Manali is named after the Sanatan Hindu lawgiver Manu. The name Manali is regarded as the derivative of ‘Manu-Alaya’ which literally means ‘the abode of Manu’. Legend has it that sage Manu stepped off his ark in Manali to recreate human life after a great flood had deluged the world. Manali lies in the North of Kullu Valley. The valley is often referred to as the “Valley of the Gods”. Old Manali village has an ancient temple dedicated to sage Manu.
The British introduced apple trees in the area. The first apple orchard was set up by the British near Patlikuhl, prior to this no Apple trees grew in the area. To this day, apple—along with plum and pear—remain the best source of income for the majority of inhabitants. Both Rainbow and Brown Trout was also introduced into the rivers and streams of the area by the colonisers.
Before other luminaries started visiting Manali, the Indian nation’s first Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru favoured this as a holiday destination in the mountains.
DAY 01: CHANDIGARH - MANALI
DAY 02: MANALI LOCAL SIGHTSEEING
DAY 03: MANALI – SNOW POINT - MANALI
DAY 04: MANALI – MANIKARAN - MANALI
DAY 05: MANALI –CHANDIGARH/ DELHI