#1 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 13.5 km from Kullu, 14 km from Naggar and 27 km from Manali, Raison is a small cluster of villages on the banks of Beas River which has vast camping grounds maintained by Himachal Pradesh Tourism. It is one of the top adventure destination in Himachal and also a top rafting destination in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Rafting in Raison is one of the top things to do in Kullu & Manali.
Situated at an altitude of 1433 m, Raison is well known for its camping sites and white-water river rafting. Numerous apple orchards and fruit gardens of plums and apricots add to the natural beauty of the place. Apart from the nature, Raison is famous for adventure activities like rafting, trekking, mountain climbing and river crossing etc.
By the end of the winter season, in the month of March, the whole region becomes colorful with blooming flowers. This place is also famous as rural centre of AIIMS where summer camps for various .....
Distance (From Manali): 27 Kms
Trip Duration (From Manali - Including Travel): 4 Hours/Half Day
Nature | Pilgrimage
#2 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 42 km from Kullu, 61 km from Naggar and 80 km from Manali, Manikaran is located in Parvati Valley between the rivers Beas and Parvati in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. It lies at an altitude of 1760 m. Manikaran is famous for hot water springs, Ramchandra Temple and a Gurudwara. It is a top pilgrimage site and among the best Kullu & Manali tourist places.
According to legend, Manikaran is associated with Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Once while roaming through the valley, Shiva and Parvati came across the place called Manikaran and they decided to stay for some time. During their stay here, Goddess Parvati lost her Mani (precious stones) in the waters of a stream. Upset over the loss, she asked Shiva to retrieve it. Lord Shiva commanded his attendant to find the Mani for Parvati. However, when they failed he was extremely angry. He opened .....
Distance (From Manali): 80 Kms
Trip Duration (From Manali - Including Travel): Full Day
Adventure | Waterfall
#3 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 4 Km from Vashisht Temple and 7.5 Km from Manali Bus Stand, Jogini or Jogni Falls is a beautiful waterfall situated near Vashisht Village in Himachal Pradesh. The fall is formed by a stream which is merged in to Beas River in the downstream. The waterfall can be reached by trekking from Vashisht Temple. It is among popular places to visit in Manali and also one of the famous Places to visit in Himachal. This is one of the top attractions you must include in Manali Packages.
Jogini Falls is situated on the Northern edge of Vashisht Village & mark the village boundary. The waterfall cascades down from a height of around 150 feet through multiple levels. There is a small pool at the base formed by the fall and visitors can take a plunge in the water and spend some time. The flow of the water is heaving .....
Nature | Pilgrimage
#4 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 2 km from Manali Bus Stand, Hidimbi Devi Temple also known as the Dhungri Temple is an ancient cave temple dedicated to Hidimbi Devi. Located in the middle of dense forest Called Dhungri Van Vihar and from the name of the forest only the temple drives its name. Hidimbi Devi Temple is of the top places to visit in Manali which was built in 1553 by Raja Bahadur Singh.
The temple is dedicated to Hidimbi Devi, sister of Hidimba and wife of Bhima, one of the Pandavas from Mahabharata epic. According to the legend, the Pandavas stayed in Himachal during their exile. One of the brothers Bhima fell in love with Hidimbi, the sister of the ruler Hidimba. Bhima and Hidimbi had a son but when Bhima and the Pandavas returned from exile she stayed back and performance penance and attained the status of goddess.
The Hidimbi Devi temple is 24 meters tall and consists of three square roofs with timber .....
Heritage | Pilgrimage
#5 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 3 km from Manali Bus Stand, Manu Temple dedicated to the Indian sage Manu is located at old Manali. Manali is named after the sage Manu who was the creator of human race on earth according to mythology and it is believed that he meditated here. This is supposed to be the only temple of Manu in India. Manu Temple is one of the best Manali tourist places.
Travellers can enjoy a beautiful view of the surrounding hills and river Beas from the temple. Lying in the congested locality of old Manali, the temple is often visited by the tourists who arrive from different parts of the world.
Manu Temple was built in pagoda style of architecture. The temple was rebuilt in the year 1992, when the vaulted ceiling and marble floors were added. One can find various artifacts along with the idols of gods and goddesses in different postures in this temple.
#6 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 20 km from Manali Bus Stand and 22 km from the Kullu Bus Stand, The Naggar Castle is a famous castle located in Naggar. It is one of the best places to visit in Manali. The Castle overlooks the Kullu Valley. From the castle one could see the far off snow-covered peaks, the delightful Beas valley below and the lush green hill sides dotted with apple orchards. This is another popular attraction not to miss in a Manali tour package.
The Naggar Castle is a magnificent historical structure. The castle was built by Raja Sidhi Singh in 1460 AD in an impressive combination of European and Himalayan architecture. The castle has traditional architecture called Kathkooni, which uses a combination of stones and wooden beams.
The Naggar Castle was used as a Royal residence and state head quarter until .....
