Located at a distance of 22 km, Naggar makes an ideal getaway from Manali. Besides its natural beauty, the place is also an important pilgrimage site with its Gauri Shankar Temple, the Chatar Bhuj Temple, Tripura Sundri Devi Temple and the Murlidhar Temple. Naggar was the capital of the Kullu Valley during the 16th century. The beautiful castle here, built by the then Kullu ruler, houses a temple in the courtyard with a small museum.
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Manali is the Hadimba Temple. This temple, with a finely wrought four - tiered pagoda roof, dating back to 1553, is built around a natural cave, which enshrines the footprints of the goddess Hadimba. Although carving is simple yet beautiful. This temple was built by Raja Bahadur Singh of Kullu. Every year in May a major festival is organized here. This place is a popular picnic spot among the tourists.
16 km from Manali town at the start of the climb to the Rohtang Pass. If one goes to Marhi on foot from Kothi from the old road, the sight of the falls is fascinating. It is a good picnic spot as well.
Solang valley offers the view of glaciers and snow capped mountains and peaks. It has fine ski slopes. The Mountaineering Institute has installed a ski lift for training purpose. The 12-km hike up the western banks of the Beas to the Solang Valley is noteworthy.
13 kms outside Manali is the Solang Valley, offering spectacular views of the snow-clad mountains and the glaciers all around. Solang is the venue for the annual skiing courses.
Located at a distance of 86 km from Manali, Manikaran is another mythological as well as religious site to visit from Manali. The name of the place is derived from the words, 'mani' (meaning jewel) and 'karan' (meaning ears). According to a legend, fascinated by its beauty, Lord Shiva and Parvati decided to stay here. One day Goddess Parvati lost one of her earrings here and could not find it despite all efforts. This made the Lord angry and He opened his third eye, which resulted in large-scale destruction. The name Manikaran is believed to have its origin in the above legend.
Rohtang Pass is the highest point, 4,112m, on the Manali-Keylong road, 51-km from Manali town. It provides a wide panoramic view of mountains rising far above clouds, which is a sight truly breath-taking. It offers only limited skiing opportunities, but trekking possibilities are immense.
The pass is open from June to September, although trekkers can cross the pass from May. Beyond Rohtang pass lies the remote and, perhaps, the stark and haunting landscape of predominantly Buddhist areas. The comparative inaccessibility of the place has helped preserve the pristine culture of the people of the region.
12 kms from the Manali, Kothi is a place that offers excellent surroundings.Kothi is a quiet but picturesque spot. The slopes above Kothi are a steep one-hour walk up from the road, but there are excellent thermals coming off the rocks and it is a favourite of the local eagles. This place is famous for movie picturisation and resting resort for poets, writers and lovers of peaceful environments.
6 km. A natural spring of clean cold water named after the late Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru, who used to drink water from this spring during his stay in Manali. It is located on the Manali-Keylong road. This spring is believed to be coming from 'Bhrigu Lake'.
Vasisht Village and Vasisht Temple
Vasisht village is about 3 kms outside Manali. It is famous for its sweeping valley views and its sulphurous hot water spring. The village is considered the epicenter of budget travelers by some (however we would suggest it to be more of a back-packers center).
The village also has some fine shops of Tibetan and Kashmiri arts along with a wide selection of jewelry.
The Vasisht temple stands above the main square in the village and there lies two stoned temples built with elaborate wood carvings. The place also hosts a hot soak bathing pools (separate for men and woman, and of no charge).