by Twinkle Garg
01: Hadimba Temple
A temple dedicated to the mythical demon goddess Hidimba, the wife of Bhima from the Mahabharata, this temple is amongst the top draws for tourists in Manali.
The temple was constructed in 1553 and is one of the most famous places to visit in Manali.
The wood and stonework are reminiscent of the Japanese pagodas as well as the Indian style of temple architecture.
The most beautiful facet of this temple is that it is covered by Cedar forests at its foothills and is built on a large rock top that juts out through the ground.
The temple has stunningly carved wooden doors and 24 metres tall Shikhar at its height.
The temple also has a sinister past though, as it is believed that in the past, religious practitioners would tie the hands of sinners by the rope and swing them against the rock.
About seventy metres away from the temple lies another monument, which is built in honour of the child of Bhima and Hadimba, Ghatotkacha.
Distance from Manali: 3 Kms.
Timing: 08:00 Am to 07:00 PM.
Entry Fee: None
Photography Allowed or not: Yes
Where the gods reside, this destination is fenced by numerous temples of high religious significance.
The locale is stocked with devotees as well as adventure-seeking tourists, evidently making it so popular around the year.
The Bijli Mahadev temple, Bhekhli temple, and Raghunath temple are majorly the religious institutions capturing tourist attraction here.
Distance from Manali: 40 km from Manali town.
Best time to visit: March to June.
03: Vashisht Kund
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Ready to beat the winter cold? Dip your feet or immerse completely in this natural hot spring, a true delight as a gift from nature.
Spend a day here, keep warm and listen to the mythological tales of all sorts and variants. This locale also offers a great view of the older Manali and Beas river
Distance from Manali: 6 km from Manali town
Best time to visit: March to June
04: Solang Valley
If you are done with roaming around the common Manali tourist places, the head out to Solang Valley.
Laying between Solang Village and Beas Kund, Solang Valley derives its name from to separate words namely, Solang (the village nearby) and Nullah (Water Stream).
A beautiful valley situated at a distance of about 13km from Manali, it is best known for its awe-inspiring views.
From Solang Nullah, one can get a majestic view of the glaciers, the snowcapped peaks near the Rohtang Pass and vast plains of snow and ice.
The elevation of Solang Nullah is such that it offers a perfect place to play in the snow and go skiing on the slopes.
The guest house of Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali is also situated here.
The institute organized winter skiing festival each year and opens up classes and workshops for tourists and travellers as well.
You can feel like a child once again as you slip, slide and play in the snow!
As the summer sets in, the area becomes a hub for adventurists seeking various activities such as parachuting, zorbing, paragliding and horse riding.
Distance from Manali: 13Kms
How to reach: By Road via the Leh- Manali highway on the route that passes through Vashisht.
Best time to Visit: December to May
Activities: Skiing, Snow Play, Zorbing, Parachuting, Biking, Paragliding, Horse Riding
05: Chandrakhani Pass
If trekking is your forte you got to lace up your boots for this magnificent trek from Manali to Kasol via Malana get set to be mesmerized by the raw villages on route,
people you have never seen and felt before along with beautiful fauna.
It's a nontechnical trek so do not worry about the sharp edges to be aware of just walk through the wilderness and have fun.
The end gives you a breathtaking view of Deo Tibba and Pin Parvati Range.
Distance from Manali: 21 km from Manali town
Best time to visit: April to May