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Manali occupies the valley with the ones unspoilt old village to the north and Vashisht ,up on the opposite hill side across the river .Set Amidst picturesque apple orchards ,Manali is packed with the pahari-speaking kullus ,lahaulis ,nepali labourers and enterprising Tibetan refugees who have opened guest houses, restaurants and craft shops. The town has become increasing guilt up with dozens of new hotel blocks. It is also a major tourist destination for Indian holiday makers. Other, together with adventure seeking foreigners, are attracted by the culturally. Different hill people and the scenic treks this part of the Himalaya offers. It is the start of the recommended to the route to Leh in the summer month.
Manali, known for its picturesque surroundings, is a magnificent spot with high mountains towering above it. Manali can be made the headquarters of a mountain holiday, with hikes, climbs & picnics punctuated with sun bathing and fishing etc
Major Attractions In Manali
The Tibetan Monasteries
These are built by Tibetan refugees, are not old but are attractive and are the center of a small carpet making industry. Rugs and other handicrafts are for sale .The colorful bazaar sells kullu shawls, caps and Tibetan souvenirs.
Temple of Hadimba Devi (The Supreme Sacrifice)
The temple of Hadimba devi is a lovely temple which stands as a mute tribute to the supreme artist who sacrificed the very hand with which he carved this poem in wood dedicated to the goddess of the Dhoongri temple- Hadimba Devi, wife of Bhim- one of the Pandavas. Every year in the month of May, there is a major festival here.
Vashisht Hot Sulphur Spring
About 3.2 km away from Manali bus stand across the Beas river situated at an altitude of 1982 m (6200 ft), just down below the temple are hot Sulphur Springs named as Vashisht. Nearby is a pyramidal stone temple dedicated to Vashistha.
The Mountaineering Institute
This institute is situated in Manali and provides training facilities for basic and advance climbing. It also conducts adventure sport activities.
Rohtang pass is a gateway to Lahaul Valley. It is situated about 51 km from Manali at an altitude of 3978 m (13400 ft), on the highway of Keylong. Regular bus services are available. There is a beautiful Dashohar lake, left of the pass. The pass is open from June to September each year.
The most enchanting Rohalla Fall is at an altitude of 2501 meters (8500 ft), and is about 4 km away from Kothi and 16 km away from Manali.
This place is about 13 km from Manali and is a splendid valley between Manali and Kothi. It offers the views of glaciers and snow capped mountain peaks.
The famous Beas Kund is a place where great Vyas Rishi performed "Tapa" during Mahabharata Kal. It is the source of the river Beas
By Air Bhuntar is the nearest airport at a distance of about 50 km from Manali and 10 km beyond Kullu.
By Rail The convenient rail head is at Pathankot at a distance of 326km .
By Road Manali is well connected to Kullu, Pathankot , Mandi , Kangra, Palampur, Amritsar .
When to Visit April - June, September-October
River Beas Manali
Beas Valley Manali
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