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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Trip to Manali-Rhotang-Manikaran - II

Our 5th itinerary was Naggar fort, as read in wiki, this fort belonged to the Pala Empire which was made from rocks, stones, and elaborate wood carvings, an ensemble of the rich and elegant art works of Himachal. However, while on search for Naggar fort; we ended up discovering a park of National importance. This park was indeed rich in woods and flora. It was worth visiting even if we landed accidentally. Later, on our way back, we we learnt that the fort, now, was converted to a hotel and is currently under himachal tourism but we skipped the schedule to visit the hotel and preferred to go back to our hotel rooms instead as it was growing dark. It was our 3nd night in Manali & we had adapted ourselves with cold, all of us rejoiced on making this trip a memorable one.

L to R; Manoj, Sisir, Sumi, Jumi & Sangita at some park in Manali

The park was awesomely spic & span.... At distant, you can see two girl students mounting up the road.



The two sisters amidst the tall green pine trees.....


The group...


some wild orchids in the park....



Our girls gave a pose with the natives of the place who maybe were returning from their field work.


Our 6th & the last itinerary of the trip , on day 04th, was to Manikaran. We paid our Hotel bills and bade Manali 'goodbye' early in the morning & ventured out of town to Manikaran. On the way to Manikaran from Manali, I cannot express the beauty and the grandeur of the place offering wide panorama of the lush green hills mixing with the rocky beautiful Beas river flowing & running parallely with the road........ I was enjoying every single site of these popping my head out of the window.... with this site I concluded myself 'I can visit Manali anytime for this stupendously magnificent panorama'. Oh boy! wat a site to cherish!!
Manikaran is a small town which is located in the Parvati Valley between the rivers Beas and river Parvati in the Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh and is famous for hot springs , pilgrim centres and its beautiful landscape.



On the way to Manikaran...... rich green vegetation with the river Parvati flowing alongside.


On the way to Manikaran... a very steep & narrow road...

The road to Manikaran is really amazing.... You get to see all kinds of landforms; green vegetation, mountainous terrains, vertical jaw dropping roads, scenic river etc..

Manikaran is at an altitude of 1760 m and is located about 45 km from Kullu. The road to Manikaran from Kullu is lush green and very scenic. The road is steep, narrow and runs parallely with the river Parvati on one side and green wilderness on the other. One is surely going to be enamoured by the beauty of this place.It is said that the bollywood movie "CHARAAS" starring; Jimmy Shergill, Uday Chopra & Irfan Khan was pictured here.

A small tributary flowing into river Parvati adds the panorama of the locus.

Manikaran is a pilgrimage centre for both Hindus and Sikhs. There are many Gurudwaras and temples of Shiva-Parvati, Lord Rama, Krishna & Vishnu. This place is famous for its hot springs which is associated with religious legends.

The entrance of the Sikh temple....... was extremely cold when we reached there...

I presume this is a Sikh temple....

Statue of Lord Shiva & Parvati in one of the many temples at Manikaran.


River Parvati flowing magnificently.....

A lil closer to the left, you could see vapour (smoke-like) oozing out of the natural geysers (hot springs)

THE LEGEND OF MANIKARAN:

The Hindu belief: According to legend, when Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati were walking in the valley, Parvati dropped one of her earrings (Jewel/ Mani) accidentally in the Parvati river. The jewel was seized by Sheshnag, the serpent deity, who then disappeared into the earth with it. Lord Shiva was extremely angry and in rage he opened his third eye and performed the cosmic dance “Tandava” which led to disturbances in the universe and Sheshnag had to surrender to Lord Shiva. Shesnag hissed the Mani thereby giving rise to a flow of boiling water.

The hot water cave entrance.....

A huge stone carving of Lord Shiva depicting tandava dance in rage against sheshnag.

The natural boiling point just beneath lord shivji's image..

The Sikh belief: According to legend, Guru Nanakji came to this place with his two other disciples when they were wandering in the Himalayan mountains of India , they had rice but there was no fire to cook food, Guru Nanak than lifted a rock from the river bed and a hot spring (hot water) appeared. They were then able to cook rice and beans. The water is sot hot even today that you can cook rice in a cloth bag.

The entry to the boiling point is either through the hot cave (pic shown above) or through a simple way..... both the ways are close to each other....

The view of river Parvati from the Shivaji's stone carving... note the vapour in the left...

After having done at Manikaran , we straight away pushed off for Kullu and had our breakfast at there. We then bought green apples and some dried fruits out there and losing no time we headed our venture towards Delhi with a heavy heart knowing that this beautiful trip is over; none of us wanted to get back to home in Delhi as this would eventually lead us to slog our asses at work inour respective offices. Anyway, the route from Kullu also offers beautiful landscapes and green valleys in conjunction with the scenic river Beas flowing alongside.....

One of my favourite still photography...

another......

and another.....

The mystifying Kullu-Manali tunnel, about 3-4 km long is carved through a mountain..

The exit of the tunnel.... you can see a bright flash of light waiting for you to come out of the dark ... 'yes' there is no light (anylight) inside during the day but only at night.. The tunnel is freaky yet beautiful.

6 comments:

  1. Manali is really a very beautiful place situated in Himachal pradesh. It's amazing beauty is breathtaking. One should visit the place once in their lifetime.Himachal Tourism is the best place for tourism in India.

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  3. It seems that you have enjoyed your manali trip. Manali is indeed a very beautiful place in himachal.
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