Manali Local Attractions

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Key attractions near Manali village

• Hadimba Temple • Vashist Kund • Tibetan Monastery • Manu Mandir (Old Manali) • Van Vihar.
  • Time required to visit listed attractions : 5 hours. Google Map of Manali local attractions
  • You can either hire a local taxi (around Rs.600/-) or an autorickshaw to visit these attractions.
  • Many youngsters prefer to spend evenings in one of the many atmospheric old Manali hang-outs.
Hidimba temple at Manali is an ancient wooden temple.

Hadimba Temple

Hidimba temple lies nestled among tall deodars at around 2kms from the main market area of Manali. The wooden temple built by Maharaja Bahadur Singh in 1553 is dedicated to demoness Hidimba, wife of Pandava Bhima. Roof of the temple consists of massive deodar planks, which has largely survived the rages of time. To the left of the temple is a natural rock shelter with oversized footprintssaid to be the footprints of Hidimba. Annual Dhungri Mela (fair of the temple) is held in mid-July, which culminates with beheading of an ox.

Tibetan Monastery at Manali built by Tibet refugees.

Tibetan Monastery

Manali has three important Tibetan Monasteries: Himalayan Nyinmapa Temple, the traditional Gelukpa Gompa and the other one at Aleo on the left bank of Beas river. The first two monasteries are easily accessible from the town. The market near to the monastery sells rugs, Kullu shawls, and Tibetan souvenirs.
The Monasteries are open 6AM to 6PM

Vashist Kund is a natural sulphur ring at Manali.

Vashist Kund

Vashist is a small village famous for its hot springs and temple of Rama and Sage Vasisht. There is a separate bath area for men and women near the hot springs which unfortunately gets dirty as the day progresses. There was an attempt to build modern turkish style bath houses but the project faced resistance from local people is now abandoned. An hours enjoyable walk from Vashist village leads to an attractive waterfall.

Manu is said to be the first hima being.

Manu Mandir

Manali takes its name after Manu, the sage who authored Manu-smriti, probably the earliest codification of law. Fittingly, there is a temple dedicated to Manu at Old Manali. There is an interesting walking trail from Old Manali to Solang valley passing the villages of Goshal,Shanag and Buruwa. For the uninitiated, the walk can be tiring.

Old Manali used to be hippy haven long back.

Old Manali

Old Manali used to be a hippy haven but today houses some of the most interesting restaurants of Manali. Many options for youngsters to chill out in the evenings.

Van vihar .

Van Vihar

A nature park of deodar grooves on the banks of Beas River. The park houses a small aviary of Himalayan birds.
The park is open from 8AM to 6PM

Recommended Manali Tour Plan

Day One Check into hotel and post lunch, visit Manali local attractions
Day Two Start early for an excursion to Rohtang Pass / Snow Point; (Winters : Kothi, Rahala, Gulaba /Snow Point)
Day Three Go to Solang Valley for adventure sports. Keep evening free for shopping at Manali or to visit Old Manali hang-outs.
Day Four Visit Naggar and Manikaran. In the evening, proceed back to Delhi.

Detailed Manali Tour planning

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