Nestled between the exotic natural beauty and snow-capped Himalayas, Manali is the most beautiful hill station in the country. Gifted with immense natural beauty, fruits laden orchards, blossoming gardens, snow-capped Himalayas, emerald wooded forest, the beauty of the place is enough to leave any visitor spell bound. Beas River adds more beauty to this river that passes meandering through the heart of the town.
This beautiful hill station offers visitors a bag full of opportunities to enjoy amazing tourism, adventure sports, skiing, trekking and the magical vistas of exotic natural beauty making it the perfect option for spending your Holiday in Manali. It is the perfect place for nature lovers, vacationers, holiday makers and adventure sports lovers. The charming natural beauty and the magical environment grasp the attention of tourist from across the world.
Sightseeing of Manali:
Hidimba Devi Temple
Hadimba Temple is one ancient temple and it is also the most popular attractions of Manali. Located in the middle of the forest Dhungri Van Vihar, Hadimba Temple is dedicated to Hadimba (Goddesses). This temple has a legend story to tell every visitor coming to pray prayers at the shrine. The legend of the temple date backs to age of Mahabharata. It is said that Hadimba fall in live with Bhima, one of the five Pandavas. Visitors and tourists from across the world come here at the shrine to offer prayer at the shrine.
Situated at an altitude of 13400 ft Rohtang Pass is the main attraction of Manali. The pass opens only during the month of from May to the end of October. It is the perfect place to enjoy the natural beauty, where the natural beauty chimes in its melodious tunes. The main attraction of this pass is the scenic beauty of the nature, ice capped Himalayas the mighty view of the roaring Beas River.
Solang Valley is the most beautiful valley with magical views of snow-capped mountains peaks, glaciers and exotic natural beauty. It is also the paradise for Para gliders and trekkers. During the winter time skiing is organized here that attracts tourist and visitors from across the world. The picture perfect Solang valley is also the best picnic spot.
Situated 3kms away from the main town, Manu temple is also the prime attraction of Manali. This exotic temple is dedicated to Manu Rishi the only person to survive during the destruction of the whole world. It is also believed that it is the only temple in India, dedicated to Manu the creator of Human race on the world. Reaching the temple crossing the stone paths chanting the name of Manu Rishi has own magical charm. More of all the scenic beauty that lies around the temple is sure to enchant every visitor coming to offer prayer at the shrine.
Situated just 3 kms away from the main town, Vashisht the picturesque hamlet is known for its scenic natural beauty and hot water spring. This has made this exotic village renowned worldwide. It is believed that the hot water of the spring has medicinal value. Visitors coming to Manali never miss a chance to take a bath and offer prayer at the ancient Vashisht temple.
Arjun Gufa is also the famous tourist place of Manali. This Gufa also has a legend story to tell every visitor coming to visit this Gufa. It is said that Arjuna one of the Pandavas mediated at this Gufa to get Pashupati Ashtra from Lord Indra. Whether the legend relates or not, but the enchanting beauty of the Cave attracts visitors coming to visit this beautiful hill station.
How to Get There:
Manali is easily accessible as it is linked with good network of airways transportation, railways transportation and roadways transportation. The nearest airport is Bhutner and the railways link all the states of India. From the national Highway 55 Manali is well connected with taxis and bus service.
Manali is a popular tourist destination for travelers from North India. It is an ideal location for a quick weekend getaway or if you want to have taste of the crisp Himalayan winter. There is a range of stay options available in Manali which range from expensive hotels, private cottages and resorts offering varied services to numerous budget friendly hotels and lodges. It gives the visitor a complete opportunity to explore this beautiful hamlet while staying in budget friendly accommodations. If you are an adventure freak you will also have the option of staying in camp sites and tents for a more thrilling vacation experience. Home stays are also another option for people who want to have an authentic ethnic experience among the local population.
Being an ideal vacation spot for families and groups of friends Manali offers a plethora of food and cuisines options. You can choose from a range of cuisines like north Indian, Chinese, Mughlai, continental and so much more. Manali is also popular for its delectable street food which includes - samosas, Khatta, Sidu, Babru, Patande, trout and so much more. If you want to indulge in some authentic Pahadi delicacies you will have the option of choosing from various items like - Kadhi Chawal, masala Omlette, dal, Rajma among a whole range of others. You can go on an eating streak at Manali market and various cafes.
