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Manali

TraveLibro India Manali Featured City
This snowy town sitting atop the gushing beautiful Beas River with the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal Ranges surrounding it, is the ideal place to wake up this summer! A very popular tourist destination for years now, it bizarrely attracts a crazy mix of people—from honeymooners to adventure junkies to hippies. The Solang Valley is the most picturesque spot here with several adventure activities taking place during summer, while the Mall Road is always buzzing with people and shopkeepers selling their wares. Old Manali is like travelling back in time, untouched and unmarred by the vagaries of an industrialised world, while the Hampta Pas Trek is a trekker’s paradise. There are enough fancy hotels for the lovebirds and enough water and mountain sports for the adventurers. Serene, unruffled by the outside world, abounding in the most captivating scenery, and well-equipped, Manali is prepared for you, so off you go!
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TraveLibro India Manali Featured City Solang Nullah

Solang Nullah

About 14 km north of Manali, nestled between the Beas River and Solang Village, lies the most picturesque spot, the Solang Nullah or Solang Valley. Situated around 2,560 m above sea level, this side valley atop the Kullu Valley offers some spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains and glaciers around. The valley is also popular for adventure sports and has some excellent ski slopes, thus, skiing snowboarding are favourite winter sports to indulge in. A carnival atmosphere prevails in summer and people go paragliding, zorbing, horse riding, trekking, and mountaineering. If you want some quiet time, this is one of the best spots for a leisurely picnic too.

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TraveLibro India Manali Featured City Rohtang Pass

Rohtang Pass

A gateway to Lahual, Spiti, Pangi, and Leh the famous Rohtang Pass, is 51 km from Manali, at an altitude of 3,980 m and is open from June to October for tourists. This ‘highest jeepable road in the world’ boasts of glistening glaciers, snow-capped peaks, lofty mountains, and the crystal clear Chandra River that flows to the Lahual valley. Gaze at the twins peaks of Geypan and enjoy the fluffy clouds softly caressing your face. Considered a trekkers paradise and great for skiing, it is the only spot where one can ski in the summers too with the Sonapani Glacier being the best for this sport.

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TraveLibro India Manali Featured City Hadimba Devi Temple

Hadimba Devi Temple

Explore the interesting wooden ‘shikhar’ at the ancient cave temple—the Hadimba Devi Temple nestled amidst cedar woods. Situated near Dunghri town, this shrine is also known as the ‘Hidimbi Devi Temple’. Goddess Hadimba is worshipped here as a manifestation of Goddess Durga. Built by Maharaja Bahadur Singh in 1553, it stands over a huge rock jutting out from the ground. With three square timber-clad roofs, the fourth roof is cone-shaped and made of brass. The main doorway, apparently over 400 years old, is intricately carved out of wood. Each year, there’s a fair held here called the Bahadur Singh Re Jatar.

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TraveLibro India Manali Featured City Manikaran Gurudwara

Manikaran Gurudwara

Situated in the serene Parvati Valley between the Beas and Parvati Rivers, at an altitude of 1,760 m, lies the Manikaran Gurudwara. Legend has it that Guru Nanak Devji visited Manikaran along with his five followers. Since his people were hungry he sent his good friend Bhai Maradana to collect food for the community kitchen. He collected flour to make the bread, however there was no fire to cook it and Guruji lifted a rock, which gave rise to a hot spring. This allowed them to cook their food. The boiling sulphur springs are famous for their curative powers and people pay their respects to the saint at the Gurdwara.

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TraveLibro India Manali Featured City Gadhan Thekchhokling Monastery

Gadhan Thekchhokling Monastery

Visit the famous religious site of the Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa situated in the centre of Manali on Gompa Road. The monastery houses an idol of the Buddha as well as paintings that showcase his non-violent ideology. Admire the statues, scrolls, murals, stone carvings, pictures, and texts that are there. Constructed in 1960, this renowned shrine was built by the refugees who had come here from Tibet. The pagoda-style yellow roof with a classic tower is the main feature of the monastery. Spend some time drinking in the beautiful scenery and feel the spiritual vibe that prevails here. Click some pictures with an exquisite backdrop of a sunrise or sunset.

