day, Varvasvata, the seventh incarnation of Manu found a tiny fish in
his bathing water. The fish told him to look after it with devotion as
one day it would do him a great service. The seventh Manu cared for the
fish till the day it grew so huge that he released it into the sea.
Before departing, the fish warned Manu of an impending deluge when the
entire world would be submerged and bade him to build a sea worthy ark.
When the flood came, Varvasvata and seven sages were towed to safety by
Matsya, the fish which is regarded as first avatar of Lord Vishnu. As
the water subsided the seventh Manu's ark came to the rest on a hill
side and the place was named Manali (2050 m) after him.
As the flood slowly dried, here arose a place of breath- taking natural
beauty which was only appropriate at Manali that life began again. Today
this legendary cradle of all human kind is a prime holiday destination.
There are high mountains surrounded by snow and deep boulder strewn
gorges. There are thick forests full of cool breeze and bird songs.
There are fields of wild flowers, small picturesque hamlets and fruit
ACCESS: The airport at Bhunter is 50 km from Manali where taxis
and buses are available. The closest narrow gauge railhead is at
Joginder Nagar, 165 km away. The closest broad gauge rail heads are
Chandigarh (310 km) and Ambala (355 km). By road the distance from Delhi
is 570 km and from Shimla the distance is 280 km. From Delhi, there is a
regular HPTDC Luxury and Volvo Coach to Manali. HPTDC runs Luxury coach
from Shimla to Manali in tourist season.
CLIMATE: In winter, the temperature can drop to below freezing
point when heavy woolens are required. Summer temperature are mild and
light woolens / cottons are recommended.
THE LOG HUTS & HAMTA COTTAGES: For sheer luxury, nothing in
Manali can surpass HPTDC Log Huts. Here is a blend of rustic charm and
modern comfort. About 2 km away from Manali, the Log Huts and Hamta
Cottages are set in glorious surroundings with the best view of the snow
- Each Log Hut has
two double bed rooms, a living room with dining area and a fully
equipped kitchen. The bedrooms have attached baths with running hot
and cold water
- Each Hamta Cottage
has one double bedroom, a living room and a kitchen. Each Cottage
has attached baths with running hot and cold water. These cottages
are specially recommended for honeymoon couples.
Television in Log Hut. No television facility in Hamta Huts.
- Room service.
- Laundry and
- Parking within
- Taxis on hire.
- Doctor on call.
MasterCard / Visa Credit Cards accepted