Manali

This small Himalayan town along the Beas river, north of the Kullu Valley is a popular tourist destination. Breathtaking mountains shrouded in white give this place a dreamlike quality. Setting up tents around a bonfire makes the cold weather even more enjoyable. The frozen Solang Valley, also known as Snow Point, is the perfect place for skiing, paragliding and mountain biking. River rafting is an enthralling activity over the Beas river.

The valley has many orchards with juicy apples and plums. Blooming hyacinths, roses and Dahlias are interspersed between these fruit trees. Cultivation of these trees forms a major part of the economy here.

Manali is home to religious places of many faiths such as Buddhism and Hinduism. Ma Shravani Temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga. The ancient Hadimba Temple has been carved out entirely from the mountain rocks. An important pilgrimage spot for Buddhists is the Manali Gompa famous for its paintings.

Another favourite among tourists are the hot water springs here. Some prominent ones are Vashist Hot Springs, Manikaran, Khirganga and Kasol hot water springs. These mineral rich waters are believed to cure many ailments.