Manali (Himachal Pradesh, Himalayan State)
This is the main tourist centre of Himachal Pradesh. The beauty of the valley is captivating here. The snow covered peaks of Himalaya present mesmerizing scenic beauty to the tourists. According to a saying, this word is derived from "Manu" and "Alya". The murmuring of falls and garrulous birds, jungle and gardens enchant the tourists. It acts as a base camp for varied excursions in the vicinity and into the inner Himalaya.
Hadimba Devi Temple (Dhoongri Temple) : was built by Maharaja Bahadur Singh in 1553 AD. The temple is built in pagoda style having pinnacle in four stages. Its entrance gate is beautifully carved with wood. There is a saying that the great warrior of MahabharatBhim killed the demon Tandi in a battle and married his sister Hadimba. Later Hadimba was recognised as a deity. The temple has a brass-made idol of goddess Hadimba and enshrines her footprints.
Vashishtha Dham : is situated on the bank of river Bias. This place is having plenty of hot water springs and is famous for the temples of Guru Vashishtha and Lord Ram. The tourists feel heavenly joy of having bath in the campus of the temple. Jagatsukh (old capital of Kullu), Vyas Kund, Arjuna Caves, Gulaba, Marhi, Tibetan Monastry etc. are also prominent tourist attractions.
Solang Nallah : is the place where natural beauty is scattered all over. Tourists visit this place for enjoying the winter games like skiing, paragliding and other adventurous games. During the summer, well-equipped camps are organized for training of skiing and mountaineering.
Rohtang Pass : (51 kms from Manali and 3978 meter above sea level) facilitates the panoramic view of Himalayan ranges. No visit to Manali can be considered complete without a trip to this place of stunning beauty. One can enjoy skiing and other snow games here. The world famous Manali Leh road also passes through Rohtang Pass. It also provides the passage for the Lahul and Spiti valleys of Himachal Pradesh from where one can reach Keylong and Sisu.