The picturesque towns of Kullu and Manali are situated on the banks of the Beas River, in the Kullu valley. They are also treated as a single destination because of their close proximity. The valley, which is renowned for the beautiful hills, draws many tourists every year via the numerous temples and sight-seeing places. The Kullu Valley lies between the lower and larger Himalayans and the interior of Pir Panjal, surrounded by deodar and pine forests. In Himachal Pradesh Kullu-Manali is one of the highest places for visitors and pilgrims in Europe. The best places to visit in Kullu-Manali are listed here.
- Rohtang Pass
The Rohtang High Mountain Pass is situated in the eastern Pir Panjal Rim at an altitude of 3,978 m above sea level. The pass is situated in a picturesque location on the south and north side of the Rohtang Pass, along the Beas and Chenab Rivers. Rohtang Pass is renowned for the picturesque view over the valley and many hidden cascades. Rohtang Pass is a visit to Kullu-Manali on your journey.
- Solang Valley
Solang is renowned for its numerous winter sports, such as skiing, parachuting, and para-gliding, etc. as it is also called the Snow Point. At an average height of 2560 meters, Solang Valley is also one of the most popular trekking spots in the country. The view from the place is spectacular and provides views of glaciers and snow-capped peaks.
- Hadimba Temple
Located on a hillock in the middle of thick deodar forests, the Hadimba Devi Temple was built in 1553. The temple is consecrated to the Hidimba Rakshasa who also was the woman of the Bhima Pandava. The temple structure has been designed in a distinct architectural style that crosses Indian architecture slightly with that used in Buddhist monasteries. The house has been constructed mainly of wood and the temple is 70 meters away. Ghatotkachas son Bhima and Hidimba and a Mahabharata hero are also located there.
- Vashist Hot Water Springs
The village is located 4-5 kilometers from Manali on the Beas River. Vashist village is renowned for its sulfurous Hot Water Springs, a popular sightseeing and pilgrimage destination. In Turkish-style bathhouses, the springs also can be enjoyed in anonymity. The village is also known for its stone temples dedicated to Vasistha.
- Tibetan Monasteries
The Himalayan Nyingmapa Gompa and Gadhan Thekchokling Gompa are the most prominent monasteries in Manali. These monasteries are founded by Tibetan refugees and are a must-visit to see their culture for everyone. The monasteries are Pagoda style and house Lord Buddha’s sanctuary.
- Beas River
Beas River has different camping areas and water sports in the heart of Kullu Valley. Beas comes from the Himalayas and flows to Punjab’s Sutlej River for around 470 kilometers. The river also marks Alexander the Grand’s eastern frontier in 326 BC and had to stop here.
- Great Himalayan National Park
Great Himalayan National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a sanctuary for all lovers of nature and wildlife. The flora and fauna in the park are known for their diversity, and over 375 wildlife species are in threat. Because of the surrounding Himalayas, biodiversity is rare in India and is therefore strictly regulated by this park. The surrounding valley and mountain pastures are also available for travelers.
Gulaba is a picturesque village with picturesque mountains surrounded by snow. It is on the way to Rohtang Pass and offers a good alternative any time Rohtang Pass is locked. Visitors will take advantage of many snow events and spend a relaxing time in the lap of the lovely topography. This is also the location to film many Bollywood movies.
Kothi is suitable for those who want to discover fewer traveling routes. It’s a peaceful location away from Manali’s hustle and bustle. Each nook and corner offers great views of the surrounding hills and valleys. It was once the base camp for people walking around Rohtang and its summits, and it inspired many poets’ imagination.
For Hindus and Sikhs, Manikaran is an important pilgrimage place synonymous with various stories and legends. Many tourists who arrive at Kullu Manali want to stay here for a day and enjoy the soothing atmosphere of pilgrim centers, springs.
A jewel in the Himalayas, Kasol is a paradise for lovers of nature. It is not quite populated and it also gets a relatively lower population of visitors than elsewhere in Himachal Pradesh. Paravati valley crosses this picturesque place and many backpackers, excursions and adventure lovers visit it. It is also called ‘mini-Israel,’ since it attracts a big Israelis.
- Manu Temple
Manu is another major tourist attraction in Manali. It is dedicated to the wise Manu Temple. It provides some panoramic views and is in a Pagoda style. It is situated in the vicinity of the Beas River and near the market town.