Manali One of the top destination in India
The charm of Manali’s history lies in the various myths that have been woven stupendously to awe any reader or visitor. Various folklores claim the origin of Manali to be an important place in the Mythological epic, Mahabharata.
Manali got its name from the term ‘Manu’ who was a sage. A temple dedicated to the sage can be found here. The Nomadic hunter tribe of ‘Rakshas’ are known to have been the earliest inhabitants of Manali. Shepherds from the Kangra Valley were the next occupants of this city. One of the most popular inhabitants of the city was the ‘nar’, of whom only a few are surviving today. An interesting legend revolving around them is that they were known to make ‘Rakshas’ work as servants for them.
The orchards and the fauna, for which Manali is very popular, were brought in the city by the British. It is said that when these apples trees were first planted, the fruits grew in such abundance that the tree was unable to bear their load and collapsed.
Lets Explore Manali – Sightseeing in Manali :
Some of the tourist attractions of Manali are:
Old Manali Set along a meandering cliff-side road, Old Manali offers travellers astounding views. Walk through this serene part of town to soak up lovely old charm provided by Himachali houses embellished with wooden carvings. During peak season, a number of cafÃ©s and curio stores open their doors only to close six months later. But if you’re lucky you can go home packing fresh local cheese, jams and traditional artefacts.
Hadimba Temple The Hadimba Temple was built in 1533 in honour of the Goddess Hadimba, wife of Bhima (one of the Pandava brothers from the Mahabharata). This four-tiered wooden temple is positioned in the midst of the tree-crammed Dhungri Park. Intricately carved with Hindu figures and symbols, the shrine holds in its inner sanctum a brass statue of the deity. A good time to visit is during May, when the town’s folk host a large festival that involves sacrifices being made on behalf of the goddess.
Gadhan Thekchokling Gompa Built in 1969 by Manali’s Tibetan population, this prayer hall has a yellow pagoda roof and vivid frescoes on the walls. The entrance has a plaque listing all the Tibetans killed in the late 80s during the uprisings against the Chinese. The bright prayer hall houses a statue of Shakyamuni Buddha.
Vashisht Vashihit, a village located three kms from Manali, is home to hot sulphur springs. Legend has it… Lord Lakhsman created this natural wonder by shooting an arrow into the ground. Today, Himachal Tourism runs a bath complex here, and you can take a 30-minute dip in the rejuvenating springs. The village also packs two ancient temples, one dedicated to Ram and the other to Vashisht (Lord Rama’s guru), for whom the village is named after.
Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art The Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art house an interesting collection of traditional dresses, jewellery, utensils and wood carvings, used by the ancient inhabitants of this state. It is a great way to get a glimpse into history, art and culture of hilly country.