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Manali is a beautiful city located in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, which is situated near River Beas and surrounded by mountains of stunning beauty. Amongst various hill stations in India, Manali is the highest priority destination for the visitors. Being one of the most famous tourist places the city is driven-in by the visitors throughout the year. The lavishing beauty of this hill station can be seen after the snowfall. At that time it is crowded by the skiing lovers. In summer season, people from the hot weather plain regions come to get relaxed and enjoy the pleasant weather here. Paragliding and valley crossing are the main adventure activities at that time. Manali is also loved by the romantic couples and newly wedded couples.
Hidimba Devi Temple: This temple is dedicated to Hidimba at the time of Mahabharata. She was wife of Bhima, one of the five Pandavas. It is about a kilometer away from the city centre.
Vashisht Temple: This temple is dedicated to Rishi Vashisht at the time of Ramayana. It is situated in Village Vashisht, which is 3.5 kilometers away from the city centre. It is also famous for hot water springs where people take bath and rejuvenated physically and spiritually.
Manu Temple: This temple is dedicated to great sage Manu, who saved the humanity. It is situated in Old Manali 2 kilometers away from the city center.
Manikaran Sahib: This is the famous Gurudwara situated in the small town Manikaran and called as “Manikaran Sahib”.
The Great Himalayan National Park: This national park has been recently developed and it is gradually improving with good flora, fauna and wildlife resources.
Solang Valley: This valley is near Solang Village, which is about 8 kilometers away from the city center. This is always been the favorite spot for visitors. Tourists enjoy various adventurous activities here like paragliding, skiing and valley crossing etc.
Rohtang Pass: This is a passing stretch on Leh-Manali Highway at an altitude of 3978 meters. This is covered with vast snow and totally closed during the snowfalls. This place is famous for enchanting views of snow laden mountains and glaciers.
Hampta Pass: This is about one kilometer away from city center and famous for nature walk and trekking. The dense pine forest and vast paddock makes the trek enjoyable.
Beas Kund: This is a high altitude alpine lake, which is 17 kilometers away from the city center. This place is famous as bathing place of the great sage Vyas. Visitors come here for camping and trekking.
The name “Manali” was derived from the name of the great sage “Manu”. The meaning of “Manali” is “Manu-Alaya” which means residing place of Manu. As per the Hindi mythology, it is said that when the whole world is drowning under water, Manu saved lives in his boat and recreated the human life. There is an old temple in Old Manali Village, which is dedicated to this great sage. Besides this, the Village Vashisht is also having mythological significance here. The village is 3.5 kilometers away from main city near the River Beas. This village is named after the famous Hindu sage Rishi Vashisht, he was “Kul Guru” of Lord Rama. It is said that children of Rishi Vashisht were killed by Vishwamitra. Due to that Rishi Vashisht got depressed and tried to commit suicide by jumping into the river, but the river gave him life. Then Rishi Vashisht restarted his life in this village. The village also has an old temple with the stone image of Rishi Vashisht.
Manali city is at an average altitude of 1800 meters above the mean sea level. The geographical location of the city is 32.2396°N and 77.1887°E. The beautiful city is situated in the Beas River Valley, 40 kilometers away from Kullu and surrounded by astonishing high mountains. Mountains with the forests of oak, deodar and rhododendron trees tranquilize both mind and the soul.
The weather of Manali is cool during winter season and slightly warm during summer season. The average temperature of Manali in winter ranges between -15 and 12°C. During summer it raises little up and ranges between 10 and 26°C. As monsoon approaches at the end of the June, it causes precipitation in the month between July and September. Like the city Shimla, Manali is also famous for heavy snowfall. Snowfall occurs in the month between December and start of March. In the month of January, visitors may experience heaviest snowfall.