Manali is a small town in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. It lies at an altitude of 2,050 km on the banks of Beas River. It is a known tourist spot in India where international and local citizens come down to explore its natural beauty along with adventure and thrilling fun.
Let us explore the best landmarks of Manali:
Hidimba Devi Temple
The best tourist spot in Manali is Hidimba Devi temple. It is one of the ancient templates of North India. This temple has a cave architecture built in the 15th century. The temple is devoted to Hidimba Devi, wife of the strongest and giant Pandavas “Bhima.” The whitewashed base, mud-covered stonework, carved wooden doors, and perfectly crafted roof enhances its beauty. The cedar forest background around Hidimba Devi temple makes the scene incredible.
Soland Valley is a canal which lies between Solang (a village) and Beas Kund. It is only 14-kms away from Manali. Cold weather, white snow blanket, and glaciers attract tourists towards Solang valley. A visit to Soland Valley will make you feel special; you can create snow toys, enjoy skiing, snow throwing with family and partner.
During the summer season, you can enjoy horse riding, paragliding, and Zorbing, and parachute ride at Soland Valley.
If you love adventures, bike riding, and thrilling actions, then you should visit Rohtang Pass during your Manali trip. Rohtang Pass is 51 km far from Manali and situated at 3979 meters above sea level. This pass opens for six months a year between May-October for motor vehicle journey.
Every year, thousands of tourists reach Manali to enjoy adventures at Rohtang Pass. They enjoy snow scooter riding, skiing, and mountain biking along with capturing awesome natural moments like glaciers, huge peaks along with Chandra River flowing into the Lahaul valley.
Bijli Mahadev is a Lord Shiva template in Manali situated at 7500 ft. It is one of the mysterious temples of the world. According to local Kullu natives, Vashistha Muni urged Lord Shiva to control the lightning to save the world from destruction and Lord Shiva accepted his prayers and controlled it. For marking this incident, a temple was constructed on this site known as “Bijli Mahadev.”
The temple is about 50 km away from Manali and takes 90-100 minutes to reach. The journey to the temple includes 3-km Manhat mountain foot trekking.
Great Himalaya National Park
With Great Himalaya National Park in the vicinity, there is a lot to explore in Manali. One of the incredible and eye-catching spots around Manali is the Great Himalayan National Park. This national park covers 1,171 km area and homes a wide variety of Flora and Fauna. Around 375 Fauna species have been identified here including birds, mammals, amphibian, annelids, insects, reptiles, and mollusks. It is a home place of rare Himalayan Brown Bear, Blue Sheep, Wild Goat, Snow Leopard, Himalayan Tahr, Musk Deer, Barking Deer, Goral, and Black Bear, etc.
Brighu Lake is a spot near Manali situated at 4235 meters altitude above sea-level. It is located in the east of Rohtang Pass and the best destination for photographers. Snow capped mountains, icy weather and floating clouds create an awesome scene that brings happiness, cheers, and a big smile.