Sight Seeing

 

Hadimba Temple

The Hadimba temple is located in lovely wilderness and natural setting. It is just 2 km. from the Mall and 3 KM from Kartike Retreat Cottage. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Hadimba, the mother of Ghatotkatch. The temple is a four tiered pagoda shaped structure adorned with real horns of sheep that were cut and placed there as a gesture of their worship to the Goddess. The temple was erected by Raja Bahadur Singh in 1553.
The interior of the temple is a rock cut, beneath which lie the impressions of the Goddess’ feet that are worshipped there. In the surroundings of the temple there are huge pine and deodar forests maintained by the government authorities. One can find many rabbits and sheep here. There is also an arena of stalls where vendors sell beautiful mementos to be carried back home as a remembrance of this temple.

Manu Maharishi Temple

Situated in old Manali village of distance of 2 km from the taxi stand . The Manu Temple is the temple of the ancient Rishi Manu. It is situated in Old Manali. On your way to the temple, you will find the entire area occupied by Hippies. There are restaurants that serve Italian food exclusively. The hoardings are all in Hebrew. The people who had migrated years ago are still residing there. Also there are various shops where you can find articles of the Himalayan origin.

 

Vashisth Temple

Vashist, a small village that tourists visit in large numbers. It has a multitude of temples, hot springs that made it a popular name among the tourists Manali. It has its location on the Beas River `s left side leading to Rohtang pass. Nearby there is also a beautiful temple pyramid made of stone. It was dedicated to Vashist Muni. There is also a beautiful temple, which is dedicated to Lord Rama. Natural sulfur hot springs are also unique. Anyone can bask in the pleasure of bathing. There are two individual tanks for both men and women. More elegant shower facility built in the Turkish fashion are built in narrow areas. Again we can have the ease of getting hot water to bathe in the springs located in and around.

Tibetan Monastery

With a huge population of Tibetan people settled in the Kullu region, several Tibetan monasteries were set up in Manali. The monasteries are rich in preserving the culture of the Tibetan people. Literature and crafts of the people of Tibet are preserved in the Tibetan monasteries at Manali. Tibetan monasteries in Manali The Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa is located near the Mall in Manali. The monastery is run by local people who raise money through donations. The unique feature of the monastery is the craft of Tibetan art and woven rugs and are sold at the monastery. The Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa in Manali was built in the year 1969. The architecture of the monastery is the style of Tibetan architecture designed with colorful frescoes. The statue of Lord Buddha presides over the monastery.
The Himalayan Nyingamapa Gompa is situated near the market square of Manali. The architecture of this monastery contained a more modern style than the previous. Located in the heart of sunflowers, the monastery shines at night with lighted lamps to lighten up. The huge golden face of Buddha statue presides over the monastery. The aromatic scent of incense sticks are lit Tibetan monasteries in the Tibetan Manali establishes a charm enchanting tourists and lure to visit the monastery again. The Tibetan monasteries at Manali is one of the attractions of Manali and available primarily as an important pilgrimage route for a tour of Manali.

Solang Valley 

In a Picturesque setting, this has good ski slopes and picnic spots. The valley 13 Kms from Manali is a splendid valley between Solang village and Beas Kund. Solang valley offers the view of glaciers and snow capped mountains and peaks. The Valley famous for various adventurous activities like skating, paragliding, snow scooter riding, horse riding and many more.



Manikaran

Manikaran 85 kms from the picturesque town of Manali rests one of the most sacred places for Hindus and Sikhs alike. Situated at a lofty altitude of about 1760 meters (5774 feet) in the Parvati Valley between the rivers Beas and Parvati is Manikaran, a place that’s best known for its hot thermal springs, which pilgrims believe to be laden with healing properties. The origin of these hot springs is best explained by a much romanticized legend from the Hindu mythology that sages and pilgrims love to dabble in.

According to this legend, Lord Shiva’s consort, Parvati accidentally dropped an earring here during a long stay in the valley. After several fruitless efforts to locate the earring, Lord Shiva got enraged and performed the cosmic dance (Tandava), which prompted Sheshnag, the serpent god to release a volley of jewels, including Parvati’s earring, from the water that had become boiling hot due to Shiva’s anger. From then on hot springs continue to flow to the surface, attracting hordes of devotees who believe that a dip in these waters can heal rheumatism, among other ailments.

Rohtang Pass

At an elevation of 13,054 ft, Rohtang Pass serves as the gateway to Lahaul and Spiti valleys in Himachal Pradesh. About 53 km from Manali, it connects Kullu valley with Lahaul and Spiti which in turn provide access to Leh. Known for its scenic beauty, Rohtang Pass holds strategic importance for India.

The name Rohtang means ‘ground of corpses’ due to the number of people who lost their lives trying to cross it. The Rohtang Pass is on the Pir Panjal Mountain Range of the Himalayas.

Besides Lahaul and Spiti, Rohtang Pass also serves as the gateway to Pangi and the valley of Leh. Like the Zojila Pass, Rohtang also serves as the gateway to Ladakh.

The Pass offers beautiful sights of glaciers, peaks, Lahaul Valley and the Chandra River. The twin peaks of Geypan are also visible from Rohtang.

The Rohtang Pass is a natural divide between the humid Kullu Valley which has a predominant Hindu culture and the arid, high altitude Lahaul and Spiti Valleys which are predominantly Buddhist.

The pass is on the watershed between the water basins of the Chenab River and the Beas River.

Rohtang remains open from June to October. However, trekkers do head for the pass even before it opens for vehicular traffic.

Rohtang Pass figures high on itineraries of tourists visiting Manali, Kullu, Leh and nearby areas. The road remains jam-packed and delays are inevitable.

Besides sightseeing, tourists can also enjoy sledge rides and skiing. Ski sets and sledges are available on rent.

Naggar Fort

Naggar Fort is another attractive destination for tourists in Manali, Himachal Pradesh. Lying south of Manali, it stands as a summary of the legacy of the golden past of nearly 1500 years of Pal dynasty. Built with stones, and Woodcutting complex, it is a symbol of artistic and exquisite courtesy of the entire region of Himachal. In the subsequent period, the fortress was transformed into a hotel and nursing home that offers comfort and luxury to residents. Hosted also get fascinated by the beauty of a small shrine, which is placed in the courtyard of the fort. Really, it represents the beauty of its art and architecture of the Pal dynasty there.

Jagatsukh 

This local spot in Manali, Himachal Pradseh is popular for various ancient temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Sandhya Gayatri. The temple was built later, following the style Shikhara. There was placed about six kilometers from Manali, Himachal Pradseh on the Beas River `s on the left side of the road to Naggar.





Roerich Art Gallery 

In Naggar art gallery, the Roerich Museum, which houses a collection of the painting of the Russian Artist Nicholas Roerich .







 
 
 
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