Manali is a very popular hill station nestled at the northern end of the valley of Kullu in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. Located on the banks of River Beas, Manali is flanked by thick pinewood forest and snow capped mountains.
Location : State/District
Manali is small hill station in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. Manali is located at a longitude of 32.2396° N and latitude of 77.1887° E.
Manali is most frequently visited hill stations in India. The place is also a chosen destination for adventure lovers owing to the range of activities provided here.
Manali is one of the lost sought-after destinations for honeymooning couples. The natural beauty of the place coupled with serenity makes it superb for newlyweds. At Manali you will also find hotels dedicated to honeymoon couples to make their stay more memorable.
The weather conditions of Manali remain cold throughout the year. It remains extremely cold during the winter season and moderately cold during the summers. The temperature normally ranges from 4°C to 20°C all over the year. Snowfall also takes place sometimes between November-February.
The best time to visit Manali is during the summer season from March-June and if you enjoy chilling winters then from the months of October-February. Therefore depending upon the time you choose to visit, carry enough woollen clothes to keep you warm in the cold weather of Manali.
The citizens of India are free to visit Manali at any time of the year. However for foreigners it is important to update their passport and get visa to visit this stunning hill station.
Activities included in the tour
Mountain trekking and exploring the Himalayan trails on a bicycle or a bike are popular activities provided in most of the tour packages. Rafting on River Beas is another popular activity in Manali. Solang valley is also a perfect spot for first time Skiers. Moreover, the place also offers other fun-filled activities like Ski doo riding, Horse riding, sleigh rides, rubber tube rides and snowball fights. During the summers, this place is also a centre for zorbing and parasailing.
Manali is a prime holiday destination that offers amazing sight-seeing locations and other attractions. Some of the must visit places during your trip to Manali include:
Rohtang Pass is very famous for its extraordinary views of the intriguing valley and hidden waterfalls. It is also one of the primary adventure sites and the highest point of the place that offers the most panoramic views. While you cross Rohtang Pass, do not miss the stunning Rozy Waterfalls.
The drive to Solang Valley is not to be missed. The journey is filled with quaint natural beauty all through the way. When you reach this peaceful valley make sure to try out the Chinese food available from local shacks lined on the roads.
The town of Manali is lined with colourful Tibetan Monasteries, of which the Himalayan Nyingamapa Gompa and Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa are extremely popular. These monasteries display the culture and traditions of the Tibetan people living in Manali.
Manali is also home to several Hindu temples. The Hidimba Devi Temple dedicated to Princess Hidimba is a popular tourist spot that is surrounded by cedar forests on all sides. Some of the other must visit temples in Manali include the Manu Temple, Vashist Temple and Gauri Shankar Temple. The therapeutic hot springs around the Vashist Temple is extremely popular and open for public bath.
Wildlife lovers must also visit the Manali Sanctuary and Great Himalayan National Park to get a sneak peek into the wildlife there.
There are several tourist destinations around Manali that are worth visiting. The Naggar Castle is one of the rare ancient palaces that showcase impressive architecture and a gallery of painting by the famous Russian artist Nicholas Roerich. It is located at 21 kms from Manali and is open on all days from 7 am to 10 pm.
Nehru Kund is the seat of cold water springs located at 5 kms from Manali. This place named after famous Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru is a beautiful picnic spot. the serenity of the place will completely woo your senses.
From Manali you can easily visit other hill stations in just few hour drives. Some of the popular places around Manali that you must visit include Kullu, Palampur, Bhuntar, Arki and Chail.
Food & Accommodation
During your stay in Manali dig your taste buds into the authentic cuisine out there. Enjoy the hot and delicious momos at the roadside shacks run by the Tibetan families. If you are a non-vegetarian also try the mutton, chicken and Pork momo. Manali is packed with plentiful restaurants that offer these Tibetan delicacies at pocket-friendly prices. Apart from these you must also try the Casa Bella Vista, Fat Plate Cafe, Johnson's Cafe and Drifter's Cafe.
Being an attractive tourist destination, Manali has a range of accommodation options to suit your pockets. You can easily find accommodations in Luxurious resorts like Manuallaya Resort Spa and Apple Country Resort to pocket-friendly hotels like The Manali Inn and Hotel Le Grand. These accommodation options start from 2500 per night/room and can soar up to 8000 per night/room.
Safety and Security
There are few safety guidelines that you must follow while performing the adventure sports in Manali. Children below the age of 14 years are strictly prohibited to try any of these acts. You must ensure your physical fitness before performing these adrenaline filled activities.