Kullu-Manali : A refreshing Himalayan tourist destination
Who amongst all is unaware of the breathtaking scenic beauty of Himachal Pradesh. Besides Shimla-The queen of Hills there are lot many tourist destinations worth a visit. People residing in plains keep looking for smart options to beat the summer heat and have a refreshing break. Not only the hilly regions attract the people in summers, there are many people who plan out their winter breaks in places where they can witness snow covered mountains and enjoy the chilly winter nights.
We, as a Himachal Watcher team have set our goals high and plan to expand our horizon, With the aim to make our readers know about various tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh we plan to write about them not all in a go but one by one.So, if you are the one who is keen enough to know more about Himachal, its culture, tourism then you got to stay tuned in.
Here, I have chosen one of my favorite travel destination-Manali. Situated at an altitude of 2,050 m which is 6,726 feet in the Beas River Valley, Manali is one tourist destination that witness snow covered mountains (in winters) and superb weather (in summers). It’s a place worth visiting!
Manali is 40 kms away from Kullu to the north, and is situated near the end of the valley on the National Highway that leads to Leh.
Minimum temperature in Manali is below -05 C from Oct till March. December, January and February are coldest months but summers make Manali one of the best hill spot worth visiting to beat the scotching heat in plains. The minimum temperature is between 15 to 20 C during this time of the year.
Places that are worth visiting:
Hadimba Temple: Built in 1553, Hadimba is magnificently crafted temple with four tiered pagoda roof and beautifully carved doorway.
Manu Temple: dedicated to the sage Manu is in old Manali and worth visiting.
Vashisht: is Well known for hot springs with old temples dedicated to the sage Vashisth and Lord Ram.
Jagatsukh: is one time capital of Kullu with few old temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Sandhya Gayatri. Also, you can check out the Arjun caves nearby.
Solang Valley: is one picturesque setting that has good ski slopes and picnic spots.
Rohtang pass: is situated at the height of 3978 m and is one place that won’t want to miss out.
The Club House: is all set to appeal you with comprehensive facilities like roller skating rink, an auditorium, billiards rooms, library, bar and restaurant.
Also, there are many Tibetan monasteries that can’ be missed out.
How to reach Manali:
As obvious there are three ways to reach Manali. You can opt for road, rail or by air depending upon the best feasible option from the place you are putting up.
You can board a train from Chandigarh or Ambala a these are the nearest Broad Gauge Rail Head from Manali. Though Jogindernagar and kalka are not much preferred rail heads but can be chosen if these are feasible.
Manali is around 540 km from Delhi. So if you are residing somewhere near Delhi, you can opt for bus or hire a private taxi. Manali is easily approachable from Shimla, Leh, Dhramshala.
The airport nearest to Manali is Bhuntar which is in Kullu, about 50 km from Manali. Indian Airlines and Kingfisher airlines operate flights to Kullu from Delhi and Chandigarh. If you are ready to shell out good amount, then traveling by plane can be a good option.
Being a tourist spot, Manali has innumerable hotels and resort. Hotels can be booked online through makemytrip, Expedia and like wise.
It is suggested that you plan your trip well and book your hotel and other tickets well in advance so that you don’t have to face problem. If you are planning your trip to Manali in winters then don’t forget to carry warm clothes. Plan well in advance to avoid last minute rush and enjoy!