One of the most popular hill stations, Manali has abundant fruit orchards and pine groves. A spot for adventure enthusiasts, one can do river rafting on the Beas or trek into the Himachal hills from here. Rock climbing courses are conducted during the summer months and skiing at Solang and Auli during the winters. Legend has it that Manu stepped off a boat in manali to recreate human life after floods had devastated the world.
Places to See
- Hadimba Devi TempleÂ (1.5kms):Â This temple has an ornately crafted pagoda-style roof depicting scenes from Hindu mythology.
- Vashisht:Â This place is famous for its hot springs and the temple of Lord Rama.
- Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa:Â A beautiful and colourful Tibetan monastry where one can buy carpets and Tibetan dhurries.
- Naggar Castle:Â A 504-year-old castle is now converted into a hotel and is an ideal picnic spot. Don't miss the paintings of Roerich.
- Manu Temple:Â This is the spot where Manu descended to Earth after the flood.
Manali is famous for its embroidered shawls, wooden boxes, woolen caps and Tibetan curios available in the local markets. Silver inlay jewellery is also a good buy from shops around the Mall.
- Malana:Â On the trekking route across the Parvati river, it is a picturesque little village.
- Bajaura:Â 15 kms from Kullu, there is a temple dedicated to Lord Basheshwar Mahadev.
- Katrain:Â Famous for it's apple orchards.
- Raison:Â 20 kms from Kullu, it is a good spot for trout angling and fishing.
- Chamba:Â For quiet walks along pine covered slopes and gentle treks into the hills.
- Kullu:Â The gateway to Manali is famous for the Dusshera festival.