Naggar, is a serene village located in Manali that boasts of the majestic Gauri Shankar Temple. This ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is carved out of stones and holds immense historical significance in the region. The divine aura of Goddess Gauri and Lord Shiva still resonate within its walls, beckoning devotees and history buffs alike.
The temple is a perfect example of the shikhara style of architecture, with its dome shape forming the Shikhara and nine levels of intricate carvings that are sure to leave architecture freaks gawking in awe. And if that’s not enough, the temple is surrounded by the tranquil environment of Naggar Castle, the last historical monument of the Gurjara-Pratihara tradition. Its massive shikhara and beautifully decorated interiors will leave you feeling like royalty.
But if you’re an adventure seeker, the best way to experience Gauri Shankar Temple is by trekking. You can cycle down from Manali and then trek uphill to Naggar village, passing through apple orchards and rice paddy fields that will leave you breathless – both literally and figuratively. And if you’re feeling really daring, you can trek downhill for about 22 kilometers, but be warned – the climb back up is not for the faint of heart. So, maybe stick to renting a vehicle to get back to Manali.
The best time to visit the temple is in the mornings and evenings, when the divine vibes are at their peak. And the best time to explore Manali is between October and February (winter season) or March and June (summers). Just keep in mind that winters may bring heavy snowfall, which can block some of the routes, so plan accordingly.
Getting to the temple is a breeze. It’s easily accessible by road from Manali and located near the Naggar Bus Stop. Buses frequently ply from Manali to Naggar, but if you’re feeling fancy, you can rent a cab or taxi, or even a motorbike on an hourly basis. Or just drive your own private vehicle and enjoy the stunning views along the Kullu-Naggar-Manali road.