Places to visit in Manali

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Manali important contacts and information

Manali is a small hill station situated at the northern end of the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Manali is situated at a height of 2050m in Western Himalayas. Lush green apple orchards, snow-covered mountains, and evergreen deodars trees attract millions of tourists every year.
Manali important contacts and information

Name Manali is derived from the word ‘Manu-Alaya’ which means “the abode of Manu”. Manu was among the family of ancient Hindu sages Saptarishi. Manu recreated human life and nature after the great flood which had washed out the complete world. Every village of Manali has its own deities and because of this Manali is also known as “Valley of Gods”. One can get a chance to see these deities during some rituals functions and village fairs.

Manali is well connected with roads. It is 250 km from state capital Shimla, 310 km from Chandigarh and 540 km from Delhi. The nearest airport is Bhunter Airport which is 50 km from Manali. The nearest railhead is at Joginder Nagar which is a narrow gauge railhead and about 175 km away from Manali. Other broad gauge railheads are at Chandigarh 310 km, Pathankot 325 km, Una 250 km, Kiratpur Sahib 268 km and Kalka 275 km.

Manali is a paradise for adventure lovers. Paragliding, White River rafting, and river crossing are some adventure activities in Manali which everyone wants to enjoy while they are in Manali. There are plenty of short and long treks that start from Manali. Trek to Hamta Pass, Beas Kund, and Bhrigu Lake are some of the famous treks. In winters when slopes of Solang Valley are covered with snow, tourist enjoys snow activities like skiing and snowboard.

Important contact details of  Manali- Himachal Pradesh
Police Station Manali contact number ,01902-252326
Fire Station Manali contact number 101, 1902-252222
Hotel Association  Manali contact number ,01902-253059
Himachal Roadways Bus Stand  Manali (HRTC) contact number ,01902-252323
Emergency Ambulance contact number 102
Lady Willingdon Hospital Manali contact number ,01902-252379
Civil Hospital Manali contact number ,01902-253385
Manu Diagnostic Centre Manali contact number 9418083587
Kullu Valley Hospital  Kullu contact number ,01902-226322
Civil Hospital Kullu contact number ,01902-224312
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering  Manali contact number ,01902-252342
Himachal Tourism Manali contact number ,01902-253531
Taxi Union Manali  contact number ,01902-252120
Auto Rikshaw Union Manali contact number ,01902253366
Post Office Manali  ,01902-252568
Life Insurance Corporation Manali contact number ,01902-253052
Bharat Gas Manali contact number ,01902-254222
Indane Gas Manali contact number ,01902-254130
Telephone Exchange Manali contact number ,01902-252404

Places to Visit in Manali or Main attractions of Manali
  • ·        Hadimba Devi Temple
  • ·         Manu Rishi Temple
  • ·         Club House
  • ·         Vashisht Hot Springs
  • ·         Jogni Waterfall
  • ·         Nehru Kund
  • ·         Solang Valley
  • ·         Kothi
  • ·         Gulaba
  • ·         Rohtang Pass
  • ·         Van Vihar
  • ·         Mall Road
  • ·         Tibetan Monastery
  • ·         Naggar Castle            

 Taxi for Local Sightseeing in Manali.

     Manali is named after sage Manu. It is also known as “Valley of Gods". It is a prime holiday destination today just 40km from Kullu. High mountains covered by snow, tall deodars, rippling water of River Beas, cool breeze, singing birds, wildflowers, fruit-laden orchards, picturesque hamlets all that nature can give is here. It is 50km from Bhuntar Airport Kullu. It is 310 km from Chandigarh and 280 km from Shimla by road.

How Matsya Avatar is related to Manali.

In Hindu mythology, there are four eras [yuga] – Satya yuga, Treta yuga, Dwapara Yuga, and Kali-yuga. Each Yuga is supposed to be a day for Lord Brahma. One day of Lord Brahma is 4320 million human years. After the end of every yuga, Lord Brahma goes to sleep. The power of Lord Brahma’s creation comes from the Vedas. When Lord Brahma sleeps there is no creation and the universe comes to an end. Lord Vishnu is the God of Preservation. Whenever the earth was in danger and when evil threatens to overpower good, Lord Vishnu descends from heaven to incarnate on the earth. There are ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu. [Dasavatar – Das meaning ‘ten’ and avatar is ‘incarnation’, the last avatar – Kalki avatar is yet to come] The first avatar of Lord Vishnu is called as Matsya Avatar [Matsya means ‘fish’].

In the Satya Yuga, there was a king by name Manu. He was a staunch devotee of Lord Vishnu. His greatest desire was to see Lord Vishnu with his own eyes. For this, he performed severe penances for thousands of years.

The Satya Yuga was about to end and a great flood was to come and destroy all the life on earth to start afresh for the next Yuga. Lord Brahma after a day full of creation was tired. He wanted to go to sleep and was soon snoring loudly.

While Lord Brahma was sleeping an asura Hayagriva emerged from Brahma’s nose. With Brahma asleep, Hayagriva realized that it was the right time to take in all the knowledge of the Vedas. Hayagriva concentrated and soon absorbed the knowledge in the Vedas. He then hid deep inside the ocean, thinking that nobody would find him there.

