Malana is an ancient village to the north-east of Kullu Valley. This solitary village in a side valley of the Parvati Valley, is isolated from the rest of the world. The majestic peaks of Chandrakhani and Deotibba shadow the village. It is situated on a remote plateau by the side of torrential Malana river at a height of 3029 m above the sea level. Unaffected by the modern civilization, Malana has its own lifestyle and social structure. People are strict in following their customs. Malana has been the subject of various documentaries including, Malana: Globalization of a Himalayan Village, and Malana, A Lost Identity.
By road the Manikaran is 45 km from Kullu via Bhunter and 85 km from Manali. The road bifurcates at Bhunter 10 km short from Kullu via Jari and Kasol. The airport at Bhunter (Kullu) is at a distance of 35 km. Guru Nanak came to this place in 15 Asu 1574 Bikrami with his disciple Bhai Mardana. Mardana felt hungry and they had no food. Nanak sent Mardana to collect food for the langar (the Community Kitchen). Many people donated atta (flour) to make Roti(bread). The one problem was that there was no fire to cook the food. Nanak asked Mardana to lift a stone and he complied and a hot spring appeared. As directed by Nanak, Mardana put the rolled chappatis in the spring to his despair the chappatis sank. Nanak then told him to pray to God saying that if his chappatis float back then he would donate one chappati in His name. When he prayed all the chappatis started floating duly baked.
Kheer Ganga is situated in Parvati Valley at a distance of 22 km from Manikaran. For Kheer Ganga, one has to go by motor-able road up to a place called ‘Barshaini’ and from there to Kheer Ganga on foot. This trek leads through hilly terrain. This is the place where ‘Kartik Ji’, the elder son of ‘Lord Shiva’ remained in ‘samadhi’ for thousands of years.
Kheer Ganga is one of the most refreshing treks that you can go on anywhere. The natural hot-water-spring experience is something that you will remember for a lifetime. Most people who reach this place always come back for seconds as there you can simply not get enough of such a place. The place is open for about 7 months in a year and is not permanently inhabited.
Situated on the left bank of river Beas, Naggar was the capital of Kullu. Nestling on a wooded slope, it commands a splendid and extensive view of the valley. The paintings of late Nicholas Roerich should be seen at the Roerich museum in a white washed villa set in a jewel like garden. Naggar Castle built in the sixteenth century is a huge building and is a great tourist attraction. Naggar has a number of famous temples, the important ones being Gaurishankra temple, Vishnu temple and Krishna temple.
It was founded by Raja Visudhpal and continued as a headquarters of the State until the capital was transferred to Sultanpur (Kullu) by Jagat Singh in 1460 A.D. In the year 1978, the castle was converted into a rest house. The holy Beas River flows close to the castle, adding beauty and sanctity to it. Fireplaces, fitting staircases, and magnificent stone and wood works grace the castle’s interiors.
Parashar Rishi one of the more locally famous temples in the region, the Parashar temple is dedicated to Rishi Parashar. Till a few days ago, I was not even aware that Hindu temples are also dedicated to Rishis. Now that I am, I read up a little to find out the reason behind this and figured this practice is much more common to hilly areas because a lot of these sages spent time wandering the mountains. Mountains, even in those days of small populations were quieter, quainter, cleaner and therefore the best places for meditation. In fact, legend also has it that Pandavas spent a large part of their exile in the mountains of Himachal.
This lake is situated in a cup like valley. A temple of great scenic beauty is also here. With deep blue waters, this beautiful lake is held sacred to the sage Prashar (rishi). A three-tiered Pagoda-like temple dedicated to the sage lies by the lake – and he is regarded to have meditated here. No other temple in the Western Himalayas can rival the grandeur of the settings of Prashar Rishi. A fair is held here in the in the month of June every year, where people gather from all neighbouring villages. This lake is fed by small mountain streams.
Rohtang Pass (3979 m)
Rohtang pass is 51kms. from Manali on highway to Keylong/Leh. Rohtang Pass offers a panorama and spectacular mountain view. Rohtang pass is open from June to October each year although trekkers can cross it earlier. Rohtang Pass is a gateway to Lahaul Spiti, Pangi and Leh valley just as Zojila pass is a gateway to Ladakh. There are beautiful sight of glaciers, peaks and Chandra river flows down in the Lahaul valley. Slightly to the left are the twin peaks of the Geypan. During summer (mid June to October) regular buses ply between Manali – Keylong / Darcha, Udaipur, Spiti and Leh. The Pass offers a panorama and spectacular mountain view. once served as a crucial trade route, and still remains the gateway to the districts of Lahaul and Spiti.The Pass is open from mid April to November each year, and provides wonderful views of the entire surroundings. Just beyond the Pass is the Sonapani Glacier and the twin peak of Gaypan.
Kothi is also called Koshtampi. Its situated at the foothill of Rohtang pass and is just 12 kilometers from Manali. It offers a magnificent view of snow capped mountains and glaciers, the Beas river flow through a very deep and narrow gorge at this point. Kothi used to be a camping site when Rohtang pass had to be climbed on foot. It is little below Kalpa, and is overshadowed by the Kinner Kailash peak. The village with its attractive temple, gracious willows green fields, fruit trees makes an altogether lovely landscape. Goddess Shuwang Chandika temple is in the village. This is one of the famous tourist places in the city of Manali. Kothi served as the camping place for tourists when the 3,978-metre-high Rohtang Pass had to be reached on foot. However, the Rohtang Pass is now accessible by bus, jeep and pony. It also has a comfortable staying option in the beautiful Rest Houses, which lies in the middle of a picture-perfect surrounding of the snow-capped peaks and glaciers.
