A cold chill travels down our spine as soon as we think of traveling to Kullu Manali. The beautiful land of gods and thermal springs, Kullu Manali has much more to offer to its visitors. Mountains covered in snow and valleys dotted with apple and deodar trees make it a must-go destination for tourists of all ages. If you are a nature lover, who wants to sit by a big-glassed window with a steaming cup of coffee in hands, or an adventure seeks who wants to see the world from above, Manali is the place for you. This hill station in the state of Himachal Pradesh is a very popular vacation spot with both domestic as well as foreign tourists.
Gushing water of Beas River, to green slopes of Solang Valley, Kullu Manali attracts everyone from adventure enthusiasts to vacationing families to honeymoon couples and solo backpackers. Here are seven best spots you can try during your winter vacations.
This beautiful temple is is dedicated to goddess Hadimba, the wife of Bhima, one of the Pandava brothers from the Mahabharata. Built back in 1553, the wood and stone architecture with slate roofing is located amidst tall deodar trees in the Manali Dhungri Van Vihar. At first sight, it might a perfect destination for oldies, but as soon as you explore the temple and surroundings, you will eventually feel like staying at this place for a bit longer.
This snow-covered pass connects two districts – Kullu and Lahaul and Spiti. The pass that receives a lot of snow in located on the NH 21 leading to Leh, and is open during June to October every year. Situated at an altitude of 3979 meters, the pass offers spectacular views of glaciers, snow-clad mountains and curling road leading to the green valley down below.
Situated at a distance of about 13 km from Manali, it’s home to an open ground crowned by green slopes on either sides which hosts activities like paragliding, zorbing, parachuting, horse riding and skiing in winters. Since, the place has beautiful decent slopes covered in snow, it is a perfect place for skiing. The guesthouse of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali is based here. Apart from cutting the white powder under skis, you can enjoy off-roading in gas-guzzling ATVs.
This small village is located on the bank of Beas River. Famous for its hot water springs, the place that is 3 km from Manali has a religious significance. It is believed that sulphur springs were created by Laxman by shooting an arrow into the ground. Apart from this, two temples dedicated to Lord Ram and sage Vashisht are situated here.
So, the place once popular shooting spot for Bollywood has become one of the hottest selling destinations in the entire nation. If you also want to see and experience the magic of this place, lay down all your corporate plans for next week, and pack your bags to be in Manali.
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