THE PLACE OF SOJOURNS
Enclosed by the first two snow ranges of the Himalayas – the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal – is a valley that leaves the spectator awe struck with the breath taking grandeur of its mountains, its torrents and its vast expanses of snow in its upper regions. To its East, West and North are ostentation of pinnacles and ridges, which in fine weather stand out in bold relief against skyline. Manali is situated at an altitude of 1926 meters and spreads in some 15 square kms. (Valley floor). The original name of Manali town area was ‘Dana’, Later it become ‘Duff Dunbar1 named, presumably, after one of the original European resident of Manali. But the original and old village of Manali is located beyond the Manali town, higher up the valley across the Manalsu River. The inhabitants of this village prefer to retain their secluded identity. According to Puranas, the place where Manali village is situated, the great Hindu lawmaker Maharishi Manu, after the great deluge, first stepped on the earth from the celestial boat. Manali is regarded as the changed name of ‘Manu-Alya’, the home of Manu. It was here that the human race came into being after the deluge. A small temple dedicated to Maharishi Manu still exists in the village of Manali.
The land offers tremendous seasonal variety. After long winter as sun gets back its bright and cheerful smile, the frozen streams and lakes melt in to flowing laughter. The life starts to teem up again. The hills and dales start covering with a velvety cloak of tender green. The breeze is laden with the fragrance of joy and freshness. Yes, this is the joy of spring which, on maturity, brings with it profusion of blossoms that add colour to the countryside. And in summer it is fascinating when the gold of the morning sun flatter the snow capped mountaintops. The weather gods provide the gold and sunny days during which bird songs and gurgling mountain streams blend in a strange enchanted symphony. The onset of monsoon transmutes the landscape into a verdant miracle. Clouds wrap the mountain anges making them invisible and even descend down to valley declaring a ‘white out’. In the wilderness of jungle the gentle breeze move the fumes of wispy clouds making the pines whisper secret sounds that the gods alone know. It alternates between swirling mountain mist and the soft, silky, soothing dripping of falling rain.
In autumn when beauty ripens, it is gorgeous. Nature in gold, red and scarlet colours turns the valley in to a veritable paradise. Then comes the snowy brooding silence of winter when valley is locked in snow so deep that most roads are closed, and only a few brave trekkers venture forth to delight in the white, unsullied and virginal beauty of the land. It becomes an expanse of pure white serenity breathing peace and contentment. People here are romantic and carefree. The majesty of the snow peaks, the harshness of the long winter months and Nature’s bounty during the short span of the colourful spring and summer have, perhaps given the people of region a strange blend of humility, sensitivity, and hardiness to survive against heavy odds.
AIR:- Manali is connected by Indian Airlines and Air Deccan with Delhi. The air port is at Bhuntar which is 50km from Manali.
RAIL:- Nearest convenient rail heads are Chandigarh, Kalka, Ambala and Kiratpur from where Manali can be reached by road.
ROAD:- Manali is well connected by road with Delhi, Chandigarh, Kalka, Ambala and Kiratpur. Regular direct buses ply between Chandigarh– Manali and Delhi– Manali including deluxe, semi deluxe, and air conditioned buses throughout the year.
Mountain Sojourns Cottage
Himalayan Mountain Sojourns Cottage is a place to relax, rest and enjoy in the peaceful, cool and calm atmosphere in the outskirts of Manali. This is an excellent, calm & peaceful location, an ideal holiday destination for tourists.