5 Reasons To Visit Kullu-Manali

From the snowy delights of Rohtang Pass to the soothing warmth of the surrounding thermal spring, there are several places to visit in Kullu-Manali for nature lovers and thrill-seekers. With the picturesque views of snow-clad mountains, river valleys, charming cafes and laidback vibe, this hill station in Himachal Pradesh is an immensely popular vacation spot with both foreign and domestic tourists. Its widespread appeal draws everyone from adventure sports enthusiasts and vacationing families and honeymoon couples and hippie backpackers. Here are some places which we must visit in Kullu-Manali.

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Hadimba Temple

This wood and stone temple is dedicated to Hadimba, the wife of Bhima, one of the Pandava brothers from the Mahabharata. It was constructed in 1553 and is located in the middle of the Dhungri Park. The structure has a four-tiered pagoda-shaped roof and a carved doorway that is embellished with the figures of Hindu Gods and symbols. The son of Bhima and Hadimba, Ghatotkach is also worshipped here.

Rohtang Pass

This snow-covered pass is located on the highway to Leh and is only open from June to October every year. It lies at a height of 3979 metres and offers spectacular views of mountains peaks, glaciers and the Chandra River. The pass is a gateway to Lahaul, Spiti, Pangi and Leh. Due to its increasing popularity, the route to Rohtang is often clogged with traffic during the peak tourist season. There are facilities for skiing and sledging near the pass and plenty of photo opportunities for snap-happy tourists.

Naggar

It is the former capital of Kullu and lies on the left bank of river Beas. It was founded by Raja Visudhpal and remained the political centre until the capital was shifted to Sultanpur in 1460 A.D. its major attraction is the caste which has now been converted into a heritage hotel operated by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Cooperation. The building is made of wood and stone and has carved doors and windows. There is a small museum, a temple and a nice restaurant within the premises. It is an easy day trip from Manali with interesting sights and some good guesthouses and restaurants. It’s a fine place for a few days’ relaxing stays.

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Manikaran

It is located on the right bank of River Parvati. This place is popular for its hot sulphur springs. It attracts Hindu and Sikh pilgrims, who come here to take a dip in the water which is considered to have healing properties. According to legends, the springs were created when a giant snake stole goddess Parvati’s earrings and then threw them out on the ground here. There are also a couple of temples including the Raghunath Temple and Naini Devi Mandir in the vicinity.

Vashisht

This village is located on the bank of river Beas, 3 kilometres away from Manali. It is also famous for its hot sulphur springs. It is believed that they were created by Laxman hooting an arrow into the ground. Here the bathing facilities are available for both men and women. There are also two temples dedicated to Ram and the sage Vashisht nearby.

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