Manali is found within the mountains of the Indian state Himachal Pradesh near the northern end of the Kullu Valley which is situated within the Beas River Valley. Manali is situated within the Kullu district, about 270 km (168 mi) north of Shimla (capital of Himachal Pradesh), 309 km (192 miles) north east of Chandigarh (Union territory of Punjab and Haryana) and 544 km (338 miles) northeast of Delhi (capital of India). Manali may be a village , with a population of 8,096, is that the beginning of an ancient trade route to Ladakh and from there, Manali is overpass to the Karakoram Pass on to Yarkand and Khotan within the Tarim Basin. It is one of the popular tourist destination of the state Himachal and acts as the gateway to Lahaul and Spiti (also in Himachal Pradesh) district as well as Leh.
Kullu Manali trip is one among the foremost wanted experiences in India. Travelers mostly like to visit both these places together in a single trip. Kullu is an open valley that is flanked by giant hills covered with Deodar and Pine trees from all the sides. Manali is also famously known as India’s honeymoon capital. It is located between the snow-capped slopes of the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges and provides stunning views of lush green forests, green meadows, meandering blue streams and make the trip for travelers more awesome.
Solang Valley and Rohtang are located at a distance of 14 km, and 51 km from the main town of Manali respectively and both are very eye-catching places for tourists from all over the world. These places are must and should not be missed at any cost if you are planning a Manali trip. Tourists can easily travel these places by road. The Rohtang Pass is located at a massive height of 3798 meters from the sea level. The way up to the mountains is breathtaking. The entire experience will leave you fascinated. Tourists get the experience of the nature in its purest, unadulterated form.
Solang Valley is located on the way to Rohtang from Manali, is one of the most eminent tourist destinations in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is a treat for adventure enthusiasts as there are many adventurous sports and activities like parachuting, paragliding and horse-ridingare available here for all age groups. You can also immerse in the crisp, fresh air of this area by driving in an open jeep here. During winters, the Solang valley is covered in snow, skiing becomes a popular sport here. During summers, skiing is replaced by zorbing. Zorbing is placing yourself inside a giant transparent ball and rolling down the slopes.
Snuggled amidst the snow-covered hills of Manali, the Hadimba Temple is a one-of-a-kind holy place in India which is dedicated to Goddess Hadimba. The area around the temple is covered with intriguing cedar forests. It is believed by the local residents that the rock on which the shrine is built carried the real image of the Goddess. The temple with its wooden doorways and canopied roof points a distinctive architectural style, unique from the other temples present in this area.