Roerich Art Gallery
The art gallery has been housed in the building where the great artist once lived. He had bought the building in 1923 from Raja Of Mandi. The building has two storeys. In the lower storey there is a art gallery having 45 paintings. One of the painting showing the sun set is the masterpiece of art two paintings show the view of “Ghepan peaks” in Lauhal. The stones idols of Shiva Parvathi, Ganesh, Googa pir, Vishnu, Durga etc. have been fixed in the open on the northern end of the courtyard under the tree. The car, a 1928 model, once used by Roerich has also been exhibited in a garage next to gallery on the northern side. The upper storey, the things of daily use of the Roerich family have been so arranged that they may depict their way of living. These rooms are usually kept locked, but its view can be had through the transparent window/door panels. Mr. Roerich died here on 13th December 1947. The gallery remains open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
When the Rotang pass is closed in winter season this is a good place to enjoy snow. Gulaba is a village 6 KM away from Rohtang pass. It is about 4,000 m above the sea level. During the 6 months from November to May/June when Rohtang is inaccessible due to snow,all the skiing and winter sports are held at Gulaba. For those who want to enjoy the snow without skiing, the upper slopes at gulaba are peaceful (less crowd) and steep enough just to go up and slide down. Solang valley is 4 km off the way to Gulaba. Gulaba is 4-5 kms from Kothi, Gulaba has snow almost all year. From here, ascent to the great Pass starts. The view of the majestic snow capped mountains, the swirling Beas River and the small grasslands simply add charm to the area. Named after Raja Gulab Singh of Kashmir who camped here whilst invading China through this area, Gulaba is slowly gaining popularity. The road to Gulaba opens only during the summer months. During winter, you can hire a mountain bike.
Rahalla Falls, The beautiful water fall, at height of 8,500 ft. About 16 km from Manali at the start of the climb to the Rohtang Pass, at an altitude of 2,501 m. 16 kms. on way to Rohtang pass. If one goes to Marhi on foot from Kothi from the old road, the sight of the falls is fascinating. It is a good picnic spot as well. Rahalla Falls, Manali, Himachal, IndiaThe Rahalla falls are the result of melting glaciers. It is a natural spot where tourist can view the natural beauty. It is also become one of the famous tourist spot. It lies on the way to Rohtang Pass and the area around the Rahalla falls is marvelous, can’t be expressed in words. It provides the very clear view of surroundings. Its surroundings also include silver birch trees, forest of deodar. The fresh and aromatic air provides relaxation, piece of mind to the visitors. It is approachable by bus, jeep or pony. Rahalla Falls is the highly good places to visit manali. Cascading waters add to the Magnificent sight.
It is said that the Rani of the Sikh General commanding the Ladakh expedition died here. Hence the name of the palce was given as Rani Nallah where one can find snow as deep as 15ft. during the months of May and June. So it is an another favorite spot to get photographed in order to have a cherished souvenir. Rohtang Paass is now a stone’s throw from here, the journey is tiring but rewarding. The main attraction for tourist at Rohtang pass is snow and the scenic beauty of the area. The road is very narrow near the Rohtang pass and the parking of vehicles is very difficult and one has to be very alert while parking the vehicles because slight distraction may be hazardous.
Pandoh Dam, built on River Beas, is located in Mandi District. The reservoir of the dam has been targeted at the generation of hydroelectric power. Managed by the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB), the Pandoh Lake diverts the water from River Beas and pours it into the River Satluj. The road built over the dam is a part of NH 21. Through tunnels taken to Salapad, the Beas water is diverted. At the point of diversion, its water, along with the water of Satluj, is used to generate electricity. Having an elevation of 70 to 80 metres, the dam has five bays that regulate water. Located en route to Manali from Kullu, the dam is earth-cum-rock.
Bhrigu Lake is surrounded by the Himalayas its located at an elevation of around 4,300 metres (14,100 ft) in Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh, India. Its attraction as a sacred spot stems from the belief that Rishi Bhrigu wrote the Bhrigu Samhita at the site. Further, he also used to meditate near the lake. While trekking in the region, tourists can visit Nehru Kund, a natural spring that originates from this lake. The lake is nestled amid the Great Himalayas and its banks are believed to be the site where Rishi Bhrigu, one of the seven renonwed sages of the Hindu religion, meditated while residing on the Earth. It is also believed that this was the site where he wrote the Bhrigu Samhita, an astrological manuscript with predictions of the future and records of the past.
The Arjuna Gufa is linked to the legend of Mahabharata. There is a prevalent belief that it isArjun Gufa in Manali in these caves near the Prini Village that Arjuna, one of the Pandava brothers, performed his penance and meditated as a result of which he succeeded in acquiring the “Pashupata Ashtra” or the weapon from the Hindu Lord Indra. It is because of this belief that the Arjuna Gufa or the Cave of Arjuna got its name. At approximately 2 kms. – a visible lake called Kunt Bhayo lake and a Kunti Mata Temple is located. The Arjuna Gufa is one of the most interesting tourist spots in the whole of Manali. Whether one beliefs in the legend or not the natural beauty of the cave is appealing to all and it does give an unique feeling.
Quite spot to rest and enjoy refreshments. The legend has it that i unit of Shikh army perished to a man owing to sudden snowstorm. The Ladakh bound expedition was caught unawaree in the blizzard. Thus the place derived its name from Marhi, a death house. Marhi – a mountain plateau surrounded by lush green meadows strewn with myriad wild flowers. The place remains a stopover for transit visitors and tourists during summer and autumn seasons and a transit place for the people to wait for the ferocious weather to improve at Rohtang Pass to cross over to Lahaul and Spiti valley, during the winter months.