Manali is a city in Himachal Pradesh province of India. Manali is a popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh situated to the north of the Kullu Valley. Thousands of tourists visit this hill station to get rid of summer. The temperature here reaches below zero degrees in winter. Apart from the beautiful natural scenery here, you can also enjoy sports like hiking, paragliding, rafting, trekking, kayaking in Manali. The fragrant winds filtering from the wildflowers and apple orchards here fill the hearts with freshness.
About 5 km from Manali towards Naggar, on the banks of the Beas, the cave (Arjun Gufa) is situated near Prini village. Arjun Gufa (Cave of Arjuna) is named after Arjuna, one of the Pandava brothers. He came to this cave and meditated a stringent meditation called austerities, a sort of penance. He received the Pashupata Astra, a strong mythical weapon, from Lord Indra. At least that is the story told in the Mahabharata, one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India.
Mandi is also known as “Chotti Kashi” due to its similarity with Varanasi in respect of Ghats on the bank of Beas River and temples of Lord Shiva near the Ghats. The place is often described as the cultural capital of Himachal Pradesh due to its rich culture, traditions and temple architectural heritage. In ancient times Mandi was not only a business centre on the old silk route to Tibet but also a centre for cultural exchange. Mandi, the abode of Baba Bhoot Nath, was known as Mandavya Nagari as Mandav Rishi meditated on a rock, known as Kolsara, in the Beas river. The famous International Shivratri Fair is celebrated every year during February/March.
In 1877 when Vijay Sen used to be the king of the princely state of Mandi. The country was ruled by the Britisher & George organized a function in Delhi in which the kings of the princely states of the country were called. Raja Vijay Sen of Mandi princely state also went to Delhi to join it. During the ceremony, George V held a car competition there. According to the competition, races were held between horses and cars.
The horse of Raja Vijay Sen of Mandi beat the car and won. George gives a car to Raja Vijay Sen as the prize. But it was not possible to bring the car to the market and even if you brought it, where was it to drive here because there was no arrangement of roads and bridges at that time. King Vijay Sen urged the British government to build a bridge to connect the city of Mandi. British Government promised to build the bridge, accepting the king’s insistence. The king also paid one lakh rupees for construction of the bridge.
The bridge was completed in 1877. The bridge is said to be a duplicate copy of the Victoria Bridge built in England. This is the reason that the British named it the Victoria Bridge while the princely state of Mandi named it the Vijay Kesari bridge. This 76m bridge was built by engineers from London and Kolkata. The engineers had termed its maximum life to be 100 years but it worked till 143 years. However, in the past few years, only light vehicles have been allowed on it.
Initially, the bridge was used by both light and heavy vehicle, but as its condition deteriorated, it was closed for heavy vehicles. The bridge, which withstood many floods in Beas, was rendered abandoned on Dec 8, 2019, when the chief inaugurated a new motorable bridge next to it. Since then, only pedestrians are allowed on this historical bridge.
Kunzum Pass at a height of around 14,900 feet which connects Spiti valley with Lahul & Kullu valleys. It is one of India’s highest motorable mountain Pass and is one of the routes to Kaza. Kunzum La gives unbelievable 360-degree sight of the Bara-Shigri Glacier which is the 2nd longest glacier on the planet, a jaw-dropping panorama of the Chandrabhaga Range and also a stunning sight of the Spiti valley.
Kunzum Devi Temple on the deserted Kunzum pass at an elevation of 14,900 feet. It is devoted to Goddess Durga (Kunzum Devi) and every vehicle that goes to the pass needs to take a whole roundabout of the temple to make certain security for the rest of their trip. It is stated if you do not take it, you may enter into problem. Another interesting belief of the locals pertaining to the holy place is that there sits a decider of fate inside this temple. There is an upright stone the dimension of our clenched fists that is enclosed in a cave inside the temple.
The rock is venerated and also has actually been stated to inform the visitor if he/she is a saint or a sinner. You rise to the rock as well as stick a coin to the rock. If the coin sticks, you are a saint and if it does not you are sinner. There were a lot of coins adhered to the rock however mine fell short to stick. Yes, God is watching whatever!
Jibhi is an charming unexplored hamlet in the Himalayas, be prepared to be pleasantly surprised by the overwhelming beauty of this place and the meadow nature walks surrounding it. Jibhi is a homely jewel in the midst of spectacular beauty. Cached in between the eminent valleys of Kullu, Banjar might be the market and Jalori Pass the pretty crown, but Jibhi is the bond that represents its values.
Jibhi is hardly a 2 hour journey away from Aut tunnel on the Delhi-Manali Highway. It lies in Banjar Valley and is at a distance of about 8-10 km from Banjar. There are lush green pine forests with a pristine waterfall in Jibhi. Jibhi is perfect for numerous short hikes close by and offers surreal mountain views encompassing traditional village life. Doli Guest House in Jibhi is an all time favourite with travellers.
Places in Jibhi are nearby. It is easy to commute and better to be on foot since the views are mind-blowing. Plus, there is no better way to explore a place than walking. However, for far off places, taking a taxi is the only option if you are not comfortable with hitchhiking.