Valley of the Gods-Manali

Valley of the Gods-Manali

Manali, the awe-inspiring hill station, nestled between the mountains of Himachal Pradesh, a north-Indian state. The thick cover of snow that covers the mountains in soft white quilt offers an enchanting picturesque view. Amidst the snow capped mountains, rippling water of the river valley, one feels like coming home to nature and its comforting and rejuvenating embrace. The aura is impeccable. To witness the azure sky caressing the silvery peaks is a feeling so divine!

History- Manali is named after the Hindu law giver “Manu”. Manali is a combination of “Manu-Alay” meaning “Home of Manu”.  Legend has it that safe Manu had landed on this land to recreate human life after a great flood had devastated it. The Old Manali has an ancient temple dedicated to the holy sage. This hill station is thus also sometimes called “Valley of Gods”.

Manali City

Manali City

Fascinations-

Adventure sports: The snow covered mountains having a fine slope are the perfect destination for all sorts of adventure sports. Skiing, hiking, trekking etc are all enjoyed in this area.

Snow- The soft wool-like fresh snow that falls in the winters are  a great attraction for people. A divine aura is created, mesmerizing environment hypnotizes the visitors. People of all ages celebrate the snow by making a snowman and throwing snowballs at each other. The laughter echoes and fills the air.

Dussehra-Celebration:  The celebration of Dussehra every year exhibits the rich cultural heritage of this land. The event is grandiose and overwhelming. People come here specially to witness this festive season.

Temples:  Being called the “Valley of Gods”, Shimla is home to the God, as evident from its more than divine atmosphere. But apart from the legendary beliefs, many temples are erect on this land. There are small, big, antique and exquisite temples that are profoundly revered.

Experience the divinity here:  (Places to Visit)

  • Hadimba Temple- Hadimba temple is an antique temple, built in the 16th Surrounded by a thick lush dense forest of deodar trees, attracts tourists and visitors in huge numbers.The presiding deity of the Hadimba temple or the Dhoongri temple is the Goddess Hadimba, who was the wife of Bhim (the mighty Pandava). It is believed that the giantess meditated and penance here on a piece of rock, which makes the sanctum of the temple. It is so believed that after abject penance, she was raised to the position of Durga. The foot print of the Goddess is also preserved by the entrance of this temple.Because of this intriguing legend associated with this temple and the scenic beauty around it, it is visited by a lot of devouts and visitors.

    Hadimba Temple

    Hadimba Temple

  • Rohtang Pass- Rohtang Pass is the highest point of the Manali-Keylong road. Located at an altitude of 4112 meters above sea level, it provides a splendid view of surrounding mountain ranges. This area has been out of reach and hustle bustle of human contact and hence is still close to its natural roots. The alluring beauty and charm are protected as yet thus making Rohtang Pass an exquisite tourist location.There are great trekking opportunities here. The most suitable time to visit this place is during the months of June and September. The trekkers’ route to Rohtang Pass of Manali will provide you the opportunity to witness the ethereal beauty of this location.

    Rohtang Pass

    Rohtang Pass

  • Solang Valley- At a distance of 10 km from Manali, is located the fascinating destination of  Solang Valley. It is perched at an escalation of 8500 feet above sea level. The bliss of nature is transcended here, along the bank of river Beas.

    It is a perfect place to relish and savor the beauty and serenity of nature. The soothing quietness of the atmosphere, gloriously blue vast sky and the snow-capped peaks are a treat for the eyes. The soft ripples of the river and the bounties of nature give the feeling of being in a heavenly abode. There are beautiful picnic spots here.

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  • Nehru Kund-  Named after the first Prime Minister of India, Nehru Kund is actually a spring. The serenity of this place is like an elixir for the mortals. The crystal clear water spring is said to have its source at the Bhrigu Lake. The bubbling water in the spring is like sheer music to the ears.

    Camping Near Nehru Kund

    Camping Near Nehru Kund

    In the vicinity of this area, there are other places that are worth visiting likeArjun Gufa, Jagatsukh, Vashisht hot water spring and the temple for the revered sage Vashishtha. The club House and the Manu temple are also some of the enchanting and hypnotizing places to visit.

    Manu Temple

    Manu Temple

    If you are in Manali, then the trip would be incomplete without visiting Kullu. Kullu-Manali is so intact to each other’s existence that they make a pair. They are as much together as is bread and butter or shoes and socks.Kullu is also a lovely hill station with many soul-soothing destinations.

    Manali, the Valley of Gods, is an elixir, bliss, for the mortals of the earth. It is a must visit city. Come here to experience the bliss, serenity and sanctity of this heavenly abode.

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