Manali is a famous tourist spot. It is nestled in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh in Kullu district. It is a small town having 8,096 populations and is 270 km from the Shimla, 309 km from Chandigarh, 544 km from northeast Delhi. It is the center of attraction now for the tourist and serves as the gateway to Lahaul and Spiti district as well as Leh.
Transportation is easily available for this destination. The nearest airport is Bhuntar Airport in Bhuntar town. The other name is Kullu-Manali airport. If you are opting the road trip, then from Delhi to Ambala to Chandigarh and then passing the Bilaspur, Sundernagar, Mandi, and Kullu towns are the best route. Luxury buses are available overnight. Besides, these HRTC (Himachal Road Transport Corporation) and HPTDC (Himachal Tourism Development Corporation) have also provided the services. Depending on your needs you can choose AC or non-AC buses as well. There are no railway services available nearby but the nearest stations are Una 250 km away, Kiratpur Sahib 268 km, Kalka (275 km), Chandigarh (310 km), and Pathankot (325 km), Joginder Nagar (175 km).
This place is locally known with the name Dhungari Temple and is an ancient cave devoted to Hidimbi Devi. It was built in 1553 and is located in the middle of Dhungiri Van Vihar, a forest. It is famous for its designing. It has the 24-meter-tall wooden tower and wooden doors are carved with figures of animals, gods, and dancers. The Dhungri Mela festival held in mid of May is the famous festival.
Established in 1984, is the habitat for various flora including rare species of spurge, buckthorn, yew, valerians, leycesteria, balsams and fauna species which includes 31 mammals, 181 birds, 3 reptiles, 17 mollusks, 11 annelids, 9 amphibians, and 127 insects. In 2014, this park was added in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites and in 2015, the logo is registered by Government of Himachal Pradesh.
The temple is located in old Manali, approx. 3 km from the main market and is dedicated to the great Manu, who is called as the creator of the world and writer of “Manusmriti”. The temple is located on the back side of the river Beas. Marble floors and vaulted ceilings were added later when rebuilt in 1992. Inside the temple, one needs to wear dresses covering the shoulders and knees. The path to the temple is full of slippery stone. But it’s a very beautiful spot. Make sure to visit this pilgrim place whenever you visit Manali.
Rohtang Pass is the most beautiful spot located 51 km away from the Manali. It lies in high mountains on eastern Pir Panjal Range and connects the Kullu valley with the Spiti and Lahaul. This pass lies on the Chenab and Beas watershed. It usually takes 4 to 6 hours to travel but with the Rohtang pass tunnel, operational in 2019, it will take 30 minutes. The government has taken a step, to reduce the stress, to create the ropeway. It will connect Kothi village in Manali to Rohtang Pass.
Arjun Gufa or Arjuna's Cave is located on the left bank of river Beas towards the Naggar. The cave is very close to the Naggar castle and village Prini, known for its natural beauty. It is 23 km from Kullu, 21 km from Manali bus stand and 10 km from the Prini village. The Arjun Gufa is linked to the Mahabharata. April to June and September to October is the best time to visit this place. The other two nearby locations are Kunt Bhayo lake and Kunti Mata temple.
Rahala waterfall is a famous spot on the way to Rohtang pass. It’s a scenic waterfall located a few km away from Manali. The huge scenic beauty and peaceful atmosphere attract tourists from all parts of the world. This area is surrounded by thick birch trees and deodar forests. You will love this spot more due to snow-covered mountains around the waterfall. The water is extremely cold as believed to be the melted glacier. March to October is the perfect time to visit this place.
Solang valley is 14 km away from the Manali and is famous for some adventurous activities such as - parachuting, zorbing, skating, and paragliding. You can reach by air, road or railway to this destination. The appropriate time to visit here is from October to March. For skiing, you need to wait for the January to get heavy snowfall.
The most attractive feature is models showing temple construction and forts around and in Kullu valley. This place charges a nominal fee. Also includes musical instruments, traditional textiles, domestic and artisans' utensils, dance masks, and masks representing Deities.