Manali is a town located in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh, which is in the northern part of India. Manali is famous among honeymooners and adventure lovers because of the breath taking landscapes, snow-capped peaks, deodar trees, apple orchards etc. To know more about adventurous activities and recreational sports in Manali, you can refer to our previous blog here. The cold, pleasant weather and bountiful nature offers variety of pleasures and grasps the attention of all types of tourists.
Away from the loud noises, busy hustle-bustle of daily chores and to relax and energize, a trip to Manali is considered the perfect holiday destination as it is suitable for all age groups.
Apart from the main city of Manali, there are various places near by that attracts tourists and are worth visiting. Here’s a small list of such places that you should visit.
Nehru kund, located on Manali-Leh highway about 6 km away from Manali, is a natural spring of cold water named after India’s first Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru because he used to drink water from this spring during his holiday in Manali.
The spring water is believed to be originated and come down from the Bhrigu lake and has auspicious belief by the locals. The water is clean and tastes different. Trekking and many adventurous sports are conducted here. Since Nehru Kund has a breath-taking scenery of mountains and valleys all around along with good lighting, it is a perfect spot for good pictures which is why this place is famous among photography enthusiasts as well as nature lovers.
The timings to visit Nehru Kund is from 7 am to 7 pm throughout the week. Entry is free. You can visit throughout the year except for the monsoon season that lasts from July to September. Visit during monsoons is not advised since there are chances of landslides and it is risky.
Naggar is an ancient town, or you can call it a small village, in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh with an old castle fashioned out of rocks and stones of historical importance. It is famous for its Naggar castle, Roerich art Gallery, Naggar fort and ancient temples which are located in the castle premises itself. The Nagger castle and fort are now been converted into a heritage hotel which has become the popular tourist spot now.
The ancient architecture is dotted with wooden, stone cottages and the most splendid Kullu valley view. The pagoda shaped Tripura Sundari Temple is made of deodar wood and the idol of goddess is enshrined in the temple with 21 masks.The temple has a beautiful woodwork with great carvings and craftsmanship that fascinates you and the solitude you get here makes the visit worth. If you would like to get involved, you can attend Sharhi Jatra, a popular fair that is held here every year in honor of the goddess in the month of May.
Jagatipatt temple, Gauri Shankar temple are some other places that add glory to the beauty of Naggar. Hence Naggar is slowly becoming a preferred place for tourism.
It can be reached from either Kullu or Manali side since Naggar is situated on the sleepy hill nearer to the left bank of Beas river. Bus facility is also available from Manali to proceed towards Khakhnal and reach Naggar.
A 1000 years old ancient village which is still famous and visited for its unique old world charm. Rumsu is about 3-4 kms from Naggar. To watch and experience the culture, lifestyle of local village people in the mountains, this place is an ideal selection.
There is no railway station near to Rumsu, however there is a motorable road to Rumsu. But the walking path is short and best to enjoy the views of the valley. Rumsu has all the ancient look like old wooden houses, kids studying in an open air courtyard. Outsiders are prohibited to touch or enter the temple and leather boots or apparels are strictly not allowed in and around the vicinity of temple. They worship Jamlu Devta.
A small beautiful village about 20 kilometers from Manali on the road to Rohtang pass. Gulaba derives its name from Raja Gulab Singh of Kashmir, who stayed at Gulaba on his way to conquer China. The valley of flowers replicates the picturesque beauty of Kashmir with its dreamy green landscapes, snow capped mountains and Beas rushing by the green grasslands. Owing to its beautiful natural landscapes, it attracts tourists in huge numbers. It is famous among picnickers and photographers for its cool calm pleasant and natural beauty.
Due to such an amazing topography, Gulaba has become a centre for adventurous activities.The best time to visit here is during winter between November to February and in March and April. To reach Gulaba, the best preferred mode is of public transport or private taxi. Different activities is conducted based on the climate. During winter the region is covered by thick snow so Skiing, ice skating can be enjoyed. Trekking, paragliding, hiking, camping etc are other options available for adventure lovers.
A small village around 3 kms from Manali, across the river Beas lies Vashisht, named after Vashishta Muni. After the death of his children, saddened Vashisht Muni began to meditate here. The Vashisht temple is believed to be 4000 years old and made with lots of intricate wood carvings.
The place is famous and recognized among tourists for its hot water springs. To warm up the cold place for Ashwa megha yagna, Laxman fired an arrow to the ground after which hot water spring gushed out from here. Tourists visit here in large numbers to bathe in the hot spring. There are two separate bathrooms for ladies and gents. The bathing pool is of stone floors fitted with Turkish style.
The water from the spring is believed to have medicinal properties to cure skin diseases. Summer and winter are the best time to visit this place. There is no entry fee and it is open for visit from 7 am to 10 pm every day.