Manali with its unspoiled scenic grandeur is extremely popular with the tourists, for a lavish display of natural scenery. It is one of the principal show places of the Kullu region. To its North, South, and West is ostentation of pinnacles and ridges, which, in fine weather, stand out in bold relief against the skyline. At the lower elevation and in every direction there are vivid green patches of grassland and evergreen valleys ascending in irregular formation present probably the best view in the country. Manali is situated at an altitude of 1,926 meters and spreads in 12.5 square km. It is the real starting point of an ancient trade route.
Some of the best places to visit around;
Rohtang Pass: At an altitude of 3,978 meters on the highway to Keylong, the mass affords a wide-spread panorama of mountain scenery. Here eye meets a range of precipitous cliffs, huge glaciers and piled moraine and deep ravines. To the opposite is the well defined ‘Sonepani Glacier’ slightly to the left are the twin peaks of the Geylang snow-crowned. The Beas river rises near the crest of Rohtang from a block of Mica-Schist. To its left, 200 meters higher, is the little lake of ‘Sarkund’ ( Dashahr ) visited by a large number of people every year. The bath in the water of Sarkund lake effects cure of all bodily ailments or imaginary. The pass is open from June to October each year although trekkers can cross it earlier. It is the gateway to Lahaul-Spiti, Pangi and Leh valley.
Mountaineering Institute:- This institute imparts training in basic and advanced courses of mountaineering. Institute speedily gaining prominence for conducting adventurous sports – rock climbing, high altitude trekking, and skiing. It was set up in 1961 A.D.
Solang Valley: A beautiful valley between Manali and Kothi which offers views of the glaciers and snow covered mountain peaks.
Rohla Falls: 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.
Marhi: A barren landscape offering extensive views of the valley and the mountains. 15 km. short of the 13,050 feet high Rohtang Pass on the Manali-Leh road lies one of the most picturesque places in Manali region.
Club House: From the town, club house has indoor games facilities which have been located on the left bank of Manalsu Nallah. There are some picnic spots near it.
Nehru Kund: A natural spring of clean cold water named after the late Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru, who used to drink water from this spring during his stay in Manali. It is located on the Manali-Keylong road. This spring is believed to be coming from ‘Bhrigu Lake’.
Tibetan Monastery:- A new but colorful Buddhist temple. It contains many idols of Buddha. This monastery is famous for its carpet weaving and Tibetan handicraft.
Kothi: A beautiful and quiet spot. The rest house here overlooks the narrow valley and commands views at the mountains. Below Kothi, for more than a km. the river Beas flows through a deep gorge, 30 meters or more in depth.
Vashisht: This place is famous for its hot water springs and temples of Vashisht Rishi and Lord Rama. It is located on the bank of Beas, but well above the river. Natural hot sulphur springs with two separate bathing tanks for gents and ladies are always full of tourists.
Jagatsukh: The original name of this was ‘Nast’, it remained the ancient capital of Kullu for about 10 generations. Jagatsukh is famous for its Shiva temple in Shikhara Style and an interesting old temple of ‘Gayatri Devi’ and Devi Sharvali.
Hidimba Devi Temple: Built-in 1553 A.D. also known as ‘Doongri Temple’ dedicated to the Goddess Hidimba ( Hirma Devi ), the wife of Bhima, has a four-tiered pagoda shaped roof with a doorway carved with figures and symbols. Although carving is simple yet beautiful. This temple was built by Raja Bahadur Singh of Kullu.
Arjun Gufa: A legendary cave near the village of ‘Prini’ on the left bank where Arjuna practiced austerities to get the powerful ‘Pashupati Astra’ ( weapon ).