Manali - A Place In Nature's Lap
From time immemorial the enormous Himalayan range has been a harbour of
mysteries and myths. It has always been a challenge to man with its remote
valleys and foggy hideouts. There are several enigmatic Himalayas, Manali
with its rugged grandeur, is a hill destination of natural beauty, adventure
Trail To Hidimba Devi Temple
Rare are those moments in life when it hurts to go back home. A visit to
Manali provides precisely such an experience. The feeling is just
exhilerating to the mind and the body. The dense green forests in the upper
regions of Manali provide a magnificent view on a clear sunny morning. As
one drives along the long winding road, the backdrop of snow clad peaks
becomes all the more vivid.
Winding paths through forests and glades of whispering Deodars form the
setting for the majestic wooden temple of Hidimba Devi in Manali. The
motorable road is shaded by Chestnuts, Chinars and tall deciduous Deodars.
This forested backdrop enthral ones spirit and refresh ones mind
all along the uphill path.
For nature lovers, there is plenty to observe in Manali. A profound
serenity reigns all around and one almost begins to feel the majestic
presence of Hidimba Devi. The sylvan Goddess of Manali is said to have been
a woman of remarkable beauty, and this beauty perhaps casts spells of charm
on the travellers who visit Manali.
At about half an hours brisk walking distance from town, there are
sulphur springs-gush, hot and medicinal emerging out of the mountains
at Vashisht. Here, in a bath complex with a restaurant and a beautiful view,
couples can soak in the privacy of their own sunken bath, warming all kinds
of ailments out of their systems.
Just a few kilometres of steep climb ahead is Madhi, the last stopover
before the mighty Rohtang Pass. Here the drivers pay obeisance to Lord Shiva
at the small temple on the hillside for a safe return.
Further ahead is the Beas Kund. The tiny roundish igloo like stone hut
shelters the Beas Kund, the very source of the holy river Beas. Water flows
at the source of the river likfe a spring, so clear and icy cold that it
almost numbs the fingers. All around is the rocky terrain with very little
vegetation. A few mules graze around while all and sundry try to brave the
wind on a clear sunny day.
Barely a few yards ahead of Beas Kund is the intricate pattern
of snowy spikes emanating from a huge glacier that had slided down. And,
here one is on the top of the world at the 13,500 feet high and mighty
Rohtang pass with its deadly aura. The top looks more like a levelled barren
sandy land. From here, the thick green forests look like tiny grasslands. In
fact, trekking to Rohtang Pass is an adventurous journey that shows mountain
scapes as beautiful as any in the world, with breathtaking vistas of
brooding cliffs threaded by silvered waterfalls, pine-spiked ridges
protruding out into the dizzying distance, and stretches of blueing
mountains- range upon receding range.
The scenes are really enchanting all along the road to Manali and Rohtang
Pass. The Rohtang Pass is adventurous as well as treacherous. The high
velocity winds start blowing here at anytime in the afternoon. The mighty
Rohtang Pass opens anytime in the month of June for traffic and closes in
October depending upon the snowfall in the upper regions.
The Club House Manali Hub Of Tourists
It is the newest land mark situated around 1.5 km from tourist bureau, just
at the foot of old Manali village with all modern amenities required for
holidaying elites. As you enter in the club you are not in less than five
star comfort and luxury and greeted by smiling, courteous staff of himachal
tourism development corporation at reception.
The club provides indoor and outdoor games, conference facility with a
multi purpose hall, billiard, table tennis, card-room, carom tables, of
course with permission and a nominal fee. It has a well stocked bar and a
restaurant for the gourmet.
The Mountaineering Institute in Manali
The Mountaineering Institute located at Manali provides training facilities
for basic and advance climbing both for Indian nationals and foreigners. The
institute also conducts other adventurous sports activities like high
altitude trekking, minor mountaineering, rock climbing, skiing and high
altitude rescue and relief courses. The institute has sufficient lodging and
boarding arrangements and equipments can be hired for trekking purposes.
A splendid valley between manali and kothi, offers enchanting views of the
glaciers and snow capped mountain peaks, 13 km from Manali, it has good
skiing slopes equipped with an excellent life. Located here are also a
hostel of the Department of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali, and a
private trekking and campsite resort with all modern amenities required for
Kothi is a quiet but picturesque spot, at the foot of the 13,400 ft.
Rohtang Pass about 12 km away from Manali town, situated on the lahaul spiti
leh highway. It used to be the camping place when the pass had to be climbed
on foot and it is now accessible by bus, jeep or pony. There is a beautiful
PWD rest house amidst open surrounding, offering a magnificent view of the
snow capped peaks and glaciers.
About 4 km away from Kothi and 16 km from Manali town, at the start of the
climb to the Rohtang Pass, are the beautiful Rahalla waterfalls at an
altitude of 2,501m. It is approachable by bus, jeep or pony.