An ancient trade route and the main pass leading from one cultural region to the other, Rohtang pass is located at 51 kilometres from the main town. It is one of the most famous passes of Himachal Pradesh which connects the popular Kullu Valley with the Lahaul and Spiti Valleys of the state. The pass opens from May to November. Along with the panoramic view of distant Himalayan peaks and the sights of glaciers the ancient Chandra river draws the attention of the visitors.
Popularly known for its adventurous sports such as paragliding, parachuting, skating, skiing, snow biking etc. the famous Solang Valley is 14 kms. from Manali town. A recently opened ropeway takes you to the top of the hill. The valley allures thousands sports loving persons to experience the adventurous sports activities.
Situated at the left bank of river Beas, the ancient town, Nagger was the former capital of erstwhile Kullu state during the reign of raja-maharaja. It was founded by raja Vishudhpal. The castle is well-known as an impressive cultural heritage and an architectural marvel. The International Roerich Art Gallery of the famous Russian painter and explorer Nicholas Roerich is the key attraction of the town. The temples of the local deities - Tripura Sundari temple, Gauri Shankar temple and Jagatipatt temple, are the examples of charming architecture along with the spectacular view in the Naggar area.
Vashisth Hot Water Spring
Across the river Beas and amid the lush green mountains, Vashisth hot water spring is world-wide known for its sulphur hot spring. Named after rishi Vashisth, one of the seven sages of Hindus the spring is endowed with medicinal properties. It is said to cure many skin diseases. Pilgrims visit the spring to take a dip to get rid of skin infections. According to a legend Lakshman, the epic character from Ramayana, is also said to have took bath in the sacred water. A 4000 years old temple built in traditional style dedicated to Vashisth muni even exists today.
At the distance of 3 kms. from the main market, a unique and one of its kind, the Manu temple is located in old Manali. The temple is named after and dedicated to the great Indian sage Manu, who according to the Indian historical myths is said to be the creator of the world and of Manusmriti, the ancient Hindu text. The temple stands by the bank of the river Beas, the main river of Kullu. It is a rare shrine that symbolises humanity which makes the temple a prime attraction for the tourists.
Dedicated to the wife of Bhim, a famous character in the ancient epic The Mahabharata, the Hadimba Devi temple is located about 2.5 kms from the tourist office. The temple is surrounded by a cedar forest. It was built in Pagoda style in 1553 over a huge rock. A 24 mts. tall wooden tower is carved above the sanctuary. Associations with The Mahabharata excite people to visit the temple.
Located about 35 kms. from Kullu in the Parvati Valley, Manikaran is a pilgrimage centre for both Hindus and Sikhs. The Hindu temples of lord Rama and lord Shiva, and a Sikh gurudwara attract the people here. Manikaran is widely known for its hot water springs. Considered extremely auspicious the water of the Manikaran hot spring is supposed to have curative powers. Thousands of pilgrims take dip in the holy water. Taking bath here is known as a balm for arthritics according to legends. The temperature is so high that food can be cooked in the water of these hot springs.
The club house is an amusement zone located at the distance of 2 kms from Manali. It is situated on the left bank of the river Manalsu Nallah. An example of British style architecture the Club House is a popular tourist destination in Manali. The club has indoor games facilities such as table tennis, karting, skating, carom etc.