TEMPLE: Manali has many attractions but the chief centre of interest,
historically and archeologically, is undoubtedly the DHOONGRI TEMPLE dedicated to goddess
Hadimba, the Bhim of Mahabharat fame. It has four-tiered Pagoda shaped roof and the
doorway is carved with legendary figures and symbols. This temple located amidst wooden
forest of deodar is about 2.5 kms. from the tourist office. It is a pleasant experience to
stroll in the temple complex which was built in 1533 A.D. A large festival is held here in
MANU TEMPLE: 3 kms. from the main bazar in old Manali
lies the temple of MANU RISHI. It is believed that this is the only temple of Manu in
India, who was the creator of human race on the earth.
HOUSE: 2 kms. from the town, club house has indoor games facilities which has
been located on the left bank of Manalsu Nallah. There are some picnic spots near it.
TIBETAN MONASTERIES: There are 3 newly constructed
colorful monasteries, where visitors can buy carpets and other Tibetan handicrafts. Two
are located in the town and one at Aleo on the left bank of Beas river.
MOUNTAINEERING INSTITUTE: Located 3 kms. on the left bank
of river Beas towards Kulu. This Institute organises basic & advance training courses,
in trekking, mountaineering, skiing and water sports. Skiing and trekking equipments can
be hired from here by booking in advance. Tourists can visit an interesting showroom here.
VASHIST HOT WATER SPRINGS AND TEMPLE (3 kms): Vashist, a
small village located on the left bank of river Beas towards Rohtang pass is worth a
visit. It is renowned for its hot springs and temples. Nearby is the pyramidal stone
temple dedicated to Vashist Muni. There is another Temple of Lord Ram here. Natural hot
sulphur springs with two separate bathing tanks for gents and ladies are always full of
tourists. Turkish style showers fitted baths have also been built nearby. Hot water from
the nearby spring is provided for bathing.
NEHRU KUND: 5 kms. on
National Highway to Leh,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.
SOLANG VALLEY: 13 kms. is a splendid valley between
Solang village and Beas Kund. 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. Located here is a hut and guest house of the Mountaineering
and Allied sports Institute, Manali. Now a few hotels have also come up. The winter skiing
festival is organised here. Training in skiing is imparted at this place.
KOTHI: Situated on the road to Rohtang pass, a
picturesque spot, Kothi is 12kms. from Manali. A PWD rest house is situated on a ridge
overlooking a narrow valley with a very good view of mountains and valleys. Large number
of films (movies) have been picturised at this place and is the ideal resting resorts of
poets, writers and the lovers of peaceful environs.
WATER FALLS: 16 kms. on way to Rohtang pass. If one goes to Marhi on foot from
Kothi from the old road, the sight of the falls is fascinating. It is a good picnic spot
ROHTANG PASS (3979 m): Rohtang pass is 51kms. from Manali on
highway to Keylong/Leh. It offers a panorama and spectacular mountain view. 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.
ARJUN GUFA(CAVE): 4kms. from Manali towards Naggar, the
cave is situated near Prini village 1km. above the road where Arjun had meditated. This is
good 1/2 a day excursion with charming view of the brilliant mountains.
JAGATSUKH: 6 kms. from Manali located on the left bank on
Beas on the road to Naggar. The place is famous for very old temples of Lord Shiva and
Sandhya Gayatri in Shikhara style, these are worth a visit.