#7 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 52 km from Manali Bus Stand, 43 km from Solang Valley and 16.5 km from Marhi, The Rohtang Pass is located on Manali - Leh Highway (NH-21) at an altitude of 4111 m (13,400 ft). It is one of the most popular tourist places to visit in Manali and also one of the top places to visit in Manali as part of Himachal packages. It is the best place to experience snow in summer season and famous place for adventure sports in Himachal state.
Rohtang Pass is a high mountain pass on the eastern Pir Pangal Range of the Himalayas. It is a gateway to Lahaul, Spiti, Pangi and Leh valley just as Zojila pass is a gateway to Ladakh. There is a beautiful sight of glaciers, peaks and Chandra River flows down in the Lahaul valley. The pass is on the watershed between the water basins of the Chenab River and the Beas .....
Adventure | Nature
#8 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 12 km from Manali Bus Stand, 2.5 km from Solang Village and 8 km from Burwa, Solang Valley locally known as Solang is one of the most famous tourist places in Manali and it is a well known Tourist places in Himachal for skiing, mountaineering and trekking activities.
Solang Valley is situated between Solang village and Beas Kund. It offers panoramic views of the surrounding snowcapped mountains and glaciers. It lies at a height of 8500 ft above the sea level and covered with green dense forests.
Solang Valley has fine ski slopes. The Mountaineering Institute of Manali has installed a ski lift for training purpose. The Directorate of Mountaineering & Allied Sports in Manali also organizes basic, advance and intermediate level courses in skiing.
The winter skiing festival is organized in Solang Valley. Skiing and Paragliding are two main activities are organized .....
Heritage | Pilgrimage
#9 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 3.5 km from Manali Bus Stand, Vashist Temple in Manali is dedicated to sage Vashisht, the Kula guru of Lord Rama in the village Vashisht across the River Beas. It is among the most famous places to visit in Manali.
The village of Vashisht was named after Rishi Vashisht one of the seven sages of Hindu. According to the legend, Rishi Vashisht was left depressed on finding out that his children had been killed by Vishwamitra. Rishi Vashisht tried to commit suicide by jumping into a river but the river refused to kill him. He then started a new life in the village here. The river which took the rishi to the village was named Vipasha, meaning freedom from bondage. The Vipasha River is now known as the Beas River.
The Vashisht temple is believed to be more than 4000 years old. Inside the temple there is a black stone image of the Rishi wearing dhoti. The Vashist temple is decorated with excellent and beautiful carvings .....
Adventure | Nature
#10 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 25 km from Kullu, 7 km from Naggar and 20 km from Manali, Katrain is a village in Naggar Tehsil in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh.
Katrain is also known for being the widest point in the Kullu Valley. The view of the Beas River from Katrain is quite beautiful. The Baragarh peak towering at 3,325 meter overlooks the valley of Katrain. It acts as a base camp to visit other nearby places like Kasol, Larji, Arjuna Cave and the Basheshwar Mahadev temple. Other tourist attraction is the fruit plantations and apple orchards that abound the area.
The Katrain village offers some best spots for trout fishing. The water in the area is crystal clear. Fishing lovers would find both the Brown and Rainbow Trout in this area. The upstream regions of Himachal are well known for the abundance and availability of these two sport fish. Permission is required for fishing at Katrain from the government department. Permit for Trout fishing is only for using the rod and line .....
Distance (From Manali): 20 Kms
Trip Duration (From Manali - Including Travel): 2 Hours
#11 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 10 km from Kullu Bus stand, 12 km from Naggar and 31 km from Manali, Dhakpo Shedrupling Monastery is located in Kais village of Kullu District. It is also known as Kais Monastery.
This monastery was inaugurated during the month of May in the year 2005 by the great Noble laureate and his Holiness Dalai Lama. This Monastery is located near the left bank of Beas River. The picturesque view of the valleys which are surrounding the place make it an appealing destination.
The monastery gives a magical look and it has been strongly dedicated to Dalai Lama. The Dhakpo Monastery systemized with the traditional reasoning and scriptures of the master and disciple, the great pioneers of Buddha Dharma. The monastery serves as a boarding school and university for the study of Buddhist philosophy. This monastery houses several Tibetan monks. This Monastery has a huge prayer hall with a huge Buddha statue.
Every year in the month of August His Highness Dhakpo Rinpochhe .....
Distance (From Manali): 31 Kms
Trip Duration (From Manali - Including Travel): 2-3 Hours
#12 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 16 km from Batal, and 127 km from Manali, Chandra Taal, or Chandra Tal is a lake in the Spiti part of the Lahul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is one of the high altitude lakes in the Himalayan region and among the popular treks to go as part of Manali Tour Packages.
