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Manali Tourism

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Manali, in Himachal Pradesh is located at an altitude of 2050 m, is situated along the banks of the Beas, close to the Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley. Manali derieved its name from Manavalaya that means home of Manu. According to mythology, Manu is a significant character that survived when the world was drowned in a flood, he recreated human life in Manali. Thus the place is considered sacred for pilgrimage and has many temples.

Traveller's Delight:
Manali presents a wonderous canvass to the traveller. Its picturesque hillside, gurgling streams, snocapped peaks exhibit sheer magic. This place is quite popular for adventure sports like skiing, hiking, mountaineering, paragliding, rafting, trekking, kayaking, and mountain biking. Manali is the centre of a flourished orchard industry, apple growing has been the mainstay of the local economy.

The place gives you ample opportunity to experience the local beauty in Manali's temples, quaint villages, festive mood of the people, their colorful clothes and handicrafts and to encounter adventure on the trekking trails.

Popular Sites:

Hadimba Temple
Hadimba Temple
This famous temple enshrines the footprints of the goddess Hadimba. Hadimba was the wife of Bhima, one of the five great Pandava brothers of the Mahabharata, and later became the patron goddess of the Kulu royal family. Incepted in 1553, this is built around a natural cave.
Manu Temple
Manu Temple
Across the Manalsu river is the original village of Manali, that houses the ancient temple of the sage Manu. Manali itself is named after Manu, who is said to have dwelt here.

» Solang Valley: Around 14 kms from Manali, is the Solang valley, that boasts of the glacier nearest to the resort. Replete with terrific picnic - spots, the amazing ski slopes here are full of hectic activity, come January - February.

» Monasteries : Manali also houses three Tibetan monasteries, that have been built recently.
Rohtang Pass

Excursion Adventure:
» Rohtang Pass: Located at a height of 3980 m, the Pass once served as a crucial trade route, and still remains the gateway to the districts of Lahaul and Spiti.The Pass is open from June to November each year, and provides wonderful views of the entire surroundings.

» Arjun Gufa : Five kms from Manali near the village of Prini is the Arjun Gufa, Arjuna's cave. Arjuna, one of the Pandava brothers, is believed to have performed his penance here.

» Trekking :There are number of interesting trekking possibilities out of Manali or from the nearby villages of Jagatsukh or Nagar, or from Manikaran in the Parbatti Valley. There is a Mountaineering Institute, which offers training courses to organised groups. The institute staff will offer expert advice to trekkers. There are several agencies which can assist with the hiring of staff.
Shopper's Paradise :
The Kullu topis or caps are the most famous of all the items. The Tibetan curios are other specialty of Manali. Manali's woolen goods can be good souvenirs. Buddhist artefacts are very popular such as prayer wheels, amulets, dorjes (thunderbolts), masks, musical instruments and thangkas. Handicrafts can be purchased from the Main Market, New Shopping Centre, Tibetan bazaar and Tibetan Carpet Centre. The government shop on the Mall also has good collection. For shawls, Bhutico, Himachal Handicrafts at Circuit House Road, and NAC Market can be visited.

Climatic Condition :
Winters: Maximum temperature is 15 degree with a minimum of 3 degree, when heavy woolens are required. Summer: maximum temperature hovers around 25 degree Celsius and minimum temperature 12 degree. Summer temperatures are mild and light woolens/cottons are recommended.
Travel connectivity:
The hill resort of Manali is well connected with the other important cities of India through air, road and rail.
» Airway : The airport at Bhuntar is the nearest. There are other regular flights from Delhi. Shimla, Chandigarh and other cities that offer easy commuting to Manali.
» Railway : The nearest narrow gauge railhead is at Jogindernagar (135 km). The nearest broad gauge raiheads are at Chandigarh (310 km), and Ambala (355 km).
» Roadway : The distance from Delhi via Mandi is 585 km, and from Simla the distance is 270 km. From Simla, Chandigarh and Delhi, luxury buses run by Himachal Tourism regularly ply to Manali.

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