Hidimba Devi Temple:
Hidimba Devi Temple is situated in Dhungri Village, about 2 Kms from Mall road Manali. Hidamba Devi is the principle, all ppowerful goddess deity of entire region and the Patron Goddess of the old Kings of Kullu Valley. In olden times, it is considered that Hidimba Devi was a Rakshasi (Demon) but after getting married to Bhim (Mythological Pandva Period) she attained purity and became a Devi by meditation and religious practices. The temple is more than 500 years old and is in the middle of a Cedar Forest.
This is probably the only place in India where a lady of a demon origin is worshipped as a goddess. It is said that when the Pandava brothers were wandering, they came across a demon called Hidamb. He was killed by one of the strongest of the five, Bhim. His strength and valor overpowered Hidamba, Hidamb's sister and she got married to him. She washed her sins following strict rituals and meditation and thus she attained the level of Goddess. Hidamba belonged to this region and hence the temple is here. It’s a must see place famous for its mythological tales and local folklore.The Hidimba Devi is known for mystical powers and she’s considered as the protector of its followers.
Kothi (1980 M):
Last habitation in the valley barely 15 km. from here commands a spectacular view of the glaciers and deep gorges. The village is located at an altitude of 2500 m above sea level and tourists need to indulge in a steep 1 hour trek from the road in order to reach the gorge. It will take around 2 to 3 hours to explore the region. Thermal springs oozing out of the rocks make a pretty picture and tourists can enjoy a picnic at this spot as well.
The most important point during Manali Holiday is definitely Rohtang Pass. It’s the mountain pathway that connects Manali with Keylong, Leh Ladakh, Spiti and Lahaul . This pass is a popular picnic spot in summer. All tourists going to Manali long to visit this imposing site since one can sense and tap the snow even in the hottest season of the year. At a height of 4111 meter, Rohtang Pass, which is 51 km away from Manali, presents a striking sight of glaciers, mountains and the landscape. A gateway to the adjoining tourist destinations, this scenic spot provides excellent opportunities for trekking. Depending upon the snowfall in the upper regions, Rohtang Pass opens at any time during the month of May for travel and a seal in September.
The tedious journey is often dangerous owing to the high velocity wind and the unpredictable snowfall. Adventure sports such as skiing, mountain biking and paragliding can be enjoyed at this place. The tourists are advised to bring good set of woolens, jackets, hand gloves etc or these are to be hired on way towards as its freezing cold in Rohtang Pass.
Solang Valley (2760 M):
15 km. drive from Manali is on the way to Rohtang between Manali and Kothi is 3 km left to traditional wooden village of Palchan.
Managed by Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation, Club House is located on the left bank of Manalsu Nallah. It is about 2 km from Manali in Kullu district, Himachal pradesh. The club has completefacilities including a roller skating ring, an auditorium, a billiards room, a library, a bar, and restaurants. Joginder Nagar Railway station is the convenient railhead. The nearest airport is Kullu Manali Airport.
Club house is the place for all age groups. There is complete facility of water activities like river crossing, bridge crossing, rappelling and many more. After the complete range of activities there are lots of places where you can have all kind of food.
A walking distance from the mall in the treasure house of thanks and other related crafts of Buddhism.
Naggar Castle and Heritage Village:
Naggar village is now known “Naggar Heritage Village. The Town is nearly 24 Kms from Manali. With a fantastic view of the valley ofGods, Naggar Heritage Village is about 1750 meters above the sea level has been an old capital of the Kings of Kullu. It has received its status “Heritage” after getting itrecognised from UNESCO, an international organisation for its accreditation. Foundation of this ancient feudal seat was laid by Raja Visudhpal. Naggar retained its preeminence in the valley until Raja Jagat Singh who shifted the capital to Sultanpur (now in Kullu town) in 1460AD.
The little town of Naggar is situated high above the left bank of river Beas. The surviving old castle is a marvelous medieval building built purely with stones and wood without any cement or any binding element attaching stone and wood, this artwork of combining wood and stones in local architect is known as KATHKOONI . JAGTIPAT TEMPLE: In the upper courtyard of the Naggar Castle there is a tiny temple -asmall square structure which contains "Jagtipatt" a slab of stone measuring 5'x8'x6" which is said to have been brought from a place near Vashisht by honey bee. This is also an important place for meeting of local deities of Kullu; this historic monument is now run by Tourism department of Himachal Pradesh. Nearby places of interest include Russian Museum, Art Gallery and Jana Water Falls.
As the name indicates itself the place associated with saga Vashisth is 4 km. from Manu's land. This temple was built by the king Jayamajya around 1000 years back in the memory of his father.
86 km. long drive is a hot favorite locale in the Parvati valley is Manikaran. This is believed that once the serpent king Shesh nag stole jewels of parvati while in bath and furious Shiva threatened him of dire consequences.
6 km. drive leads on the first capital of the valley is famous for Gaytri and Shiva temple. Shiva temple in pyramid from with beautiful carvings dates back to 8th century.