Perched at an altitude of 4,300 meters, Chandra Tal Lake is on the Samudra Plateau which overlooks Chandra river, a source river of the Chenab. Chandratal, which means the Lake of Moon, is derived its name from its crescent shape. The source which feeds the lake is probably under the ground, as there is nothing visible on the surface. The lake encircles a vast meadow that is carpeted with different kinds of wildflowers. It is confined in between the lofty mountains and is one of two high-altitude wetlands of India which have been designated as Ramsar sites. From here, you have a great view of high mountains and the Baralacha glacier, which is the source of three rivers namely Chandra, .....
#13 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 3 km from Manali Bus Station, Manali Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife reserve located at Nasgoi in Manali, Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the prominent tourist attractions in Manali and among the best places to visit as part of Manali Tour Packages, especially for wildlife lovers.
Encapsulated with lush tropics and rich species of wildlife creatures, the Manali Sanctuary is proclaimed as a sanctuary for wildlife in the year 1954. The sanctuary forms the catchment of Manalsu Khad. It commences from just behind the Manali town and extends up in the mountains behind the hill station. A path from Manali log huts and Dhungri temple pass through dense Deodar, Kail, Horse chestnut, Walnut, and Maple forests to the sanctuary.
Spread in a massive 3180 hectares of area, the sanctuary is home to several animals like the Himalayan Black Bear, Musk Deer, Flying Fox, Striped Hyena, Himalayan Tahr, Indian Hare, Barking Deer, Palm Civet, Serows, Himalayan Yellow Throated .....
#14 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 2 km from Manali Bus Station, Siyali Mahadev Temple is an ancient religious shrine located in the Siyal area of Manali, Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the oldest temples in the region and among well-known places to visit in Manali.
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Shivalinga is said to be existing since ancient times. The Siyali Mahadev Temple, located on Hadimba Temple road, is incredibly famous for its architectural beauty. The rich brown color of the wooden structure and the flourishing natural vegetation with mesmerizing streams in the background is a magnificent sight that lures the number of tourists and devotees. The temple has immense religious importance to the followers of Hinduism. However, people belonging to any caste and creed are welcome to explore the architecture and offer their prayers to Lord Shiva.
There is another smaller temple built behind the Siyali Mahadev Temple. According to a legend, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati appeared on earth .....
#15 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 2 km from Rahala Falls and 27 km from Manali, Rozy Waterfall is a stunning waterfall located near Gulaba on Leh-Manali Highway in Himachal Pradesh. Situated on the way to Rahala Waterfalls, it is one of the best waterfalls in Manali and among the best places to visit as part of Manali Packages.
Cascading down from the surface of large rocks, Rozy Falls is famous for its sensational backdrop as it is surrounded by tall deodar trees, vast green valleys & forested mountains. The silvery cascading water is a visual delight to the eyes and is a perfect place to spend some serene moments in the lap of nature.
The best time to visit this place is during monsoons when the falls are in full flow and offers a mesmerizing view for the tourists.
Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM
#16 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 17 km from Rumsu and 40 km from Manali, Chanderkhani Pass is a beautiful mountain pass located in Kullu Valley, Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the best trekking destinations in Manali.
Placed at an altitude of 3600 m above the sea level, Chanderkhani Pass located in the middle of lush green Kullu Valley. It forms a way between the villages of Rumsu and Pulag to Malana, which indirectly forms a trekking route from Naggar to Malana across the Chanderkhani Pass. The trek is one of the most beautiful treks that introduces the traveler to the remote, hilly cultures of Himachal Pradesh. The pass offers fabulous views of the Deo Tibba peak, Pir Panjal, and Parbati range of mountains. The scenic beauty of the Kullu valley and the mountain peaks that dot that horizon is a treat for the nature lover throughout the journey.
The region has a lot of religious importance and is called the Valley of Gods. Legend has it that Jamlu, the presiding deity at Malana, opened a basket .....
#17 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 30 km from Manali, Hampta Pass is a small passage between the Lahaul Chandra Valley and Kullu Valley in the Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the most popular treks which commences from Manali.
Hampta Pass is perched at an altitude of 4,270m on the Pir Panjal range in the Himalayas. The pass derives its name from the tiny hamlet Hampta, snuggled in the laps of the Kullu Valley. As per the legend, Hampta Pass got its name after Hampta Maharishi who meditated there. This pass is frequently used by shepherds of the lower Himalayan region, seeking high altitude grasslands in the summer, when the dry cold desert of Lahaul is barren.
The trek starts from the Jobra base camp, which has campsites and a few lodges for trekkers. Jobra has road connectivity with Manali and can be easily reached by a private vehicle. The trek trail goes through Jobra-Balu Ka Ghera- Siagoru-Chhatru-Manali and can be finished in 4-5 days. The entire trail of Hampta Pass is dotted with dense .....
#18 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 3 km from Manali Bus Station, Bara Bhangal trek is a challenging trek that starts from the picturesque hill station of Manali, Himachal Pradesh. It is considered to be one of the most scenic treks in Manali as well as Himachal Pradesh.