Best Time to Visit
This place is famous for possessing a charm of its own which is evident throughout the year. The summer months which falls between the months of March to June Manali experiences a whole throng of visitors and travelers who visit here from numerous major and minor nearby towns to beat the heat of the scorching plains. This is also believed to be the most ideal time to visit this hilly hamlet. The winter months of September to February witnesses a heavy snow fall in this region and the temperature falls below zero. This is the best time if you want to experience some Himalayan winter chill. It is advised for you to avoid visiting hilly regions during the monsoon months of July and August since the entire hill town remains prone to unpredictable landslides.
Things to Do
Festivals in Manali
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Harmandir Sahib is also popularly known as Darbar Sahib or Golden Temple is a major part of the Golden Triangle Tour. The English-speaking world knows the temple as Golden Temple due to its gold coating. Harmandir Sahib gets its name from Hari, which means God. Sikhs from all across the globe visit Amritsar to pay their respects to Harmandir Sahib.
Guru Arjan Sahib is the Fifth Nanak in Sikhism. He thought of an idea of constructing an opulent worship place for the Sikh community. It was he who designed Harmandir Sahib’s architecture.
Guru Amardas Sahib was the Third Nanak in Sikhism. He made plans to excavate the holy tank, known as ‘Amritsar’ or ‘Amrit Sarovar’. The plans were executed by Guru Ramdas Sahib, who was supervised by Baba Budha ji. The land for building the temple was gained by the previous Guru Sahibs by paying money. Some zamindars or landlords from neighboring villages donated land at no cost. Elaborate planning was done to create a fully-equipped town. Creation of the tank (sarovar) began simultaneously with the construction of the town. The year was 1570. Work was completed in AD 1577.
Hazrat Mian Mir ji, who was a Muslim saint from Lahore, laid the foundation for Guru Arjan Sahib. Guru Arjan Sahib supervised the construction work. He got assistance from well-known Sikhs, including Baba Budha ji, Bhai Gurdas ji, and Bhai Sahlo ji. Numerous devoted Sikhs, too, got involved.
Guru Arjan Sahib built Harmandir Sahib on a lower level. This was in sharp contradiction to Hindu Temple architecture, which believed in erecting structures at a higher level. Most Hindu temples have only one gate that serves as entrance and exit. Harmandir Sahib, on the other hand, is open on all four sides. Harmandir Sahib became a symbol for Sikhism. The temple does not differentiate between individuals on the basis of creed, caste, religion, and sex. People from all faiths can gain entry here.
The construction work was concluded in AD 1601. Guru Arjan Sahib installed the Guru Granth Sahib in the temple. Baba Budha ji was appointed as the first Granthi or reader. The construction of the temple created an exclusive pilgrimage center or ‘Tirath’ for the Sikhs.
Harmandir Sahib is constructed on square platform that stretches for 67 feet. It lies in the center of the sarovar. A door is placed on each of the four directions. The Darshani Deori, which is an arch, lies at the causeway’s shore end.
The bridge has a connection with ‘Pardakshna’ or circumambulatory path, which is 13 feet wide. It leads to the ‘Har ki Paure’ or steps of God. Har ki Paure’s first floor has nonstop readings of the Guru Granth Sahib.
Harmandir Sahib’s architecture is a unique blend of Hindu and Muslim culture.
Haridwar, the revered Sapta Puri that bears the sacred ground for Kumbh mela celebrations, is well connected by rail, road and flight services to the adjacent major cities of the nation. One would always find this ‘Gateway to Gods’ bustling with pilgrims and seekers. A trip to Haridwar is considered supremely auspicious for a Hindu to undertake at least once in his life. If you are apprehensive about the availability of transportation within, around, to and from the city, the following guide will help you.
Transportation within and around the city frontiers
There’s no better way to explore the city underneath its overwhelming hustle-bustle than to walk its terrain on foot. Even better, one can alight on the many cycle rickshaws plying around and let the rider bhaiyya act as your local tourist guide. Plenty of auto rickshaws would be quite willing to take you to your desired location at the standard rates too. Autos and rickshaws are the most popular modes of transport to get around the many spots within the city.
Transportation from Haridwar to other sites
Since Haridwar acts as a base for pilgrimages that venture deep into the Himalayas, one comes across many pilgrimage operators working in the city. Of late, char dham taxi service from Haridwar attracts multitudes towards the holy shrines of Garhwal Himalayas. Most journeys to char dham begin from Haridwar, so it is only natural to encounter no dearth of transport options from the holy city to any of the major pilgrimage centre.
How to Reach Haridwar
Road: - If you plan to drive to Haridwar, you must know that two national highways pass through the city. National Highway 58 and National Highway 74. NH 58 connects Haridwar with Ghaziabad, Meerut, Delhi, Roorkee, Muzaffarnagar and Roorkee. While NH 74 springs forth from Haridwar itself connecting it with Bareilly, Pilibhit and Nagina in Uttar Pradesh, and Kashipur and Kichha in Uttarakhand. The holy city is located at a distance of 200 km from India capital. It won’t be a good idea to driving to Haridwar during the month of July as the pilgrim rush creates many road blockages.
