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Home Stay Package

The house shall fulfil the minimum requirement of having one or more room’s accommodation subject to a maximum of three rooms to cover under the scheme with attached toilet facility which will be made available to the tourists as Home Stay accommodation. The promoters are at liberty to submit fresh proposals for approval for setting up Home Stay in the country-side under the “Himachal Pradesh Home Stay, Scheme 2008” With the aim of providing comfortable Home Stay facilities of standardized world class services to the tourists, and to supplement the availability of accommodation in the rural tourist destinations, State Government introduces Home Stay Facilities on the basis of Ministry of Tourism, Government of India “Incredible India Bed and Breakfast scheme. The basic idea is to provide a clean and affordable place for foreigners and domestic tourists alike including an opportunity for foreign tourists to stay with Himachali families to experience Himachali customs and traditions and relish authentic Indian/Himachali cuisine.Home Stay Units, once approved by Department of Tourism, H.P. will be duly publicized. A directory of all such approved establishments will also be prepared, so as to enable domestic as well as foreign tourists to live in a homely environment and to take advantage of the scheme. In addition, efforts will be made to organize short term training in hospitality trade to those who would opt for such training.

Places of Interest in and around Manali

Temples and Monestries Lakes, Hotwater Springs and Waterfalls High Reaches.
Other Important Attractions. Adventure Sports Angling

Temples and Monestries :-

Hadimba Temple
Distance 1 km.

This temple, also known asDhoongriTempleis situated about 1 km from Manali. The temple is dedicated to Hadimba mata,the wife of Bhima. Bhima is one of the Pandava brothers who visited this place during their exile. This four story wooden temple is located in the middle of a forest called Dhungiri Van Vihar. Maharaja Bahadur Singh built the present wooden pagoda-like temple in 1553 AD after earlier structures were burnt down by forest fires. Standing on a stone platform surrounded by old deodar trees, the three-tier temple is crowned with pennants, brass bells and a trident. Carvings of animals, plants and folk deities adorn the temple, while hunting trophies are hung over its entrance by the devotees.

Inside the shrine is the brass icon of the goddess, surprisingly tiny compared to the huge temple structure and the legendary prowess associated with her. The shrine is within a natural cave formation dominated by huge rock. A set of enlarged footprints on the rocks is believed to be of Hadimba Mata, herself. In mid-July the idol from old Manali is brought to this temple for a major festival. As part of the frenzied celebrations, several animals including a buffalo are sacrificed to the goddess. The blood falling on the stones is channeled to the mouth of goddess Hadimba. This ancient ritual draws large crowds. People whor not strong at heart are advised not to witness the Balidan ceremony. Also beware of pickpockets who take advantage of the spellbound mobs.

Manu Rishi Temple
Distance – 3 KM

Manu Rishi temple, 3 km from Manali, is a beautiful structure with a five- storey pagoda type of roof and a brass ‘Kalasa’ crowning the top.

Just near the Hadimba Temple flows the Manalsu rivulet which culminates in the Beas river.

Across the Manalsu river is the original village of Manali that houses the ancient temple of the sage Manu from whom human race is believed to have started.

This land was known as ‘Land ofManu’ and was later renamed Manali after him.

Arjun Gufa
Distance – 2 km.

On the left bank of the river Beas, near Prini village, is the “Arjun Gufa” or thecaveofArjuna. It is believed that Arjuna practiced austerities to get Pashupata Ashtra or weapon from Lord Indra.

Sharvali Devi Temple
SharvaliDeviTemple is an ancient shrine situated at Shooru village, about eight kilometers from Manali, in Himachal Pradesh. The temple was believed to be built by Pandavas, the mythical characters in the great epic Mahabharata

GaurishankarTemple: Dedicated to Shiva and Parvati,GaurishankarTempleis an ancient stone temple located at Dashal village in Kullu District and is 8 km from Manali. A veritable showpiece in a tranquil setting, this Shaivite temple dates back to 12th century AD and is a fine specimen of the “Shikhara Style”, a rare form of architecture in this part of the country.

Gaurishankar Temple

Dedicated to Shiva and Parvati,GaurishankarTempleis an ancient stone temple located at Dashal village in Kullu District and is 8 km from Manali. A veritable showpiece in a tranquil setting, this Shaivite temple dates back to 12th century AD and is a fine specimen of the “Shikhara Style”, a rare form of architecture in this part of the country

Bajeshwar Mahadev Temple : ( Bajaura )

This pyramidical temple belonging to the 8th century A.D. is embellished with wonderful carvings in stone and sculpture in the Shikhara style. This temple is situated about 200 metres from the village between the main road and theBeas river

Bijli Mahadev Temple
Altitude – 2,460 mtrs.