Lord Vishnu saw this and was worried. If the Vedas were stolen by the asura, the knowledge of the Vedas could not be passed on to the Next Yuga. As a Preserver, it was his job to make sure the knowledge survived to the next Yuga.

Wondering what to do, Lord Vishnu looked at Manu performing penance. Lord Vishnu smiled realizing that he could complete quiet a lot than just save the Vedas…

The next morning, Manu went to the river to begin his prayers. He took the water in his hands and held it high above his head and offered it to the Lord Vishnu to mark the beginning of his prayer. He was about to pour the water into the river when he heard a tiny voice from his hands. ‘O, great king! Please do not put me back in the river…’ Surprised Manu stared at his hands. In the palms of his hands was a tiny fish, squirming. The fish looked at Manu, pleading, ‘Please do not put me back in the water. There are so many bigger fishes in the water, they will eat me. Please, O great king…’ Manu looked at the tiny fish with pity. As a king, it was his duty to protect anybody who came to him for help. The king readily agreed and put the fish inside his ‘kamandalam’. [Kamandalam is a small jug carried by sages in those days to carry water]

Manu finished his penance and went home for the night. He had left the fish inside the kamandalam, knowing that the fish would be safe inside. He woke up next morning hearing a strong voice, ‘O king…Help me…Your kamandalam is stifling me. I cannot breathe in here…’ Surprised Manu looked at his kamandalam, only to find a big fish staring at him from the top of the kamandalam. The fish was pushing the sides of the jug as the jug was too small for it.

Overcoming his surprise, Manu ran inside his house to get a bigger vessel. The fish gulped few breaths and said softly, ‘Thank you, kind king.’
Manu smiled and was about to walk out the home to begin his morning prayers when he heard an even more powerful voice, ‘King, this vessel is too small for me. Please get me another one. ‘Manu blankly stared as the fish stared out of the vessel he had got just minutes back. The fish was again struggling for breath. Manu brought the biggest vessel in his house and threw the fish inside it. The fish thanked him and after checking that the vessel was big enough for the fish, still puzzled, was about to walk out of the house, when he heard a strong voice, ‘I am sorry this vessel is also not sufficient for me, king’

Manu stared in disbelief as he saw the huge fish stare out of the big vessel. However realizing that this was not the time for questions, he carried the fish and ran to the river, where he had found the fish and threw the fish inside.
The fish gulped a few breaths inside water, ‘Thank you…king. You have protected me. But please don’t leave me here. I am afraid the other bigger fishes may eat me…’
Manu began to get suspicious, but he was a king. He could not just stop protecting someone who had come to him for help. He stared at the fish for long and before his very eyes saw the fish getting larger and larger, till it had covered up the entire river.
The same routine followed again. Manu carried the fish from one river to another river, but the fish kept getting bigger.
Finally, he dropped the fish inside the ocean, only to find that the fish have grown to full one side of the ocean. Looking at gigantic fish, a sudden flash came to Manu. He bowed before the fish, ‘Narayana, you are Narayana...my Lord.’ The fish smiled, ‘You wanted to see me and here I have come.’ Manu stared with tears in his eyes, as a huge horn grew on the head of the fish.‘My Lord, you have granted me my only desire. I want nothing more. What do you want me to do now?’ Manu said prostrating before the fish.

‘Manu, the Yuga is about to end in seven days. There will be a great flood and all living things on the earth would perish. I want you to build a big ship. Take the seeds of all plants, the male and female of every animal, and the seven sages along with their families. Take them all on the ship’ Manu nodded. The fish continued. ‘Don’t forget to bring Vasuki, the snake God also.’ Manu nodded again as he watched the fish tear through the ocean to the other side.

One half of the fish’s work completed, the fish went to the other side to complete the other reason for the incarnation. On the other end of the ocean, the fish saw Hayagriva guarding the Vedas. Seeing the huge fish, Hayagriva was terrified. What a huge fish…However, no sooner than he had thought this, the fish attacked him. The fish was so huge, that a single push sent the asura reeling. Still dazed Hayagriva tried fighting the fish, but the fish was huge and powerful.

After a brief and futile struggle, the asura was dead. Once the asura was dead, the Vedas imbibed by him went back to Lord Brahma, who was still asleep. On the other side of the ocean, Manu was building his ship. He had also brought the seven sages with their families. Soon there were torrential rains that washed away everything. The water level kept increasing and very soon there was a flood. The ship wobbled and many times was about to capsize, but Manu and that others were steadfast in their belief that Lord Vishnu would protect them.

Soon the fish came as promised, ‘Manu, use Vasuki as a rope to tie my horn to the ship’ It bellowed loudly, above the roar of the rain. 
Once the fish was tied to the ship, the fish guided the ship in sea and kept the ship safe while the storm raged outside. The fish taught the Vedas to Manu and the others during the voyage. After the storm abated and everything was washed away, the fish deposited the ship at Mount Himavan for the people there to continue the new yuga.

The place where Manu's ark came to rest in a valley as the floods subsided and that valley came to be known as Manualaya and later Manali.

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