Naggar located at a distance of 8 kms form ShivAdya, at an altitude of 1768 m. Nestling on a wooded slope, it commands a splendid and extensive view of the valley. Naggar was the capital of Kullu Rajas for about 1,400 years.
Naggar Castle, a huge beautiful building that serves as Castle Hotel is of great attraction. This castle was constructed during the reign of Raja Sidh Singh, Stones used were brought from fort, situated on the other side of Naggar. Naggar has a number of famous temples, the important one being Gaurishankar temple of Tripura Sundari Devi, Vishnu Temple and the Krishan temple of Murlidhar.
Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery
Nicholas Roerich was a Russian who settled down in the beautiful hills of Naggar village. The painting of late Nicholas Roerich can be seen at the Roerich Museum of painting in a white-washed villa set in a jewel-like garden.
Jana Village & Waterfall
Jana village is located 21 Kms distance from ShivAdya Manali. Jana is one of those villages which retain the traditional architectural (Kath Kauni) style of their houses. Spell-bound views of Dhauladhar Mountains & beautiful Deodar jungle are compliment of this road journey. A lonely, peaceful & nature surrounded location of this village makes an excellent destination for birders & photographers. Also one can't image such a beautiful falls at this place. It can be considered as a hidden gem of this place. From the base of the fall, one can easily go up through little hike and reach till a point to see the beauty of place. It gives amazing experience to see falls cutting through Rocky Mountains. The Deodar trees increases the beauty of the place.
The monastery is located 18 kms from ShivAdya Manali. This monastery has been built to commemorate the 15th century Dagpo Monastery that was destroyed in Tibet during the Chinese invasion in 1959. The inauguration of the Monastery was done by the Tibetan spiritual leader, Dalai Lama.
Bijli Mahadev Temple
50 kms from ShivAdya across the Beas river, Bijli Mahadev temple (2460 m) is one of the striking temples in the temples strewn district. It can be reached by a tough but rewarding climb of 4 kms trek. From the temple a panoramic view of Kulu & Paravati valleys can be seen. A 60 feet high staff of Bijli Mahadev temple glistens like a silver needle in the sun. In this temple of lightening it is said, the tall staff attracts the divine blessings in the form of lightening. The rest of the story can be heard from the priest, which is un-believable but true.
6 Kms. from ShivAdya located on the left bank on Beas on the road to Naggar. The place is famous for very old temples of Lord Shiva and Sandhya Gayatri in Shikhara style, these are worth a visit.
Manali is situated near the end of the valley on the National Highway leading to Leh. The landscape here is breath taking. One sees well-defined snow capped peaks, the Beas river with its clear water meanders through the town. On the other side are deodar and pine trees, tiny fields and fruit orchards. It is an excellent place for a holiday, a favorite resort for adventure travellers to Lahaul, Spiti, Kinnaur, Leh and Zanskar regions.
Hadimba Devi Temple
Manali has many attractions but the chief centre of interest, historically and archeologically, is undoubtedly the Dhoongri Temple dedicated to goddess Hadimba, the consort of Bhim of Mahabharat fame. It has four-tiered Pagoda shaped roof and the doorway is carved with legendary figures and symbols. This temple located amidst wooden forest of deodar is about 2.5 kms from Manali market. It is a pleasant experience to stroll in the temple complex which was built in 1533 A.D. A large festival is held here in May
Old Manali – A charming village located on another side of Manalsu river looks like another world – Old Manali. The village has an exotic charm & unique vibration. Old Manali village is located about 4 Kms from main Manali town. One may walk through the cobblestoned pathways of Old Manali and explore its popular shopping area or can hang out at any bar on the bank of Manalsu river. Away from the bustling lanes of the Mall Road, Old Manali is full of quirky little outlets, bars, restaurants & backpacker accommodation. Sacred Manu temple is another major attraction of this village.
Vashisht is a small village located around 15 kms from ShivAdya. Village is famous for Vashitha Temple & hot water spring. This spring is believed to have great healing powers especially for skin related diseases. This place has a refreshing atmosphere that compels a tourist for an exotic baths while seeking blessing from the presiding deity of the temple.
Is a splendid valley between Solang village and Beas Kund. 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. Located here is a hut and guest house of the Mountaineering and Allied sports Institute, Manali. Now a few hotels have also come up. The winter skiing festival is organized here. Training in skiing is imparted at this place.
Rohtang pass (3980 m) is 64 kms. From Manali on highway to Keylong – Leh, it offers a panorama and spectacular mountain view. The pass is open from June to October each year although trekkers can cross it earlier. It is a gateway to Lahaul Spiti, Pangi and Leh valley just as Zojila pass is a gatway to Ladakh. There are a beautiful sight of glaciers, peaks and Chandra river flows down in the Lahaul valley. Slightly to the left are the twin peaks of the Geypan.
The most charming and beautiful Kulu valley spreads out its charm on either side of river Beas. The valley runs north to south of this river and is 80 kms long and about 2 kms at its broadest. Yet with awe inspiring glens and mossy meadows encircled by the rushing streams and meandering brooks, flung east & west, a fairly wide area is open to the tourists, the trekkers, the mountaineers, the artists and to anyone who wishes to escape the heat & dust of the plains to breathe the exhilarating air of the Himalaya and enjoy the spectacle of the variegated mountain scenery. The valley is also famous for its exquisitely woven colorful hand made shawls and Kullu caps.
Manikaran, 75 kms from ShivAdya and is famous for its hot springs. Thousands of people take a holy dip in hot waters here. The water is so hot that dal, rice & vegetables etc. can be cooked in it. It is also a well known pilgrimage place for both Hindus & Sikhs. Ramchandra and Shivaji temples besides a Gurudwara are there. According to an old legend, Manikaran is connected with Lord Shiva and his divine consort, Parvati, who lost her ear rings here, which gave birth to hot waters on the bank of Parvati river. Hearing this religious myth from the priests will be more rewarding and interesting.
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