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Naggar Castle and Roerich Art Gallery (10 Km.)

Situated on the left bank of river Beas,

Naggar was the capital of Kullu for approx. 1400 years. Nestling on a wooded slope, it commands a splendid and extensive view of the valley. The paintings of late Nicholas Roerich should be seen at the Roerich museum in a white washed villa set in a jewel like garden. Naggar Castle built in the sixteenth century is a huge building and is a great tourist attraction. Naggar has a number of famous temples, the important ones being Gauri Shankar temple, Vishnu temple and Krishna temple.

 


Vashist Hot Spring(21 Km.)

The Vashisht hot springs are across the Beas River, about 3.2 Km away from Manali bus stand, at an altitude of 1,982 meters just above the Manali-Keylong road. Vashisht, renowned for its temples and sulphur hot springs, endowed with great healing powers. Nearby is the pyramidal stone temple dedicated to Vashishta Muni, and there is a Temple of Lord Ram here. The natural hot sulphur springs, with two separate bathing tanks for men and women are always full of tourists. Go very early in the morning (before 9 am), for a much less crowded experience. It has a Turkish style shower, separate for men and women. The hot and cold water is separately piped, maintaining the regular temperature for bathing. Charges are nominal.

 


Hadimba Temple (16 Km.)

Manali has many attractions but the chief centre of interest, historically and archeologically, is undoubtedly the DHOONGRI TEMPLE dedicated to goddess Hadimba or Hadimba Devi. It has four-tiered Pagoda shaped roof and the doorway is carved with legendary figures and symbols. Hadimba Devi Temple in Manali is located amidst wooden forest of deodar is about 2.5 kms. from the Manali Tourist Office. It is a pleasant experience to stroll in the Hadimba Devi Temple complex which was built in 1533 A.D. A large festival is held here in May every year.

 


Van Vihar (14 Km.)

full of tall deodar trees, lots of swings for kids n couples, small pool with boating facilities. the park has many wooden n cemented chairs to sit relax n may be talking to nature while touching it.its just so silent n u will find lovely newly weds hand in hand just drowning in the beauty of nature. the most romantic part of it is, the sound of humming birds breaking the silence of woods. one more heavenly thing about this beautiful place is the soothing sound of river BEAS running quietly besides it. u can walk down to river bed from this park n u will feel like being closer to god.

 


TIBETAN MONASTERIES

There are 3 newly constructed colorful Monasteries in Manali. The Tibetans living around these Monasteries in Manali offer a vide range of Tibetan Handicrafts and Carpets to the visitors to buy. Two of these Monasteries are located in the main down-town of Manali and one Monastery in Aleo. Aleo is located on the Left Bank of River Beas in Manali.

 


Solang Valley (35 Km.)

Solang Valley in Manali is located at a distance of 13 kms. is a splendid valley between Solang village and Beas Kund. Solang valley offers the view of glaciers and snow capped mountains and peaks. Solang Valley has fine ski slopes. The Mountaineering Institute of Manali has installed a ski lift for training purpose. Located here is a hut and guest house of the Mountaineering and Allied sports Institute, Manali. Now a few hotels have also come up. The winter skiing festival is organised in Solang Valley. Training in skiing is imparted at this place.

Rohtang Pass (70 Km.)

Rohtang pass is 51kms. from Manali on highway to Keylong/Leh. Rohtang Pass offers a panorama and spectacular mountain view. Rohtang pass is open from June to October each year although trekkers can cross it earlier. Rohtang Pass is a gateway to Lahaul Spiti, Pangi and Leh valley just as Zojila pass is a gateway to Ladakh. There are 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. During summer (mid June to October) regular buses ply between Manali - Keylong / Darcha, Udaipur, Spiti and Leh.

 


Manikaran (70 Km.)

Manikaran is located in the Parvati Valley between the rivers Beas and Parvati, northeast of Bhuntar in the Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh. It is at an altitude of 1760 m and is located about 45 km from Kullu. This small town attracts tourists visiting Manali and Kullu to its hot springs and pilgrim centres. An experimental geothermal energy plant has also been set up here.