Solang should always make it to the top of your places to visit when in Manali list. The valley presents one with some stunning views of snow covered mountains, glaciers and dense forests. If you are game for some adventure sports then please try paragliding or skiing when you are here. If you decide to bring along the kids, they can indulge in horse riding or zorbing to keep themselves busy here. The place is filled with spots that are ideal for picnics, so one should pack a basket and go on one. Solang is dotted with shops that sell delicious local food to satiate the hunger pangs.
Hidimba Devi Temple
Located in the Old Manali region of Manali, this is the first temple dedicated to Hidimbi Devi. She is worshipped here in the form of Devi Shakti and this is a very popular temple of Himachal. The temple was built by Maharaja Bahadur Singh in the 16th Century to give respect to the wife of Bhima, the Pandava. It is said that Hidimbi, the brother of Hidimba agreed to marry anyone who could overpower her brother. Hidimba was known to be the strongest of all. Another legend says that once there was a fight between the Pandavas and Hidimba, in which Bhima, the strongest Pandava defeated and killed Hidimba who was from the demon clan. After this Hidimbi married Bhima and they had a son named Ghatotkach. When the Pandavas were returning from their exile, Hidimbi decided to stay back and start her meditation to gain ultimate power and get the position of a Goddess. The cave in which we find the temple today is said to be the same in which she had meditated. After her meditation she became an incarnation of Goddess Shakti. The specialty of this temple is its pagoda styled 4-tiered roof and its beautiful wood carvings. The main festivals celebrated here are the Dusshera and Navaratri. There is another fair which is organized here during the month of May.
Leh Manali Highway
A highway in Northern India, it connects Leh in the Ladakh region of the state of Jammu and Kasmir with Manali in Himachal Pradesh. The highway remains open only for around four months during summer when the snow gets cleared and there is no fear of landslides. Again when winter arrives and there is snow all around, the highway remains no more motorable. At this time a part of the highway connects Zanskar in Ladakh to Lahaul and Spiti Valley in the Himachal Pradesh.
It is a place of great religious value to the Hindus and Sikhs because it houses the historical Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara. The high point of this Gurudwara is, that it is situated on the banks of River Parvati. You can literally sense the tempestuous rage of the Parvati while standing atop the bridge connecting the Gurudwara.
The lake is situated at a height of 14100 feet. The time i reached the lake it was frozen and had more than 50ft of ice over it. Being said that, there was no disappointment on finding the lake frozen as the snowclad mountains were breathtaking and gave amazing scenic beauty. The snow made the climb a little difficult and strenous without proper equipments, but it was worth it.
One of the most beautiful hill stations of India, Shimla is situated in the Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh. The city is in the northern ends of the beautiful Kullu Valley. There are a number of attractions to see in and around this place. Some of the most popular places are the Gulaba Camp known for its scenic beauty, the Nehru Kund is a clear water spring which has been named after the Late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. This is on the very famous Keylong Road. The Vashishth Village is then a very popular place especially for hot water springs. The Arjun Gufa, Kothi, Jagatsukh Temple, Rohtang Pass and Old Manali are other attractions to visit around.
By evening, my infatuation had grown multifold. I was finding ways to impress him, you know, try to be cute, do girly things, look naïve.. :) He was so different from the men I liked. All three days, he wore the same clothes. No, I mean literally same clothes, same blazer, shirt, denims, shoes and all I could think about was how handsome, kind and quiet he is (which is something all of us girls appreciate in a man).
This road is famous is for the Hotel Castle Naggar. This is a beautiful castle turned into a holiday resort and is a prime place for holidayers. This is also a place where a number of Bollywood Movies have been shot. The huge rooms and luxurious treatment by the staff here make you feel like you are having the best time of your life here. The rooms give way to views of the Kullu Valley, Beas River and other beautiful locations. The food and facilities here are also A- class.
The Mall, unlike any hill stations is the center of attraction and the only commercial area in the plateau. the mall in Manali is no different from any other hill stations, but has spectacular view of the beas river, beautiful monasteries, the one that is seen in the movie jab we met and a temple in the midst of the the market. food in the mall is fabulous and mouth watering.
