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.
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.
Now what was a journey of hardly an hour, took us almost two hours because their was traffic on our way back and it so hit us that the long weekend had started for North India. And when we could hear "You don't know who my father is" in high decibels, we knew that Delhi and Chandigarh is here, bro. That's when we realized, Manali is a little too commercialized, indeed. But little did we know that the most exciting and music full of night was awaiting us.
Named after maharishi Bhrigu, most trekkers attempt this trek to get to the famous Bhrigu Lake. There's no denying that the Bhrigu Lake is definitely worth witnessing but the beautiful meadows on the Bhrigu Lake trek are the real deal. They stretch far and wide with the spellbinding sight of horses galloping and sheep grazing!Region: Himachal Pradesh | Highest Altitude: 14,009 ft | Difficulty: Moderate | Duration: 4 daysRead more about the Bhrigu Lake Trek here.
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.
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.
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.
After successfully making it back in good shape, we were starving. We realized, when in hills, no amount of food is enough food. Having quickly checked our recommendations list, ( Dylan's & Drifter's Cafe, sadly were closed) hit the Sunshine Cafe which greeted us to Live Music and decent food. The must haves on our list were Steamed Momos, Apple Cider, Wood oven pizzas, Trout fish and how can I forget, the Local apple wine. We tried blending in with the Hippies around by becoming ones ourselves.
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.
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.
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.
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.