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Manali Attractions, Himachal Pradesh


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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  

Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa Manali

Devi Temple 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 May.

Manali Sanctuary
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

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 here.

Manu Temple

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
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.

Tibetan Monasteries
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

Club House Manali

Vashishtha, a 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 bathing.

Nehru Kund
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

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
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

Rohtang Pass Manali

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 style.


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