Nature has bestowed his blessings to all places. Manali has been blessed with Greenery that at some point you will have to look hard to find a brown spot, river flowing with its full flow and the mountains covered with Snow.
Though being fickle in mind nature plays game also here, sometime its dark clouds and in an hour its a lovely sunny day which pinches.
Manali is renowned for its snow-covered mountains, scenic beauty, history and culture.Often referred to as the ‘Valley of the Gods’, Manali is named after the Hindu lawgiver Manu. The word Manali is derived from Manavalaya meaning the abode of Manu or ‘Home of Manu’. According to the legend, sage Manu stepped off his ark in Manali to recreate human life after a great flood had overwhelmed the world. The Old Manali village has an ancient temple dedicated to sage Manu.
Manali is famous as a Honeymoon destination among Indian tourists. Manali is also famous for adventure sports like skiing, hiking, mountaineering, Paragliding, rafting, kayaking, and mountain biking. Paragliding in Manali is an unforgettable experience.
Some of the famous tourist places in Manali are Solang valley, Rohtang Pass, Hidimba Temple, Bhrigu Lake, Vashist Temple, Manu temple and Great Himalayan National Park. Manali also has many Buddhist monasteries that are worth visiting. Enfield point, ManaliGompa, Manu Temple, Naggar Castle, Nehru Kund and Zana Waterfalls are the other attractions in Manali. Most of the adventure sports are conducted during June to September period. September to March is the best time to visit Manali.
Winter carnival is the most famous event in the valley. Massive participation by culture groups and students from various colleges of India marks the success of winter carnival. Spring festival also known as Basantotsava or PipalJatra is also a colorful event celebrated here. Baisakhi is Himachal’s most important harvest festival celebrated with fun and devotion. Doongri Forest festival is the basis festival of Manali organized by the women folks.