Stretches from Manali to the far Kangra Valley, Bara Bhangal trek is the most adventurous, strenuous, far -stretched trek in the Kullu Valley. This is considered as one of the most challenging as well as exciting treks in Himachal Pradesh as it stretches from an elevation of 2,050 meters to about 5,000 meters and negotiates through narrow, tricky, and rocky paths which include dangerous moraines and thick glaciers. Also called the Shepherds Trail as it is frequently used by the shepherds to reach Kangra Valley from Kullu.
This long Shepherds trail involves crossing two high passes - Kalihani Pass at 4725 m and Thamsar Pass at 4875 m - and descending to the remote Bara Bhangal village. The alpine terrain between the Kullu Valley .....
#19 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 8 km from Solang Valley and 20 km from Manali, Patalsu Peak is an astounding peak located within the proximity of the picturesque Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh. It is an ideal trekking destination in Manali.
Perched at a height of 4200m (13,800 ft), the Patalsu Peak boasts of its scenic beauty and enchanting appeal. It is one of the most amazing trekking destinations in the region. With moderate to challenging gradients, the trek entices a large number of trekking enthusiasts from across the country. Though the trek pushes you through some steep inclines, narrow ridges, and moraines, the summit offers unmatched views of the entire Kullu valley, Hanuman Tibba, Friendship Peak, Manali Peak, and mountains of Dhauladhar Ranges.
Though moderately challenging, the Patalsu Peak trek is ideal for beginners. The trek starts from the very famous Solang valley, and the trails pass through quaint little hamlets, alpine meadows, and beautiful dense forests of oak and .....
#20 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 15 km from Manali Bus Station, Sethan is a picturesque hamlet located near Manali, Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the beautiful and among the best places to visit in Manali.
Situated at 2700m above sea level, Sethan is a small Buddhist village, far away from the hustle and bustle of Manali and yet easily accessible. It was in 1951 when Kullu was part of Punjab state that the State Government of Punjab allotted them this land and Sethan village was formed. The village belongs to the Khampa tribe of Buddhist community who primarily indulge in farming. Consists of hardly 10-15 houses, the first inhabitants of Sethan were Gaddis or nomadic shepherds of Spiti and Kinnaur. Even today, most of the villagers move to Kullu valley during winters due to heavy snowfall.
Also, Sethan is a place of great religious significance for Hindus. There is a place called Pandu Ropa, a few kilometers away from Sethan which is believed that Pandavas stayed there during their years .....
#21 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 40 km from Manali, 500 km from Delhi, 215 km from Shimla and 258 km from Chandigarh, Kullu is the capital town of Kullu district in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is located on the banks of the Beas River in Kullu Valley at an altitude of 1230 meters. Kullu Manali is one of the top summer resorts to visit as part of Himachal tour packages and among the wellknown honeymoon destination in India.
Kullu is a broad open valley formed by the Beas River between Manali and Larji. This valley is famous for its temples, beauty and its majestic hills covered with Pine and Deodar Forest and sprawling Apple Orchards.
Kullu was earlier known as Kulant pith meaning 'the ending point of inhabitable world'. The beautiful valley is also mentioned in epics like Ramayana, Mahabharata and Vishnu Purana. Chinese traveler Huien .....
Distance (From Manali): 40 Kms
Trip Duration (From Manali - Including Travel): 1-2 Days
#22 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 23 km from Sundar Nagar, 24 km from Rewalsar, 70 km from Kullu, 107 km from Manali, 126 km from Dharamshala, 138 km from Shimla, 156 km from Bilaspur, 186 km from Chandigarh, 207 km from Pathankot, 235 km from Dalhousie, and 431 km from New Delhi, Mandi (formerly known as Mandav Nagar), also known as Sahor, is a major town and district headquarters of Mandi district in Himachal Pradesh. Lying on the banks of River Beas, it is one of the best offbeat places to visit near Delhi.
Situated at the junction of Kullu and Dharamshala, The town of Mandi is a gorgeous mountainous region filled with surreal landscapes and innumerable ancient shrines. It is often referred to as 'Varanasi of Hills', or 'Choti Kashi', or 'Kashi of Himachal' as the town has as many as 81 temples spread across its area. Offering the stunning views of the snow-capped mountains, the lush forests, and the swiftly flowing Beas, Mandi is a delightful place for those who want a rejuvenating, quiet holiday. .....
Distance (From Manali): 107 Kms
Trip Duration (From Manali - Including Travel): Full Day
#23 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 21 km from Manali Bus Stand, 23 km from Kullu and 10 km from Prini Village, Arjun Gufa (Arjuna's Cave) is located towards Naggar and is based on the left bank of Beas river. The nearest village to Arjun Gufa is Prini and this village is largely known for its natural beauty. It is very close to Naggar Castle.
