Manali-the legendary mountain resort of Himachal Pradesh

A valley near Manali

Manali is a popular resort on the Himalayas for all seasons that act as a base camp for various excursions in the vicinity and the inner Himalayas. Pictresque valleys, imposing forests and fast flowing rivers add to the charm of this mountain resort. Several site seeing spots and adventure destinations are in the vicinity though travel may a bit tedious.
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Some of the nearby places of interest include Hindimba Devi Temple, Manu Temple, the Vashisht village with its sulphur baths and Arjun Gufa. The Forest Department offers eco-walks at Van Vihar at Manani and Dhungri. The town, though small, has a busy market where you can buy a variety of items including shawls, kullu caps and slippers.
Beas River at Manali
The Himachal Tourism runs a Club House which is popular with the youth. The State Tourism Corporation provides moderately priced accommodation and bus services.

Some of the officials may be influenced by local taxi drivers and tourist guides. So, don't go by their advice alone in planning your itenerary.

Many visitors make it a point to visit Rohtang pass (3970 metres) while at Manali where you can view the Himalayan glaciers. Five kilometres down the Manali-Rohtang road is the Nehru Kund. It is spring that rises from the Bhrighu Lake. The Lake lies at a height of 4270 netres below the Brighu peak.
It is a favourite trekking trail, accessible from Vashisht. Kothi and Rahalla Fall and the Dashir Lake are other attractions on the way to Rohtang pass. You will need vehciles with four wheel drives for the trip  to Rahtang pass. Manali is accessible from Delhi, Shimla and Mandi by road. The nearest railway station is Jogindernagar. However, for those starting from Delhi, it bs better to get down at Roopal, Una or Nangal and proceed further by road.
Manali is worth a single visit for sight seeing and several as a get away destination.