Places to visit in Manali – Tourist attractions
Manali is one of the primary places to visit in the Kullu region of Himachal Pradesh and is situated at an attitude of 1926 meters. The place spreads across a distance of 12.5 square meters and has a picturesque landscape. The cascading fountains descending down all the way from the undulating lofty Himalayan ranges are too beautiful to describe in words. The pure pictorial grandeur prevailing in the pleasant climate is a haven for tourists. With the lush green grasslands contrasting with the velvety mountains, Manali is essentially known as the Queen of the Western Himalayas. Amongst the many exotic locations, a few has been mentioned below:
Rohtang Pass –
Solang Valley –
Rohla Falls – the wonderful picnic spot lies 16 km away from the Rohtang Pass. While travelling from Marhi to Kothi on the old road, the view of the Rohla Falls is breathtaking.
Marhi – this is the mountain plateau lying en route to Manali Leh road. Myriad colorful wild flowers and lush green meadows surround the area which rises up as high as the Rohtang Pass. This is one of the pictorial places and stopovers for tourists in Manali which offers a wonderful view of the extensive valleys and mountains. When the weather deteriorates at the Rohtang Pass, the Marhi region also offers a refuge to tourists.
Vaishist – this is one of the primal spiritual places of Manali. The place consists of numerous hot water springs and temples of Hindu Lord Rama and Vaishist Rishi. Two tanks have been constructed which remin filled with natural sulphur hot water for gents and ladies respectively. The tanks always remain overcrowded by pilgrims and tourists taking baths.
Urusvati Himalayan Folk Art Museum, Naggar. Urusvati, meaning light of the morning star. This folk art museum was founded by Professor and Madame Nicholas Roerich in 1928, then known as Research Institute, Naggar where history, ethos, the spirit of the Himalayan region and the traditional Indian and Tibetan medicines were studied. It was renamed as Urusvati Himalayan Folk Art Museum in 1993. The museum preserves paintings made by Roerich and also those made by Indian and Russian artists.
Manali Mountaineering Institute : Manali Mountaineering Institute is located close to the Tibetan Monastery on the left bank of river Beas towards Kullu. The institute offers basic and advance training courses for adventure sports like mountaineering, trekking, skiing and plenty of water sports. You can hire skiing and trekking equipments from here by advance booking. You can also visit a fantastic showroom here.
Hidamba or Hadimba Devi Temple:
Arjuna Cave (4kms) : If you are looking for a half day excursion with splendid view of the majestic mountains, then Arjuna Cave is a good place. Arjuna Cave lies at a distance of 4 kms from Manali towards Naggar. It is believed that Mahabharat fame Arjuna had meditated here.
Old Manali :
Manu Maharishi Temple : This temple is dedicated to Manu rishi who is considered as the law provider. This temple is 2Kms from Manali. The temple is now renovated with wooden carvings.
Tibetan Monastery :
Club House: The river side club has some unique attraction. You can do river rafting and spend some time by the side of the river enjoying different sports and games. This is managed by Himachal Tourism. This place is nearly 1.5Kms from Manali. A branch of Beas river called manalsu flows nearer to the complex. There is a shopping complex (for woolen and other clothing material) just beside the club house and also managed by Himachal Tourism. We found the quality of the items excellent and at times discount prices are available for many items which are genuine.