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One of the most popular hill stations in India, lies amidst the slopes of the Manali Mountains, with spell-binding views, charming streams, fairy tale-like small hidden cottages around the fog and a fragrant scent of pine and freshness. The huge influx of tourists has led to Manali being exploited as a tourist destination, though the surrounding areas are still relatively untouched. Nevertheless, this is one place that should definitely be on your bucket list.

Must See

manali quick travel guide

Solang Valley - Solang Valley is quiet and is best approached by road. The drive up to Solang is very picturesque. Once you get there, enjoy some Chinese food along the local roadside, and enjoy the scenery.

Old Manali - Eucalyptus, lovely streets, sweet little eateries, small bookmark market places, and cafes that serve your favorite continental food at unbelievably low prices, the serenity of Old Manali is just the chirping of birds chirping and the booming water Is upset with Kullu River.

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Rohtang Pass - A beautiful and popular place in Manali with over 2.5 million visitors every year. In winter, the mountains at Rohtang Pass are completely covered with snow and it is impossible to get there. Therefore, the pass remains closed during the winter (from October) and usually reopens in May.

Naggar Castle - Located in Naggar Town, amidst the forested hills, Naggar Castle is a magnificent historical building. Once the residence of King Siddha Singh of Kullu, this palace is an amalgamation of European and Himalayan architecture. Fireplaces, fitting stairs, and magnificent stone and wood embellish the interiors of the palace.

Manu Temple - This religious procession is visited by countless devotees every year. Legends state that Manu saved the holy Vedas and the seven sages from the great flood and later made Manali his home. A visit to this revered temple will definitely rejuvenate you mentally and spiritually.

Things to Do

manali quick travel guide

Trekking - Manali is an absolute pleasure for adventurers to take on the jagged hills. A great base camp for treks, the Mountaineering Institute of Manali offers a wide range of hiking and rock climbing opportunities. Yoga-trekking is another unique concept that combines spiritual well-being with material well-being and has become a rage between both adventurous and spiritual seekers.

Skiing - An adventure for adventure lovers visiting Manali as they can indulge in some high adrenaline skiing sessions in the snow capped mountains around the hill station. Want something even more thrilling? Go for heli-skiing or yak-skiing to make your experience unforgettable.

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River-Rafting - The River Beas River turns out to be an ideal avenue to indulge in some spectacular rafting action for adventure between Grade II and III rapids. Pump your adrenaline with water adventure activities like canoeing, kayaking and of course, white water rafting.

Zorbing - Zorbing is a kind of adventure game in which a person slides into a huge transparent plastic Zorb ball which is then rolled up a hill slope. While living in Manali it is definitely not a memory.

Himalayan Caravan Adventure - From trekking to paragliding, mountain biking, jeep safaris and rafting, the Himalayan Caravan Adventure offers you many adventure activities. With customized tours and tailor-made holiday packages, this company attracts countless adventure seekers every year.

Places to Eat

manali quick travel guide

Casa Bella Vista - Amidst the lush green panoramas of Manali, Casa Bella Vista is a casual cafe serving lip-Spanish and Italian cuisine. At your freshly-cooked gorge, throw a thin-crusted wooden oven pizza with hand-cut beer or your favorite mocktail.

Cafe 1969 and - This vintage and traditional Italian café is set to become the first music café in Manali and is situated on the banks of the Manalsu River. Discard your food, read a book, play your favorite tunes or get off to a great start, Cafe 1947 will definitely be a part of some of your best moments in Manali.

Dylan's Toasted Rooster - Originally known as Double Vision, the cafe had a wall dedicated to a portrait of Bob Dillon. Fans and music lovers of Bob Dylan liked that they coined a new name for the cafe and hence it was called Dylan's Toast and Roasted.

Khyber - A multi-cuisine restaurant, Khyber serves delectable Chinese, Continental, Indian and Mughlai dishes. Drinks are reasonably priced, and booths are a good location.

Johnson Bar & Restaurant - Johnson Bar & Restaurant is a charming Italian joint in Manali. The restaurant features a talented Italian chef, good food and a well-stocked bar offering a good selection of wines, liquor, exotic cocktails and shooters.

When to Go

manali quick travel guide

Whether you want to escape the blazing heat or enjoy the white winter, here is a monthly breakup of the climatic conditions of Manali so that you can plan accordingly:

September to February - Monsoon ends in September and winter starts from October. Temperatures can go down to -1 ° C in the winter months, so make sure that you take enough amount of vaulin to keep yourself warm.

January to the end of December - time to enjoy the snowfall and the beautiful beautiful white views of the surrounding mountains, making it a favorite with honeymooners. This is an ideal time for adventure enthusiasts who want to go skiing.

March to June - Summer move from March but the weather is still pleasant. Temperatures during these summer months typically vary between 10 ° C to 25 ° C, so you may still need a light woollene during the night. This is the perfect time to indulge in outdoor activities like paragliding, rafting, trekking and mountain adventures in the Solang Valley. It is also the time when the flora of this region completely erupts, it is the most ancient natural beauty.

July to August - Monsoon can be difficult in Manali as the region receives heavy rainfall, which can sometimes cause landslides. But during this time a lot of tourists do not like to travel, yet the prices of hotels fall.

How to Reach

manali quick travel guide

By Air - The nearest airport is at Bhuntar, which is about 50 km from Manali. Domestic flights connect Bhuntar to Delhi and Chandigarh. Once at the airport, you can take a pre-paid taxi to Manali. However, due to weather conditions, flights to or out of Manali are not the most reliable option.

By Bus - Manali is very well connected to important tourist destinations like Leh, Shimla, Kullu, Dharamshala and New Delhi, which run through the state as well as a network of private buses. The bus journey from Delhi to Manali is 550 kilometers, and it is advisable to book your tickets in air-conditioned Volvo coaches, as buses are more comfortable than ordinary people, keeping in mind the long distance traveled.

By Road / Self Drive - Drive to Manali is just breath taking! You can catch a beautiful glimpse of the surrounding mountains and valleys from almost every turn, which is a steep road that throws you off. Although many tourists prefer a self-drive to Manali, it is advisable to hire a taxi if you are not comfortable driving in mountainous areas.

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The country (and the world), Manali, now a major tourist city, has emerged as a trade route to Ladakh and beyond, attracting flocks of wanderers. So whether it is family, friends, someone special or someone else, there is something for everyone in Manali.

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