What to see?
We embarked upon local sight seeing of some of the important sites like :
Hadimba Temple :Located at a distance of about 2 kms from the main Manali Market, this 16th century structure is made of wooden carvings.
Tibetan Monestry :The monestry displays handicraft items and carpets woven by the local Tibetan people. It is one of the main tourist attraction for its local culture and tranquility.
Vashist Springs :This place is known for its springs and is located very near the main Manali market. It is believed that taking a bath in the bath complex here, relieves a person from different kinds of ailments. We dipped our hands in the hot spring water.
Rohtang Pass is another destination located at a distance of about 45-50 kms from Manali. On the way to Rohtang pass, you pass through a stream.At an altitude of 4100 metres above sea level, the Rohtang Pass can generally be accessed during May-June to October-November on account of snowfall which is quite unpredictable even during the summer period of May to October.We encountered snowfall on the way and the road was narrow requiring the vehicle to travel at a slow pace.
On reaching Rohtang Pass, we could see snow all around and there were activities like sliding down the snow from top of the hill seated on a car tyre which was quite exciting.There were small stalls at the Pass for snacks and some local items.