solang valley in manali

SOLANG VALLEY

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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.

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