Administratively, Manali is a part of district Kullu. In the mountains of Himachal Pradesh, Manali is located at the northern end of Kullu. It is about 250 km far away from Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh. It is on of the biggest tourist destinations in India. Manali and the surrounding areas represent Indian culture and heritage. Manali is known to be home of Saptarshi or Seven Sages.
The name ‘Manali’ is derived from a combined word “Manu-Alaya”, literally meaning “the adobe of Manu”. It is famous that sage Manu stepped off of his ark in Manali to recreate human life after a huge flood which had deluged the world. So there is a temple after the name of Manu which is located in Old Manali. This place is often known as the valley of God.
The History – This valley (Manali) settled at widely spaced intervals of itinerants who were known as “Rakshas”. The next arrivals were shepherd from Kangra valley and settled here to take up agriculture. They are called Naur or Nar. Today, only a few Naur families are in existence. These families are in the village Soyal. Manali was famous for the vast land owned by naur families. The best source of income here is apple, plum and pear. First apple tree was planted here by the British.
April to October
Joginder Nagar Railway Station
HRTC. Bus Stand, Manali
This place is studded with natural beauty, temples, monasteries, amazing hilltops, indigenous artwork, shopping spots and amazing sports activities.
Others Places of Interest
Club House: In this club comprehensive facilities are provided here such as roller skating rink, an auditorium, billiards rooms, a library, a bar and restaurant and Bungee jumping which makes wonderful outing for the day.
Café Junipur: The Café Junipur and CHandratal restaurant are run by Himachal Pradesh Tourism.
Nagar: This is the most beautiful place in Manali.
Triloknath: This place is located in Pattan Valley. This place is famous for the temple dedicated to Avalokiteshwara Bodhisattva, a statue with six arms.
Leisure Manali- For interesting offers and purchasing in Manali people visits main market named “The Mall”. Here is a big range of clothes, decorative pieces and gift items. The brilliant patterned shawls are available here only. Another big market is “New Shopping Center Market” (NSC) it is located near the bus stand. Himalayan handicraft especially for Tibetan curios such as Prayer wheel, amulets, dorjees or thunderbolts, masks, musical instruments, jewellery and thangkas are specialty of Manali.