Travel in India

Manali-The abode of Mother Nature
By:Goutam Sahoo <[email protected]>

Manali is one of the most charming hill stations of North India. It is located in the state of Himachal Pradesh. This city is known for the hill, waterfalls, passes, shrines, monasteries etc. It is well connected to almost all the metro cities of the country by roadways or train service. Hence it is always populated with tourists.

In order to accommodate all class of tourists, there is availability of many hotels in here. There are the luxurious hotels, lodges, resorts as well as Budget Manali Hotels. These Manali Hotels are known for the pleasant stay, ambience and comfort. They are also known to provide good service. There are also present many good restaurants in this city. Some of which are famous for the ‘Pahari’ cuisine food, which is mouth watering. There are also many food joints which are known for other variety of cuisines.

This city is also known for the adventurous sports, trekking, rafting, paragliding and skiing. There is availability of adventure sports package for the adventure enthusiasts. The very famous passes of the city Rohtang pass and the Chandrakhani pass are known for the scenic charm, they are also an ideal place for trekking. There is the enchanting Solang valley, which after snowfall becomes the prime spot for skiing activity and once snow has gone the spot for paragliding activities. It is also famous for the glaciers near the valley.

Another fascinating aspect of the city relates to the number of shrines and monasteries in here. The shrine of Lord Shri Ram, Raghunath temple, is a beautiful establishment. This place celebrates the festival of Dusshera with celebrations and fair. Many people from the nearby places come to attend this fair. Another significant temple of the city is the Hadimba temple. The Hadimba temple has the roof of the temple designed in the pagoda style. This temple has the footprint of Goddess Hadimba, who is also the patron deity of the royal family of Kullu.

This temple is also famous for the wooden sculptures which adorn the walls. There is also the Bijli Mahadev temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is situated at a very high altitude. There are many Buddhists monasteries also in this city. One of the famous one is the Gadhan Thekchoking Gumpa monastery. This monastery is famous for the idol of Lord Buddha and the multi colored paintings which adorn its wall.

There is a castle of historical importance and that is the Naggar Castle. It was built by Raja Sidh Singh. It is made of wood and stone. This castle houses a temple and a museum. There are also many shrines near the castle which are worth visiting like the Gauri Shankar temple, Chatur Bhuj temple and the Tripur Sundari temple. There is also Roerich art Gallery which houses the photographs and paintings of the Russian artist Nicholas Roerich. There is also an Urswati Himalayan Folk Museum nearby which is a must visit.
There is a wild life sanctuary in this city, known as The Great Himalayan National Park. It is known to house the many varieties of wild animals and birds. It is worth visiting.





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