Less known Trivia on Manali
Manali is one of the most evergreen tourist destinations in India. No wonder, it has an outstanding history and heritage. This place is a mix of spirituality, adventure and even horror. Below, we bring you six interesting facts about Manali.
Legend has it that Manali is named after Manu, the great figure of Hindu ancient scriptures, who is said to be the ancestor of mankind. It is also believed that the Saptarishis (seven divine sages) lived here.
Hanuman's mother meditated here
We have heard about the huge Shivling made of ice of Amarnath. But, Manali has one of the snow-capped peaks too! According to a local legend, Anjani, the mother of Lord Hanuman, meditated and worshiped Lord Shiva where the Shivling is present today.
A mini-Israel exists near Manali
Kasol is a small town near Manali where you can find cafes and crowds of Israelis. Even the food menu is in Hebrew. Here, people greet each other with shalom instead of namaste, and Israeli flags can be seen at various points.
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A Ghost Temple at Gata Loops
The Manali-Leh road has 21 pointed ball pin bend like roads at an altitude of about 17000 feet above sea level which are called Gata Loop. On one such road lies a ghost temple dedicated to a man who died of hunger and thirst nearly three decades ago when he was stuck in a lonely truck. To pacify the human soul, everyone has to give a bottle of water and a pack of cigarettes or face dire consequences.
India's Highest Sky Cycle Track
India's highest sky cycle track is built at Gulaba at an altitude of 9000 feet.