Manali India – Places To Visit In Himachal Pradesh
Situated on the Beas river, it is a lover’s paradise and India’s honeymoon capital. Being blessed with greenery, amazing views, dense green forests of pines, Manali is a destination for almost 25 lakh visitors every year. From paragliding in Solang Valley to trekking in Parvati Valley, from museums to temples, from tiny hippie villages to bustling Mall Road, it has spectacular views to leisure upon. If we talk about Old Manali, then it has temples with an incredible history to be intrigued about and don’t forget to play and get clicked with rabbits and yak over there.
How did it start?
I tell you Manali is a budget-friendly destination to explore. As I preferred to do a road trip this time, therefore I along with my friends booked an SUV, started our journey at 11 o’clock in the night. It took us almost 15 hours from Delhi to Manali so we reached at 2 PM the following day. We had already booked our accommodation via MMT app so we directly headed towards our hotel. The reception and staff hosted a warm welcome for us. We were completely in awe on seeing the room, facilities available and their staff.
Local Dhabas and my favorite ‘Momos’!
After resting for a while, we went out to explore some nearby dhabas and local shops in the Mall road as we booked our hotel near to this famous spot. This spot is enlightened throughout so it can be explored whenever you can. We found a dhaba near to our hotel and grabbed some of its favorite dishes especially momos, chowmein, Manchurian and yes, they prepare delicious egg curry. As it was a local dhaba, so I don’t remember its name – unfortunately.
The Adventurous Solang Valley!
Next day, we proceeded for Solang valley after gulping tempting breakfast buffet at our hotel. On reaching Solang Valley via our cab, we went to a famous The Lord Shiva temple for darshan which has its own ancient story. Thereafter, I enjoyed some adventurous activities including paragliding, zip line, and cable car ride. Time flew too fast when we saw our watches hitting 4 p.m. and of course, the chilling weather predicted itself as well. We enjoyed the famous mountainous ‘Maggie’ with a cup of tea in a hurry and proceeded towards Hadimba Temple.
Vashisht Temple – Hot Springs!
On our way to Hidimba Temple, we also explored Vashisht Temple and its Hot Water Springs. It is known for spouting hot water throughout. It is said that this water cures lots of skin infections. It is a twin temple for Lord Rama and Bashisht Rishi.
The Epic “Hadimba’ Devi Temple
Hadimba Temple, also known as Dhungiri Temple, is dedicated to Hidimba Devi, wife of Bhima. It is best to visit this temple before sunset as you get to click with rabbits and yaks over there.
As planned, we somehow managed to reach there before dark else we would have missed its beauty. I am known to this place through one of the scenes from the Bollywood movie ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Dewaani’. I literally overjoyed my first day in Manali.
Rohtang Pass – Dangerous Road Accompanies by ‘Magnificent’ Scenic Beauty!
On the second day, we en route to the Rohtang Pass – one of the highest passes in the region. It is almost 3-4 hours drive from Manali. While on our way, I enjoyed its scenic beauty and was literally amazed by it. I enjoyed skiing, skating and rode snow scooter. I would suggest to explore it during summers as it is densely covered with snow in winters which could be life-threatening. This is how my second day ended.
Au revoir, Manali!
On the following day, I leisured at the hotel and played some indoor games like tennis, pool, etc. In the evening, I went for some shopping at Mall Road and bought some cardigans from there. In the night, we had our meal and left for Delhi as night trips are less jammed and peaceful.
This is my ‘Manali’ experience. What’s yours? Let me know in the comment section below.