A gorgeous dale, stuck between Beas Kund and Solang village, Solang Valley is a pictorial spot, which presents the awesome scenery of snow clad mountains and glaciers. Popularly called as the Snow point, Solang Valley is a perfect place for skiing and the 300 meter sky lift is the main fascination of this stunning picnic location.
Solang Valley drives its name from combination of words Solang (Nearby village) and Nullah (water streams from mountains).It is a side valley at the top of the Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh, India 14 km northwest of the resort town Manali on the way to Rohtang Pass, and is known for its summer and winter sport conditions.
The sports most commonly offered here are parachuting, paragliding, skiing, skating and zorbing. But it is not only famous for winter sports, it has also gained international recognition because of an “Ice Shiv Lingam” away from Amarnath in Solang Valley, popularly known as “Anjani Mahadev”.
One of the main attractions in Solang Valley is the Shiva Lingam made of ice.According to the local people, the “Ice Shiv Lingam” was discovered around 14 years ago by Baba Prakash Puri who later built a small temple and an ashram in the cave that houses the lingam. A large number of tourists visit this place between December and March to have a glimpse of nature’s creation. The Lingam is usually 20 feet tall and the spray of the waterfall from above serves as a natural ‘Abhishek’.
The place is also called Anjani Mahadev since it’s believed that Anjani Devi, the Mother of Hanuman meditated there. Vehicles ply upto a particular point after which you need to trek uphill or ride horseback. Acharya Pandit Naveen Shashtri offers pooja at the temple everyday and devotees are offered tea or kheer as Prasad in the temple.Just below the Lingam you can opt for some adventure sports like paragliding and skiing and zorbing.
Rohtang Pass is 51 KM from Manali , is a high mountain pass way that connects the Kullu Valley with the Lahul and Spiti valleys of Himachal Pradesh, India. It has become a real summer tourist spot.As everyone can touch the nature in the peak time of summer .
The Rohtang Pass is the highest point on the Manali- Keylong Road. It is also one of the most beautiful spots in the vicinity. Located at an altitude of 4112 meters above sea level, the spot promises an exquisite view of the surrounding mountain ranges.
The regions beyond the Rohtang Pass are remote and cut away from the reach of the tourists. These predominantly Buddhist areas promise you an ascetic and haunting view. Being a bit inaccessible to the modern civilization has helped the place to retain its pure and untouched beauty.There are great trekking opportunities around the Rohtang Pass near Manali, though the skiing scopes are limited.
In winter the mountain slopes are snow clad and they turn into perfect skiing slopes. This point is one of the main attraction for tourists coming to Manali.
This pass opens for tourist from April end to October end of the year. The permission to travel on this highway is given by Indian army after they clear the snow and inspect the road for it’s fitness and safety for movement of person and the vehicles. The same road connects to Leh Ladakh ( State of Jammu & Kashmir ) from Manali ( state of Himachal Pradesh). Sonepani Glacier and a small lake (Dashahr) are located opposite and left to Rohtang respectively.
Get Manali To Rohtang Pass Taxi easily by Ashtvinayak Travels Manali by booking in advance. Advance Booking for Rohtang Pass is recommended due to Manali to Rohtang taxi rates are fixed by taxi union. Taxi services for other famous attractions in Manali by taxi should be planned and organised accordingly. Taxi services from Manali to Rohtang covers beautiful scenic spots, snow peak mountains and possibility of small adventures , if the situation allows. Manali Rohtang taxi services are sometimes availed on shared basis.
Things To Note For Visiting Rohtang Pass
- Rohtang Pass is closed for tourists on Tuesdays.
- Only limited vehicles are allowed per day.
- You Need to Book your cab in Advance.
- Ashtvinayak Travels will take care of permits.
- Manali – Rohtang Pass Route (distance: 51 KMs).
- Rohtang Pass as well as Snow Point are not well equipped ski station.
Snow Point is not any particular location, rather, it is just a stretch of snow on the way to Rohtang La identified by local vendors to set up their stalls. In peak winters, Snow point is at a location very close to Manali. As the summer progresses, location of snow point moves higher and higher till it reaches Rani Nullah and then further towards the Rohtang Pass. Enthusiasm of tourists converts snow point into some sort of a snow theme park. Tourists and honeymooners can indulge in various snow activities like Amateur skiing, yak rides, snow scotters and snow mobiles and of course throwing snow balls at one another.
Attractions enroute Manali to Rohtang Pass
- Nehru Kund: A natural spring, 6 Kms from Manali town.
- Kothi: River Beas runs through a narrow gorge setting up an attractive landscapes with plenty of photo opportunities.
- Gulaba: At around 20 Kms from Manali, Gulaba is Scenic spot covered in snow and usually termed “Snow Point”
- Rahla Falls: Attractive waterfall.
- Marhi: Pit stop for breakfast (Maggi Noodles).
VASHIST HOT SPRINGS
Hot water spring is the most attractive place in this region and the hot water from this spring is even provided for taking bath. On the way to Rohtang Pass on the banks of river Beas is the place called Vashisht. This place is known for a temple which is dedicated to Vashisht Muni. It is built in a shape of Pyramid and the uniqueness of this temple is that it is built out of a single stone.
