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Dharamsala (McLeod ganj)

Bhagsunath (Bhagsunag), Dharamkot, Dal lake, Naddi village

Triund Norbulingka


Kangra
Kangra fort

Pathankot-Kangra mini train

Jwalamukhi

Rewalsar
Padmasambhava cave

Komic (near Kaza)

Shimla

Kullu valley

Naggar
Roerichs' House Naggar temples

Manali
Vasishth (Vashishth)

Keylong to Manali road
2nd part

Parvati valley:

Kasol

Malana

Manikaran

Parvati valley is 90 km. in length, spread in between Bhuntar and Soma Pass. It runs parallel to the South and is a narrow valley with fast rising mountains. The snow covered peaks, deep and ever green forests welcome the visitors with their grandeur and awful majesty. Parvati river, a tributary of Beas, runs in the middle of the valley. So, it is called Parvati valley. This valley has also earned the name of the Silver or Rupi valley as once it had silver mines located about 4 Km. away from Manikaran near Uchich village and some other parts as well.

To reach the valley one has to follow the National highway 21 and drop at Bhuntar which is 59 km. from Mandi. The nearest Railway Station is Joginder Naggar which is on Pathankot-Mandi Route. The narrow gauge train runs here and is 115 km. from Bhuntar. On Chandigarh route the nearest Railway Station is Kiratpur which is 194 km. from Bhuntar. By bus it is 16 hours journey from Delhi to Bhuntar.

Parvati river originates from Mantalai. This area is believed to be the place of penance and meditation of lord Shiva. Once he was so much absorbed in his meditation that he forgot about the presence of his wife Parvati. She waited for a long time for lord Shiva to rise from his seat. There after, she began to move downward from the sloppy hill and in this way reached Manikaran. When lord Shiva opened his eyes, he was perturbed not to find Parvati there. He began to search her out. On his way he also reached Manikaran and found Parvati resting under the shade of a tree. The water overflowing from the Mantalai lake formed itself into a stream and following the footprints of Parvati made its course. The volumes of water from other streams mingling with it took the shape of a river As such the river was named as Parvati and the valley so formed by it has also been called Parvati valley. Parvati is the largest valley of the District Kullu comprising the area of 1085 sq. km. with 34 Panchayats.