One day, Varvasvata, the seventh incarnation of Manu found a tiny fish in his bathing water. The fish told him to look after it with devotion as one day it would do him a great service. The seventh Manu 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. When the flood came, Varvasvata and seven sages were towed to safety by Matsya, the fish which is regarded as first avatar of Lord Vishnu. As the water subsided the seventh Manu's ark came to the rest on a hill side and the place was named Manali (2050 m) after him.
As the flood slowly dried, here arose a place of breath- taking natural beauty which was only appropriate at Manali that life began again. Today this legendary cradle of all human kind is a prime holiday destination. There are high mountains surrounded by snow and deep boulder strewn gorges. There are thick forests full of cool breeze and bird songs. There are fields of wild flowers, small picturesque hamlets and fruit laden orchards. .
ACCESS : The airport at Bhunter is 50 km from Manali where taxis and buses are available. The closest narrow gauge railhead is at Joginder Nagar, 165 km away. The closest broad gauge rail heads are Chandigarh (310 km) and Ambala (355 km). By road the distance from Delhi is 570 km and from Shimla the distance is 280 km. From Delhi, there is a regular HPTDC Luxury and Volvo Coach to Manali. HPTDC runs Luxury coach from Shimla to Manali in tourist season.
CLIMATE : In winter, the temperature can drop to below freezing point when heavy woolens are required. Summer temperature are mild and light woolens / cottons are recommended.
PLACES OF INTEREST
HADIMBA TEMPLE (1 km) : Built in 1553 with a superbly crafted four tiered pagoda roof, it is famous for its exquisitely carved doorway.
MANU TEMPLE (2 km) : This is dedicated to the sage Manu situated at old Manali.
VASHISTH (3 km) : Well known for its hot springs. There are old temples dedicated to the sage Vashisth and to Lord Rama.
MONASTERIES : There are three recently built Tibetan monasteries at Manali.
JAGATSUKH (6 km) : The one time capital of Kullu. Here are old temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and to Sandhya Gayatri. The Arjun caves are just ahead.
SOLANG VALLEY(14 km) : In a picturesque setting this has good ski slopes and picnic spots.
TOWARDS THE ROHTANG PASS : On the road to Keylong is the Nehru Kund (6km) which is a clear water spring scenic spot named after the Late Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. Kothi (12km) is a picturesque village and has a thrilling view of the deep gorge through which the Beas swiftly races. The beautiful Rahalla falls (16km) are at at altitude of 2500m. A crucial link on the old trade route and still the gateway to trans Himalayan Lahaul, the Rohtang Pass is at height of 3978 m.
CLUB HOUSE : The Club House with its comprehensive facilities that include a roller skating rink, an auditorium, billiards rooms, a library, a bar and restaurant makes wonderful outing for the day.
CAFE JUNIPAR : Himachal Tourism also runs the Juniper cafe and Chandratal restaurants at Manali.
SIGHT-SEEING TOURS : Himachal Tourism conducts a variety of sight-seeing tours from Manali. These tours can be reserved from the HPTDC Tourist Information Office, The Mall, Manali Tel: 01902 - 253531 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For sheer luxury, nothing in Manali can surpass HPTDC Log Huts. Here is a blend of rustic charm and modern comfort. About 2 km away from Manali, the Log Huts and Hamta Cottages are set in glorious surroundings with the best view of the snow capped peaks.
ADDRESS : Log Huts, Manali (H.P.) - 175131. Tel: (01902) - 253225, 253226 Fax: (01902) - 252325 E-mail: email@example.com
CLASS : Premium (Log Huts) / Deluxe (Hamta Cottages)
Named after Manali's famous Hadimba Temple and ringed by enchanting deodar wood, the cottages have a delightful view of the Beas Valley. These cottages are ideal for those who seek privacy and a touch of solitude.
ADDRESS : Hadimba Cottages, Manali (H.P.) - 175131. Tel:(01902) - 252334 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
CLASS : Deluxe Cottages
Located right it the heart of town, Hotel Kunzam is Manali's most centrally located deluxe hotel. The hotel has complete facilities for holding corporate confrences.
