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Kullu Manali Trekking

(A Queen of Hill Station)
“A sweeter and a lovelier land,
framed in the prodigality of nature.
The spacious world cannot afford to have again.”

The Kullu-Manali tourist complex is spread in the entire kullu valley which is lavingly gifted with superb scenic wealth.Kullu also know as’ Valley of Gods’ has numerous temples.Kulluvalley offrers a scenic charms of peaceful wooden glades and rivers through the rocks.
“snow peaks, pine scented,flower-sprangled Himachal Pradesh. A heaven in the heart of the Himalayas. Himchal Pradesh is clustered with picturesque, hill resorts,where you can breath pure mountain air,you can fish,treak,explore the country side or just gaze at the breathtaking”
Manali is a major tourist destination in Himachal, North India for Indian & western Holidaymakers. Enclosed on three side by majestic mountains this scenic hill-station is situated at a height of 6000 Ft.,40 km beyond kullu on national Highway NH 21.Originally known as ‘Dena Bazar’ the place was christened as ‘Manali’ by the Britishers in 1938 ager the arrival of an Irish settler John Bahan. The main town is no longer a sleepy village.It is invaded regularly by tourists from all over the world and traders of all categories. All the local spots are jam packed with a stream of vehicle-big & small, fast food joints and tourists rendezvous. However a little away from the town and across the river the age old vista of dense pine scented forests, meadows and rippling river waters are still there to welcome the wander –lust over.
Manali is famous as “Honeymoon Destination among Indian tourists & Western tourists .Manali visit for trekking and leisure trips in Himalayas as it has become a hub for multi adventure activities and specialised trekking with gateways to Spiti & Leh Region. Manali retains its old charm ever today despite massive construction and overcrowding. Hidimba Devi Temple,Sarvari Devi Temple shuru, Gayatri Devi Temple Jagatasukh,Vashisht hot water springs, Solang valley, Dashohar and Bhrigu lake, and Naggar Village are the main attractions around Manalik.Rohtang pass is the access to lahaul region.Manali is a magnet, attracting many tourists from all over the world. Over the years, Manali has come up as a major tourist destination for Indian holiday makers. It has been popularized as a “honeymoon destination” for newly weds. The Manali Himalayas lure foreigners who get attracted by culturally distinctive hill people & scenic treks this part of Himalaya offers.Manalihasmythological importance as it is the home of sage Manu. Manu is the mythological deity who is supposed to have survived when the world was drowned in flood. He then came to Manali and recreated human life. Thus, the area of Manali is sacred and Hindus treat the temples over here as pilgrimage.Himachal Pradesh is landoftemples and historical landmarks. This place is also known as DEV BHOOMI (Land Of Angels) as this hill state is much close to nature and purity of environment. Manali is Situated at the northern end of the kullu valley, Manali has spectacular views of snow-capped peaks and wooded slopes. Manali literally means the ‘Home of Manu’. Manu is the mythological character who is supposed to have survived when the world was drowned in Flood. He then came to Manali and recreated human life. Thus, the area of Manali is sacred and Hindus treat the temples over here as pilgrimage.Surrounded by towering peaks at an arm length, Manali’s major asset is its proximity to the snowline. It is a flourishing orchard industry, a popular honeymoon destination and trailhead for numerous treks as well as a great countryside ideal for adventure sport lovers. Manali, with its mountaineering institute, is a popular base for trekking and mountaineering in summer and skiing in winter. Interesting routes into the surrounding valleys, over the high passes, are provided with tourist huts and rest houses for trekkign enthusiasts.
Main spots to see around in Manali:
The exotic place can boast of a longish tourist season full if different hued flowers at their glorious best from mid April to June.
1. Rohtang Pass:
2. Rahalla Fall:3
3. Hadimba Temple:
4. Nehru Kund:
5. Kothi:
6. Manu Temple
7. Vashist
8. Buddhist Temple
9. Van Bihar
10. Sharvari Mata temple (shuru)
11. Arjun Gufa
12. Jagatsukh( Gayatri mata Temple, Lord shiva Temple)
1.)Hadimba Temple:
Located in a peaceful wooded glade the temple is dedicated to the goddess Hadimba Devi who according the local myth was a mountain belle resuced from her evil-demon brother by God Bhim who married her later.She is worshipped by the people as a protector from evil omens and natural calamities and revered as ‘Mother Goddess’ Hadimba or Dhungiri temple in Manali is one of the most important temples in the region. This four-story wooden temple is located in the middle of a forest called the Dhungiri Van Vihar. Winding paths through forests and glades of whispering Deodars form the setting for the majestic wooden temple of Hidimba Devi in Manali. The motorable road is shaded by Chestnuts, Chinars and tall deciduous Deodars. This forested backdrop enthral one’s spirit and refresh one’s mind all along the uphill path.
2.)Manu Temple:Manu temple is situated in the old manali village. Manali literally means the ‘Home of Manu’. Manu is the mythological character who is supposed to have survived when the world was drowned in Flood. He then came to Manali and recreated human life. Thus, the area of Manali is sacred and Hindus treat the temples over here as
pilgrimage.Surrounded by towering peaks at an arm length

