Delhi to Manali Weekend Gateways
Often referred as “Queen of Hills” Manali is situated in Kullu valley in Himachal Pradesh. It’s one of the popular hill stations situated at a height of 2050 m in Himalayas. Manali is also known as “The Valley of Gods”. Manali derived its name from a mythology attached with it. It is believed that Manali is the city of Manu, who is supposed to have survived when the world was drowned in Flood. He then came to Manali and recreated human life.
Manali is a very popular honeymoon destination situated bear beas river. Its snow covered peaks and forests make it a perfect romantic destination for couples. Manali is also famous for trekking, mountaineering in summer and skiing in winter.
Manali is 550 Km from Delhi, and is often chosen as weekend break from Delhi.
Sightseeing Places in Manali
* Hadimba Temple (Dhoongri Temple) : This temple was built in 1533 AD, dedicated to Goddess Hadimba and Bhim of Mahabharata. Architecture of this temple is pagoda shaped roof and amazingly carved doorway. Temple is located in the middle of deodar forest.
* Manu Temple : This temple is dedicated to Manu Rishi and this is the only temple of Manu in India. Manu is believed to be the one who originated Human race on earth.
* Tibetan Monasteries : Other famous attraction of Manali is its Tibetan Monasteries and their flea markets. Tourists can buy Tibetan handicrafts like carpers and tankha paintings from these monasteries. Some of the famous monasteries are The Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa and Nyingamapa Gompa.
* Vashisht Hot Water Springs & Temples : This place is situated around 3 KMs away from the city. Main attraction is two stone temples standing opposite to each other, one of Vashisht rishi and other of Lord Rama, and natural hot sulphur springs with separate bathing tanks for men and women.
* Nehru Kund : This is a clear cold water spring originated from Brigu Lake. India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru always drank water from this spring during his stay in Manali, that’s why it is called Nehru Kund. It is 6 KM away from Manali.
Places nearby Manali
* Rohtang Pass : Rohtang pass is 51 KMs away from Manali, situated on Manali-Leh highway. This pass is open from June to October. Rohtang Pass is full of spectacular views of glaciers, peaks and Chandra River. It is gateway for Lahaul Spiti, Pangi and Leh Valley.
* Rahala Waterfalls : 16 Kms away from Manali. This waterfall is situated on the way to Rohtang Pass. This is a perfect picnic sopt while you are on a trip to Manali, sight of waterfall is amazingly beautiful.
* Solang Nullah : Best skiing slopes in Himachal, situated in Solan Valley, 14 Kms from Manali. This ski slope is maintained by mountaineering and Allied Sports Institute.
How to Reach Manali
* By Air : Nearest airport is Bhuntar Airport in Kullu, 50 KMs. Jagson Airlines, Air Deccan Airlines and Indian Airlines have flights to Bhuntar Airport from Delhi.
* By Rail : Nearest railway stations are Chandigarh (310 KMs) and Ambala (355) KMs.
* By Road : Manali is 550 KMs away from Delhi. Deluxe Volvos and HRTC buses are available for this journey.
Hotels in Manali
Some of the best hotels and resorts are available in Manali. Accommodation options ranges from star hotels to guest houses and budget hotels and resorts.
* Snow Valley Resorts
* Apple Country Hotel
* Holiday Inn
* Honeymoon Inn
* Sarthak Resorts
* Park Inn
* Hotel Silmog Gardens