Himachal Pradesh is a state in Northern India and land of natural beauty, magnificent tradition as well as colorful festivals. People in various parts of Himachal maintain their cultural integrity even if their life is affected by constant speed and sudden changes with lifestyles. The customs and rituals practiced in Manali depict the lifestyle of natives living in harmony with nature. Manali has beautiful temples dedicated to holy spirits, sages, snake gods, powerful gods and other goddesses. All gods and goddesses of Hindu traditions are well known by Himachal people who are closer to local deities.
Buddhism in Himachal Pradesh holds considerable influence in Manali and its monasteries has assured an era of socio cultural resurgence in the region. Most people in Manali sustain themselves with agriculture and animal husbandry. But recently tourism has started taking important part in Himalayan life. Manali residents implement concepts like equity, sustainability, community and participation in their day to day activities. Manali is a land of eternal snow peaks and featured among ‘Best of Asia’ by Time Magazine. Rohtang Pass is in the north of Manali and the gateway to Leh, Lahaul and Spiti.
Tourists to Manali can visit caves, lakes, natural springs and waterfalls. Kullu valley village Nagar has largest collection of surreal artworks by Russian artist and explorer. The handicrafts of the Manali region are famous countrywide and these include Kullu caps, Pullans, Basketery, Gudmas, Patti, Namdas and Pattoos. Manali sanctuary consists of Horse Chestnut, Maple, Walnut Trees flourished along with Cedar and in the summer Himalayan Ibex herds can also be seen in the glacier zone. The temple of Manu Maharaj is located in Manali village about 1.5 km from Manali town center. Bisheshwar is the most attractive temple in the valley and is situated 14 km south of Kullu in Bajaura.