A p(ea)ce of heaven & you’ll never want to return
Manali has many attractions but the chief centre of interest, historically and archeologically.Refresh yourself with a dip in the natural hot sulphur springs at Vashist.
Situated at the northern end of the Kullu Valley, around 40 kms. away to the north, lies Manali.
The landscape here is breath taking - with well-defined snow-capped peaks, the Beas river with its clear water meandering through the town, marvellous walks through dappled orchards and fairy-tale forests of deodar and pine.
Referred to as the SWITZERLAND of India, it is an excellent place for a holiday. It is also a favourite stop-over for trekkers to Lahaul, Spiti, Kinnaur, Leh and Zanskar regions in Kashmir valley.
A visit to the market takes you to myriads of interesting shops selling Tibetan carpets and crafts with an appetizing aroma of steaming noodles in the air.
Manali has many attractions but the chief centre of interest, historically and archeologically, is the Dhoongri Temple dedicated to goddess Hadimba, the Bhim of Mahabharat fame. It has a four-tiered Pagoda-shaped roof and a doorway carved with legendary figures and symbols.
Other exciting must-sees include the temple of Manu Rishi, colourful Tibetan Monasteries, Mountaineering Institute, Nehru Kund – a natural spring named after Pt. Jwahar Lal Nehru, who used to drink water from this spring, the Rahala Water falls, Rohtang pass, the Arjun Gufa – where Arjun had meditated and Jagatsukh - famous for temples built in Shikhara style dedicated to Lord Shiva and Sandhya Gayatri.
Refresh yourself with a dip in the natural hot sulphur springs at Vashist. Create your own movie or sit down to pen that book or poems at Kothi. You can also simply enjoy the peace and quiet.
A visit to Manali is sure to take you to heaven…. Do I really have to return home to my mundane life?
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