Manali | Kullu Manali

Manali is undoubtedly a significant hill station in high altitude of Himachal Pradesh, India, close to the northern end of the Kullu Valley. Manali is usually a favorite holidaymaker location for Indians in summer months as well as a miraculous, snow-covered location in the winter season. A staging place for several treks (Beas Kund, Chandrakhani Pass) and also sports activities for example white-water rafting, Manali is also on the way to Ladakh through the valley of Lahaul and Spiti and rohtang pass which is major interest near manali.

Manali Weather

The local weather in Manali is usually cold during winters, and slightly cool throughout summer season. Temperatures vary from 4 °C to 30 °C over the calendar year. The average temperature during summertime is between 14 °C and 20 °C , and between -7 °C and 10 °C in winter months.
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How To Reach

By Air : Nearest airport is Bhuntar Airport Kullu which is 40 Kms from Manali. Flights options are

Kingfisher Airlines
IT 4357 Delhi – Kulu 0605 Departure 0720 Arrival
IT 4358 Kulu – Delhi 0750 Departure 0910 Arrival

Cost : Approx Rs 10700 per person return journey

Indian Airlines

AI 9805 Delhi – Kulu 0645 Departure 0805 Arrival
AI 9806 Kulu – Delhi 0825 Departure 0945 Arrival

Cost : Approx Rs 7300 per person for return journey

By Road : Manali is well connected by road with Delhi, Ambala, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Haridwar, Shimla, Dharamsala and Chamba/Dalhousie. Regular buses ply between these stations. It is connected with Leh during July to October.

Delhi to Manali is 585 km & journy duration is 4 hrs. Himachal tourism operates Volvo buses for Manali and you can get the information from http://hptdc.nic.in/bus.htm

Volvo A/C bus departs from Delhi at 0630 PM and cost is Rs 1200 per person for one way

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Places of Interest

Hadimba Temple(1 km)

Hadimba Temple in Manali or alternatively Dhungiri temple in Manali are probably the most significant temples around the area. This four story wooden temple is situated in the center of a woodland referred to as Dhungiri Van Vihar. Belonging to the name of the forest parkland this temple gets its name. This temple was built in 1553 having a superbly crafted four tiered pagoda roof, it is widely recognized for its exceptionally carved doorway.

Manu Temple(2 km)

Located in the old Manali region, this might be the sole temple of Manu found in India. The oily pebbled sand stone trails that lead to the temple premises is extremely fascinating. The tranquil and peaceful natural environment of this holy location fill the thoughts of the devotees with divine delight.

Hot Water Springs

Vashist Hot Water Spring (6 km): It is located well above the river Beas. The hot water springs that come out of the granitic deposits cover a huge part of the Himalayas in this area. The temperature in these hot water springs vary between 110 degree Fahrenheit and 123 degree Fahrenheit. There are old temples dedicated to the sage Vashisth and to Lord Raot ma.

Manikaran Hot Spring (85 Km) : The spring is situaated near the bank of Parbati river. The springs at Manikaran come out to surface with pressure and are hot enough to boil rice and daal.It is good for trout fishing.

The healing properties of the Manikaran Springs are well known all over the country. Pigrims come here for the cure of their ailments. Rheumatism and muscular pains are said to cured very fast by taking bath in the water.

Monasteries

The monasteries are rich in preserving the culture of the Tibetan people. The literature and the handicrafts of the people of Tibet are preserved in the Tibetan monasteries in Manali.

The Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa is situated near the Mall in Manali. The monastery is run by the local people who gather funds through donations. The unique feature of the monastery is the handicrafts of Tibetan artistry and the carpets that are woven and sold in the monastery.

The Himalayan Nyingamapa Gompa is situated near the market place in Manali. The architecture of this monastery replicates a more modern style than the earlier one.

Jagatsukh

Jagatsukh, the erstwhile capital of Kullu,is one of the biggest vilages in Kullu District, Himachal Pradesh.

The place is famous for the very old the temples, in the village, particularly the Shiva Temple in Shikhara style and nearby old and interesting Devi Sharvali ,temple. Around Jagatsukkh you can visit Gaurishankar Temple, Manu Temple, Largi and Sharvali Devi Temple.

Arjun Gufa (5 km)

It is located near the village of Prini, is the ‘Arjun Gufa’ or the cave of Arjuna. The Arjuna Gufa is linked to the legend of Mahabharata.. There is a prevalent belief that Arjuna, one of the Pandava brothers, performed his penance and meditated as a result of which he succeeded in acquiring the Pashupata Ashtra or the weapon from the Hindu Lord Indra. It is because of this belief that the Arjuna Gufa or the Cave of Arjuna got its name.

Nehru Kund (6 km)

A natural spring of cold clear water named after Pt. Jwahar Lal Nehru, who used to drink water from this spring during his stay in Manali. This spring is believed to originate from the Bhrigu lake situated high-up in the mountains.

Manali Sanctury (2 km)

The Manali Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary in Himachal Pradesh in northern India. The sanctuary starts about 2 km from Manali. It is the catchment of Manalsu khad. A path from Manali log huts and Dhungri temple passes through dense Deodar, Kail, Horse chestnut, Walnut and Maple forests. Musk deer, Monal and Brown bear, Leopard and Snow leopard are some of the common animals seen here. Herds of Ibex are seen migrating in the glacier zone in summers. The area of the sanctuary is about 31.8 square kilometres.

Rahala Waterfalls (16 km)

At the start of the climb to the Rohtang Pass, are the beautiful Rahala Falls at an altitude of 2,501 m.

The picturesque Rahala Falls is a result of spilling water from steep rocks and melting glaciers. It provides an excellent view of the nature around. The entire area is also characterised by the forest of deodar, silver birch trees and fresh and aromatic air.

Solang Valley (14 km)

The Solang valley in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh is a place where one can celebrate peace amidst the snow capped peaks and the lush greenery of the dense forests. The serene atmosphere created by the vastness of the azure sky, the ravishing beauty of the green valleys and the snow lining on the distant peaks can make one feel the pleasure of being in a heaven abode. The winter skiing festival is organised here. Training in skiing is imparted at this place.

Rohtang Pass (51 km)

The Rohtang Pass is the only entrance to Lahaul Spiti . Situated at an altitude of 4111 m on the highway, this is one of the major Manali tourist attractions, for those who love to indulge in trekking.

The pass is open from June to October each year although trekkers can cross it earlier. It is a gateway to Lahaul Spiti, Pangi and Leh valley just as Zojila pass is a gatway to Ladakh. There are a beautiful sight of glaciers, peaks and Chandra river flows down in the Lahaul valley. Slightly to the left are the twin peaks of the Geypan. During summer(mid June to October) regular buses ply between Manali-Keylong/Darcha, Udaipur, Spiti and Leh. Rohtang Pass is best visitable between May/June to October/November.

Manali | Kullu Manali