As legend has it Manali is the land where Manu alighted his boat to re-create human life after floods destroyed the world. An idyllic town in the Kullu district, Manali now is one of the primary tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh. About 12 hours from New Delhi, Manali is a trekking destination almost revered by trekkers. Manali is the base to Leh Ladakh Zanskar and Lahaul-Spiti valley treks.
Hadimba temple and the pine forest around it is one of the major tourist attractions in Manali. Its one of the few temples where animal sacrifice is still in vogue. Being a major tourist attraction in Manali there are many stalls selling shawls and novelties near the temple. You can pose for photographs with Yaks rabbits and sheep here for a small fee!
Monasteries in Manali
There are three Tibetan monasteries in Manali which are well visited by tourists visiting Manali. Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa and the Himalayan Nyingamapa Gompa are located in Manali town.
Old Manali is about 5 Kms from Manali town. Old Manali is famous for the Manu Temple which is a small stone structure. There is a statue of 'Manu' the first man and a few musical instruments inside the temple. Old Manali is the starting points for a few treks especially the trek to Solang Nala from Old Manali the trail of which starts behind the Manu Temple. If you are looking for cheap accommodation in Manali you would be able to find many small lodges in Old Manali making Old Manali popular with backpackers.
Solang valley is on an off road on the Manali - Rohtang route about 15 Kms from Manali. Solang Nala is famous for the Anjani Mahadev temple which boasts of a natural ice Shivling. Parasailing and Zorbing makes Solang Valley a popular destination in Manali.