Old Manali, about 2100 M, above mean sea level, situated in Kulu Valley of Himachal Pradesh, have been historically, Geographically and Politically, very important place in Himalayan Range. New Manali Township, at a distance of about 5 km, flourished in short time, immensely gained high popularity as tourist hub / tourism center, for Nationals Internationals.

Manali is famous for abode of Sages, Temples of Sages, Gods and Goddesses, old Forts and Castles, Old and New Guest Houses, Art Gallery, Snow Games, Deodar Forests, Medicated Plants, Orchards, Caves, Hot Springs on the side of River Beas

Manali, on banks of river Beas, is linked by air, road and railway. We (Me and my parents ) preferred to go by road, about 600 km away from Delhi, in an hired Taxi with skilled driver for hilly terrain. After making full preparations / taking full measures,  to be able to cross Delhi easily and reached well in time, on May 6, 2005, at about 3 am, we started from our house. On the way, we crossed Panipat, Karnal, where we had our breakfast, moved further to Ambala, Chandigarh, Ropar and Kiratpur Sahib. At Kiratpur Sahib we took some rest, visited holy Guru Dwara Sahib, ate at Langar. We were feeling fully blessed and fresh to move forward. After that it was hilly road having many curves and bends, ups and downs, we passed Swar Ghat, Bilaspur, Sunder Nagar, Mandi, Pandoh. At Pandoh, we saw Dam at river Beas and ate some packed meals, in our possession. On way further, we crossed Larji and Parwati HEP`s and reached Kulu Town, capital of kings of Kulu. At this place, river Parwati meets with river Beas. Kulu is also famous for Woolen  Shawls, Blankets and Ram Navami Mela. There is Bifurcation for Parwati Valley from there, along side of Parwati River, an tributary of River Beas.

We proceeded further and continued our journey towards Manali, after about one and a half hour, we reached our Destination and drove straight to the already booked Guest House, after refreshing our selves, we took our meals and as we were tired  we went straight way to sleep to wake up early in the morning.

Next morning, on May 7, after finishing breakfast, we were ready to see the beautiful Town and its amazing possessions. With the help of Guide Note Book, we first drove to Old Manali, viewed orchards, old  houses, enjoyed thrilling sound of snowy water of river Beas, felt heart touching peaceful and calm environment, saw and prayed at Maharishi Temple of Sage " Manu " & old ruins of  Fort called, "Manaligarh"

Reached back at the Guest House,  rest for a while, and  took meals and cup of tea.

After having taken rest, we made our way to Ma Sharvari Temple ( Kul Devi ) of the Kings of Kulu, 5 km across the Beas River on the left bank, on the way to Nagar Castle, prayed and paid our reverences. Thereafter, we moved to Nagar Castle.

We reverted back to our guest house, took meals and went to sleep.

Next day, May 8, after having shower and breakfast, we rushed to see Hadimba Cave Temple, which is associated with Mahabharata- Bhim, in thick forest of Cedar.




 We moved further to Bijli Mahadev Temple, affiliated to Lord Shiva  where we prayed and took blessing and returned back to Guest House, took our meals, cleared the accounts with Guest House and went to sleep.



 Next morning, on May 9, at about 9 am, we started back, took meals on the way and finally reached our house, safe and secure.  All the way, it was pleasant journey with beautiful views  captured in camera making us to visit Manali, once again in life.

 

Sonia Singla