ADDRESS : The Kunzam, Manali (H.P.) - 175131. Tel: (01902) - 253197, 253198. Fax: (01902) - 252325 E-mail: email@example.com
CLASS : Deluxe Hotel
A little away from the town's bustle and yet easily accessible is Hotel Rohtang Manalsu. It is set amid large lawns. The Hotel is enroute to the Hadimba Temple and offers an excellent view of Vashisht.
ADDRESS : The Rohtang Manalsu, Manali (H.P.) - 175131. Tel:(01902) - 2523 32, 253723 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
CLASS : Deluxe Hotel
On the banks of river Beas, Himachal Tourism runs economy Hotel Beas. One of its greatest attractions is most of the rooms overlook the rushing Beas river.
ADDRESS : Hotel Beas, Manali (H.P.) - 175131. Tel: (01902) - 252832 E-mail: email@example.com
CLASS : Budget Hotel
Situated at an altitude of 3350 m, Keylong is the headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. The region is strange, exciting, primitive mountainous and delightful. Rudyard Kipling said of the region "Surely the God live here this no place for men." The route to Lahaul takes a traveler over Rohtang Pass (3980 ml), Koksar (1st village of Lahaul) Sissu, Gondla and crossing the river Chandra Bhaga at Tandi
ACCESS : By road the distance is 115 km from Manali, 188 km from Kaza, 373 km from Leh, 435 km from Chandigarh and 690 km from Delhi. Heavy winter snows cut off road connectivity to the region at Rohtang Pass for six months from November to June. Buses, Taxis are available from Manali in season. HPTDC also plies regular coaches to Leh via Keylong during July - September. Nearest airport is Bhunter, 175 km from Keylong.
CLIMATE : Lahaul remains cut-off from outside the world till mid June due to heavy snowfall and closing of Rohtang Pass. There is little or no rain in monsoons. The climate remains dry and invigorating. The days are hot and nights are extremely cold. Heavy / Light woolens are recommended.
PLACES OF INTEREST
TANDI (2573m) : 8 km, short of Keylong, on the Manali - Leh Raod, situated on the confluence of Chandra & Bhaga rivers. Last point to tank up if traveling north of Keylong as it has the last fuel station on this stretch.
SISSU (3100m) : On the bank of Chandra, 15 km from Koksar, every spring and autumn wild geese and ducks halt here on their way to and from Siberia.
GONDLA (3110m) : 18 km from Keylong on the right bank of river Chandra. Famous for ancient Fort.
UDAIPUR (2523m) : 53 km from Keylong, home of the Mrikula Devi Temple, which is famous for wood carvings.
TRILOKNATH (2660m) : 4 km from Udaipur famous for Triloknath temple. Sacred both for HIndu and Buddhist.
MONASTERY'S : Lahaul is well known for its monasteries, locally called Gompas, which are great repositories of Buddhist faith and art treasures. These are Kardang - 5 km, Shasur - 3 km, Guru Ghantal - 8 km, Tayul - 6 km, Gemur - 18 km
SHOPPING : Shawls, Local Tweeds, Caps, Rugs, Footwear, Fresh fruit, Natural oil (olive and almond), Sliver jewellery, Pullovers, Metal craft, Woolen jackets and Bamboo products.
This majestically built hotel is on the Manali - Leh road at Keylong, offering spectacular views of the Kardang monastery and the four high peaks covered with snow. The hotel serves as excellent accommodation for exploring the artistically and culturally rich monastery's in the vicinity of Keylong
ADDRESS : The Chandrabhaga, Keylong, Distt. Lahaul & Spiti (H.P.) Tel: (01900) - 222247, 222393.
CLASS : Budget Hotel
HPTDC Coaches on Manali - Leh - Manali route halts for night stay at The Chandrabhaga, Keylong. Tariff per person is Rs. 2500/- and is inclusive of coach fare, tented accommodation, dinner and breakfast.