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TraveLibro India Manali Featured City Mall Road

Mall Road

The famous Mall Road definitely deserves a visit. Whether you like to shop or not, this road is abuzz with activity always and the vibe is simply infectious. Head here to feel the enthusiasm of the locals and excitement of the tourists. The friendly demeanour and smiling faces of the sellers will make you want to buy their wares. So, shop for woollen clothes, Pashmina shawls, rugs, jewellery, trinkets, souvenirs, and more, or shop for brands from the many stores. Grab a bite at any of the multi-cuisine restaurants dotting the street. Stroll along the road and take in the electric atmosphere of the place.

Image Courtesy: Biswarup Ganguly via Wikimedia Commons
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TraveLibro India Manali Featured City Van Vihar National Park

Van Vihar National Park

Indulge yourself in a jungle walk at Van Vihar National Park and capture the tranquil surroundings with the meandering River Beas in the background. One of the most visited and popular spots in Manali, the park is dotted by tall Deodar trees amidst verdant surroundings. Self-introspect in this blissful park while enjoying the sweet sound of the chirping birds, take a boat ride, or simply stroll around soaking in the magnetic beauty of nature. Enjoy a day’s picnic with family and friends and click pictures of the scenic sights around. Watch the sun sink and capture the beautiful moment in your lens.

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TraveLibro India Manali Featured City Rafting

Rafting

This one’s for the water and adventure lovers. River rafting on the waters of the Beas River is simply exhilarating. Feel the adrenaline rush rafting through the different grades of your choice, from Manali to Jhiri. There are many operators that cater to tourists, who provide you with the gear and instructors as well. The season for this sport is between April-June. Enjoy the thrilling experience where the cool waters of the river splash on you while you try to rein it in.

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TraveLibro India Manali Featured City Adventure Activities

Adventure Activities

Devote a day or two to indulge some adventure activities such as, rock climbing, canyoning, river rafting, trekking, paragliding, etc. Soar to the skies like an eagle and enjoy the magnificent views underneath while paragliding, trek or go mountaineering through the snow-filled terrain of the Himalayas, or simply walk along the pine trees, mountain slopes, trekking through Bhrigu Lake Trek, Chandrakhani Trek, Beas Kund, and more. Or engage in thrilling water sports such as river rafting on the rapids of the River Beas, or add to the excitement by going canyoning traversing the wild caving into waterfalls, swimming, floating, abseiling in the crystalline Manali waters.

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TraveLibro India Manali Featured City Trip to Naggar

Trip to Naggar

Take a day trip to the picturesque and ancient town of Naggar, the former capital of Kullu. Set at a height of 1,851 mon the left bank of the Beas River, explore the well-preserved, medieval Naggar Castle here. A stone and wood mansion and the former residence of the King of Kullu, it is now a rest house. Built by Raja Sidh Singh of Kullu in 1460 AD, it offers splendid views of the surroundings. Visit the Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery, former residence of the famous artist, Prof Nicholas Roerich, which displays some of his rare paintings. Do stop by the gorgeous Jana Falls, a perfect picnic spot.

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TraveLibro India Manali Featured City Old Manali

Old Manali

Old Manali has a charm of its own…it’s almost like travelling in a time capsule back in time. Old houses made of wood and stone, pretty streets, cute eateries, quaint cafés, small shops selling quirky items, and of course the hippie vibe is all quite exhilarating. About three km from Manali and at an altitude of about 6,589 ft above sea level, Old Manali is a quiet village tucked away in beautiful wilderness. Visit the Manu Maharishi Temple and enjoy a quiet meal at any of the eateries that offer global cuisines. Mingle and make some new friends, enjoy unconventional music at the restaurants, and revel in the tranquillity around.

Image Courtesy: Kiran Jonnalagadda via Flickr
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TraveLibro India Manali Featured City Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art

Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art

Travel back to the ancient era exploring traditional culture, folk art and various antique articles at the Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art. The result of J R Sood’s intensive research, travel and efforts, the museum was established in 1998 in the Utopia Complex, near the Hadimba Temple. Admire the traditional utensils, dresses, wood carvings, musical instruments and other antiquities, which are almost extinct now. The museum displays an excellent collection of rare and unique items of the state and you can feel the rich culture and heritage of the region while exploring it. Discover how people of ancient times lived while touring the museum.

