There are a good number of tourist attractions in Manali to keep you engrossed for three or four days, if sheer beauty of the apple orchards against the backdrop of the soaring snow-laden mountains have not satiated your hunger. Mythology has major role to play in forming the tourist attractions in Manali.
Situated at an altitude of 3979 mts, (13,050 ft) above the sea level this tourist spot is the highest point on the Manali-Keylong road. The view of the mountains is really breath taking. Adjacent to it is a lake called Dassaur Lake. The Beas Kund is also nearby to the Rohtang Pass.
An ancient cave temple entirely dedicated to Hidimba Devi, is circumscribed by cedar forest. The deity image in this temple is that of a huge rock which was built in 1553.
Dedicated to the sage Manu, the Manu Temple is situated in the old township of Manali. The ancient temple is located at a distance of 3 kilometers from the chief market place in old Manali. Lying in the congested place, the temple is often visited by the tourists who arrive from different parts of the world to view the only existing temple in the country dedicated to the worship of the Rishi Manu.
The Manu Temple at Manali is sacred and auspicious to the people of the region since there is no other temple dedicated to the creator of human race in the country. The Manu Temple has remained as one of the primary Manali tourist attractions since time immemorial.
Vashist Hot Water Springs and Temple:
Just about 3 kms from Manali, spread across the Beas River is Vashist, a village with natural sulphur springs. Comprising of modern bathhouses, Turkish-style showers – travelers come here for medicinal benefit. There is also a pair of old stone temples, dedicated to the local patron saint Vashista.
With a huge population of Tibetan people settled in the region of Kullu, several Tibetan Monasteries have been set up in Manali. The monasteries are rich in preserving the culture of the Tibetan people. The literature and the handicrafts of the people of Tibet are preserved in the Tibetan monasteries in Manali.
Popularly known as the Snow Point, Solang Valley is just 13 km northwest of Manali. The 300-meter ski lift is a famous attraction here. Glaciers, snow-capped mountains – the view is picturesque in a manner that you will be awestruck.