Manali


     
   
 
Manali lies 40 kilometers away from Kulu town, in the picturesque Kulu Valley of Himachal Pradesh, India. The Beas river runs through the town, and majestic snow capped Himalayan peaks surround it. The pine trees and fruit orchards of Manali lend a charming atmosphere to the town, and have made it a hit with trekkers, nature lovers and honeymooners.

Tourist Attractions in Manali
Hadimba Temple, 3 kilometers from the Manali Tourist Bureau, is a beautiful pagoda style temple dedicated to Hadimba, wife of Bhim, one of the principle characters of the epic Mahabharata. Manu Temple lies 3 kilometers from Manali's main marketplace. It is dedicated to Manu, who is the originator of the human race according to Hindu mythology. The Mountaineering and Allied Sports Institute, 3 kilometers away from Manali town, provides training in mountaineering and rock climbing. Due to its large Tibetan refugee population, there are many Tibetan Buddhist temples and monasteries in and around Manali. Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa is a Tibetan temple near Manali market. Built by the Tibetan refugees fleeing from Chinese occupation of Tibet, this colorfully decorated temple has names of Tibetans martyrs inscribed on its walls.

Nearby Attractions
Nehru Kund, 5 kilometers away on the Leh-Manali Highway, was named in honor of Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first Prime Minister. The village of Vashisth, 3 kilometers away from Manali, is known for its hot water springs, heated by the lava deep inside the core of the earth. The hot spring water is channeled into Turkish baths and sulphur spring baths nearby. Solang Village, 15 kilometers away, is popular with skiers. The slopes of varied inclines provide skiing opportunities to both novice and expert skiers. There is ski lift and guesthouse put up by the Mountaineering Institute. Rahala lies 15 kilometers away from Manali en route Rohtang Pass. The gushing waterfalls at Rahala should not be missed. The spectacular Rohtang Pass, 50 kilometers away from Manali, is the access to the hauntingly beautiful, rocky, high altitude terrain of Lahaul and Spiti valley.

How to Reach Manali
Air
Kullu airport is the nearest airport, with regular flights from Delhi.

Trains
The nearest railheads are at Pathankot, Shimla and Chandigarh. Tour vans and taxis can then be hired for ferrying passengers to Manali. The state government also provides regular bus service to Manali.

Road
Bus service from Delhi, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Ambala and Chandigarh till Shimla. From Pathankot and Chandigarh, there are direct buses to Manali.
   
   
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