A refreshing trip to Manali, an ancient town located at an altitude of 6,626ft in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh can work as a medical therapy for the tired and fatigued souls.
Kullu and Manali are among the most popular tourist destinations not only for Himachal Pradesh but for the entire sub-continent. Manali is famous for it’s synonymous streams and birdsongs, forests, orchards, and grandees of snow-capped mountains, whereas, Kullu is a hot-spot for adventure sports that offers activities such as trekking, river rafting, mountaineering, paragliding and hiking over the Himalayan glaciers.
The district of Kullu Manali has a stunning landscape and is a popular destination for honeymooners. Here, people come for a honeymoon as well as vacations.To welcome its guests, Manali prepares itself with hundreds of hotels, lodges, cottages and guest houses, which are classified into budget, deluxe and luxury accommodation.
Kullu Manali is often referred as the valley of gods. The name Manali is a changed version of the word Manu allaya, that means the home of Manu. The temple of Manu is still found in old Manali. However, It has expanded with time and has now lots of things to do in Kullu Manali for tourists. It offers a more diverse range of attractions to tourists with its own share of prominent temples such as the Hadimba Temple and the Maa Sharvari Temple. There are also a couple of Buddhist monasteries in the area such as The Himalayan Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple and the more traditional Panden Ngari Gompa.
While thousands travel to Kullu-Manali every year to enjoy the cool mountain air and breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas, very few are aware of the historical significance of this valley. Britishers first started settling down in Kullu after they took it over from the Sikhs in 1846. Headed by an Assistant Commissioner, Kullu at that time was a sub-division under Kangra district. Up till then the Kullu valley could be reached only on foot or by riding a hill pony up and down precipitous paths. But once the buses and lorries and private cars started pouring in and transforming Kulu into a popular holiday resort like Kashmir, the whole pattern of life changed for the residents.
Waterfalls and hot springs conjure up a charming atmosphere in this region. The Jogini Falls, Rahala Waterfalls and Rozy Falls are some of the destinations frequently flocked by the tourists. The Kalath Hot Springs and the Vashisht Hot Water Springs also draw a huge number of tourists every year. Infact, It is one of the best Hill stations among rest in Himachal Pradesh with the most favourite Tourist attraction Rohtang Pass. Most easily approchable, cheap and best in terms of enjoyment. For people who love to trek, Beas kund trek is one of the most fabulous places for it. If you are planning for trekking in Manali, add this place to your list, it will surely bring you closer to nature. If you always wanted to enjoy the Himalayan trek, this is the shortest and ideal trek. Beas Kund is located at a spectacular place and it gives a great view of the Pir Panjal ranges. After a while of climbing on to the place, you reach the origin of Beas lake which truly feels magical because it is a glacial lake with melting snow.
It's a long and difficult way if you're planning to go by Bus or Car, you will have to cross the border in Mahendranagar, if it is opened, then go to Haridwar and then to Chandigarh. After that, you will have to go to Mandi by bus and then finally you'll arrive in Manali.
It would be better if you fly to New Delhi from Kathmandu, take a connecting flight to Kullu-Manali Airport, and then rent a car with a driver to go to Manali.