hour distance from the city.





  • Hidimba TempleIt is the most famous temple of Manali and it is dedicated to Hidimba, wife of Bhima. Its local name is Dhungari Temple.Hidimba temple was made in 1553 AD by Maharaja Bahadur Singh. The temple is around the cave where Hidimba devi performed meditation.

    Opening hours: 8 am - 6 pm







Models in Museum of Himachal Culture And Folk Art
  • Museum Of Himachal Culture And Folk Art: The museum has collections of folk art, unknown and rare antiques. including religious relics, household objects, weapons, instruments, and scale models, among many other things.
    Antiques in the Museum










    Opening hours: 8 am - 8 pm

  • Tibetan Monasteries:   Manali has respectable number of Tibetan population. If one visits here don't miss this beautiful monasteries here. These monasteries include Himalayan Nyingmapa Gompa and Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa.

  • Opening Hours: 7 am - 7 pm
  • Manu Temple: 
  • Manu Temple
    This magnificent temple is dedicated to sage Manu, who is considered as the creator of this world and the writer of Manusmriti. It is in Old Manali nearly 3 km from Mall road. Manali and is believed to be the same place where sage Manu meditated after stepping on earth. This place is frequently visited by religious tourist and foreigners
  • Opening Hours: 7 am - 9 pm.

  • Vashisht Hot Water Springs
  • Vashisht temple from outside



    Vashisht Temple is famous for its sulphurous hot water spring. The water is said to have medicinal properties which can cure many skin diseases. This temple is pyramid shaped. Vashisht temple is famous amoung tourists and is 3 km from Manali.
    Hot water spring
    Hot water pool inside Vashisht temple



    Opening Hours: 7 am -  1 pm and 2 pm - 10 pm
  • Jogini FallsIt is situated 4 km beyond Vashisht temple in Vashisht village  and 7.5 km from Manali bus stand. Jogini is a beautiful waterfall surrounded by amazing views. The height of this waterfall is about 150 feet through different levels. The water will merge is the main stream of Beas river later. There is a small pool at the base and tourist can enjoy in water and spent some time. There is a trek of 3 hours from Vashisht temple to reach this place. The whole trek is very beautiful and scenic and passes through small villages and valleys of Himalaya.
    Jogini waterfall
    jogini waterfall


  • Maa Sharvari Temple: Located in the out skirts of Manali, Maa Sharvari devi is the manifestation of Goddess Durga and also the idol of Kullu King. This prime time to visit Maa Sharvari Temple is during the festival of Dussehra because at this time the idol is beautifully decorated and taken to the temple Ragunath ji.
    Maa Sharvari Temple


  • Nehru Kund: Named after the first Prime Minister of India, Jawahar Lal Nehru who used to drink water from this spring during his stay in Mnali. Nehru Kund is a cold water spring and a must visit tourist attraction near Manali. Located at a distance of 5 km from Manali on Leh-Manali Highway. It is believed that the water of the spring comes down from the Bhrigu lake which is situated at an elevation of about 4,300 meters  and is one of the best part of sightseeing in Manali.
    Snow on Nehru Kund peak and the cold lake


  • .Solang Valley:

    Snow activities are available in Solang Valley

      Solang Valley is also known as 'snow valley'. Its famous for its sports activities such as paragliding, mountaineering, skiing and parachuting.
    Mesmerizing Solang Valley

     This is famous for trekkers and also a hotspot for tourists. It lies 15 km from Manali. 
    The winter skiing festival is also organized in Solang every year and the activities like Zorbing, Horse riding & Snow Motor Bikes riding are offered for the entertainment of tourists.
  • Kothi: Kothi is a small village near the foothills of Rohtang Pass.
    Mountain view from Kothi
     Its is 12 km from Manali at an altitude of 2500 m from sea level. From the gorge, tourists can avail the views of the deep gorge, and the River Beas rushing through it.
    Snow at Kothi
















  • Rahala Waterfalls: Cascading from 8500 ft Rahala waterfall is one of the most stunning place. It is located on the way to Rohtang pass. Tourist who visit Rohtang take a halt to enjoy this mesmerizing beauty of this place. One can trek to the cliff of this water fall and enjoy the melting ice. The water of this waterfall is extremely cold as it is coming from the melting ice. The waterfall is in between dense Deodar, brich and pine trees making this place stunning for photography.
    Rahala Waterfall



      
  • Chandrakhani Pass: Chandrakhani Pass is the most beautiful trek passing through lush green Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh. It offers great view of Deo Tibba and Pin Parvati peaks of mountain ranges. Chandrakhani trek starts from Rumsu village which is an ancient village near Naggar. 
  • Snow at Chandrakhani Pass
    The route passes through beautiful Rumsu village and is covered with huge Deodar trees. These trees are believed to be secret and holy in the village. Chandrakhani Pass is located at an elevation of around 3,660m, and it makes an astounding trek experience in the Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh.


