Places to Visit in Manali - NPSCM

Places to Visit in Manali

1.) Himalayan Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple, Manali1
2.) Vashisht Hot Water Springs and Temple, Manali2
3.) Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art, Manali3
4.) Kothi, Manali4
5.) Beas River, Manali5

1.) Himalayan Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple

Places to visit in Manali

The soothing silence of the Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple in Manali will calm even the most frazzled of nerves. This Shangri-La-like haven sits in the middle of the busy town, while its pagoda-style architecture and vibrant tones add a mystical allure to the whole setting. While here, don’t forget to spin the prayer wheels and admire the Sakyamuni idol and wall paintings. Counted among the best monasteries in Manali, Nyingmapa is where you can connect with your spiritual side. (Places to Visit in Manali)

  • Location: Near Manali Mall Road, Manali
  • Timings: 6:00 am to 7:00 pm; every day
  • Entry Fee: No entry fee; photography is charged at ₹ 20

2.) Vashisht Hot Water Springs and Temple

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A place of great spiritual importance, Vashisht village is home to a beautiful temple set amidst the dramatic Himalayan topography. It is believed that the temple has a history of more than 4000 years and the interiors of the shrine feature wooden carvings, antique figures, and paintings. What makes this destination even more unique is the presence of hot springs that are believed to hold healing properties. What’s more, the place also offers modern-day visitors a glimpse into the old history of Manali. You can also enjoy some shopping in the surrounding area – the woolens here are very famous. (Places to Visit in Manali)

  • Location: Vashisht Village, Manali
  • Timings (Temple): 7:00 am to 9:00 pm; every day

3.) Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art

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A quick stop at the Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art is recommended for those who want a glimpse into the traditions and rich local heritage of the region. Some of the exhibits here include a collection of masks used in festival dances, traditional garments, and musical instruments. Established in 1998, this small yet culturally rich place also has models of ancient houses and temples.

  • Location: Utopia Complex, Hadimba Temple Road, Manali
  • Timings: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm (April to November); 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (December to March)
  • Entry Fee: ₹ 10 per person

4.) Kothi

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Located on the iconic Spiti highway at an altitude of 2500 meters, Kothi is a charming hamlet in the mountains that is renowned for its scenic setting and the majestic views it offers of the snow-capped peaks and glaciers. It is at the foothills of Rohtang Pass and the terrain is sculpted by the Beas which flows through this part of the region. The village is also a perfect spot for camping, especially if you are planning to explore Rohtang Pass on foot. The village also has a temple dedicated to Goddess Shuwang Chandika. (Places to Visit in Manali)

  • Distance from Manali: 14 km (approx.)

5.) Beas River

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The Beas River is a natural landmark in the region that will accompany you on most parts of your Manali trip. Vashisht village is considered to be one of the best places to enjoy excellent views of the river valley while a trip to Kothi will bring you up close to its clear blue waters. The Beas is a hub of water sports such as kayaking and rafting and the village of Pridi is considered to have some of the most exciting rapids.

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