Manali is nestled quietly at an altitude of 2050 m above the sea level in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Spread all along the river Beas, Manali is at a distance of 32 km from Kullu, 108km from Mandi and 280 km from Shimla.
Sightseeing in Manali
Manali is named after the Sage Manu, who has meditated on this very place. According to Hindu mythology, Manu is believed to be first man on earth and creator of human race. The Manu Temple is dedicated to the sage and is the only temple of Manu in India. Arjuna Gufa is located on the left bank of river Beas near Pirni village. It is believed to be a place where Arjuna performed a severe abstraction to get the Pashupata weapon from Lord Indra. The four storey wooden temple of Hidimba was built in 1553 AD. Located amidst the Dhungiri Van Vihar, the temple is remarkable for its carved doorway. At Jagatsukh is the famous temple of Shiva 5 km from Manali. Dedicated to Lord Shiva and Sandhya Gayatri, the temple is built in Sikhara style. You will come across several gompas or Buddhist Monasteries in Manali. 16 km from Manali is the Rahala Waterfalls at an altitude of 2,501 m. Vashisht is a small hamlet 3 km from Manali across River Beas. There are several natural sulphar water springs known for their medicinal properties. Modern bathhouses with Turkish showers are constructed at the site for the convenience of the tourists. There are temples of Sage Vashisht and Lord Rama at this place.
How to Reach Manali
By Air: The nearest airport is at Bhuntar at a distance of 52 km from Manali.
By Rail: The nearest railhead is at Jogindernagar, which is 135 km away from Manali.
By Road: Manali is well connected by surface network with important towns and cities like Kullu, Shimla, Dalhousie, Ambala, Mandi, Chandigarh and Delhi.