Hidden in the cradle of giant deodar and cedar forests, surrounded by the snow-clad mountains as if touching the sky and boasting of their magnificence lies a quiet little place MANALI.
With the summer season sneaking in and the temperature of the capital (Delhi) soaring I decided to escape manali to seek some relief. This place is well connected by road which makes it ideal to travel and enjoy the quaint little towns and villages on the way. The lush vegetation, natural waterfalls, springs the locals made the trip much more pleasant and memorable. This charming hill station attracts domestic and international travelers in equal measure. The untouched beauty of this place makes it much more adorable. Walking under the shades of tall pine trees, one can spot numerous luxury hotels to quiet cottages built in British style for travelers who don’t want to compromise their comfort. The riverside resorts appeals most to the adventure seeking types whose hilarious side can be truly revealed by their engaging in spots like river rafting, river crossing etc
A two or more lone travelers can be spotted trying to catch the trout’s which are in plenty in this region. The visit to the Hadimba temple which is perched amidst the soaring pine trees is a must .this temple of wood and stone is dedicated to Hadimba, wife of Bhima, one of the Panadavas from Mahabharat.it was constructed in 1553 and has a 4 tiered pagoda shaped roof ,with antlers and ibex horn adorning the outside walls. The giant footprints of maa Hadimba are worshipped inside.
The focal point of this poem is the-Mall Road which is constantly buzzing with people, the artists showing their talents off on wooden souvenirs silver trinkets, the most sought kullu shawls and sarees.the street markets were lively with people from all over soaking in the mirth they derived from the locality.
Next day, I headed towards Solang Valley, an ideal place for adventure sports like paragliding; trekking, rafting etc.It is located at a distance of 13km from manali between Solang village and Beas kund.
NEXT ON OUR TRIP WAS Rohtang pass .lofty Himalayas covered with snow inviting people to traverse it, ski there and enjoys the wild gusts of wind on your face .an ideal tourist place for honeymoon couples as well as adventure loving people.
on our way back to manali we decided to visit Vashishtha temple which is believed to be more than 400 years old,bulit in traditional style with intricate wooden carvings, but the most characteristic feature that makes it different is the two springs having medicinal values there in separate bathing arrangement for men and women. According to locals Lakshmana, the younger brother of Rama shot an arrow into the ground for the sage Vashishtha as he had to go for long walks to take bath. As soon as the arrows struck the ground, hot water gushed out .Watching the river valley the Beas River and the old manali spread below at sunset left a lasting photographic image in my mind.
Last but not the least was the visit to Manu temple, which is located at a distance at 3kms from the main bazaar in old manali. This temple is believed to be the abode of Manu the ancient law given of India (Manusmriti write) folklore points to the fact that subsequent to the great flood. Manu landed at manali and made the place his abode. Walk through the quaint villages, excellent wooden carvings makes it a quiet retreat before this amazing trip came to an end .
Exhausted but completely rejuvenated I decided to venture out to my next holiday destination!