The quaint towns of Kullu and Manali, due to their proximity, are considered a single destination and are referred to in a pair. The Kullu valley is blessed with temples and sightseeing locations. That is the reason why every year a number of tourists visit these places for the sake of adventure and fun. The valley that lies between lower and greater regions of the Himalayas is surrounded by deodar and pine forests. Overflowing with natural grandeur and abundant with flora-fauna, a trip to Kullu Manali can provide a lifetime memorable experience. Here we will talk about the best places to visit during the Kullu & Manali trip so that you don’t find it difficult to decide your travel itinerary. All the places included here will surely provide you the overall Kullu and Manali experience.
Hadimba Devi Temple: Believed to be built in 1553, the Hadimba Devi Temple is situated on top of a hillock. Dedicated to Devi Hidimba, the wife of Pandava Bhima, this temple is a great marvel of Indian architecture, the same has been employed in Buddhist monasteries as well. The primary material used in the structure is wood to make it distinct. The other nearby places to visit are – the Museum of Himachal Culture, Siyali Mahadev Temple and Rahala Falls. At a distance of 70 meters from the Hidimba temple also lies the temple devoted to Ghatotkacha, the hero of the Mahabharata war who was the son of Bhima & Hidimba. Taking the blessing from these temples will fill some positive energy in you for the Kullu Manali Tour.
Tibetan Monasteries: Manali is home to many Tibetan Monasteries and the most famous among all are Himalayan Nyingmapa Gompa and Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa. These two were built by Tibetan refugees and anyone who wishes to understand Tibetan culture and architecture must have a visit here. These Pagoda style structures also house a shrine of Lord Buddha. Tourists visiting this place can shop here for traditional Tibetan arts and crafts. It is also a good place to rejuvenate and relax your soul with the help of Meditation. It should be known to you that there are no entry fees for the Monasteries.
Great Himalayan National Park: A heaven for nature lovers this UNESCO World Heritage Site houses more than 375 faunal species. The rich diversity of flora and fauna includes some of the endangered species as well. This straightforward reason for this unique diversity is the Himalayas. Not only animals and plants but the scenic views of the valley and mountains are prominently visible from the treks. The nearby places to visit here are the Valleys of Banjaar, Sainj and Tirthan. There is an extra charge for photography and videography at the Great Himalayan National Park.
- Tickets Price: 100 INR for Indians; 400 INR for foreigners
Sultanpur Palace: Formerly called the Rupi Palace, the new palace is built upon the earthquake driven remnants. The palace is apt for art lovers as it houses a number of wall paintings. The Pahari style architecture and colonial style build of the palace makes it look distinct. Erstwhile Rulers of the Kullu valley used to reside at this place. The facility of eateries at the nearby restaurants is available. The other place you can visit in proximity is the Raghunathji temple. The ticket price for Sultanpur Palace is INR 30 per person for adults only. The palace remains open from 7 AM to 7 PM.
Gulaba: This is an ancient village that is encircled with snow-peaked mountains and ultimate scenic views. You can visit this en route to Rohtang Pass. If due to heavy rain or snowfall Rohtang Pass is not accessible then Gulaba is the alternative route you should take up. Snow activities with your family and friends make your journey memorable. If you would like to spend some peaceful time in the lap of mother nature then Gulaba is the place for you. Some of the Bollywood films have also been shot at this very place due to its unique topographical features.
Bhrigu Lake – Established at a towering altitude of 14,000 ft. The Bhrigu Lake trek is one of the majestic treks of the Himalayan Region. This is an easy to moderate level trek that is a bit baffling for beginners but it stores all the required fun of trekking. The famous display of this trek is the Bhrigu Lake which is assumed to be the point of meditation of great Indian sage Maharishi Bhrigu. Striking mountain views and plains offer some artistic sights on this trek. The mountain ranges of Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal are flawlessly visible from the tracks and it never fails to please all its visitors who come to experience it. This is one of the best summer treks of India and is better explored between the months of May and June.
Kothi: This unspoiled place in Manali is apt for people searching for some peace and harmony with nature. Every nook and corner of this village offers beautiful spectacles from nearby hills and valleys surrounding it. The immaculate and stunning views of sunrise or sunset both are mesmerizing from Kothi village. This is considered as the base camp for people visiting Rohtang. Best known for trekking, Kothi is also recognised for geothermal springs and for having a laid back vacation experience in the nearby resorts. Kothi lies about a distance of 16 km from Manali on your way to Solang Valley.