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Gadhan Tekchokling

Buddhist monastery Gadhan Tekchokling was built in 1969 by Tibetan refugees who settled in the Kullu Valley and Himachal Pradesh. It’s located on the territory of the covered bazaar in the southern part of the Mall street. The monastery is surrounded by a beautiful garden with flower beds, here you can buy Tibetan incense and flags that hung everywhere. Interior spaces of the monastery as usual are painted in bright colors that set off a huge golden Buddha, sitting in the shade at the back of the wall, surrounded by lamps flickering at his feet.
In the monastery is working factory producing hand-made woven carpets.


Hadimby temple

Hadimby temple is Hindu temple, located at the top of Manali; on foot it can be reached in 15-20 minutes, if you cut off the ring serpentine. Hadimby temple is situated actually in the woods, and dark pine attached three-story pagoda of dark wood some gloom. The facade and the walls of the temple are decorated with carvings and horns of goats, which are sacrificed here. Inside the church you can go through the low door, benting double, so low lintel is typical in the Himalayan Hamachala homes. Internally, the room is not large, although it is able to accommodate 10 people, there is no altar area actually, Pujari is just sitting on the dais; white people are allowed to come, you can also get the prasad and blessing of the Goddess, because Hadimbe worshiped as the embodiment of Durga and Kali at the same time. Hadimba is demon that killed her brother the asur for misconduct, for which she received the hand and heart of Bhima, one of the Pandavas.
The temple is impressive either exterior decoration both interior. Outside wooden carvings, that hung on the walls complement the horns of sacrificial animals. Inside the visitor space is very small. As it is said, the Hindu temples are not only for people, but for gods. The temple is built around the rock, on which is located the ancient stone deity Hadimby. The first thing what we see, entering into the temple – is a huge stone, under which also is a small altar featuring feet of the goddess.
Since the temple Hadimby is a popular tourist place, near you can always see, dressed in traditional and colorful clothing, men and women offering to take a picture for money. In the same way local people earn money on Angora rabbits and unrealistic classy yaks.


Manu Temple

Manu Temple is a stone church in the style of “shikhar”, dedicated to the sage Manu, the Indian counterpart of Noah, progenitor of mankind. It is believed that it was in Manali, he arrived at his ark. Modern temple was built about ten years ago on the place of the old one. But the antiquity of the place reminds grown into the ground stone stele-statues. Time softened their features, and it is now difficult to guess who was represented by the sculptor of the past.
Manu, in Indian mythology, is the ancestor of humans. In the Vedic tradition Manu is the son of a solar deity Vivasvat and brother of Yama. Manu is regarded as the first man, who lived on the earth, and “the king of the people,” and Yama – the first person who died, and the king of the dead ancestors. Puranas and epics comprise fourteen different Manu (seven former and seven future). First man Manu is the main hero of the Indian myth about the Great Flood.
Manu lived in a secluded monastery near the southern mountains. One morning, as he washed, he caught a little fish in the water. She said: “Save my life, and I will save you.” “From what did you save me?” – Manu asked in surprise. The fish said: “There will come a flood and destroy all living creatures. From it I’ll save you.” First time Manu kept the fish in the pitcher. But she was growing rapidly, so soon he had to dig up a special pond. But soon it also became too small, because she turned into a huge fish dzhhasha with a horn on her head. Manu then released the fish in the sea – now nothing threatened her life. In parting, the fish said, “In such and such a year will be a flood. You must make the ship and wait for me. And when the flood comes, come up to the ship, and I will save you. ”
All that happened. The whole world was exposed by water, the fish swam to the ark, and Manu tied a rope to the horn of her, and she quickly led his ship on the raging waves. Manu and fish were the only remaining living creatures of the water around the chaos. Fierce winds rocked the ship, but fish swam on the water’s desert, and finally led to the ship towering above the water surface top Himavata. Then she said, “I saved you. Tie the ship, and when the water begins to subside, get down. Be careful.” And she disappeared. Manu stayed to revive life on Earth, that was washed off by the flood.


Vashishta village

Vashishta village is located in 3 km north to Manali, above the left bank of the highway, at an altitude of 1982 meters. Here holy hermit Vashishta, who taught the young prince-god Rama various tricks, performed self-torture-tapa, when demon Rakshasa Kalmashped killed his one hundred sons. As one of the procedures he tied himself with the rope and jumped from a cliff into a river. The magic power of the Spirit River broke all the ropes and since has become known as Vipasha, which means “the liberator from the bondage.” Today the village is best known for its hot sulfur springs.
On sources is arranged Vashishta temple. In the stone-carved wooden temple set Vashishta clumsy statue of black stone with shining silver eyes. The next room is in the same style with the fire, which constantly burns and warms holy sadhus. Close in two rectangular basins separated by a high wall (the one for men and one for women), bathe enough hot sulfuric water, though not as hot water, as in Manikarane. Once a year to bathe in the sulfur baths people bring the gods of the surrounding villages.


Rohtang La Pass

Rohtang La Pass connects the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, with the area of Small Tibet (region Ladakh, plateau Lahaul and Spiti). This is the most beautiful place in these regions, it offers panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks, cliffs and mountain waterfalls. The pass is open only in the summer.


The Mall

The main street in Manali – The Mall is partly pedestrian. It contains most of restaurants, snack bars, shops, souvenir shops, travel agencies and other useful options. Street runs along the river Beas, from north to south. To the north, the road leads to Old Manali, to the south – way to Kullu. Bus station is located between the river and The Mall – approximately opposite the center of the street. From the northern tip of the Mall road goes right to the other side of the river Beas – aside Vashishta and Naggar. In the same direction goes buses to Leh.


Manali is a small town in the Kullu Valley, in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It has a population of approximately 30 thousand inhabitants. The town was founded on the ancient trade route passes through the valley of the river Beas flowing through Ladakh Hundzherab pass, and leading in the Tarim Basin. It is located approximately in 250 km to the north of the capital Shimla.
Here come the lovers of the mountains – from the town can be seen snow-capped mountain ranges Dhauladhar and Pir Pandzhal and supporters of outdoor activities – in Manali there are many hiking trails of varying difficulty. The local tourists are attracted by the opportunity to see first snow for the first time and stand at the ski pass Rohtang La. Manali is also a popular place for a honeymoon. Foreign tourists prefer to live in quiet surrounding villages – Old Manali and Vashishta, accessible by rickshaw. Prices in these villages for housing and everything else are much lower than in Manali.
Many people use as a transit point of Manali on the way to Ladakh. However, this part of the Kullu Valley deserves more, because of its unique nature, rich highland culture, the special atmosphere of mountain villages and of course the fantastic views of the mountains.
According to legend, Manu, the Indian Noah, stopped at this place the ark after the world’s flood. The temple dedicated to this historic landing, is located in Old Manali. On behalf of Manu is the name of Manali.

History of Manali

In ancient times, the valley was inhabited by nomadic hunters known as ‘rakshasa’. These people were shepherds of Kangra, settled here, they were engaged in farming. Some of the earliest inhabitants of the region are known as the ‘naur’ or ‘nar’, which are the unique caste of Kullu valley. Now only a few families of Nauru are alive. Naur family in a village near Haripur Soyal on the west bank of Manali was known around by their large land holdings and the fact that they could call “rakshasa” to work on them.
The British brought to the valley apple trees and lit trout, new species in the flora and fauna. It is said that the first crop of apples was so big that apple trees broke because of the weight of apple fruit before harvest. To this day apple, plum and pear trees are grown by local people to sell.
Tourism in Manali rose after the war in Kashmir in the 1980s. Recently a quiet village has become a big town with a lot of hotels and restaurants.