After visiting the archaeological heritage of Manali i.e. the Hidimba Devi temple the next destination that we headed towards was the Van Vihar National Park of Manali. Both my kids were very much in a rhapsodic mood on hearing the news.
I am a nature lover and hence it was a delight to me to spend time with my family amidst the tall deodar woods encapsulating the Van Vihar National Park. Located on the national highway 3 near the Dhungri Village this national park is a famous tourist attraction of Manali.
The national park witnesses huge influx of vacationers and picnickers each year due to its calm and soothing atmosphere. The national park is specially an attraction for families and kids. There are a number of swings and a small pool as well to add to the fun and frolic of children. As we entered the park I could see kids running and having a merry time all across the vicinity. Both my kids very quite eager, to take a ride on all the swings in the park. Paddle boats are also available on rent for boating in the pool that is located in the national park.
The park is well maintained with proper dustbins at short distances to keep the purity of the ecosystems intact. Moreover there are wooden and cemented benches here and there in the park where one can sit and relax and in a sense converse with nature without touching it. The silence in the park is such a peaceful experience and the wonderful sound of the humming birds breaking the silence is an ultimate joy to the senses.
The park is located near the banks of river Beas and one can hear the melody of the flowing water of this river amidst the silence of the woods. It is a magical experience indeed. We walked down to the river bed from the Van Vihar National Park and to be very explicit I felt one with nature and close to the creator of such beauty and splendour which no amount of materialistic luxuries can buy.