Manali is situated in the central parts of Himachal Pradesh,
Manali is 32 km from Kullu valley, 280 km north of the state
capital Shimla and 108 km from Mandi. Manali is located at
an altitude of 2050 meters above sea level and is spread along
the banks of the river Beas. Manali is an important hill station
of northern India and is the destination of thousands of tourists
every year.Manali derived its name from Manavalaya meaning
the abode of Manu or "Home of Manu" and here, the
temples are treated as pilgrimages. Its cool atmosphere provides
a perfect haven for the ones afflicted by the hot Indian summers.
Manali is also famous for adventure sports like skiing, hiking,
mountaineering, para gliding, rafting, trekking, kayaking,
and mountain biking. In winters, the temperature can drop
below freezing point when heavy woolens are required. Summer
temperatures are mild and light woolens/cottons are recommended.
In Manali, one can find high mountains shrouded by silent
snows and deep boulder strewn gorges. There are thick forests,
filled with cool breezes and bird song.
Skiing is a major pastime in Manali. Facilities for skiing
are available at Solang Nullah (January-March) and Rohtang
La (during summer). The Mountaineering Institute at Solang
Nullah is a good training institute. Heli skiing is possible
at the deep snowfields.The Mountaineering Institute and Allied
Sports is about 3 km from the Mall and offers mountaineering
and kayaking courses.
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.
About 16 km from Manali at the start of the climb to the Rohtang
Pass, are the beautiful Rahalla Falls at an altitude of 2,501
(3979 m)Rohtang Pass is the highest point on the Manali-Keylong
road. It provides a wide panoramic view of mountains rising
far above clouds, which is truly a breath taking sight.