|40 kms. away from Kulu to the
north, Manali is situated near the end of the valley on the National Highway leading to
Leh. The landscape here is breath taking. One sees well-defined snow capped peaks, the
Beas river with its clear water meanders through the town. On the other side are deodar
and pine trees, tiny fields and fruit orchards. It is an excellent place for a holiday, a
favorite resort for trekkers to Lahaul, Spiti, Kinnaur, Leh and Zanskar regions in Kashmir
valley. It is known as the SWITZERLAND OF INDIA.
Manali is Situated
at the northen end of the Kullu Valley, Manali has spectacular views of snowcapped peaks
and wooded slopes. The Beas rushes along its rocky course amid grassy meadows carpeted
with wild flowers and wagtails hop along from stone to stone along the stream's edge.
There are marvellous walks too, through dappled orchards and fairy-tale forests of deodar.
The Manali market is
crowded with myriads of interesting shops selling Tibetan carpets and crafts and the
appetizing aroma of steaming noodles hangs about the little restaurants. 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 trekking enthusiasts.