Manali, one of the most frequented cities of Himachal Pradesh is a beautiful hill station. Adventure buffs, trekkers, and backpackers can visit the hill station and enjoy to their heart’s content. The town is situated close to the river Beas and is about 540 km from Delhi. It takes around 10-11 hours to reach Manali from Delhi via NH 1.
Bus services are available and those who have the spirit of adventure can pick up bikes on rent in Delhi. The growing bike rentals in Delhi have made it possible to hire two-wheelers to visit the hill stations of North India. Royal Enfield on rent in Delhi can be picked up as it is a suitable bike for the hilly terrain and narrow winding roads.
Manali is a major tourist destination and the most famous Solang Valley is the hub of tourists. It has also been called the ‘Abode of God’ and has many famous temples that offer peace and solace to a wandering soul. The hill station started attracting, even more, tourists after the movie ‘Jab we met’ captured the most spectacular sites if the town on camera.
The high mountain pass of Rohtang lies in the Pir Panjal range. It is famous for its hill covered mountains and picturesque views. Once you reach the pass, you can easily spot yaks and small businessmen allow you to ride snow-scooters and ski down the mountain for a small fee. It is the must-visit destination for travel lovers.
The Vashist hot water spring that at a distance of 5 km from Manali is very popular among tourists. They have the Turkish-style baths for people to bathe in the water. The spring water has large quantities of sulfur and hence provides the cure for skin ailments. The spring is well known for its medicinal properties. There is also a local temple dedicated to Saint Vashist which is much revered among the locals.
The Hidimba temple, dedicated to Ghatotkacha the son of Pandav Bheema and his wife Hidimba, is a temple situated o a hillock. The temple built in 1553 is surrounded by Deodar trees. It has a unique style of architecture, resembling that of a cave temple and a Buddhist monastery.
Another temple situated 15 km from Manali is the Bhasheswar Mahadev Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple was built in the 9th century AD. Another temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is the Bijli Mahadev Temple. The temple can be reached via a short and moderately easy trek. Bijli Mahadev refers to the 60 feet highlighting rod in the temple that keeps on being struck by lightning throughout the year.
Nehru Kund, located 5 km from Manali is a fresh water spring on the national highway to Leh. It is named after Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru who used to drink from this spring whenever he visited Manali. It is the beautiful site for sore eyes.
There are many adventure sports that take place here and adventure sports lovers have the time of their lives. One can go for paragliding, parasailing, zorbing and ice skating. Many adventure groups also arrange for rafting in the river Beas that flows quite close to the Solang valley.
Those who hire bikes in Delhi happen to have an advantage in Manali for travelling to the tourist locations and Rohtang pass. So, go to Delhi bike rentals and choose a bike of your choice. Scooters on rent in Delhi are also available but it is well advised to hire sturdy bikes for riding to hilly regions.