This is one of the most striking temple in Kullu, where 20 metre tall image is supposed to attract special blessings from the skies in the shape of lightning. From the temple a panoramic view of Kulu and Paravati valleys can be seen. A 60 feet high staff of Bijli Mahadev temple glistens like a silver needle in the sun. In this temple of lightening , the tall staff attracts the divine blessings in the form of lightening. The rest of the story can be heard from the priest, which is un-believable but true.

Monasteries :-
Manali is known for its shiny gompas or Buddhist monasteries. This Gompa dominates the Tibetan area in the close vicinity of the Mall in Manali. The Tibetan refugees built the Gompa in the late 1960’s.

Vashishtha Natural Hotwater Springs
Distance -3 km.

Vashishtha village, 3km from Manali, is known for the hot water springs & the asceticism of Rishi Vashishtha. ThetempleofVashishtha Rishiis 400 years old. In the temple there is a stone statue of the sage Vashishtha clad in dhoti, cap & a white shawl on the shoulder. The Tourism Department has built Turkish baths, 500 m away from the village

Rahala waterfalls
Distance – 27 km.

Rahala waterfalls is located at a distance of 27 km from Manali. It is enchanting waterfall where the River Beas cascades in showers from a height of 50 metres. It is a excellent picnic spot for the nature lovers. Rahla means a halting station. In the olden days sages, saints and pilgrims preferred to stay here overnight during their journey to Lahaul.
High reaches.

High Reaches :-

Rohtang Pass
Distance -51 km. Altitude – 4111m.

RohtangPassis is the highest point on the National Highway. RohtangPassoffers you a spectacular view of the valley. One can see the panoramic beauty of majestic mountains from here. Once the pass opens in summers, it is the gateway to Leh Laddakh.

‘Rohtang’ in Tibetan language means a house of corpses. Perhaps this name has been given to the pass due to the chain of accidental deaths that occurred here from time to time. The weather is unpredictable and fast wind blows in the afternoon. Snow falls occurs frequently.

Gulaba Camp
Distance – 20 km. Altitude – 2848 mtrs.

A picturesque spot rich in herbal plants & flowers. The zigzag roads & the beautiful flower beds covering the hill slopes provide stunning views. Gulaba is also a fine destination for skiing.BhriguLake is only 6 km from Gulaba. In the month of March & April. Road is closed beyond Gulaba.

Solang Valley
Distance – 13 km. Altitude – 2480 mtrs.

Solang valley is situated to the north-west of Manali. The slopes of Solang are considered one of the best in the world for skiing; State & National level winter sports are organized here. Solang valley offers the view of glaciers and snow capped mountains and peaks. It has fine ski slopes. The Mountaineering Institute has installed a ski lift for training purpose. Other important attractions.

Kothi
Distance – 15km. Altitude – 2530 mtrs.

Kothi is a beautiful village situated to the north of Manali town and at a from Manali. Brooks gushing down from the mountains pass through the village and there you stand infatuated by the astonishing vistas. It offers a magnificent view of the snow-capped peaks and glaciers

Other Important Attractions :-

Museum of Himachal Culture & Folk Art

The museum is located at Utopia Complex near Hadimba temple. Museum is compassionate effort to reveal the tourist and the young generation about the traditions, art and culture of Himachal Pradesh. The collection in the museum is very rare and unseen by the public. Each and every article has its own historical background and importance in handicraft, art and culture of the state. The founder of the museum, J. R. Sood has spent more than a decade, collecting these precious articles of culture and historical value.

The principle of the museum is preservation cum development of the age-old antiques of cultural and traditional heritage of Himachal. The museum displays models of various temples, old houses & forts, wooden & mental masks, traditional dresses & jewelleries, utensils, musical and ritual instruments, wood carvings, stone vessels, handicraft articles and several other articles that were used by the people in their day to day living in olden days. The photographs of some fairs & festivals, ritual & religious ceremonies, and famous places of tourist interest are also displayed in the museum

The Western Himalayan Institute of Mountaineering

The Western Himalayan Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports was started in 1960 and offers training facilities in basic and advanced climbing as well as courses in high altitude trekking, rescue research, skiing and water sports. The institute also provides trekking and climbing gear to adventure enthusiasts.

Reorich Art Gallary Naggar

RoerichArtGalleryis situated 2km uphill from Naggarbus stand. The gallery originally was N.K. Roerich’s residence, later turned into the art gallery by his son Svyetoslav Roerich.

