If someone asks me to mention one of the most exciting places in India, I would definitely name it ‘Manali’. It is a hill station that resides in the mountains of the Indian states of Himachal Pradesh. It is near the northern end of Kullu Valley in the district of Kullu. This beautiful place is environed by high peaks rising from the green basin of the Beas River. The mountains will attract you from all directions, just like a magnet! Rock climbers come here to explore the bohemian villages around the main town, adventurers come to enjoy trekking, mountain biking, canyoning, paragliding, rafting, skiing, and what not! People from neighboring countries or honeymooners come here to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of these cool mountains and the snow fall.
‘Manali’ was named after the Sanatan Hindu lawgiver Manu. People say that its previous name was ‘Manu-Alaya’ which means ‘the house of Manu’. Manali is also referred to as the ‘Valley of the Gods’. Tourism in Manali is booming especially after the rise of militancy in Kashmir during the late 1980s.
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There are lots of places with scenic beauty as well as historical significance. I would definitely recommend you to pay a visit to this place, at least once in your life!
It is an ancient mandir made with wood and stone. Hadimba Temple is located at 2km west of the central Manali and stands in the glade of the cedar forest. If you ever visit the temple, must see its architectural beauty! You will find a wooden doorway gorgeously carved with figures of Gods, animals, and dancers. The outside wall contains antlers and ibex horns.
Old Manali is located about 2km northwest of the Mall on the distant side of the Manalsu Nala steam. You will still get the flavor of an Indian mountain village if you get past the travelers zone. You will be able to enjoy their ancient yet beautifully crafted houses built with wood and stone.
Manu Maharishi Temple
Legend days, Manu Maharishi Temple is situated at such a place where the creator of this civilization landed after that devastating flood. Its premises is carefully designed and you will be amazed while walking along its greasy pebbled sandstone pathway. The tranquility and peaceful silence of this place can fill your mind with divine pleasure.
The natural park is sandwiched between the center and Old Manali. So, if you take this route to travel from center Manali to Old Manali, this woodland of lofty deodars will leave no stones unturned to amaze you!
Museum of Himachal Culture & Folk Art
It is situated just opposite to the Hadimba Temple. This museum has an enriched collation of religious relics, age-old instruments, weapons, architectural woodworks, household objects and some beautiful scale models of Himachal Temples.
There is a sacred tree in Manali which amazes me a lot. Actually, people worship this tree as the consider this tree as the embodiment of the warrior son of Hadimba and Bhima, Gatothkach. Villagers offer knives, goat horns, and tiny effigies of animals to that tree and worship it. It’s worth watching!
Himalayan Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple
It is one of the most famous Buddhist monasteries of Manali. You can pay a visit to this place to see the large statue of the historical Lord Buddha, Sakyamuni, and some fantastic wall paintings. The top of this temple is yellow colored and it’s shaped in the structure of a Pagoda.
Manali, which was once a rustic village, has now become a booming tourist spot with more than 800 hotels and guesthouses in the town as well as its neighborhood. Tourists make crowd from mid-April to mid-July, mid-September to mid-October, and during the Christmas. It is an adorable place for the newly married couples as well.
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