Kullu Manali, Himachal Pradesh - Points of interest
12 Most Popular Places to Visit in Kullu Manali
Manali has many attractions but the chief centre of interest, historical and archaeological. Kullu has numerous temples and renowned as “Valley of Gods”. Kullu-Manali is also famous for its picturesque nature views, snow capped mountains, the flowers valley and various hidden waterfalls.
Here we have listed main attractions of Kullu Manali below, that you must visit on your Kullu Manali Trip:
Solang Valley is a side valley at the top of the valley of Kullu in Himachal Pradesh, and 14 km northwest of Manali hill town en route to Rohtang Pass, and is known for its summertime and winter sporting conditions. Its most often offered sports activities include skydiving, trekking, paragliding, skating and zorbing.
Rohtang Pass is a most haunted, dangerous and high mountain pass on the eastern Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas around 51 km from Manali town. Here you will be entering in a different world, where a normal 2-3 hourly journey always ends up with whole day. The road from Manali to Rohtang is one of the most precarious roads, always move higher up, there are no trees but rocks always covered with snow.
Hidimba Devi Temple
Hidimbi Devi Temple, also known as the Hadimba Temple or the Dhungri Devi temple is located in Manali. The temple is dedicated to goddess Hadimba, the wife of Bhim from the Mahabharata. It has four tiered Pagoda shaped roof and the doorway is carved with legendary figures and symbols. This temple located amidst wooden forest of deodar is about 2.5 kms. The walls of the temple are covered with woodcarvings and A large festival is held here in month of May each year, animal sacrifices are carried out here for the three day Dhungri Mela.
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Bhrigu Lake is located at an altitude of about 4,300 meters (14,100 feet) and eastern Rohtang Pass and around 6 kms from Gulaba village in the district of Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. Its bears the name of Maharishi Bhrigu. You can get there for hill walking, either from the Vashisht Temple. This long walk provides ample opportunity to explore the glaciers and moraines in this part of the Himalayas. Bhrigu Lake offers trek in the Beas valley, which is famous for its flower-covered meadows, terraced fields of apple, rice, corn and of course the sparkling Beas river.
Bijli MahaDev Temple
The Bijli Mahadev Temple is one of the sacred temples of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh and located at an elevation of 2460 meters in the Kullu Valley and as the name suggests the temple is frequently struck by lightning. The 60 feet high staff of Bijli Mahadev temple glistens like a silver needle in the sun. Tourists can get a panoramic view of Kullu and Paravati valleys from the temple. One can reach there by personal vehicle or the booked vehicle.
Great Himalayan National Park
The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP), is one of India’s National Park in the western part of the Himalayan Mountains and located in Kullu region in the state of Himachal Pradesh. In June 2014, this Park was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites and granted the status to the park under the criteria of “exceptional natural beauty and conservation of biological diversity”. Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area (GHNPCA) protects the monsoon-affected forests and alpine meadows of the Himalayan front ranges. It is part of the Himalaya biodiversity hotspot and includes twenty-five forest types along with a rich assemblage of fauna species, several of which are threatened. This gives the site outstanding significance for biodiversity conservation.
Basheshwar Mahadev Temple
Basheshwar Mahadev Temple, Bajaura located 15 km from Kullu is one of the most charming temples in the Kullu valley. This temple is renowned for its intricate stone carvings and dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is said to be built by pandavas. It is dating back to the 9th century and situated on the banks of Kullu Beas River, this huge temple has been built in a pyramid style and houses a large “Yoni-Lingam” idol representing Lord Shiva and his wide Goddess Parvati.
Buddhism in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh goes back to the spread of Buddhism in the eighth century. Since a lot of Tibetans live in Manali there are many beautiful Buddhist monasteries here. Through the centuries, this activity has been become ingrained, especially in Lahaul, Spiti and Kinnaur valleys in Himachal Pradesh. only a few monasteries have survived in Himachal Pradesh namely, the Lhalung Monastery, Nako Gompa in Spiti and Tabo Monastery in Spiti, the last named monastery is known as the Ajanta of the Himalayas. And one of the Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa Monastery, which is famous for medium size statue of Lord Buddha and multi coloured wall paintings.
Nehru Kund is located on the Manali-Keylong road and 5 kms. on National Highway to Leh. It is a natural and a fresh water spring and it is believed that this spring named after the first Prime Minister of India Pt. Jwahar Lal Nehru, who used to drink water from this spring during his stay in Manali.
Naggar is located on the banks of the River Beas, its belived that Naggar was the capital of Kullu for 1400 years. It’s mostly famous for a large number of temples. Its 16th century stone and wood castle is now a hotel run by Himachal Tourism. Here, a gallery houses is also famous for the Roerich Art Gallery, which houses the paintings of Nicholas Roerich as well as his sculptures.
Manikaran is located at an altitude of 1760 m in the Parvati Valley at a distance of 45 km from Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh. Manikaran is a pilgrimage centre and an important religious destination for Hindus and Sikhs and also famous for its hot springs. The hot springs on here are so hot that heat of water is used in cooking food. An experimental geothermal energy plant has also been set up here.
Vashisht Temple is located in Vashisht town 3km north of Manali, across the Beas River of Kullu. This stone temple dedicated to Vashishta Muni. In temple, there is a very popular hot springs among tourists, local and foreign alike, While Indian visitors usually come here to bathe in this hot springs. Especially, Vashisht, famous for its temples and sulfur hot springs, gifted with great healing powers. Here are many households of wood and stone with beautiful carvings.