Manali is an important hill station of northern India and is the destination of thousands of tourists every year. Its cool atmosphere provides a perfect haven for the ones afflicted by the hot Indian summers. Manali is a picturesque hill station situated along the banks of the river beas and close to the snows of Himalayas. The scenery at Manali is picture perfect: glacier topped Himalayas looking down on lush, grassy valleys and forests of the valley. Manali is also famous for adventure sports like skiing, hiking, mountaineering, paragliding, rafting, trekking, kayaking, and mountain biking. In brief, Manali-the veritable "valley of the Gods"-is an ideal place for the ones in search of both adventure and comfort. Manali is renowned for its snow-covered mountains, scenic beauty, history and culture.