“Kullu Manali: Lover’s paradise- India’s Honeymoon capital.”
A trip to Kullu Manali is the cure for tired minds and souls. Nature has lavishly blessed them, but each is unique in terms of the experiences they provide. Kullu is appropriately known as the “Land of the Gods.” It is situated leisurely on the banks of the River Beas and is surrounded by magnificent scenery that includes forests, valleys, streams, rivers, and orchards.
It attracts tourists for a variety of reasons, from the mystical Malana to the serene Manikaran. Manali, sited in the Beas valley, has grown in popularity rapidly than the clouds that dance across hilltops. Serenity, history, nature, spirituality, and shopping are all rolled into one. Holidays in Kullu Manali are about sightseeing, but they are also about adventure, spirituality, and being prepared to be surprised on a regular basis.
Best Time: October – June
Kullu Manali Tourist Places
“Hadimba temple- the tribute to Devi Hidimba.”
The Hadimba Temple, located in the snow-covered hills of Manali, is a one-of-a-kind shrine dedicated to Hidimba Devi, Bhima’s wife and the mother of Ghatothkach. This gorgeous shrine is located on a rock that is claimed to be shaped like the goddess Hidimba herself and is surrounded by lush cedar forests.
With wooden entrances, walls, and a cone-shaped roof, the Hadimba Devi temple, also known as the Dhungari temple, is created in an entirely different style from the other temples. This temple is a fitting tribute to its patron deity, Hadimba.
Timings: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
“The core of a man’s spirit comes from new experiences.”
Rohtang Pass is only accessible by road and is located only 51 kilometers from Manali. The pass is located on the Manali-Keylong road at a massive elevation of 3978 meters. When planning a trip to Manali, the ultimate and almost necessary attraction of the itinerary is a day trip to the vista point of Rohtang Pass.
Rohtang Pass is a favorite among film directors due to its breathtaking natural beauty. Many blockbusters have been shot here, including ‘Jab We Met’ and ‘Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani.’ A strange fact about the place’s name is that it was named after a number of CBRE employees who died while attempting to cross this treacherous stretch.
Open Months: June – October
Rohtang pass tourist permit:
Permit Time Frame:
- 10:00 AM (200 Diesel and 400 Petrol)
- 4:00 PM (200 Diesel and 400 Petrol)
Documents Required (In Printed Form) Valid ID Proof:
- Pollution Under Check (PUC) Certificate
- Vehicle Registration Date
- Car & Jeep – INR 500 + INR 50 as congestion charge
- MUVs – INR 500 + INR 50 as congestion charge
- Buses & HMV – INR 500 + INR 100 as congestion charge
“I don’t care how long it takes me; I’m going somewhere beautiful.”
Solang Valley is one of Himachal Pradesh’s most popular tourist destinations. The valley, which is located on the way to Rohtang from Manali, attracts a large number of tourists each year. Solang valley is a prominent location for thrill-seekers, with activities ranging from paragliding to horseback riding to driving mini-open jeeps created exclusively for tourists of all ages. Skiing is a popular winter sport in Solang Valley because the valley is covered in snow during the winter.
As the snow melts, zorbing replaces skiing. During the summers, you are likely to see a large translucent ball with 2 people inside rolling down the valley’s slopes, taking advantage of the valley’s slopes. Yes, Zorbing is as much fun as it appears. This amazing valley, one of the most vibrant and enjoyable places in Manali, should not be missed while visiting.
Timings: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Adventure sports prices: INR 500 and above
How to get there: 13 km from Manali
“Be like a waterfall, wild and free.”
Jogini waterfall is nestled in Manali’s picturesque valley, approximately 3 kilometers from the bustling town and 2 kilometers from the famed Vashisht temple. The trek from Vashisht Temple through pine trees and orchards to the mesmerizing Jogini Waterfalls cascading from a height of 160 feet is what makes it a popular tourist destination.
As they cross numerous smaller streams, the trekkers are delighted by the breathtaking views of the river Beas and snow-capped peaks of Rohtang. The Jogini Waterfall is a must-see for nature lovers and adventure seekers when visiting Manali’s breathtaking valley.
MANALI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
“No life without wildlife. Period!”
The Manali Wildlife Sanctuary is a must-see destination in Manali because of its lush greenery and the presence of wild mountain animals. This incredible sanctuary is about two kilometers from the main town and spans 3,180 hectares of land.
The Himalayan black bear, musk deer, flying fox, striped hyena, Himalayan tahr, Indian hare, barking deer, palm civet, Himalayan yellow-throated martens, and Kashmir flying squirrels all inhabit the Manali wildlife sanctuary, which was developed in 1954. Endangered species such as leopards, brown bears, and gharials can also be found here.
This Manali sanctuary’s lush forest is home to trees such as Deodar, Horse Chestnut, Kail, Maple, and Walnut. The best time to visit this magnificent place is during the winter when the surroundings are livelier and more enjoyable.
Timings: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Entry Fee: INR 10
“In the monastery of your heart, you have a temple where all buddhas unite.”
Manali is home to a plethora of colorful monasteries that highlight the Tibetan’s rich culture and history in Kullu and Manali. The Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa and the Himalayan Nyingamapa Gompa are the two main monasteries in Manali that attract a large number of tourists.
A number of small shops surround these monasteries, selling exquisite handicrafts and carpets manufactured by Tibetans who live nearby. The monastery also runs a thanks school of arts and a carpet-weaving center to preserve indigenous Tibetan art.
The paintings inside these structures depict events from Lord Buddha’s life, and the Kalachakra, i.e., the wheel of life mounted on the monastery’s wall, depicts the human life cycle. Buddhists believe that spinning these wheels will bring you salvation.
“I’m the most alive among tall trees.”
Van Vihar National Park, which is adorned with sky-touching deodar trees, is located near the Mall Road, making it easily accessible. This park’s most popular feature is a man-made lake that is open for boating.
The municipal corporation of the city runs and maintains Van Vihar. This lovely garden is a popular and frequently visited destination by both children and adults.
Things to Do at Van Vihar:
Picnic: Surrounded by majestic deodar trees and home to a diverse avifauna, Van Vihar is an ideal picnic spot.
Relaxation: Throughout the park, there are many wooden and concrete benches installed under the shade of dense trees. You can come here to unwind after a long day, walk or jog along the specially designed track, or simply relax.
Boating: When visiting Van Vihar, you should take a boat ride on the crystal-clear lake. The waters are calm, and you can see small fish coming up to the surface. The boats seat two to four people and are propelled by oars. There are also self-propelled paddle boats that glide slowly along the water as you pedal.
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