The art gallery is run asRoerichHeritageMuseumby a trust formed by the governments of Himachal Pradesh andRussia. Prime Minister of India is the chairperson of this trust.

Nicholas K. Roerich embraced stupendous qualities. He was a master artist, a scholar, a writer, an archaeologist and an explorer. His reverance for the Himalayas inspired him to paint thousands of paintings of the Himalayas, sentinels of India.

A few of his excellent creations have been housed at the Roerich Art Gallery, in Naggar. The gallery preserves original works of Roerich on the Himalayas, quotations from Roerich and valued words of the visitors and the admirers.

The gallery remains open from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M., except Mondays.

Largi
Distance – 34 km. Altitude – 957 mtrs.

This is a small hamlet providing excellent trout fishing. The famous rivers Sainj and Tirthan join theBeas a few hundred metres below. Larji is patronised mostly by anglers.

Manikaran
Distance – 45 km from Kulu

Manikaran town is situated in the beautifulParbatiValley is situated to the north- east of Kullu. According to legend, Manikaran is also associated with Lord Shiva and his divine consort, Parbati. Legend has it that once when Shiva and Parbati were relaxing by the river. Parbati’s ear rings fell into the water.

The lord of another world ( Patal Nagari ) named Shesh Nag took possession of them and despite Parvati’s pleas, he refused to hand them back.

However when all the gods prevailed upon him, he snorted them out of his nostrils, causing a boiling fountain of water to erupt. the jewels thus returned. There are temples of Ramchandra and Shiva besides the Gurudwara. This place is famous for hot water springs that cure rheumatic pains.. Thousands of people take a dip in its hot water. The main water is so hot that Dal ( pulses ), Rice, Vegetables etc. can be boiled in it

Manikaran is renowned for Gurudwara and Ram temple that bestows free lodging and food. It has hot water springs that gushes out of the rocks. Temperature of water varies from 88°C to 94°C. Presence of radium is one of the main reasons given by a German scientist behind the hot water springs.

Adventure Sports White Water Rafting
River rafting is an exciting adventure sport. There is an unmatched thrill of shooting down the rapids. Knowledge of swimming is not necessary but you have to be reasonably fit. The rafting is done on a 9-14 km stretch between Pirdi and Jhidi. Its a full day trip from Manali.

Para Gliding
You can sail high above the ground and see the mountains as never before. Experience the rush of cold air on your face and have a thrill of your life. Guided para gliding can be done fromSolangValley.

Trekking
There are countless trekking routes inKulluValley. Most treks are of 2-10 days duration. However you could initiate yourself in the joys of trekking with a one day trek to Lamadugh. This is a light trek of approximately 6 km which even occasional walkers can enjoy.

HelicopterRide
Helicopter ride to enjoy the scenic beauty of valley and around is available through private operators.

River Crossing
River crossing through rope andBurma bridge across small rivulets by private operators.As the flood slowly dried, here arose a place of breath- taking natural beauty which was only appropriate at Manali that life began again. Today this legendary cradle of all human kind is a prime holiday destination. There are high mountains surrounded by snow and deep boulder strewn gorges. There are thick forests full of cool breeze and bird songs. There are fields of wild flowers, small picturesque hamlets and fruit.

Angling

The streams of Himachal Pradesh fall under two categories; General waters and Trout waters, with estimated length of 600 and 2400 kms respectively. The major State’s streams include- Beas, Sutlej,Ravi, Tirthan, Sainj, Uhl, Baspa, Pabar, Lambadug, Giri, Rana, Nugal Gai, Baner, Bata, etc.The major fishes available in these streams are Trout, Mahseer, Nemacheilus spp, Barilus sp, Schizothoracids Crossocheilus sp. Glyptothorax spp. etc. Fishing in these streams is reguarsied under the state fisheries Act. In trout water licences only for rod and line are permitted while in general water both rod and line as well as cast netting is all allowed. The department has identified the following stretches as potential fishing sports for trout and mahseer.

An anglers’ paradise. Himachal has several spots for both trout and mahaseer – as well as other fish. Acclaimed as the best sport fish in the world, both Brown and Rainbow Trout are to be found in Himachal’s streams.

Fishing fees are nominal. The trout fishing season is from 31 March to 31 October. Generally, the best months for mahaseer are those that have an ‘r’ in their spelling – January, Fabruary, March, April, September,

Dear Guests

This Home Stay Package price for per couple is Rs: 10500/- ( MAP , 3N/4D )

Note : The local sightseeing include in this package


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