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Manali

On the northern end of the Kullu valley is the thriving hill station of Manali. Named after the Brahmin lawgiver, Manu, Manali means “the abode of Manu”. The early settlers were nomadic hunters and shepherds who created the town. Later, the British inhabited the region using it as their summer getaway and introduced apple trees and trout that has now become their means of income.

 

The scenery consists of snow-clad peaks, the Beas River, cedar forests, tiny fields and fruit orchards. Known as the gateway to the Ladakh, it is connected by the world’s highest driveable road. Rohtang Pass, at a height of 13050 feet, is popular tourist place, offering some stunning views.

 

Two notable temples are Manu Temple and Hadimba Temple. In Vashisht, you will find some small ancient temples and a bath complex nourished by the nearby hot springs that are believed to have medicinal value.

 

There are two Tibetan monasteries in the mall area that are colourful and contemporary. Also worth visiting are the Solang Valley, Great Himalayan National Park and Naggar Castle. Adventure sports are big here with activities like rafting, paragliding, trekking, zorbing and skiing.

Itineraries that include Manali
A Journey to the Hermit Kingdom Himachal & the Golden Triangle