Manali is a city of Kullu District in Himachal Pradesh which derived its name from the term Manavalaya. It is a scenic mountain resort surrounded by snow-clad peaks and thick pine forests with the
Beas River winding through it. Manali lies at the head of the
Kullu valley, at an altitude of 6260 ft above sea level and its beauty lies in the Beas river flowing through the valley with fruit orchards and conifer slopes climbing upto the snowcapped Himalayan peaks. Manali is nestled between the Dhauladhar and
Pir Panjal ranges. Manali is glorified as the land of gods and goddesses, fairs and festivals, lakes and ancient temples.
A 600 year old wooden temple in the heart of the dense grove of ancient cedars is a major attraction. The colourful village of Vashisht, famous for its hot sulphur springs is nearby. The enigmatic valleys of Lahaul and Spiti can be accessed across the 3,450 ft Rohtang Pass from here. Manali is located at 570 km from Delhi, 310 km from Chandigarh, and 265 km from Shimla. Chandigarh, Shimla and Jogindernagar are the nearest railheads. Bhuntar airport is 50 km from Manali.
The places of attraction are Kothi, Rahalla Falls, Rohtang Pass,
Solang Valley, Marrhi, Rani Nala, Jagatsukh Temple, Roerich Art Gallery, Vashist Spring, and
Tibetan Monastery. The Post Offices of Manali are located at Bhang, Model Town, and Vashishtha.