Manali Hill Station
Manali is situated in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 2,051 m above sea level. The capital Shimla lies at a distance of 251 km. This is a very old town. Manali is surrounded by snowy peaks. Manali received its name from the Indian mythological character ‘Manu’ who was appointed by Lord Vishnu to recreate human life after a natural calamity.
Manali has a strong religious background. Sages and pilgrims count Manali as a sacred place. The scenic beauty of Manali is breathtaking. Manali is very popular among backpackers. Manali receives cold weather from the mighty Himalayas.
Manali witnesses snowfall during the winter. Heavy woolen clothes are required to fight the winter cold. The monsoon season causes many landslide troubles. The wide valleys and orchards really the soothe the visitor’s eyes. The town is blessed with so many religious places. Manali acts as a famous vacation spot with so many exciting activities in the package.
There are opportunities to explore the valley and indulge in hot “Momos” and buy local jams and preserves and woolen stuff. Adventure sport is also an important facet of Manali, sports like river rafting, skiing paragliding, etc.
Places to Visit in Manali
Gauri Shankar Temple
This 12th-century temple is based at the Dashal village. There are apple orchards and water stream in the vicinity of this temple.
This is an ancient temple with the shape of an igloo. It rests in the origination point of Beas River.
Hidimba Devi is a mythological character from the Mahabharat. In this cave temple, the big natural rock is worshipped as the temple deity.
This Park is situated near Hidimba temple. You can go there to sit and relax.
Rahala Waterfalls is located at an altitude of 2,500 m. The beauty of this waterfall is amazing. The distance from Manali is 16 km.
Rohtang Pass is the hub for many adventure activities. You need to trek to reach this place. It is situated at an elevation of 3,970 m above sea level. Known as the highest peak here, it remains covered in snow all around the year.
Solang valley is often called as ‘Snow Point’. This spot is popular for 3, 00 m ski elevation. This is the best skiing slope of Himachal Pradesh.
Rafting is a great challenging adventure sport. You can push your physical limit and learn about teamwork by participating in this sport. The Beas River of Kullu Valley is Ideal for white water rafting along with Canoeing and Kayaking.
Manali has a reputation for having a few of the best slopes around the world. Skiing season remains throughout the year in Manali. Some slopes like Kothi, Marhi, Solang Nullah, Patalsu, and Rohtang are wonderful to enjoy skiing. National level skiing competitions are held during winters.
Paragliding is a very adrenaline pushing sport. Here one has to run downhill with the help of a parachute. You can hire the required equipment and gear from private organizations. Proper guidance and precaution are needed for this activity. The slopes of Solang Nullah are bet for summer paragliding indulgence.