Vashist is located at a distance of about 6 km away from the beautiful town of Manali in the Kullu district of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. This place promises to provide the visitors a wonderful view of the beautiful Beas River. The Vashist Hot Water Spring is one of the famous attractions of this region.
The hot water springs that are amply found in this region have made this small village famous to people from all over the world. The hot water springs that come out of the granitic deposits cover a huge part of the Himalayas in this area. The temperature in these hot water springs vary between 110 degree Fahrenheit and 123 degree Fahrenheit.
The Vashist village lies at the foot of a laterite accumulated rocky hill on the left bank of the river Beas. The hill is covered with a large number of pine and deodar trees. The ponds or the water kunds, as they are popularly called, can be found just at the center of the village. The region around these hot water springs of Vashist provides a majestic vies of the enchanting greenery all around.
A large number of people visit these hot springs near Manali every day in order to take a dip. There is also one tank specially reserved for women of this locality. These hot water springs are also a major source of water for many tourist spots in and around Manali. The place has two separate baths for men and women and also includes some stylish showers with direct supplies of hot water.
Manu Temple at Manali is sacred and auspicious to the people of the region since there is no other temple dedicated to the creator of human race in the country. The Manu Temple has remained as one of the primary Manali tourist attractions since time immemorial.
Manu Temple is located in old Manali, at a distance of approximate 3 km from the main market of Manali. The temple is dedicated to the Indian sage Manu , great Manu, who is said to be the creator of the world and the writer of “Manusmriti”. Though temple is situated in a congested place, visitors from across the globe come to visit it. The charming location of Manu Temple, on the bank side of river Beas, adds to its attraction.
The temple of great Manu was reconstructed in the year 1992, when the vaulted ceiling and marble floors were added. Manali Honeymoon couples are advised to wear dresses covering the knees and shoulders, while inside the temple. To reach the temple, one has to traverse through the slippery stone paths that lie before its premises. The ancient temple is a prominent place of worship for the local people of Manali, who arrive everyday to offer their pray to the creator of humanity. Local people consider it sacred and auspicious and visit it regularly. Its popularity also lies in the fact that it is the only temple dedicated to Manu – the creator of human race, in India.
Manu Temple has remained as one of the primary Manali tourist attractions, since times immemorial. It is believed to be the place where sage Manu meditated after stepping on earth. Manali has a distinct historical background that is appealing to most people who visit the pilgrim spot. According to Hindu mythology, Manu sage is the divine creator of the human race in the world. It was in this region that the sage dwelt and meditated. Whenever you visit Manali, make sure to see the temple too. The Manalsu River flows right next to the Hadimba Temple and on the opposite bank lies the old village of Manali, also known as the original Manali.
Manu is said to be the creator of the human race and in fact Manali gets its name from Manu Alava, meaning the home of Manu. You can opt to take a scenic walk up the hill to the temple, it takes about half an hour is well worth the effort. In fact, on the sixth day of Phagun, a huge fair dedicated to Manu Maharaj is held called Phagi and is open to all. Some sources say that the temple marks the spot where Manu Maharaj first placed his foot while getting off the boat that carried him during the world-destroying flood. Others say this is where he mediated. Either way, it’s a special spot and shouldn’t be missed.
Hidimba Devi Temple, also known as the Hadimba Temple, is located in Manali, a hill station in the State of Himachal Pradesh in north India. It is an ancient cave temple dedicated to Hidimbi Devi, sister of Hidimba, who was a character in the Indian epic, Mahabharata. The temple is surrounded by a cedar forest at the foot of the Himalayas. The sanctuary is built over a huge rock jutting out of the ground, which was worshiped as an image of the deity. The structure was built in the year 1553.
Hadimba, a ‘Rakshashi’ in the Mahabharat has been deified and is worshipped in this area. According to Mahabharat ‘Hadimb Rakshash’ ruled some of the sub-mountainous tracts of the Himalayas. His sister was Hadimba or Hidimba.
The Hidimbi Devi Temple has intricately carved wooden doors and a 24 meters tall wooden “shikhar” or tower above the sanctuary. The tower consists of three square roofs covered with timber tiles and a fourth brass cone-shaped roof at the top. The earth goddess Durga forms the theme of the main door carvings.The temple base is made out of whitewashed, mud-covered stonework. An enormous rock occupies the inside of the temple, only a 7.5 cm (3 inch) tall brass image representing goddess Hidimbi Devi. A rope hangs down in front of the rock, and according to a legend, in bygone days religious zealots would tie the hands of “sinners” by the rope and then swing them against the rock.
About 70 metres away from the temple, there is a shrine dedicated to Goddess Hidimba’s son, Ghatotkacha who was born after she married Bhima.
As per another legend, the architect of the temple had to lose his hand for this masterpiece. King was afraid of duplication of the master craft and he ordered architect’s hand to be cut. This anecdote might have some portion of reality and truth, with only the temple being a mute witness. It is also said that this could not stop the master architect, who trained his left hand and at the request of the people, executed an even finer temple at Trilokinath in Chamba.
The temple is also known for a fair held every year in Hindi month of Sravan in the memory of Raja Bahadur Singh, who built the temple. The fair is popularly known as Bahadur Singh Re Jatar among locals. There is another fair too which is held on 14th May each year in the celebration of birthday of Hadimba Devi. Women around and from Dhungri forest come and celebrates this fair with music and dance.