Manali Tourist Attractions Top 5 Places To Visit
Known for its snow-capped mountains and scenic valleys, some of Manali's top tourist attractions include the Solang Valley, Hadimba Temple, Jogini Waterfall. These places perfectly blend adventure, spirituality, and natural beauty. From trekking and paragliding to sightseeing and relaxing in hot springs, Manali has something for everyone. Take a look at these top 5 tourist attractions in Manali
Solang Nullah is another name for Solang Valley. Located about 16 km from Manali, the valley is renowned for its adventure activities, with zorbing being the most popular. You can also indulge in parachuting, paragliding or skiing here. The site also holds international skiing competitions, such as Alpine Premier League. A visit to the apple orchards in the valley should not be missed either.
Dedicated to Bhima&rsquos wife, Hadimba, the magnificent cave shrine was built around 1553 CE by Maharaja Bahadur Singh. Devotees throng the temple for its connection with the epic Mahabharata. The Goddess is worshipped in the form of a rock which is inside the temple. According to folklore, the temple is built around the cave where Hadimba meditated. About 70 metres from the temple, you will also find the shrine of Ghatotkacha, the son of Hadimba and Bhim.
Named after Goddess Jogini, the waterfall is a popular hiking spot. It is accessible only after a small trek from the Vashisht village in Manali. While on the trek, you will see a dazzling view of river Beas and get a glimpse of village life. After reaching the trek, visitors can offer prayers at the shrine of Jogini Devi. The captivating waterfall is also a perfect place to enjoy a picnic.
Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa Monastery
The Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa is both a spiritual and cultural getaway. Constructed around the late 1960s, the monastery is frequented by Buddhists from neighbouring regions such as Lahaul, Spiti, Ladakh, and Nepal. Another fascinating aspect of the monastery is its intricate architecture, reflected in its Pagoda-style structure (towerlike, multi-storey appearance). It also serves as the education centre for hundreds of Lamas (monks). Besides, you can also get a glimpse of murals and rare manuscripts at the monastery.
Situated a few kilometres from the Manali bus stand, the temple is named after sage Manu, regarded as the progenitor of humanity in Hindu mythology. After a deluge wreaked havoc in the world, Manu rested his ark in the valley and set up his home in Manali, then known as 'Manu-alaya' (the abode of Manu). According to local legend, the temple stands at the exact place where Manu used to meditate. The present-day temple, reconstructed around 1992, resembles the Pagoda (towerlike, multistorey) style of architecture.
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