     
  • Scenic view of the route Chandrakhani Pass





    Old Manali:

    Old Manali is totally different from new Manali. Tourist visit this place to avoid the rush from Manali. It has cheap hotels and charming cafes. Old Manali is located 3 km from the Mall Road.
                                                                                                                                                                                  
    Scenic view of Old Manali village
    Old Manali cottage


  • Mall Road: Mall Road is the heart of Manali and is the busiest place in the hill city. This places has many shops, hotels, restaurants, food stalls and local shops. 
    Main market in Mall Road of Manali


      
  • Manali Sanctuary: Manali sanctuary is located at a distance of 2 km from main town. The admirable beauty and wild mountain animals made Manali Sanctuary one of the must see destinations of Manali. 
  • Information center of Manali wild life Sanctuary
  • It is spread over 3120 hectares of land and established in 1954. Animals include are Manali Wildlife Sanctuary includes animals like the Himalayan Black Bear, Musk Deer, Flying Fox, Stripped Hyena, Himalayan Tahr, Indian Hare, Barking Deer, Palm Civet, Serows, Himalayan Yellow Throated Martens, and Kashmir Flying Squirrels. Endangered animals like leopards, Brown Bears, and Goral can also be seen here. The rich forest of this Manali sanctuary is covered with trees like Deodar, Horse Chestnut, Kail, Maple, and Walnut. 



    Deodar trees is the Manali Sanctuary
      Beautiful water stream in Manali Sanctuary

  • Rohtang Pass: Rohtang Pass is located at 51 km from Manali. Rohtang is the gateway which connects Leh and Lahaul Spiti to Manali. More than 25 lakh tourist visit Rohtang every year. However this route is closed in winters and opens up in May. Tourist enjoy many snow activities like skiing, paragliding, snow scooter etc. 
    Rohtang la top
    Rohtang Pass is at an altitude of 3980 m above sea level and is considered as worlds deadliest roads. Rohtang means 'pile of dead' as many people have died crossing this difficult mountain range. Driving on this road after sunset can be very scary. There are hotels at Rohtang Pass so one needs to carry own tent.

    To visit Rohtang Pass Permit is required and one can not return on same day if they cross the Rohtang checkpoint. To collect your permit visit Rohtang Pass Permit


    View from rohtang

     Great Himalayan National Park: Great Himalayan National Park is the newest Park in the list of Indias National Parks. It covers an area of 754 sq. km. The Great Himalayan National Park is a habitat to numerous flora and more than 375 fauna species, including approximately 31 mammals, 181 birds, 3 reptiles, 9 amphibians, 11 annelids, 17 mollusks and 127 insects. They are protected under the strict guidelines of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972; hence any sort of hunting is not permitted. 




 HOW TO REACH 

By Air: Bhuntar airport is the nearest airport in Kullu and is 10 km away from Manali. Flights operate on daily basis and connects to the major cities of India.
By Train: Jogindernagar railway station  is the nearest railway station to Manali. However one can reach Chandigarh or Ambala and from there taxi and bus services are available. 

By Road: Manali is well connected through buses and these buses run from different places 
including Delhi (540km), Chandigarh (305km), Dehradun (227km) and Ambala (370km). . The Himachal Pradesh state bus service is  frequent and these buses run at reasonable cost. The best and most cost effective way to reach Manali is by road. There are several private buses as well that connect the hill station with different part of the state.


 CLIMATE 

Manali is popularly known for its cool climate. Tourist mainly visit Manali during summers as this place is pleasantly cool even in summers. Winters are very chilly and snowfall takes place from November.

Spring (March to April)
During this time the ice starts to melt and the valley is very colorful from the growth of new leaves and flowers.

Summer (May to June)
The weather during this time is very pleasant and the average high is 25 to 28 degree Celsius while average low is 8 to 13 degree Celsius. This is the perfect time to visit for tourists. Rohtang Pass also opens during this time as road to Rohtang closes during winter season.
Summer is the perfect time for adventurous tourists to indulge in thrilling pursuits such as paragliding, zorbing, river rafting, rock climbing and trekking.

Monsoon (July to September)
Manali recieves 200 mm of monthly average railfall. However occasionally it receives heavy rainfall and landslides can occur. Travelling during monsoon to a mountain is dangerous as there is always a chance of land slide. The average high during monsoon is 25 degree Celsius while average low is 15 degree Celsius.


Winter (October to February)
Winters are very cold and the temperature falls to -2 degree Celsius. December and January are coldest months of the year and Manali receives heavy snowfall. Tourist come this time to enjoy winter activities like skiing, ice skating and ice carting. Manali hosts Carnival festivals during January month every year.
However Vashisht village and Old Manali which are popular tourist destinations remain closed during winter.

 


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