Believed to be the abode of Manu, Manali houses a lovely shrine dedicated to this
ancient law giver of India. The popular belief is that this place is closely connected
with the seventh incarnation of the great sage. Mythology says that he saved the
Vedas and the seven sages from this inundation. It is assumed that subsequent to
the great flood, Manu landed at Manali and then lived here.
Situated 3 km from the main market of old Manali region, this might be the only
temple of Manu in India.
The Goddess Hadimba is revered in this area. Goddess Hadimba was the sister of the
'Rakshash’ Hadimb who ruled the mountains and was feared by all. When Bhima, the
Pandava brother met Goddess Hadimba with , he fell instantly in love and wanted
to marry with Goddess Hadimba. But Bhim had to kill her brother first. After the
death of her brother, Goddess Hadimba proved to be a good queen.
The Himalayan Nyingmapa Gompa is a famous monastery in Manali. Although not a very
huge one yet it is a beautiful and peaceful place to visit and unwind the mind.
The monastery has a huge gold faced statue of Lord Buddha. The place is beautiful
in the night when it is illuminated with lights and it smells of Tibetan incense.
Visitors can buy carpets and other Tibetan handicrafts near the Monastery giving
a very soothing feeling to the mind and body.
Solang Nala (Valley) drives its name from combination of words Solang (Nearby village)
and Nullah (water stream). It is a side valley at the top of the Kullu Valley in
Himachal Pradesh, India 14 km northwest of the resort town Manali on the way to
Rohtang Pass, and is known for its summer and winter sport conditions. The sports
most commonly offered are parachuting, paragliding, skating and zorbing. Giant slopes
of lawn comprise Solang Valley and provide its reputation as a popular ski resort.
A few ski agencies offering courses and equipment reside here and operate only during
winters. Snow melts during the summer months starting May and skiing is then replaced
by zorbing (a giant ball with room for 2 people which is rolled down a 200 metre
hill), paragliding, parachuting and horse riding. A ropeway was recently opened.
A beautiful spring at the Nehru Kund (6 kms), a quiet picnic spot in Kothi (12 kms)
and the Rahalla Falls (16 kms) at 2,500 meters are the other places worth visiting
are on the way to Rohtang Pass, 51 kms from Manali at 3,980 meters is the gateway
to the desert lands of Lahaul-Spiti. The Pass remains open to traffic between June
Situated on the left bank of river Beas at an altitude of 1851m, Naggar - an ancient
town commands extensive views, especially to the North West of the valley. Naggar
was the former capital of Kullu. It was founded by Raja Visudhpal and continued
as a headquarters of the State until the capital was transferred to Sultanpur (Kullu)
by Jagat Singh in 1460 A.D. Today this ancient and beautiful Palace is a popular