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Manali Tourism – A Heavenly Place in Itself

The beautiful Manali hill station is located in the heart of Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh. The aesthetic beauty of this picturesque hill station of Manali comes from the surrounding snow covered mountains and dense pinewoods with the ever flowing Beas River. The vast expansion of meadows, small quaint settlements and lovely orchards, give a majestic look to the serene ambiance of Manali. About Kullu Manali’s beauty, it is really hard to describe in few words. One needs to plan for Manali travel to fall in love with the mesmerizing beauty of the valley.
This awe inspiring hill resort in Himachal Pradesh is the holy abode of numerous goddesses and gods, and year around there are colorful festivals, fairs and pretty shrines to be enjoyed. Manali was the home of legendary law fiver of ancient India, Manu. It is in this destination where the ark of Manu found its resting after a great flood. This is why Manali means the abode of Manu, and the whole area of Manali is regarded as sacred and Hindus treat the temples over here as pilgrimage. Today Manali tourism has got remarkable significance in the ethnic culture and tradition of India.

Manali Kullu tourism is famous for its flourishing orchard industry and as it is a popular honeymoon destination, tourists come here year around. Manali tourism is also famous as a trailhead for numerous treks as well as a great countryside ideal for adventure sport lovers. Manali tourism also offers ample opportunities for adventure sport and winter sports. Manali hill station offers outstanding opportunities in mountaineering, trekking and skiing.

Key Manali Tourism Attractions:
Hadimba Temple: One of the prime attractions of Manali Kullu holiday, this splendid temple is located just 3 Km away from the main town. Bounded by the deodar forest, this temple is believed to be constructed in the 16th century. From this four story wooden temple, tourists can have a picturesque view of the entire valley.
Rohtang Pass: Located at the elevation of 3980 meters and 4111 meters above the sea level, Rohtang Pass is truly the most beautiful attractions to visit during your Manali travel. This spot is highest top point on the Manali to Keylong road from where one can enjoy the picturesque view of the snow clad mountains. Here one can even visit the Beas Kund and the picturesque Dasohar Lake.

Gadhan Thekchokling Gompa: This Tibetan monastery is one of the prime attractions of Manali hill station. This monastery is very splendid and amazingly built and is a great example of magnificent architecture which preserves Tibetan culture, literature, arts and handicrafts of the Tibetan peoples.

Manali Sanctuary: Spread over an area of 3,180 hectares, Manali Sanctuary is under the supervision of Punjab Birds and Wild Animals Protection Act, 1933. It is a famous tourist destination in Manali for nature lovers and a treasure - trove for wildlife buffs.

Mountaineering Institute: This famous institute offers training facilities for basic and advance climbing both for Indian nationals and foreigners. Every years, various adventurous sports activities like high altitude trekking, minor mountaineering, rock-climbing, skiing, and high altitude rescue and relief courses are organized by the institute. Tourists come here to hire various equipments for trekking purposes.

Naggar: This is a lovely village located on a serene hill surrounded by forests. During the 16th century, Naggar was the capital of Kullu valley and today the village is home to many century old monuments that define the glory of the past years. Tourists come here to admire the architectural wonders of the past.

Nehru Kund: It is a spring of clear, cold water, named after the late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and is located on the Keylong road, just 6-km from Manali town.

Temple of Manu: It was the temple of Manu that gave this hill station the name of “Manali”. To visit this temple, one has to pass through slippery stones paths to reach this temple. This was the temple where famous sage Many meditated when he came to this picturesque location in Himachal Pradesh.

Solang Valley: Covered by apple orchards and snowy peaks, Solang Valley is also known as the snow-point. It is one of the visited destinations of Manali tourism

Vashisth Village: This village is famous for its sweeping valley views and sumptuous hot-water springs. Tourists during their Manali travel come here to witness the amorphous jumble of traditional timber houses and modern concrete cubes, divided by paved courtyards and narrow muddy lanes.

Accommodation:

A number of accommodation options are available in Manali Kullu town. Tourist can choose from the various ranges that the hotels and lodges offer. There are Budget, Cheap and Luxury hotels and resorts for visitors to choose from.

Food:

Manali offers numerous restaurants and cafes that serve a gastronomical range of domestic and international cuisine. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian items are available. Most of the eateries are located on Mall Road and are open from 8 am till 10 pm.

Shopping:

Different types of handicrafts like famous Kullu caps, carpets, Chinese electronic goods, Chinese clothes, Chinese shoes, traditional jewelry items, Tibet prayer wheels, masks, musical instruments, home-made jams, jellies and dried fruits are the specialties of Manali.

A number of accommodation options are avail

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When to Go & How to Reach

Best Time to Visit:
Though there isn't any specific time that one could define as the best for planning Manali travel, however the peak tourist season is from the month of May to October. How to Get There:
By Air: The nearest airport from Manali is Bhuntar, located around 52-km away from Manali hill station. Taxis and buses are easily available from Bhuntar for Manali.
By Rail: The closest railhead is in Joginder Nagar which is the narrow gauge railhead. The nearest broad gauge railhead is at Chandigarh located around 315 km away from Manali.
By Road: The Manali hill station is connected by NH-21 to Delhi. This is world's highest motor-able road and same road goes to Leh.