This post is an account of our last day in Manali as we visited Manu temple and part of Old Manali.
Day 3. Itinerary
1. Manu TempleWe left early morning from our hotel even before breakfast, hiking to Manu Temple just one & a half kilometre away. The narrow lanes with an upward steep felt tiring in the first go but as the morning Sun and pleasant breeze embraced us gently, it kept us going. The road is not motor-able though we spotted locals driving Maruti 800 (the most common car there) on those steep roads.
Manu Rishi is the originator of human race and also the creator of Manusmriti, the book that laid the foundation of mankind. This is the only temple in India dedicated to Manu Rishi. Apparently the place was named Manali after him and this temple was the very place where he meditated after stepping on the planet.
Paving our way through the slippery stone path, the sight of the temple was sheer delight. A huge rustic looking bell at the entrance of the temple said it all. The temple is very old, only to be rebuilt in 1992 with curved ceiling and marble floor. The whole structure is made with wood and stones. The river Beas flowing by, adds mystical charm to the temple.
|The view from temple|
|Wood and stone structure|
This was quite fascinating. As we entered the main shrine, the whole wooden flooring, peaceful ambiance and the neat spacious hall filled us with tranquility. Worshipers sit on the wooden floor and meditate for hours. The blue sky and clouds wave hello to you through the windows. No loud music or snob display of richness was the ultimate experience! After all the whole mankind runs after peace of mind, isn’t it? I came out enriched with spiritual bliss.
2. River Music Cafe
We took left from the little bridge to stop at River Music Café for a quick bite. The eating joint is located next to the river from where the view is marvelous.
|Husband chilling at River Music Cafe|
We had Himachal’s special- fresh apple juice and choco balls in coconut shaving. They tasted lip smacking!
3. Great Himalayan Forest ParkOur check out time from Rohtang Manaslsu was twelve noon and our Volvo departure time was half past five in evening. Ouch! With more than five hours in hand, we kept thinking what to do, when suddenly an idea struck upon us. We had crossed the Great Himalayan Forest Park everyday while going to Mall Road. With our bag-packs on shoulders, we checked into this serene place, void of any footfall. The silence of the serene place was accompanied by the roaring Beas river. The only sound in this protected forest was a tractor which had come for repair work.
|Another protected specie of bird|