Arjun Gufa has become a major tourist attraction in the region, owing to its splendid beauty and the legend associated with it. The Arjun Gufa is linked to the legend of Mahabharata. It is said that Arjuna, the great Pandava warrior from the Indian epic Mahabharata meditated in this place. Impressed by Arjuna's devotion Lord Indra gave him the most powerful weapon 'Pashupat Astra'. Because of this belief the Arjuna Gufa or the Cave of Arjuna got its name.
The Kunt Bhayo lake and Kunti Mata temple are also located close to Arjun Gufa, at a distance of 2 km. The Arjun Gufa is among the most remarkable tourist spots in Manali. The stunning views of hills .....
Adventure | Backwaters
#24 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 28 km from Manali Bus Stand and 15 km from Solang Valley, Beas Kund is a holy lake where Rishi Vyas took his daily bath. River Beas originates from here. The trek to Beas Kund is one of the best destinations for trekking in Manali and also among the best trekking Places to visit in Himachal state.
The Beas Kund is protected by an igloo like stone structure and is considered sacred by the Hindus. The site has attracts thousands of devotees every year. The current name Beas is formed from Sage Vyas who is the author of Mahabharata. The ancient Indians called the Beas River as Vipas or Arjiki while the ancient Greeks called it as Hyphasis.
This tiny lake of Beas Kund situated at higher and upper valley of Solang. Which is the heart of winter and summer games in Manali. On a clear day you can sight the magnificent Pir Pangal Range from Beas Kund.
Beas Kund trek is .....
Adventure | Backwaters | Pilgrimage
#25 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 36 kms from Manali Bus Stand, Bhrigu Lake also known as 'Pool of the Gods' is a picturesque lake situated at an altitude of about 4240 m. The Bhrigu Lake is lying east of the Rohtang Pass. Bhrigu Lake Trek is one of the best Manali trekking destinations and among the prime place to visit on a Manali trip.
According to the legend, Rishi Bhrigu a renowned sage of the Hindu religion meditated at this place and that many local gods of the Kullu Valley visit to take a dip in its sacred water. This lake is considered sacred by the Hindus and many devotees visit this site.
The trek to Bhrigu Lake starts from Gulaba which is about 22 km from Manali. Actually there is no settlement in Gulaba and is actually an area of the Pir Pangal mountain range. The trek routes passes through Rola Kholi (7 km from Gulaba), Bhrigu Lake (7 .....
#26 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 35 km from Manali Bus Stand and 29 km from Jagatsukh Village, The elegant Deo Tibba at an altitude of 6000 m is situated south east of Manali town and above Jagatsukh village on the Pir Panjal range of Himalayas. The trek to Deo Tibba Kund is among the best trekking sites in Manali and also one of the well known places for trekking in Himachal Pradesh.
Deo Tibba trek is pleasant trek that takes you to the grazing pastures of the Gaddi shepherds and the emerald blue waters of the Chandertal Lake (4,480 m) with magnificent views of Deo Tibba peak and its huge hanging glaciers. This is a spectacular view that haunts every trekker giving a unique experience.
This trek is suitable for all age groups with moderate level of difficulty. The normal route to Deo Tibba base camp starts from Jagatsukh, 6 km south of Manali. Jagatsukh is a small village, which is the last motor able point for Track to Deo Tibba. The total duration .....
Heritage | Pilgrimage
#27 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 20 km from Manali Bus Stand and 22 km from Kullu Bus Stand, The Gauri Shankar Temple is located near Naggar Bus Stand.
The temple of Gauri Shankar is situated immediately below the Naggar Castle in Naggar. Dating back to 12th century AD, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is believed to be the last monument of the Gurjara-Pratihara traditions. This Shiva temple is a protected monument.
The temple is famous for its splendid Shikhara Style architecture. The temple features a dome shaped top while the base is present in square shape. It has simple Shikhara having nine storeys and decorated with ardharatna motifs and ornamentations.
Gauri Shankar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and famous for stone carvings. The idols of Gauri and Shankar are set up on the pedestal, seated over Nandi. The garbagriha is decorated with beautiful carvings of images of Lord Ganesh, various people playing different musical instruments and also with the carvings .....
Heritage | Pilgrimage
#28 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 15.5 km from Manali Bus Stand, 5 km from Naggar Bus stand and 26.5 km from Kullu Bus Stand, The Gauri Shankar Temple is located in Dashal Village.
The Gauri Shankar temple at Dashal village is located very close to Naggar on the Naggar-Manali road. The small temple has exquisite stone carvings in classical style of the late Gupta period. The stone Shiva temples in the area are usually dominated by Brahmins and Rajputs, more so in the towns.
Gauri Shankar temple is very famous for its architecture. The curvilinear tower (shikara) contains beautiful carvings in stone. This style is believed to have been imported from Indian plains to hills in seventh or eighth century AD. The best example is of Vishveshvara Mahadev temple of Bajaura. Built on a raised platform, the outer walls bear some exotic scenes like those temples of Khajuraho. The scenery all around is marvelous. Inside the temple Shiv linga has been installed.
