Manali is the hill station destination for those who are interested in adventurous things like river rafting, skiing, trekking, camping, mountaineering, paragliding and a lot of fun on the snow. People from throughout the country visit this place in Himachal Pradesh to make some moments of their life memorable and charming by visiting here with their family and friends. Read this full post about the place and I bet, that you won’t have a single question unanswered left with you.
Location of Manali-
The town of Manali is located in the Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh. The place is located on the banks of the Beas River and is about 270 kilometers from the state capital, Shimla. It is a popular tourist attraction and acts as a starting entrance to Leh and Lahul-Spiti. The elevation of the town from sea level is about 2050 meters.
Places to Visit in Manali-
- Hidimba Temple- The temple is dedicated to Goddess Hidimbi, the wife of Bhima from the mythological text of Mahabharata. It is located in the Dhungari Forest area on the way to Old Manali and is locally known as Dhungari Temple. Navratri celebrations take place here and local people come in large numbers to worship Hidimbi Devi. Maharaja Bahadur Singh constructed this four-storeyed temple in the year 1553. Legends state that Bhima defeated Hidimbi’s brother Hidimb during their exile and married Hidimbi. Later, they had a son named Ghatokatch, a great warrior.
- Buddhist Temples- Located on the Pangan Gampa Rd., there is a small Tibetan colony just south of Manali town that’s worth visiting for its Buddhist temples, and shops selling Tibetan handicrafts. A large golden statue of Lord Buddha is situated in Himalayan Nyinmapa Gompa temple. The temple is beautifully illuminated at night. Inside the temple, there is a statue of Buddha along with a list of martyrs of Tibet from 1987 to 1989 in the Tibetan unrest.
- Manu Temple- The place is located in Old Manali, about three kilometers from main market and is dedicated to the first person on earth, Sage Manu, according to Hindu Mythology. It is among the prime tourist attractions of Manali. The visit to Manali is incomplete if anyone misses visiting the Manu temple as it is the only temple in the whole country that is dedicated to sage Manu.
- Vashistha temple- The temple is around 4000 years old and is dedicated to Sage Vashistha, the Guru of Lord Ram and Lord Laxman. The temple is of huge significance to Hindus. There is a hot water Vashista Kund near the temple in which people take a holy bath.
- Jogini Waterfall- Near the Vashista, about 2 kilometers away, there lies a waterfall known as Jogini Waterfall which can be accessed by a short trek from the village in very pleasant and calm weather.
- Old Manali- The place is about 3 kilometers away from Manali Town and is a more peaceful place, away from the noises and disturbances of the main town. It is located on the upper side to Manali and the way goes through forests having trees loaded with fruits.
- Club House Manali- The place is meant for enjoyment by playing various types of games like carrom, skating, go-karting, billiards and table tennis. It is suitable for both kids and adults. The timings of the place are from 10 am to 8 pm and the Entry Fee is INR 10 only. The place is located 2 kilometers from the main Manali town. The other things present are a restaurant, video game center, auditorium, shops, and a library.
Places to Explore Nearby Manali-
- Solang valley- The Solang Nalla Valley lies at a distance of about 14 kilometers from Manali on the way to Rohtang Pass. It is known well for snowfall in Winters and for its adventurous sports activities in the summers. The place is located at a height of 8400 feet from sea level and is well known for special tea sold there. Various activities to do in the valley are skiing, paragliding, parachuting, zorbing and horse riding. Recently, a ropeway has also started in the valley. Another place to visit there is the Shiva Temple where people go by trekking or by riding on pony. The place becomes somewhat dangerous to visit in the months of winter when there is huge snowfall and the weather is harsh, leading to some deaths also.
- Rohtang pass- It is at an elevation of 13,000 feet from the sea level and lies in the Pir Panjal Range of Himalayas. It is located at a distance of about 51 kilometers from Manali and connects the Kullu Valley to the Lahul and Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh. The drive to the place from Manali is of around 2-3 hours on Leh Manali highway. The literal meaning of the name is “pile of Dead Bodies” based on deaths of people of CBRE working here due to bad weather. The pass is open from May to November only and special permit needs to be issued for vehicles going there. Nearby this pass, there are origin spots of Beas and Chenab rivers.
- Manali Nature Park- It is located at Circuit House Marg, Siyal, Manali which is about 2 kilometers distant from Manali. One must have a walk through this park to get away from all the tensions of the outside world and to get a soothing effect of nature. Tall maple, cedar and deodar trees are present there along with the state bird of Himachal Pradesh, Manual Pheasant.
- Jagat Sukh- The village is among the largest villages of the Kullu Valley and is located about 12 kilometers from the Manali town on the left bank of the River Beas. The place is home to a number of temples.
Snowfall in Manali-
Snow is the major reason for which most of the people visit Manali. The experience of snowfall, making and playing with ice balls takes them to the next level of excitement. There is some info about the weather conditions of Manali so that you can go there at the perfect time. The best time to visit Manali is during the months of mid-September to mid-March or the winter season. The temperature may reach as low as -10 degree Celcius. The place experiences monsoon in the months between July and September.People also head towards the place to get a soothing effect in the summer season when the whole country is hot.
