If the state Himachal Pradesh is considered to be the Queen of Hills, Manali can be said to be her Tiara. Located at a height of 6260 feet above the sea level, Manali is the mesmerizing Hill Station surrounded with other alluring hills and woody forests. The most popular hill station of India, Manali captivates the hearts of people all around the world. Blessed with the breathtaking beauty and awestruck aura, Manali is the hill station with heavenly beauty. The spellbinding landscapes, the hilly area, snow covered peaks, and the woody forests add to the charm of this mesmerizing hill station. Manali is not just a place for all travelers, but Manali provides the food to the adventurous souls who seek the adventures places. With plenty of adventurous activities that Manali offers, Manali is the only hill station which is full of hustle-bustle at almost every part of the year. With some major attractions of Manali and the activities that it offer, Manali is considered to be the most loved Hill Station of India and it attracts uncountable number of travelers every year from all over the world.
The magnificent hill station of India, Manali retains a quiet interesting history. More than the history it would be called as a myth or a belief of the legends of this alluring beauty. As per the say of the legends and the natives, Manali has the home to the Lawgiver Many and while he was searching for his safe house, Manali provided him with the safe shelter and environment. As the days were going, once he found a ting fish in the bathing water and the fish asked him to look after her with devotion and in return, one day she would provide him with a great service. As per the say of the fish, Vaivasvatatava looked after the fish until the fish grew extremely huge and she was departed to the sea. Before the departure, she warned Manu about the deluge where the entire world will be submerged under the water and he would build a sea-worthy ark. As the world was submerged under the water because of the flood, the Seven Sages and the Vaivasvata were provided the safety by the Matsya, the fish who is considered to be the first avatar of Lord Vishnu.As the water level subsided the seventh Manu’s ark came for the rest on hillside and then, this place got its name Manali after him. With the steady process of the drying of the water, the place here came out as a breath taking beauty and the life began again at Manali.The high mountains here were covered with white yet silent snow and the deep boulder strewn gorges, the forests started growing thick with woody trees and the weather with breezy winds with the songs of the birds made this place a legendary cradle for human life and now is the prominent tourist destination of India.
It is believed that Lord Raghunath ji is the ruler of this magnificent place and his history behind him called as the ruler of Manali is associated with Raja Jagat Singh who was the Maharaja and the ruler of Manali in 17th Century was cursed by the peasant and as a result of the curse, he started suffering from leprosy. While he was looking for solutions, he was asked to install an idol of Lord Raghunath Ji. As per the instructions he received, he placed the idol of Lord right on his throne that he brought from Ayodhya and he was cured from the disease. And since the day, the ruler of Manali is considered to be Lord Raghunath Ji. Later, the Modern Manali was established by the British who were looking for a short escape from the heat of the summers of India and therefore they developed the land as a sanctuary and released trout and planted apples. As Manali was considered to be the princely state of Mandi, it was later merged with India in 1948 post India got its Independence.
It lives in freezing cold in the winters and enjoys the moderately cool summers. One can explore this enthralling town anytime throughout the year except for monsoon months. The interval of March to June and the period of October to February are simply great for exploration.
The superbly impressive town of Manali shares a perfect combination of simplicity and uniqueness; in fact, it’s a true follower of visibility. Manali is one such name, which resides in most of the nature lovers’ heart; this snowy destination serves as the finest spot for the honeymooners.
Keeping several things in mind, Manali is home to every category, hotels, resorts, hostels and Homestays. You just have to pay your presence and rest of the part of trip will move in smoothness.
A destination like Manali is dressed in appreciable harmony with Mother Nature; it only craves of welcoming gesture. One can stay close to nature as long as they want to; but to explore the chief destinations of Manali, you would have a plan for minimum 3 days trip.
Here are the names of some major touristic spots residing in the arms of Manali – Hidimba Devi Temple| Manali Sanctuary| Manu Temple, Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk art| Mall road etc.
Hindi is the official language of Manali; you would hear most of the people communicating in this language. You can also come across some people communicating in a Himachali dialect known as Mandeali; it’s mainly spoken in the Northern zone of India.
The place located at just 14 kilometer of Manali can be seen as one of the most crowded places of Manali. The mesmerizing location covered with snow is the absolute bliss while it is the location for the adventure lovers. Every single kind of adventure, from Para-gliding to horse riding to jeep safaris, everything can be experiences here. Every year, with the Skiing festival that it hosts, thousands of people come down especially to attend the festival.
The ancient temple famous for its location and the picturesque architecture is dedicated to Hadimba Devi, the wife of Pandu Son Bhima. The crucial tourist attraction, Hadimba Devi Temple is situated in the Dhungri Forest and is surrounded by pine trees from all sides. The important religious pilgrimage center of Manali is pagoda-shaped temple.
While Manali houses the Tibetan population, Manali is also the land to the world famous Tibetan Monasteries. The worldwide known Himalayan Nyingmapa Gompa and Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa fascinates tourists and travelers from all over the world. With some major Tibetan handicrafts and art items on displays, this is the must visit place of Manali.
A pyramid shaped stone temple, Vashisht Temple is blessed with the abundance of the natural hot water spring and is dedicated to the Sage Vashisht. It is believed that the water of the spring is blessed with the medicinal properties yet one can have an escape from all stress with just a dip in these springs.
The throbbing nerve street of Manali is the place where life comes to an existence in Manali. With numerous hotels and food corners and shopping center lined up on the street, Mall Road of Manali is the most lively location of Manali and is the extremely must visit destination especially for the shopaholic people. As Manali is considered to be the most visited tourist destination, as per the point of interest of Manali, one can opt for a Sightseeing Tour of Manali, Shopping Tour at Mall Road, Adventurous activities at Solang Valley and plenty of them.
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