Adventure | Nature
#29 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 21.5 km from Manali Bus Stand, 8 km from Kothi Village and 13.5 km from Marhi, the village of Gulaba is situated on the way to Rohtang Pass on Leh - Manali Highway. Gulaba is among popular places of sightseeing in Manali.
Gulaba is located at an altitude of 4000 m. It is named after Raja Gulab Singh of Kashmir who camped here while he was invading China through this area. Covered with snow from November to February, it is the next best alternative for skiing when Rohtang Pass is closed because of snowfall in winter. The view of the majestic snow capped mountains, the swirling Beas River and the small grasslands simply add charm to the area.
Gulaba has been famous for skiing and other adventure sports. Besides skiing, one can also get involved in exploring the beauty of the region through Paragliding. Gulaba has numerous high peaks from where one can have a full view of the scenic location. During the end of February or early March, the Manali-Rohtang road .....
Nature | Pilgrimage
#30 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 6.5 km from Manali Bus Stand and 14 km from Naggar Bus stand, Jagatsukh on the Manali - Naggar Road is situated on the left bank of the Beas River. Jagatsukh is one of the biggest villages in Kullu valley; it was the first capital of the erstwhile state of Kullu. The former name of Jagatsukh was Nast and it remained the capital city for more than 10 generations.
Jagatsukh is a perfect honeymoon destination like Manali and also a famous Hindu pilgrimage site. Jagatsukh is famous for two ancient temples - the Gaurishankar shrine and the temple of Goddess Sandhya Devi. The Gaurishankar Temple of Jagatsukh is a small temple built in the 'Shikhara' style. This temple is dedicated to the Hindu Lord Shiva. Built around the early 8th century, it has a tri-ratha sanctum roofed by a Shikhara. The temple architecture is similar to the Naresar group of temples.
This Village is known to serve as excellent base for trekking. .....
#31 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 32 km from Manali Bus Stand, 33.5 km from Kullu Bus Stand and 12 km from Naggar, Jana Falls is a beautiful natural waterfall inside a small village known as Jana.
The Jana Falls is surrounded by deodar trees, pine trees, apple orchards and spectacular snow-covered mountain peaks; this fall is a charming picnic spot. The first sight of the falls is quite hidden and will be a surprise for the visitor as the water unexpectedly rushes from a cluster of rocks overlooking a wooden bridge.
You can also enjoy a refreshing bath at this falls or you can even leisurely swim in the small pool of this falls. One can trek up the hill to reach the top of the hill which provides a better view of the waterfall and its lovely surroundings. The short trek up the hill is fairly easy.
The falls can also be reached by a short drive from Naggar. After reaching the location one has to trek for about 10-15 minutes from nearest road point. The road towards Jana waterfalls is .....
#32 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 13.5 km from Manali Bus Stand, 8 km from Gulaba Village, The Kothi Village is located along the route to Rohtang Pass from Manali on Leh - Manali Highway.
Kothi is situated at the foothills of Rohtang pass and lies at an altitude of 2500 m. This splendid village offers a magnificent view of snow capped mountains and glaciers and of the Beas River that flows through a very deep and narrow gorge at this point.
Kothi village is one of the most scenic places to be visited in Manali. The beautiful valley view is worth watching. A number of movies have been shot at this location. Kothi is an ideal site for nature lovers, poets and painters. Kothi is also known as Koshtampi and has a temple of Goddess Shuwang Chandika, a local deity. Kothi used to be a camping site when Rohtang pass had to be climbed on foot. In recent times, the place can be accessed through jeep, bus and pony rides.
Though the village can be visited throughout the year, the most appropriate .....
Heritage | Pilgrimage
#33 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 15.5 km from Manali Bus Stand, 5 km from Naggar and 26.5 km from Kullu Bus Stand, The Krishna Temple is located close to the ancient ruins of Thawa town.
The Krishna Temple, also known as Muralidhar Temple is believed to be 1000 years old. This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and also has the idols of Radha, Garuda and Laxminarayan. There is a small 'Rath' to the south of the temple which is used as a chariot for Lord Krishna during Dussehra.
The Krishna Temple is an example of pyramidal carved stone temple architecture with an intricately carved Shikhara. The base of the temple resembles late Gupta style carvings while the above portion of Shikhara has been rebuilt after the devastating earthquake of 1905.
Non-Hindus are not allowed inside the temple. However, they are free to roam around in the courtyard.
#34 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 2 km from Manali Bus Stand, The museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art was established in Utopia Complex near Hidimbi Devi Temple in Manali.
The Museum was established in 1998 to collect and exhibit cultural and folk art antiques of Himachal Pradesh. Traditional dresses, utensils, musical and ritual instruments, wood carvings and all other traditional articles used by the people of Himachal Pradesh are present and exhibited in the museum. All these above mentioned items are basically handwork of the people of Himachal Pradesh representing the rich handicraft era of the state.