If you plan to reach Haridwar via bus, you would be happy to know there is no dearth of bus services between Haridwar and Delhi. In fact, over 150 buses ply regularly along the route. Haridwar bus station is very close to its railway station. One might get overwhelmed by the chaos of the place. If you are planning to go from the city on bus, it is always a good idea to first acquaint yourself with the condition of its seating before you book the tickets and embark on lengthy (and bumpy!) rides. During the summer months, availability of AC buses can be an issue. Arrive an hour early to ensure confirmed reservations.
Rail: - Its railway station namely Haridwar Junction Railway Station is situated on the city’s southern side. One can easily find many hotels walkable from the rail station. There are frequent trains between Haridwar and Delhi (every 4-5 hours) and even more with Rishikesh (every 1 hour). Although one can find trains to Rishikesh too, people tend to prefer travelling by bus because they tend to be faster. The major tourist attraction in Haridwar -Har Ki Pauri- is situated about 2 km away from railway station.
Haridwar comes across as a very accessible city for those preferring to reach it via train. It hosts trains from Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Patna, Varanasi, Bareilly, Allahabad, Patna, Gaya, Puri, Lucknow, Indore, Bhopal, Itarsi and Khandwa.
Air: - Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun is the nearest domestic airport. It is at a distance of 35 km from the holy city. If you are travelling from abroad, alight at Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi.
If you set out on the Chardham Yatra in Uttarakhand, it is likely you will start from Haridwar. The first of the four pilgrimage spots is Yamunotri. Next in the sequence is Gangotri and then comes Kedarnath followed by Badrinath, the final destination. Kedarnath is inarguably the toughest because it involves a trek over rough terrain at height of about 3550 metres or more. It is well to be well prepared for this arduous pilgrimage to Kedarnath.
Here are a few tips to help.
Check if health permits are required prior to travel and make arrangements to obtain them.
Chardham Yatra is one of the most revered pilgrimage expeditions for Hindus. The yatra consists in the visit of four holy shrines, namely Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, Badrinath. Hindus feel themselves religiously obligated to visit the Chardhams, which they consider to be a gateway to God’s world. The significance of Chardham Yatra lies in the fact that it is thought to be a path towards ‘moksha’ or salvation. To know more about Chardham travel read on-
How to Reach Chardham
To complete your Chardham Yatra you need to complete Darshan of all the four Dhams. You may start your Yatra from Haridwar; the gateway to God’s abode and proceed towards the high Himalayas for Chardham Darshan. To reach Haridwar, you can avail road or rail transport from the nearest metro city, Delhi which is well connected to the rest of India via road, rail & air transport. Also, regular trains run between Haridwar and many other major cities of India. After viewing the splendid Ganga Aarti at Haridwar’s Har ki Pauri Ghat, you may hit the road for Barkot via Mussoorie & Dehradun. From Barkot starts the 5km trek towards the first of the Chardhams, ‘Yamunotri’. If you have physical issues with trekking, you have other options like pony ride or Doli. After Yamunotri Darshan, you may return to Barkot for some rest and relaxation after which you are to proceed towards Uttarkashi. From Uttarkashi you are to move towards the next Dham Gangotri. Once done with Gangotri Darshan, you may return back to Uttarkashi for a night’s halt. After that you are to proceed towards Guptakashi. On reaching, drive straightway to Sonprayag and then Gaurikund. From Gaurikund starts your trek for the third dham, ‘Kedarnath Dham’. After Kedarnath Darshan you are to trek back to Sonprayag and proceed towards Rudraprayag by road. Next the route takes you to the last of the four Dhams, Badrinath Dham. From Rudraprayag, you are to drive to the Badrinath Dham via Joshimath. After the Darshan of Badrinath Dham, you are to return back to Rudraprayag from where you drive back to Haridwar. That completes your Chardham Yatra! The Yatra takes 11-12 days in total.
Best Time to Visit Chardhams
The Yatra season for Chardhams is between the months April & October. But in between this time span, there is a Monsoon season around months- June & July. The part needs to be avoided strictly. Landslides, heavy rains, slippery pathways could make your journey highly perilous and life threatening. Post October, winter sets in and the weather becomes stingingly chilly. By the end of November, temples are shut down and the area becomes clad with snow.
Tips to be followed During Chardham
To make your Yatra hassle-free and fulfilling here are some tips you need to abide by-