Manali is named after Manu, author of Manu smriti. Legend has it that sage Manu stepped off his ark in Manali to recreate human life after a great flood had deluged the world.
The apple trees and trout were introduced by the British, which were not native to Manali. Manali now is a very popular tourist destination after Kashmir saw a decline due to terrorism. Especially for honeymooners. Manali is famous for adventure sports like skiing, hiking, mountaineering, paragliding, rafting, trekking, kayaking, and mountain biking. Yak skiing is a sport unique to this area. Manali also offers hot springs, religious shrines and Tibetan Buddhist temples and has high concentration of Tibetan refugees. Places of interest
Naggar Fort Built during Pala Empire. Shows a collection of elegant art work. Made from rocks, stones, and elaborate wood carvings. Hidimba Devi Temple - 1553 Dedicated to local deity Hadimba, wife of the Pandava prince, Bhim. It is a four-floor pagoda with exquisite wooden carvings.
Rahla waterfalls - 27 Km (17 mi) from Manali Before the climb to the Rohtang Pass, you spot these lovely water falls. Altitude of 2,501 mtr. Solang valley - 13 Km Also called Snow Point. Manikaran - 45 Km Hot springs near the river Parvati. Rohtang Pass - 51 Km A very famous snow point, closed during winters due to snow. At 13000 ft above the sea level.