The Museum is a unique and extraordinary collection of rare antiques of the state. It demonstrates the articles that clearly display the forgotten culture, art and handicraft of Himachal Pradesh. J.R. Sood who founded the Museum traveled throughout the State to research and collect ancient antique items.
The Museum not only helped in preserving the culture and art but also brings .....
#35 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 5 km from Manali Bus Stand, Nehru Kund is located on Manali - Rohtang Pass Highway. The spring is one of the most popular tourist spots in Manali.
The Nehru Kund is a natural spring which was named after the first prime minister of India Late Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru. The prime minister loved visiting the place and drinking the crystal clear water from the spring when he used to stay in Manali.
The graceful clean water spring is said to have its source at the Bhrigu Lake. The sound of the bubbling water amidst the peaceful silence of the place will play like music to your ears. The river Beas flows through it. The serenity of the place and crystal clear water of the Kund attracts the tourists who visit Manali.
The best time to visit Nehru Kund is from May to October.
#36 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 21.5 km from Manali Bus Stand, 23.5 km from Kullu, 1.5 km from Naggar Castle, The Nicholas Roerich Museum is one of the prominent museums in and around Manali.
Nicholas Roerich is a Russian artist arrived in the Himalayas after the revolution of 1917, where he died in the year 1947. He married to Helena Roerich and famous Indian actor Devika Rani is his daughter in law.
The Nicholas Roerich art gallery was founded in 1962 by Svyetoslav Roerich, son of Nicholas Roerich. The building that now houses the gallery once served as the residence of Nicholas Roerich. Himachal Pradesh Government and Russian Government have formed a trust to run this art gallery as the Roerich Heritage Museum.
Paintings of Kullu, Spiti and Lahaul made by the painter have been housed in the ground floor of the gallery. A great number of his works are preserved in museums all over the world. Most of the paintings show the beauty of ice covered valleys and peaks during early hours of .....
Adventure | Wildlife
#37 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 249 km from Manali Bus Stand and 437 km from Shimla, The Pin Valley National Park is located in the Lahaul of Spiti district in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Pin Valley is one of the most beautiful national parks in India and among the prime place to visit on a Manali tour. It was declared as a national park in 1987.
Sprawling over an area of 1150 sq km as buffer zone and 675 sq km as core zone, Pin Valley National Park is a part of the Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area. Established in 1987, the elevation of the park ranges from about 3500 m near Ka Dogri to more than 6000 m at its highest point.
Pin Valley National Park is located in the cold desert region of the Spiti valley. The Park forms a natural habitat for a number of endangered animals. Snow leopard is the most important resident of the park. Besides snow leopard, Siberian ibex, bharal, .....
#38 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 29 km from Manali Bus Stand, 23 km from Rohtang Pass and 15.5 km from Kothi Village, Rahala Falls is a waterfall located on the way to Rohtang Pass from Manali. It is one of the best waterfalls in Himachal state.
Rahala Waterfall is a magnificent waterfall located on Leh - Manali Highway. This fall is situated at an altitude of 2501 m. It is generally believed to be the outcome of melting of glaciers and so the water of this fall is extremely cold.
Rahala Waterfalls is situated in a very pristine area surrounded with dense growth of silver birch and deodar. The area around the Rahala Waterfalls is absolutely marvelous and the location also allows a picture perfect view of the snowcapped Himalayas.
The best time to visit this gorgeous fall is from March to October when maximum water gorges down the rocks. Owing to its mesmerizing beauty, this waterfall has emerged as one of the most frequented tourist attractions .....
#39 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 250 m from Manali Bus Stand, The Tibetan Monastery is situated near the Mall in Manali. Tibetan Monastery is one of the oldest and famous places in Manali. Due to huge number of Tibetan population settled in Kullu & Manali area, Tibetan Monasteries has been set up. Tibetan Monasteries are one of the popular sightseeing places in Manali.
There are three important Tibetan Monasteries in Manli - The Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa, Himalayan Nyingamapa Temple and the other one at Aleo on the left bank of Beas River.
The Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa is situated near the Mall in Manali. The monastery is run by the local people who gather funds through donations. The unique feature of the monastery is the handicrafts of Tibetan artistry and the carpets that are woven and sold in the monastery. The Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa was constructed in the year 1969. The architecture of the monastery represents the Tibetan style of architecture designed with hued frescoes. The statue of .....
#40 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 21 km from Manali Bus Stand, 1 km from Naggar Bus stand and 23 km from Kullu Bus Stand, The Tripura Sundari Temple is located in Naggar.
The Tripura Sundari Temple is one of such temples that are of great historic importance in Himachal. The temple stands as a massive wooden structure, exhibiting the local architecture and art of carving. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Tripura Sundari. The idol of goddess is enshrined in the temple with 21 masks.