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TraveLibro India Manali Featured City Great Himalayan National Park

Great Himalayan National Park

Located in Kullu District, go trekking in the heavenly surroundings of the Great Himalayan National Park and explore a range of protected fauna. Formerly spread over 754.4 sq km, it spread in 1994 to add 265.6 sq km to it as an Ecozone. Marvel at the virgin coniferous forests, alpine pastures and enjoy matchless views of biodiversity. Spot a variety of wildlife here such as the Ghoral, Thar, Serow, Musk Deer, Leopard, Snow Leopard, and more. Trek to Raktesar through the park from where the Sainj River originates. Camp here amidst the bewitching surroundings and enjoy the pristine nature.

Image Courtesy: J.M.Garg via Wikimedia Commons
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TraveLibro India Manali Featured City Meditation and Yoga

Meditation and Yoga

Find your inner peace post a meditation or yoga session along the banks of River Beas or amidst the pine forests. Panoramic views, crisp and crystal clear air, birds chirping in the beautiful wilderness, create a perfect ambiance for dwelling within oneself. Enrol in a yoga or meditation workshop and retreat to nature to align your mind, body and soul. There are several options to choose from—Shrihari Yoga Ashram, the Sammasati Meditation Centre, Yoga Niketan Ashram, to name a few. Immerse yourself in these age-old techniques in the lap and serenity of nature and feel rejuvenated.

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TraveLibro India Manali Featured City River Crossing

River Crossing

Indulge in a daring adventure of River Crossing across the brisk Beas River and feel the splash of the chill water as waves crash on the rocks. Bhang and Aleo are the most popular spots for this exciting activity. Enjoy the gushing water underneath while you zip through from one end to another. It’s an enthralling experience and we strongly recommend it for adventure enthusiasts. There are several operators and resorts that provide this activity. Be sure to indulge in this thrilling adventure activity under proper guidance.

Image Courtesy: Kiran Jonnalagadda via Flickr
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TraveLibro India Manali Featured City Bhrigu Lake

Bhrigu Lake

Trek to one of the most picturesque spots in Manali, the Bhrigu Lake, named thus as it is believed that Bhrigu Rishi meditated here and thereafter many local Gods took a dip in the holy waters of the lake. Situated at an elevation of around 4,300 m, snow-capped mountains flank the lake from all sides offering marvellous views of the surroundings. You can start your trek from Gulaba village or Vashisht Temple. Trek along verdant forests, lush greenery, and clear streams and when you reach the lake, the sight is simply marvellous. In winter, the lake freezes completely and during summer, it’s a beautiful baby blue colour.

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TraveLibro India Manali Featured City Yak Ride

Yak Ride

When in Manali, a Yak ride is a must. Experience a rare and exciting ride on this bovid that is found in the Himalayas. There are short rides near the Hadimba Temple provided by their owners. Enjoy one and take in the scenic beauty of the surroundings; you might spot a rabbit or two. Capture these moments in your camera lens and cherish the memories.

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TraveLibro India Manali Featured City Trip to Kullu

Trip to Kullu

Take a day’s trip to Kullu and enjoy the natural beauty of the River Beas. If visiting during October, partake in the Kullu Dussehra festival, which is a colourful and vibrant celebration of seven days. Visit the Ma Sharvari Temple here, especially during the festival of Dusshera and soak up the revelry around you. Pay your respects at the Raghunathji Temple, which is considered the most important temples here and is dedicated to Lord Ram. There’s much to view and enjoy in Kullu; enjoy the panoramic views and try to match the fervour of the locals during festivities.

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TraveLibro India Manali Featured City The Hampta Pass Trek

The Hampta Pass Trek

Experience the wilderness in all its glory with an adventurous trek—the Hampta Pass Trek. Considered as the easiest and the most convenient treks in the state, this consists of approximately 26 km and is at a height of 14,100 ft. You can take this trek in any season; however, the best time is from June-September. View stunning vistas on the trail; from open green meadows, to pine forests, to glacial valleys, enjoy it all in this Himalayan adventure. Even if you are not a trekker, this one’s certainly recommended, even for first timers, for the stunning sights are not to be missed.

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