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Location: Himachal Pradesh
Altitude: 2050 Meters
Manali Tourist Places: Vashisth Hot Sulphur Spring, Rohtang Pass, Hadimba Temple, Tibetan Monastery & Club House
Best Time To Visit: May to October
The Kullu valley has an ancient town in its lap called Manali. Surrounded by towering peaks at an arm length, Manali’s major asset is its proximity to the snowline.
It is a flourishing orchard industry, a popular honeymoon destination and trailhead for numerous treks as well as a great countryside ideal for adventure sport lovers.
Manali literally means the ‘Home of Manu’. Manu is the mythological character who is supposed to have survived when the world was drowned in Flood. He then came to Manali and recreated human life. Thus, the area of Manali is sacred and Hindus treat the temples over here as pilgrimage.
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 midsize Buddhist statue. It also carries a list of the martyrs killed in occupation of Tibet of 1987 to 1989.
Manali is about 573 km from Delhi, the capital of India, and there are buses connecting the town with Delhi, Shimla, Dharamsala and Leh. For service from Delhi to Manali, tickets and reservations can be made at the Inter State Bus Terminus as well as at the Himachal Tourism office on Safdar Hashmi Marg near Mandi House in New Delhi.
The approximate travel time from Delhi to Manali is 12/14 hours; from Ambala to Manali is 10 hours and from Kullu to Manali is 1.5 to 2 hours. Volvo buses are available from Delhi but you need to book these two to five days in advance.
Hadimba or Dhungri 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 Dhungri Van Vihar.
Slippery stones paths lead through the old village houses up to the temple of Manu. Manali is named after the sage Manu who meditated when he came in this area.
Vashishth is well known for its hot springs. There are old temples devoted to the sage Vashisht and to Lord Rama.
Tibetans have a base in Manali too. There is a large modern Tibetan temple to the South of the bus stand and also a small handicrafts center.
Club House is a amusement park, located near Old Manali (Approximately 2 Km from Mall Road or Manali bus stand. There are lots of activities for kids.
Road: If hiring a private taxi, ensure that the driver has experience driving in hilly regions and doesn’t have the habit of drinking alcohol.
Rail: The nearest Broad Gauge Rail Head is Ambala Cantt (200 km) or Chandigarh (250 km) from Indian Capital New Delhi. Ambala Cantt is on the Delhi – Amritsar and Delhi – Jammu main lines and is well served by rail, but you will need to travel to Ambala to get a bus for the 10 hour ride to Manali. Jogindernagar and Kalka are other, less preferable, rail heads for Manali.
Air: The nearest airport is Bhuntar Airport ( Tel: 01902-65037, 65603), 50 km from Manali, 10 km from Kullu, about two hours away. Air India Airlines operate flights to Kullu from Delhi and Chandigarh.