Tourist Attractions in Manali
The various tourist attractions in Manali are Gadhan
Thekchoking Gompa, Hidimba Devi Temple, Manali Sanctuary,
Mountaineering Institute, Manu Temple, Club House, Tibetan
Monasteries, Vashishtha Hot Water Springs and Temple, Nehru
Kund, Solang Valley, Kothi, Rahala Water Falls, Rohtang Pass,
Arjun cave and Jagatsukh.
Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa
The Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa is located in the Tibetan
area around the bottom of the Mall in Manali. This Gompa
was built by the Tibetan refugees in the late 1960. This
Gompa is covered with brightly coloured frescoes and a
mid size Buddhist statue. It also carries a list of the
martyrs killed in the war from 1987 to 1989.
Hidimba Devi Temple
The chief centre of interest, historically and
archeologically, is the Dhoongri or Hidimba
dedicated to goddess Hidimba. The Hidimba or Dhungri temple is
one of the most important temple in Manali. This four storey
wooden temple is located in the middle of a forest called the
Dhungiri Van Vihar. The doorway is carved with legendary
figures and symbols. This temple is located amidst wooden
forest of deodar and about 2.5 kms. from the tourist office.
It is a pleasant experience to stroll in the temple complex
which was built in 1533 AD. A large festival is held here in
The Manali sanctuary is located in Manali. This sanctuary
covers an area of 3,180 hectares. The sanctuary was notified
on 26th February 1954, under the Punjab Birds and Wild Animals
Protection Act, 1933. The Malana valley is located in Manali
below Chanderkhani Pass, at an altitude of 276 m. This small
valley is a little hub of hundred houses of 1000 tribes.
Mountaineering Institute is located 3 kms. on the left bank of
river Beas towards Kullu. The Mountaineering Institute at
Manali provides training facilities for basic and advance
climbing to the Indian nationals and foreigners. This
Institute organizes basic and advance training courses, in
trekking, mountaineering, skiing and water sports. This
institute also conducts various adventurous sports activities
like high altitude trekking, minor mountaineering,
rock-climbing, skiing, and high altitude rescue and relief
courses. The institute has sufficient lodging and boarding
arrangements and equipment can be hired for Skiing and
trekking purposes. Tourists can visit an interesting showroom
3 kms. from the main bazar in old Manali lies the temple of
Manu Rishi. It is believed that this is the only temple of
Manu in India, who was the creator of human race on the earth.
Club House is situated about 2 kms. from the town on the
left bank of Manalsu Nallah. Club house has indoor games
facilities. There are some picnic spots near it.
There are 3 newly constructed colorful monasteries,
where visitors can buy carpets and other Tibetan
handicrafts. Two are located in the town and one at Aleo
on the left bank of Beas river.
Vashishtha Hot Water Springs and Temple
small village located on the left bank of river Beas towards
Rohtang pass is worth a visit. It is renowned for its hot
springs and temples. Nearby is the pyramidal stone temple
dedicated to Vashist Muni. There is another Temple of Lord Ram
here. Natural hot sulphur springs with two separate bathing
tanks for gents and ladies are always full of tourists.
Turkish style showers fitted baths have also been built
nearby. Hot water from the nearby spring is provided for
Nehru Kund is located 5 kms. on National Highway to Leh. This
natural spring of cold clear water was named after Pt. Jawahar
Lal Nehru, who used to drink water from this spring during his
stay in Manali. This spring is believed to originate from the
Bhrigu lake situated high-up in the mountains.
Solang Valley, located about 13 kms. from Manali is a splendid
valley between Solang village and Beas Kund. Solang valley
offers the view of glaciers and snow capped mountains and
peaks. It has fine ski slopes. The Mountaineering Institute
has installed a ski lift for training purpose. The winter
skiing festival is organised here. Training in skiing is
imparted at this place.
Situated on the road to Rohtang pass, a picturesque spot,
Kothi is 12 kms. from Manali. Large number of films (movies)
have been picturised at this place and is the ideal resting
resorts of poets, writers and the lovers of peaceful environs.
Rahala Water Falls
Rahala Water Falls is situated about 16 kms. on way to Rohtang
pass. If one goes to Marhi on foot from Kothi from the old
road, the sight of the falls is fascinating. It is a good
picnic spot as well.
Rohtang pass is 51 kms. from Manali on highway to Keylong/Leh.
It offers a panorama and spectacular mountain view. The pass
is open from June to October each year although trekkers can
cross it earlier. It is a gateway to Lahaul Spiti, Pangi and
Leh valley just as Zojila pass is a gatway to Ladakh. There
are a beautiful sight of glaciers, peaks and Chandra river
flows down in the Lahaul valley. Slightly to the left are the
twin peaks of the Geypan.
Arjun cave is situated 4 kms. from Manali
towards Naggar. The cave is situated near Prini village 1 km.
above the road where Arjun had meditated. This is good half
day excursion with charming view of the brilliant mountains.
Jagatsukh is located about 6 kms. from Manali on the left bank
on Beas on the road to Naggar. The place is famous for very
old temples of Lord Shiva and Sandhya Gayatri in Shikhara