Manali is a high-altitude Himalayan resort town located in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh near to the Kullu Valley in the Beas River Valley. The valley is often referred to as the ‘Valley of the Gods’. It has a reputation as a backpacking center and honeymoon destination. Set on the Beas River, it’s a gateway for skiing in the Solang Valley and trekking in Parvati Valley. It’s also a jumping-off point for paragliding, rafting and mountaineering in the Pir Panjal mountains, home to 4,000m-high Rohtang Pass.
Manali is one of the most popular tourist spots of the country. From honeymooners to families to adventure seekers, Manali tour presents amazing holiday options to one and all. Manali also serves as the gateway to Lahaul and Spiti district as well as Leh. Hotels in Manali are available for every budget. Manali resorts offer stunning views of the surrounding area from your bedroom.
There are many interesting places to visit at Manali. Some of these are Kothi, Solang Valley, Rahla Falls, Manali Sanctuary, Rohtang Pass, Tibetan monasteries, Arjun Gufa and many more. Manali is considered one of the best places for adventure sports like river rafting, paragliding and rock climbing. A number of Manali hotels offer customized packages for the same. Here’s a brief travel guide to Manali:
Things to do in Manali Himachal Pradesh:
- Visit Rohtang Pass
- Visit Solang Valley
- Visit Hadimba Devi Temple
- Great Himalayan National Park, Manali
- Beas Kund Trek
- Chandratal Baralacha Trek
- Hampta Pass Trek
- Bath in Vashisht Kund at Vashisht Temple
- Biking Across Manali
- Himalaya Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple
- Chandrakhani Pass and the Parvati Valley
- Manu Temple
- Nehru Kund
- Shopping at Mall Road
- Bara Bhangal Kalihani Trek
- Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek
- Gayatri temple
- Jogini Waterfall
- Bhrigu Lake
- Jana Waterfall
- Manali Sanctuary
- Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa Monastery
- Museum of Himachal Culture & Folk Art
- Siyali Mahadev Temple
- Arjun Gufa
- Rahala Falls
- Gauri Shankar Temple
- Rozy Waterfalls
- Trek to Jogini Falls
Adventure Sports In Manali Himachal Pradesh:
- River Rafting
- Rock Climbing
- Snow Scooter
- ATV Ride
- Cable Car Ropeway
- Downhill Cycling
Weather in Manali Himachal Pradesh:
How to reach Manali Himachal Pradesh?
Route from Delhi: Manali can be reached from Delhi by NH 1 up to Ambala and from there NH 22 to Chandigarh and from there by NH 21 that passes through Bilaspur, Sundernagar, Mandi and Kullu towns.
- 570 km from Delhi
- 318 km from Pathankot
- 357 km from Chandigarh
- 204 km from Shimla
- 294 km from Palampur
- 343 km from Chamba
- 179 km from Bilaspur
- 253 km from Dharamshala
By Flight: The nearest airport is Bhuntar Airport is at Bhuntar town, about 50 km (31 mi) south of Manali and 10 km (6.2 mi) south of Kullu town
and is well connected to all places here with taxis. The airport is also known as Kullu-Manali airport. Air India has regular flights to the airport from New Delhi.
By Bus: There are several bus services which run regularly from Delhi to Manali. The total distance from Delhi to Manali is 570 km (350 mi). Luxury buses (including Volvos) usually ply overnight on this route and are available from all major bus terminals. HRTC (Himachal Road Transport Corporation) runs five daily Volvo and AC buses on Delhi-Manali route and two separate Volvos by HPTDC (Himachal Tourism Development Corporation). You can buy tickets online or from Kashmiri Gate Bus Terminal. It takes around 14-15 hours to reach Manali.
By Car: The total distance from Delhi to Manali is 570 km (350 mi) and it will take 12-13 hours to reach Manali by Car.
Advice: If you are planning a road trip to Manali by personal car, take turns for driving so that one person doesn’t get exhausted driving for too long.
Rail: There is no close railhead available close to Manali.
Delhi-Manali approximate bus fare:
- Non-AC: INR 1000
- AC (Volvo): INR 1650
Where to Stay In Manali
You have three options
- At Mall Road which is overcrowded and the main Manali
- Near Vashist hot water spring.
- Stay in Solang & Enjoy the Snow