Manali in Himachal Pradesh is a popular tourist destination and a hill station favourite, especially in the summer months. Here are some of the most mesmerising places you can visit in Manali:
Hadimba Devi Temple
Also known as the Hidimba Devi Temple, this is one of the most popular attractions in Manali and is dedicated to the goddess Hadimba who was married to Bhima, one of the five Pandava brothers in Hindu mythology. Dating back to 1553, this temples with its four-tiered pagoda roof is built around a natural cave where the goddess’ footsteps have been marked out and enshrined. Hadimba Devi is the patron goddess of the Kullu royal family and this temple in Manali is one of the most important places of worship in the region, although it has no images or statues of the deity. The temple is made of wood and even has some intricate wooden carving depicting mythological creatures, animals and dancers. The Hadimba Devi Temple is located in the Dhungiri Van Vihar forest and therefore is also sometimes referred to as the Dhungiri Temple.
This picturesque valley between the Solang village and Beas Kund is renowned for its natural beauty. Located at a distance of 13 kms from Manali, Solang offers visitors exceptional views of glaciers and snow capped mountain and peaks in the surrounding areas. One of the most popular activities in Solang Valley is skiing as it is home to some excellent ski slopes. A Winter Skiing Festival is organised in Solang every year and large numbers of skiing enthusiasts flock to the valley. But if you’re not up for skiing during your Manali Volvo packages, there are plenty of other adventure sports such as zorbing and paragliding that are available here too.
Located about 50 kms from Manali, Rohtang Pass is one of the most popular day trips from the destination and a definite part of any of the Manali Volvo packages you choose. This pass that connects Manali to Leh and Keylong is a favourite amongst tourists who throng here to experience snow, which can be found even during the hottest months. Rohtang is quite cold even in the peak of the summer, so make sure to carry extra layers with you. The view from the Pass is quite fantastic as it is located at an elevation of 3980 metres above sea level. It is an excellent place to play in the snow or even get you first short skiing lesson.