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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 and November
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 tourist spot.