Inhabited by nomadic shepherds and Buddhist immigrants from Spiti Valley and Tibet Sethan Village is a hidden wonderland reigning at a height of 2,700 meters above the sea level amidst the misty Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges. The quiet paradise, merely 15 kilometers apart from Manali is a settlement of no more than 20-30 housing establishments owned by Thampa tribe of Buddhist sect. Other than the transcendental beauty of the white snow-covered winter forests, smoky mountains and gushing Beas river cutting through the peaks of Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges, Sethan Villages is an ideal holiday destination for thrill and adventure pursuits like Camping, Sledging, Skiing, Snow-Boarding, Snow Treading and Hiking.
Summer: 15°C to 26°C
Winter: 0°C to -10°C
Monsoon: 05°C to 20°C
At 11,480 feet, Pandu Ropa is undoubtedly among one of the most striking hikes of Himachal Pradesh. Crossing through fragrant pine forests, green apple orchards, vast, rich meadows and herds of sheep the table point offers an all exclusive view of the entire Manali town. The uphill hike though demanding is nonetheless worth undertaking. Pandu Ropa also has a religious significance, as it is said the mighty Pandava brothers stayed at this place during their years in exile.
Manikaran Sahib is a religiously significant destination of Hindus and Sikhs alike, for the pilgrimage is a Lord Shiva Temple and a Gurudwara in one compound. The temple-gurudwara structure has 3 Sulphur hot water springs known to have curative powers. The langar served in the Gurudwara is prepared by steam produced by the hot water of the springs.
Hidimba Devi Temple
Fringed by cedar forest, the cave Temple is dedicated to the Hidimba Devi, the consort of Pandava prince Bhima from the epic Mahabharata. Erected in 1553 by Maharaja Bahadur Singh. The temple is adorned with exquisitely carved wooden doors and a 24 meters high wooden spire. The depictions on the ornate doors showcase animal figures, floral patterns, Navagrahas, and the life of Lord Krishna as a child among other things. Devi Hidimba is the presiding deity of the town and the temple has a huge following among the city dwellers as well as visiting tourists.
Very popular among backpackers, trekkers and solo travellers, Chalal village is an idyllic Israeli settlement, something that is quite discernible from the unique house structures and eateries. Chalal village is famous for its specialized cafés offering authentic Israeli cuisine.
30 kilometers outside Sethan, Naggar Village is one of the obscure and yet unspoiled hamlets near Kasol. Along with astounding natural beauty, Naggar stores a number of sightseeing destinations like temples, museums, military establishments and a castle. The most prominent of Naggar’s attractions are Naggar Castle and the Roerich Art Gallery.
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