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Travel to Manali

High up about 6500 ft in the hills, Manali charms visitors with its great views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks. The place is breathtaking in its beauty and adds to this the lure of the fresh mountain air. The mall is where most of the action is in Manali.This is the place to shop also and has some famous restaurants and budget hotels. In the evening after sightseeing tourists throng the mall making it alive and buzzing with activity. Hadimba Mata temple is the most famous in Manali and a must visit. Check out its 4-tier pagoda shaped roof and intricately carved doorway.

Popularly known as Manu temple it is located in old Manali across the River Manalsu.A dip in the hot sulphur spring at the Vashisht temple is must for the devotees.Vashisht is about three kilometres from the Mall and has a temple with typical local ornate wood carvings. If you are interested in treks walk up to the Jogni falls. A small alley goes through the maze of houses behind the temple to take you to a trekking path leading to Jogni falls. It is a short 2-3 km trek offering splendid views of snow capped Himalayan peaks.

The mountains around Manali afford major opportunities for adventure and winter sports activities ranging from skiing, river rafting to rappelling, paragliding and trekking. The skiing season starts from January to April depending on snowfall in stretches from Manali to Solang Nallah and Rohtang Pass. Choices of courses are available with the Directorate of Mountaineering and Allied sports. In the summer months local pilots offer paragliding depending upon the duration in the Solang Valley or a point above Marhi on the way to Rohtang Pass. From April to mid July white water rafting is offered on the Beas from Mohal to Jhirhi.There are other options a well like heli-skiing at Tibba, Rohtang Pass, Deo Tibba and Chanderkhani Pass near Manali, angling, mountain biking, mountaineering and rock climbing. The Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports operating from Solang Nallah offers besides equipment, beginner and advanced courses in mountaineering and permission for expeditions to scale peaks in the region.

Higher up in the mountains 51 km from Manali at an altitude of 4,111m on the highway to Keylong is the Rohtang Pass. The Pass is open from June to November each year and offers the only access to Lahaul Valley. On the way are four sightseeing spots -Kothi, Gulaba, Rani Nallah and Rahla falls. Start early in the morning to get to Rohtang to enjoy the serene beauty.

In the beautiful Parvati valley are situated the hot springs of Manikaran. The water from the springs is noted for its healing properties. The springs in this area are hot enough to scald one's skin.Manikaran is also a good spot for trout fishing. Located in the centre of the town are Shri Ramchandra temple and the gurudwara. One can enjoy a dip in the hot waters from the springs. By road Manikaran is 45 km from Kullu via Bhuntar and 85 km from Manali.Treks from here lead to Pulga, Khirganga and Mantalai. The route finally reaches the Pin Parvati Pass and Spiti.

On the left bank of the Beas Naggar is situated on a wooden slope and offers splendid views. It was the capital of the erstwhile state of Kullu.There are number of famous temples -Vishnu,Tripura Sundari and Lord Krishna. See Naggar Castle built by Raja Bhosal.Roerich Art gallery which houses the paintings of Nicolas Roerich as well as his sculptures is less than a km from the castle.Naggar is also a base for undertaking treks to Chanderkhani Pass and to the remote valley of Malana.

Shopping in Manali:

Kullu and Kinnauri shawls are must buy here.Kashmiri handicrafts, locally made pickles and jams, apples and an assortment of Tibetan goods are available at the Dragon Bazaar. Most of the sightseeing spots also have a few interesting shops around them where you can shop.