If you want to taste some awesome Italian delicacies in a location like this, Il Forno is the best option for you. Located in the Siyal Region and a part of the Hadimba Road, this is a very popular restaurant. The old world charm and lovely décor will instantly impress you. The best part is that they serve food which is Italian and which is authentically Italian. The prices are standard and the quantity of food is really good and enough for a starving soul.
This photoblog is about one of the most memorable trip to Manali. I went to a mountaineering institute to attend an adventure training course. During the 7 days stay I went for few treks near Manali. This blog will showcase my experience to visit a beautiful small village Aleo near Manali.
Beas River Tributaries
Beas River:Abandoned huts of wood and stone guard lonesome apple orchards. The gurgling of a billion rebellions dims all distractions. Like tiny giants underwater, moss stones raise their heads. Hop on the dry stones, as you walk through the mischievous river Beas. Sit on its banks and observe the game of the birds. Unmindful of you, the blue, red and black shift between the shadows of the Deodars.
Remember this popular dialogue “shadi is dal-chawal for 50 saal till you die…”? This famous scene from the movie ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ was shot here at Hadimba Devi temple. The places like Dhungri, Vashisht and Old Manali still maintains that old world charm; away from the hustle and bustle of main town.
But we were not done and in no mood to give up. So the caravan took onto the next destination - Rohtang Pass, with full knowledge that it was closed for vehicles as the snow had started to melt. City bound people, in the hope of finding fresh snow, started trekking and climbing mountains for the next two hours, having no clue how will we descend these slippery hills. But what is a trip to the hills without any trekking and falling.The ride back to Old Manali in the evening absolutely soothed our aching bodies.
Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa Monastery
It is a known fact that Manali is famous for the number of monasteries that have been established here. Two very beautiful monasteries that attract much tourist attention are the Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa that was built in the year 1969 and the Himalayan Nyingma Gompa. The former is located in Old Manali and has a statue of Lord Buddha along with its beautiful interiors. There is a small garden that surrounds this monastery. The second one is situated close to the market square in Manali. These monasteries are known for their brilliant handiwork. They make very beautiful carpets and paintings. When one enters these places, the low whisper of religious hymns being chanted along with the aroma of incense makes the place a peaceful abode.
People Cafe Old Manali
After getting treated to some much-required Coffee and a bit of exploring the nearby river, we quickly checked-in and in no time were we all ready to start our 'trip'. First stop: People CafeNot that we were completely clueless about which places and cafes to go to, we still followed our instinct and hit People Cafe for a nice pahadi breakfast which would prepare us for the long trekky day. Now apart from the food, the thing which will stay with us was what we did after the food. The child in us became super excited as we got hold of some sheets and crayons. The mountains completely mounted our creativity as we turned into self-proclaimed Picassos for the next one hour. We gave our creations to the people at People Cafe as our mark of being there.
After paying homage at these holy shrines we came back to the Mall Road at Manali from where we visited a nearby attraction – Van Vihar where few scenes from the movie ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ were shot. As the day comes to a close, we hung out at Mall Road which is considered as the heart of every hill station. To stop our food cravings we sat at an authentic Tibetan food corner recommended by few local people. The Mall Road is flooded with best options to eat and purchase cool items. There are numerous bakery shops where we tried out chocolate pastries. I was attracted by amazing artworks on keychains and beautiful Tibetan handicrafts & artificial jewellery.Rohtang La – An Unforgettable Journey!
Day 4: Shea-Goru to Chatru and drive from Chatru to Manali
A leisure 4-hour walk downhill to the road head Chatru is scenic as you enter the barren Spiti valley. One can visit Chandratal in the afternoon and camp the night back at Chatru. Or one can drive back to Manali from Chatru.
Manali Club House
Our next stop was The Club House, a small area market cum activity zone. The entry costs 20 bucks per person. There were people enjoying street food at different stalls, so did us, Gol Gappe and so awesome they were :P.In the backyards of Club House, River Crossing and other adventure activities were being carried out. We spent 100 bucks each to let some fear flow out and do the dare.
The rest of the day was spent following random trails that led us through forests and step-farming setups that were still covered with snows, patched sown with colourful flowers against a backdrop of the snowy mountains and equally brightly painted houses nearby. Also, we became friends with a doggo who accompanied us throughout the trails. The day ended with a ride on a giant wheel at the edge of a mountain, followed by dinner at a cafe with trippy lights and trippy music.