Where to Stay in Manali-
Some of the best hotels and cottages to stay in Manali are listed here. The perfect choice depends on your requirements and budget. Some popular ones are Solang Valley Resort, Span Resort and Spa, Manu Allya, The Himalayan etc. These are among the top 4 and 5-star hotels and resorts of Manali.
Things to do in Manali-
- Sports activities- There are various adventurous activities organized by the authorities like paragliding, snow sliding, zip lining, snow biking, ropeways, skiing, trekking, mountaineering, and parachuting. The first four activities are included in one package of INR 1000 for one person one time. One should try each and every adventurous activity to enjoy the trip to the fullest excitement state. All these activities must be performed with utmost safety and security to avoid any chances of mishaps.
- Visiting the Local Destinations– There are a number of tourism destinations in and around Manali that one must visit as a part of travel journey and to explore the places. Some of these are- Jagat Sukh, Kothi, Rahalla Falls, Gulaba, Bhrigu Lake, Kasol, Solang valley, Rohtang pass, Manali Nature Park, Hidimba Temple, Manu Temple, Vashista Temple, Jogini Waterfall etc.
- Shopping at the Local Markets- The local markets of Manali are full of traditional products of the region. Dry fruits are also sold here on a wholesale basis due to huge production in the region. Kesar is also sold by many vendors there but it should be purchased carefully to avoid any chances of cheating by the local vendors. The traditional dresses of Himachal Pradesh are also a great choice for shopping along with other things like sling bags, hand bags, wallets, keychains, Himachali headgear caps, and much more.
- Having delicious dishes and street food- The most delicious and popular street food of Manali and many other hill stations of Himachal is the Momos. There are number of cafes and restaurants in Manali to have momos and other dishes of various cuisines across the world, be it Chinese, Italian, Mexican, Israeli, and InterContinental.
How to reach Manali-
From Delhi- The on-road distance of Manali from national capital Delhi is around 540 kilometers via NH-44 and this can be covered within 12-14 hours by various means like buses and taxis. Along with various Government and Private Bus Services, Intrcity Smart buses by RailYatri are also available from various spots in Delhi to Manali and they cost around INR 600-INR 1200 depending on the type of Buses and Agency you prefer. It is not preferable to hire a taxi to Manali as it costs a lot (around INR 10,000/-) and some safety issues regarding drivers are also there. There is no direct rail route from Delhi to Manali. Non- stop flights are also an option to travel. These cost around INR 6000 to INR 10,000. Mainly, the mode of travel depends on the budget you have along with the number of passengers. But the best-preferred option is the Govt. Volvo Buses.
From Chandigarh- Via NH 205 the distance of Manali from Chandigarh is around 304 kilometers and this can be covered within a time span of 8-10 hours via the buses or taxis. The average price of buses from Chandigarh to Manali is around INR 600 to INR 1000. Buses like Govt. VOLVO and Intrcity Smart Bus are available as an option to travel with. The normal price of a taxi for this route is around INR 6000 to INR 8000 and is preferable if you are no short of budget and believe in an uninterrupted and calm journey with luxury. There is no direct rail route from Chandigarh to Manali. Another better option can be through flights that cost around INR 2000 on an average from Chandigarh to Manali.
From Shimla- The distance of Manali from Shimla is about 250 kilometers by road and can be covered within 7 hours via NH 205. On this route, the Smart buses are generally not available but, the govt. buses are available with the price around INR 500. The normal prices for a taxi are about INR 5,000 to INR 6,000. Due to the undulating terrain of the mountains, no direct train routes are available from Shimla to Manali. The starting rates of airplanes from Shimla to Manali are around INR 2500 for one- way journey.
From Kullu- Although the place lies in the Kullu District, still it is about 40 kilometers from Kullu and this distance is not more than that of 1 hour by road. Buses are available from Kullu Bus Stand within small intervals of few hours and at very low costs. Taxis are also a good option to travel this short distance.
Here’s a List of Things to carry on a trip to Manali-
One should be perfectly ready to explore this awesome place and these belongings would make the journey far more comfortable and safer. So, here is a list of things that one should carry with him along the journey for a nice experience. Let’s check out this-
- Socks and Rubber Shoes
- Power Banks and Camera
- Selfie Sticks
- Skin Moisturizers
- Some packaged food
- Some General medicines
- Trekking bag
- Relevant Id Cards
- Vomiting Bags
The place is best suitable for people in search of adventure, fun, and peace. Some tips are stated here that one should ponder over to enjoy the trip. Firstly, one should carry their relevant ID Cards like Aadhar, Driving License, and Passport for security purposes during hotel bookings and during various adventurous activities. Shopping in Manali should not be done without bargaining to avoid getting looted and getting quality products. All the relevant medicines should be carried along to avoid any medical emergencies. And the most important thing is that one should have a good camera to capture memories with families and friends.