This temple is a Pagoda style temple made of deodar wood. The temple has a great resemblance with the Hidimba Devi temple of Manali. The top of this three-tiered temple is circular with a pinnacle crowned by a Chhatra. The two lower storeys are characteristically divided by squat wooden pillars.
The temple was constructed by Raja Yashodhapal. There is a belief that the temple is in a form of a web, which was made by the Goddess after turning herself into a spider. There are the stone idols of Lord Brahma, .....
#41 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 750 m from Manali Bus Stand, The Van Vihar is a municipal garden situated in front of the Tibetan market on the Mall Road, Manali.
The Van Vihar Park is beautifully adorned by deodar trees and is a perfect place to spend memorable time with loved ones. A number of locals and tourists visit the park to relax and get the fresh breeze of the Deodar trees.
The main attraction of the park is the beautiful man-made lake situated in the middle of the woods. Tourists can enjoy boating in the lake. There are also lot of swings for the children as well as couples in the park. The River Beas runs nearby the park. Visit the park in the evening and you will get a chance to enjoy the stunningly beautiful view of sun setting against the glorious backdrop of the majestic mountains.
Timings: 8 am - 7 pm in summer and 8 am - 5 pm in winter.
Entry Fee: Rs 5 per person, Boating Charge - Rs 30/ Person for 15 mins.
#42 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
At a distance of 21.5 km from Manali Bus Stand, 23.5 from kullu and 1.5 km from Naggar Castle, The Uruswati Himalayan Folk Art Museum is situated 100 m uphill from Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery within the same estate at Naggar.
Uruswati Himalayan Folk Art Museum was established in 1928 as Research Institute. The intention behind the foundation of this tribal and folk art museum was to provide a place of study and research on the traditional Indian and Tibetan medicines and the history and the ethos of the Himalayan region.
It was renamed as Uruswati Himalayan Folk Art Museum in 1993. The word 'Uruswati' has been taken from Sanskrit and it means 'Light of the Morning Star'. This Museum is one of the best tourist places of Manali which will guide you about the traditions and cultures of this historically rich place.
The main attractions of the Uruswati Himalayan Folk Art Museum are local folk art, costumes, original paintings of Roerich and those of his Russian followers. .....
#43 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
Losar is one of the most important religious festivals of Buddhists. Tibetans celebrate their New Year as Losar. The Tibetan New Year is commemorated on the first day of the first month of the Tibetan lunar calendar, which usually falls in the month of Jan / Feb.
The festival is celebrated across the entire tribal belt of Himachal Pradesh particularly in the Tibetan colonies of Manali, Shimla, Dharamshala, Solan, Rewalser and Baijnath. The festive fervor begins one month in advance and people make lots of preparations for the festival. Losar features several rituals and customs, which are performed by the Buddhists during the celebrations. It is said that the festival originated in the pre-Buddhist period in Tibet, when Bon was the religion of the country.
It is said to last 15 days but the first 3 days are the most important ones. It is mainly celebrated over a period of 3 days in late January or February, according to the .....
#44 of 44 Places to Visit in Manali
The Manali Winter Carnival is a charming festival that combines cultural as well as sports events. This 5-day festival celebrated in the month of Jan/Feb includes cultural competitions carnival is held at Manu Kala Kendra.
Himachal Pradesh started organizing the Winter Carnival back in 1977 and now after almost three decades the festival has become bigger and better! The festival aims to showcase the unique traditions of Himachal Pradesh. Many participants from across India are invited to take part in the carnival and it's a huge tourist attraction. The number of activities has increased and the festival has gained in popularity amongst foreign tourists as well.
The winter carnival was started as a skiing competition in Solang Nala. It has now started hosting cultural events simultaneously with the skiing competitions. Several new attractions like Skiing Championship, Craft Bazaar, Himachali Food Festival, Folk Dances, Street Plays, Local Band Competition, Adventure Sports .....
Most Asked Questions on Manali
Manali can be vistited through the year, however, winter & summer from October to June are the best seasons to visit Manali. Summer is the busiest season and hotels are usually very expensive in this season. If you would like to experience the snow fall, December is the best season to visit Manali.
Manali usually requires around 3 days to visit the most important attractions. There are several wonderful destintions around Manali like Manali, Dalihousie, Kasauli which can be visited by adding few additional days to the trip.
Budget of Manali trip depends on the trip duration and category of hotel you choose for your stay along with the kind of vehicle you prefer. Manali tour packages offered by Trawell.in start from as low as INR 5250 per person for a 2D/1N trip and from INR 7750 per person for 3D/2N vacation.
Ensure to cover most important places to visit in Manali like Solong Valley, Hidimbi Temple, Rahala Falls, Hot Springs, etc. Rohtang Pass can be visited in summer season but takes a full day. There are serveral beautiful places to visit near Manali like Kullu, Naggar, Manikaran which can be visted by adding 2 more days to the trip.
Manali usually experiences snow during peak winter around mid of December month. It depends on weather condition and the dates may vary and the level of snow fall may vary as well.
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