3.) Vashist Bath Springs (1,982m):
The natural theurpatic sulphur springs form a major tourist attraction in Manali. Temple of Vashist Rishi and Lord Rama add another hole dimension to the scenic sight.At about half an hour’s brisk walking distance from town, there are sulphur springs-gush, hot and medicinal – emerging out of the mountains at Vashisht. Here, in a bath complex with a restaurant and a beautiful view, couples can soak in the privacy of their own sunken bath, warming all kinds of ailments out of their systems.

4.) Jagatsukh (6-kms):It is one of the biggest and heritage villages in Kullu district. About 6-km from Manali, Jagatsukh is famous for its Shiva temple that is built in “shikhara” style and nearby is the old and interesting Devi Gayatri mata temple.

5.) Arjun Gufa (5-kms): A legendary cave near Shuru village renowned for Arjun ‘s’ Tapasya’ to get Pashupati Asthra (weapon) from Lord Indra.
On the left bank of the Beas, 5-km from Manali near the village of Shuru, is the ‘Arjun Gufa’

6.) The Beas Kund:
This place is famous for the Great Vyas Rishi Perfromed ‘Tap’ (meditataion) here during the Mahabharat Kal.
It is ahead of the palchan, the Beas Kund. It is like stone hut shelters the Beas Kund, the very source of the holy river Beas. Water flows at the source of the river like a spring, so clear and icy cold that it almost numbs the fingers. All around is the rocky terrain with very little vegetation. A few mules graze around while all and sundry try to brave the wind on a clear sunny day.

7.) Rohtang Pass (53-kms):
This place is major tourists attraction in Manali palce. Situated about 50 -km from Manali town, at an altitude of 4,111m (13,400 ft.) on the highway Road to Lahaul and spiti valley, is the Rohtang Pass. This pass is open only from June to September.There is a beautiful Dasohar Lake left of the Pass. The Pass, which provides the only access to the Lahaul Valley, is open from June to November each year. Snowfall is, however, unpredictable and blizzards can close the Pass even during this period. Here one sees the majesty of the mountains at its height and splendour. A few km away from the pass is the Sonapani glacier and, slightly to the left are the twin peaks of Gaypan-jagged pyramid of rock, snow streaked and snow crowned.
8.) Rahalla Falls:
This enchating water fall is 16 km from manali on the Rohtang pass road at an altitude of 8,500ft.Approachable by bus,jeep and poney.
9.) Kothi:It is a picturesque camping place at the foot of Rohtang pass(12km) from manali.
10.) Nehru kund:A sparklingly clear cold water spring 6km from Manali on Lahaul and spiti valley road named after late Prime Minister Pt. Jwahar Lal Nehru who was a regular visitor to this area.
11.) Mountaineering Institute (2.5Km)
The Mountaineering Institute located at Manali provides training facilities for basic and advance climbing both for Indian nationals and foreigners. This institute also conducts other adventurous sports activities like high altitude trekking, minor mountaineering, rock-climbing, skiing, and high altitude rescue and relief courses. The institute has sufficient lodging and boarding arrangements and equipment can be hired for trekking purposes
12.) Solang Valley: (13km)The valley 13 km from Manali offers splendid view fo glaciers and snow clad mountain peaks with excellent skiing slopes and others adventure activites.
13.) Monastery:
A place having a rare display of Tibetan handicraft & hand woven colourful carpets with exotic designs.
14.) Marhi :- ( 39 km. )
It is 15 km. short of the 13,050 feet high Rohatang Pass on the Lahaul and spiti valley road lies one of the most picturesque places in Manali region .
15.)Club House : (2km) It is situated 2 kms. from the town, club house. It is famous for indoor games facilities local shopping mall. It is located on the left bank of Manalsu Nallah near old manali.
16.) Nagar Castle:
Naggar castle is famous for the Roerich art gallery. Its is 20km from manali.

Getting there:Air:The nearest airport to kullu Manali is that of Bhuntar, which is 52-km from Manali. From Bhuntar one can take a taxi or a bus to Manali.
Rail: The nearest railhead is that of and this narrow gauze railway station is 135-km jogindernagar from Kullu. The scenic beauty of Kullu while going to Manali can best be enjoyed on a bus or a taxi. It is better to take a taxi, which one can stop and enjoy the nature at will.

Road:The road to Manali passes through the picturesque valley of Kullu. Manali connect the town with other major tourist places in Himachal as well as in the nearby states. At the Manali bus stand there are two booths, which do computerised reservation for buses. The reservations can be made one month in advance. Both private and state government buses are in service over here.

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