Larji at the confluence of the Sainj and Tirthan rivers is about forty (40) kilometers from Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. Drive onNational Highway (NH) 21 from Kullu to Aut. Then, take State Highway (SH) 11 (“Sainj Ani Banjar Aut” road) up to Larji and continue on the highway along the Sainj River until Neuli, the base camp for a 2-day trek to ancient Manu Temple and Talyara Village.
Neuli to Manu Temple
A moderately steep trail of about six kilometers starts from Neuli (1,650 meters), located on the bank of the Sainj River in eco zone adjacent to Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP).
The pagoda style Manu Maharaj /ManuRishiTemple(2,200 meters) atShainsharVillageis about two centuries old. A 5-tiered impressive pagoda of the indigenous temple is the best in theWestern Himalayas. This imposing landmark in theSainjValleyis not frequented due to its obscure location. On square base, there are 12 square wooden pillars. The sanctum has a stone idol of Manu Rishi. The sculptures belong to the beginning of medieval period. The temple in theSainjValleyis embellished with exquisite wooden carvings, including a wooden panel featuring Vishnu sitting on Garuda, and an inscribed ceiling panel.
Manu Temple to Talyara Village
About 4-kilometer long trail from the temple ends at Talyara (Talhayara) Village that is known for its Thakur Castle, a unique two and half century-old wooden tower decorated with fine carvings. Do visit pent-roofed Raghunatha Temple built in late medieval period and the miniature stone temple dedicated to Siva. Sculptures of the Siva temple are carved out from stone slabs of eleventh century AD. The village, a part of Shainshar panchayat, lies in the Jiwa Nala Wild Life Range. You may get good herbs in the village, as the villagers collect herbs to earn cash.