is a very interesting story as to how did Manali get it's
name "Manali". It goes like this:
seventh incarnation of Manu found a tiny fish in his bathing
water. The fish told him to look after it with devotion,
for one day it would do him a great service. Vaivasvata
cared for the fish till the day it grew so huge that he
released it into the sea before departing, the fish warned
Manu of an Impending deluge when the entire world would
be submerged and bade him to build a sea-worthy ark.
the flood came. Vaivasvata and the Seven Sages were towed to
safety by Matsya the fish-which is regarded as the first avatara
of Lord Vishnu. As the waters subsided the seventh Manu's ark
came to rest on a hillside and the place was named Manali (2050
m) after him. As the earth slowly dried. Here arose a place
of breath taking natural beauty - which was only appropriate,
for it was at Manali that life began again. And today this legendary
cradle of all human kind is a prime holiday destination.
There are thick forest full of cool breezes and bird song.
Devi Temple :
in 1553 and with a superbly crafted four tiered pagoda roof.
It is famous for its exquisitely carved doorway.
Temple :This is dedicated to the sage Manu.
:Well known for its hot springs. There are old temples
dedicated to the sage Vashishth and to Lord Rama. These
are just beyond the Himachal tourism baths.
: There are three recently built Tibetan monasteries
:The one time capital of Kullu. Here are old temples
dedicated to Lord Shiva and to Sandhya Gayatri. The Arjun
caves are just ahead.
Valley :In a picturesque setting, this has good ski
slopes end picnic spots. It has the glacier closest to Manali.
the Rohtang Paas :
the road to keylong is the Nehru kund (6 km) which is a clear
water spring end scenic spot named after the late Pt. Jawahar
Lal Nehru. Kothi (12 km) is a picturesque village and has a
thrilling view of the deep gorge through which the Beas swiftly
races. The beautiful Rahalla falls (16 km) are at an altitude
of 2500 m. A crucial link on the old trade route and still the
gateway to trans Himalayan Lahaul, the Rohtang Pass is at the
height of 3980m.
about 120 km from Manali, Keylong is the headquarters of Lahaul
and spiti district Monasteries of Kardung and Shashus are important
place with charming natural beauty, just 10-12 km from Manali.
in the Pattan Valley, its an important pilgrimage centre. Noted
for its temple dedicated to six armed statue of Avalokiteshwara
important pilgrimage place in the Pattan Valley.
House : The
club House with its comprehensive facilities that includes roller
skating ring, an auditorium, a billiards room, a library, a
bar and a restaurants, makes a wonderful outing for the day.
Baths : One
of Manali's main attractions, is a place to luxuriate in Himachal
Tourism's baths where the water of hot sulphur springs renowned
for their medicinal qualities has been piped into baths.