A visit to Manali is always an exciting experience that many holiday makers to the north covet. The lofty snow-capped peaks, deep gorges and vast sprawls of greenery are just some of the reasons travellers embark on a trip to Manali.
Manali which lies in the lap of the Kullu valley is one of the most visited tourist spot. It is located at an altitude of 2050 meters above sea level and is spread along the banks of the river Beas. 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 quite famous for its lush green forests of deodar and snow capped mountains.
The sound of the swirling waters of the mighty Parvati River, on whose banks this town is situated, is almost deafening. To escape from the stresses of a mundane life, Parvati Valley in Himachal is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Starting at the confluence of River Parvati and River Beas, the valley is famous for its pretty as a picture coniferous forests and crystal clear mountain streams. Nestled in these sylvan hills is the charming village of Kasol. Resplendent in natural beauty, Kasol is fast emerging as a hub for backpackers, trekkers and nature lovers. It is yet to be ruined by commercialization. However, it is also one of those places you want to strike off your bucket list before you have children as it has a culture of pot smoking and hippie lifestyle. Even if you are not into either of those, there are many other things to do in Kasol.
If you’re looking to experience a little bit of the hippie culture, then pay a visit to the serene valleys of Tosh and Kasol, which have also been gaining popularity of late, especially with the backpacking crowd.