Manali attractions

Hindu Temple in Manali

Hadimba Mandir

This much-revered wood-and-stone temple, constructed in 1553, has a three-tier pagoda-style roof plus conical top. The wooden doorway is richly carved with figures of gods, animals and dancers, and the outside walls…
Hindu Site in Manali


This squat, striped tower house with wraparound carved balcony is one of the most appealingly antiquated buildings in Old Manali, but hurry to see it as plans are afoot to demolish the current version and rebuild a …
Museum in Manali

Museum of Himachal Culture & Folk Art

This dusty little museum is worth the nominal entry fee if you're visiting the nearby Hadimba temple. Its most interesting feature is the case of models showing the construction of temples and forts in and around th…
Park in Manali

Nature Park

This woodland of magnificent towering deodars (cedars) offers the nicest walking route between the centre and Old Manali, though is not recommended for a woman alone.
Hindu Shrine in Manali

Sacred Tree

Gatothkach, the warrior son of the Pandava Bhima and his demon wife Hadimba, is worshipped in the form of a sacred tree 200m southwest of the Hadimba Temple, but the setting, behind a tourist market, lacks any sense…
Buddhist Temple in Manali

Himalayan Nyinmapa Buddhist Temple

This temple, containing a two-storey statue of the historical Buddha, was built in 1957. The land was donated to commemorate the death of the Wazir of Lahaul's son, who died while serving with the UN in Laos.
Hindu Temple in Manali

Manu Rishi Temple

Rebuilt in 1991, this towered temple sits near the top of Old Manali on a site where, legend says, the Noah-like figure of Manu landed his ark after the great flood.
Buddhist Monastery in Manali

Von Ngari Institute

This small Tibetan monastery has an atmospheric prayer room crammed with statues of bodhisattvas (enlightened beings) and revered lamas.
Landmark in Manali

Wildlife Information Centre

Though there's relatively minimal information here beyond a few photos of local wildlife species, the place is handy for a free toilet. More importantly, tucked behind the building is the southern entrance to the Na…
Landmark in Manali

HPTDC Club House

Himachal Tourism's amusingly low-tech leisure and games centre beside the Manalsu Nala stream includes swan-shaped pedal-boats, a little haunted house and a bronco-bull machine (each costs ₹100 per person). The main…