Located at an elevation of 1, 950 m in the river valley of the river Beas, this is one of the well known hill stations in India. This city is a part of the state of Himachal Pradesh. The snow covered peaks of this area attracts people from all over the country as well as abroad.

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Blessed with the beauty of nature, this place is among the favorite tourist spots of the Indian citizens, especially during summer season. The picturesque hill stations of this region even include the famous trekking routes of Beas Kund and Chandrakhani Pass. Apart from trekking, the place even provides option for different kinds of adventure sports like paragliding, rock climbing etc.

Culture of Manali

Manali has rich cultural legacy and has an unique socio-cultural life style. There are several indigenous inhabitants in the region. But the most prominent indigenous local inhabitant of the valley is from Kinnaur community. Since is home to different tribes, different language are spoken here. But mostly people speak Hindi and Pahari. Some of the popular dishes in this region are Kullu trout, grilled fish, chicken anaardana, kaddu ka khatta to name a few.

Tourist Attractions in Manali

Being a popular hill station of north India, this city has got a number of places of visit. Following are some of the famous and most visited tourist places in and around Manali:

  • Beas Kund: This temple is the place of origination of the Beas River and the shape of it resembles an igloo.
  • Fun Park: This is a kind of amusement park that is based near the Hidimba Temple.
  • Gauri Shankar Temple: Located at the village of Dashal, this temple dates back to the 12th Century. The surrounding of this temple is featured with apple orchards as well as water stream.
  • Hidimba Temple: Devoted to Hidimbi Devi of the Mahabharata, the great Indian epic, this is an age old cave temple. A big rock coming out of the basement of that temple is worshiped as the deity.
  • Maa Sharvari Temple: Based at a nearby distance of around 5 km from the city, this temple houses the image of the Kullu kings' Kuldevi that is a manifestation of Goddess Durga.
  • Rahala Waterfalls: Positioned at 2, 501 m altitude, this beautiful waterfall is situated at an approximate distance of 16 km from the city of Manali.
  • Rohtang Pass: Situated at the height of 3, 979 m from the level of the sea, this is a site of adventure tourism. Being the highest peak of the Manali - Keylong Road, it remains cold and covered with snow throughout the year.
  • Rozy Waterfalls: Cascading from in between the hills, this waterfall located on the route to Rohtang Pass is amazing and worth seeing.
  • Solang Valley: Even called "Snow Point", this place is known for the 3, 00 m ski lift. Apart from that, this picturesque spot offers splendid sights of snow capped mountains and glaciers.
  • Vashist: This is a small village, which is just 3 km away from Manali. This village is famous for being the location of some old rock cut temples as well as the natural water springs. Modernised bathhouses featuring Turkish styled showers have been built there so that the visitors do not experience any inconvenience while taking a bath in the sulphur springs.

Besides the ones mentioned above, the city has got many Buddhist monasteries or shiny gompas that are worth visiting. Even Old Manali is known for housing some orchards. Names of some of the other places of interest within the vicinity of the city are as follows:

  • Enfieldpoint
  • Manali Gompa
  • Manu Maharishi Temple
  • Naggar Castle
  • Nehru Kund
  • Zana Waterfalls

How to Reach Manali

This city of snow capped hills is well linked to the other parts of the country by the following 3 modes of transport:

  • By Air: Kullu Airport, which is located at a distance of around 50 km towards the south of the city, is the nearest airport to Manali. Air India along with some other private airlines operate regular flights from this airport of north India.
  • By Rail: This city can be easily accessible by trains. A number of broad gauge rail lines connect the city to its neighborhood as well as to the rest of the nation. The names and distance of those railheads from Manali are provided in the below mentioned table:

    Sl. No.Railway StationDistance from Manali
    1Chandigarh275 km
    2Kalka310 km
    3Pathankot325 km

    Apart from this, the railway station, which is situated at Joginder Nagar is the nearby narrow gauge rail line from the place.
  • By Road: The National Highway 21 links the region to Chandigarh that in turn gets connected to the capital city of Delhi by the National Highway 1. The distance in between Manali and Chandigarh is 273 km. However, in case you travel to Manali from Delhi, you needs to travel a total road distance of about 521 km.

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Last Updated on: August 26, 2019