Manali is one of the most liked hill stations in the Indian subcontinent. This town is located in the state of Himachal Pradesh, situated in the northern side of Kullu Valley, at Kullu district, mainland Kullu to Manali distance would be around 40 kilometres. resides approximately 270 kilometres or 170 miles north of the capital city Shimla and 544 kilometres or 338 miles northeast of the national capital Delhi. It serves as the gateway towards the Lahaul and Spiti District as well as towards the city of Leh in Ladakh.
Manali is famous for its snow-covered mountains, landscapes, and meandering roads. Manali’s weather is quite relaxing and comfortable with the chill temperature and sun rays giving you more relief. Nowadays Manali trips have been so trendy within and beyond Indian people.
Pir Panjal Range is a group of mountains in the Lesser Himalayan region that covers the territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. It is known as the largest range of the Lesser Himalaya, Galyat mountains come under the ranges, this range connects Kashmir via Mughal Road and represents the historical connection of Kashmir with India.
And several locations attract tourists, Rohtang Pass is one of the foremost tourist locations in this Himalayan Range for adventure lovers, one of the perfect locations for activities like mountain biking and skiing, and has been witnessed the shooting of some Bollywood scenes, a beautiful location for the nature lover, photographers to capture some perfect and natural shots. It is a high mountain pass on the eastern side of the Himalayas that makes a distance of approximately 51 kilometres from Manali, apart from this Manimahesh Kailash Peak, Rohtang Tunnel, Dashair are other sites to visit.
Dhauladhar Range which means “The White Range” is part of the Lesser Himalayan Range, rises from Shivalik hills to the north of Kangra and Mandi. A perfect location to visit after a snowfall, 8 kilometres from Dharamsala and 4 kilometres from McLeod Ganj, the private transport is available and paid to park too, the village can be easily reached by road, this location does have side benches to spend time and admire the beauty of snow-covered mountains. Some local food stalls are easily available here. Tourists can also manage their accommodation nearby due to the easy accessibility of resorts and restaurants.
Chandrakhani Pass is another natural beauty of Himachal Pradesh, one of the favourite spots for photographers due to its height which presents the perfect view of prominent peaks of the region, including Deo Tibba, Parvati Range, and Pir Panjal.
Tourists can visit Manali any time of the year because of its versatile location but the peak season would be March to June, a comfortably warm in the daytime and brings chilly windy nights, which makes summer the best time to visit and provides a more cosy environment to engage in some sightseeing and adventure activities such as paragliding and trekking.
Solang valley is known for its paragliding arrangements, numbers of festivals also have been the reason for tourist attraction in this season and simultaneously also the reason for its congested busy season.
The most popular festival is Doongri festival organised by women is their traditional attire to their deity Hadimba Devi and the tourist who visits in May can be a part of this popular cult. However, the season of October to February is known for its exceedingly chilly weather, the snow gradually covers the town, Month of December either grabs tourist attraction because of the festive season, February’ Winter Carnival is quite popular among tourists. In this season the experience to try some new warm food and to experience ice skiing is worth spending. Gulaba, Rohtang pass, and Marhi are good locations to spot snow.
Notably, this is the time when you find great deals on hotels and accommodation. And July to September is the most unfavorable time to visit due to heavy rainfall and incidents of landslides which can cause some severe damage, this season should be avoided, but even during this season the enthusiasm of local people especially by the local farmers to celebrate Hariyali festival is the reason of joy, seven different types of seeds are sown before the festival close to the household deities then showered are welcomed with some traditional dancing and singing performances. However, some tourists who do enjoy the rafting experience a lot can visit this season due to high water levels but ensure yourself to sign up with reputed adventure sport groups who conduct these sports safely.
Hadimba Temple: Hadimba Temple also known as Hidimba Temple and Dhungari Temple dedicated to Hidimba, wife of Bheema, was built by Maharaja Bahadur Singh in 1553. Here the wooden shrine of this temple does not follow the usual shrinking structure of Indian temples. Its peaceful environment and traditional stories make this temple one of the very popular places to visit in Manali, situated at old Manali, can be visited any day between 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Solang Valley: Solang Valley is located at Burwa, 14 kilometres away from the main Manali, approximately 8400 feet above sea level. It is a very popular place among tourists and always catches the attention of adventure seekers and sports lovers, here you can try your ski skills or go for a snowmobile exploration. Paragliding and Zorbing are other adventures to explore. This is a perfect location to enjoy and capture the memorable view of the Himalayas from the cable car.
Manali Gompa: The Manali Gompa is a Tibetan architecture’s Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa, famously known as the Manali Gompa built by Tibetan refugees in the 1960s. This monastery gives you calm and spiritual vibes. Its exquisite murals which depict several important events of Buddha and Buddhism in different colours and its pagoda-style roof has been a centre of attraction of this monastery, tourists can also get some souvenirs and some Tibetan handicrafts. Tourists can visit any day except Sunday from 6:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.
Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art: Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art established in 1998, gives you a glimpse of rich culture and preserves the local heritage. Traditional garments, musical instruments, collections of masks used in festival dances, and models of ancient houses and temples reflect the importance of culture and the popular cult of Manali. There is a difference of timings in the season of April to November Museum opens 09:00 a.m. to 07:00 p.m. and in the season of December to March it opens 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.
Great Himalayan National Park: Great Himalayan National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Some rare species are preserved in this park including 1000 different types of plants, 209 types of birds, and 31 mammal species, snow leopard is spotted here along with the Himalayan tahr (goat-like animal) and brown bears. Tourists can engage in hiking and camping in designated areas of National Park and but it should be noted that you need to obtain permission to enter the park in advance and the park also offers a decent arrangement of accommodations.
Katrain: Katrain presents you the distinct landscape from mostly covered sweeping terrain of Manali, this location is perfect who spend their time or want to experience fishing, this village gives you that local Himachali vibes and tourists can experience the local varieties, tourists can also visit this place for hiking purpose, this location is 25 km away from the Manali.
● By Air- Kullu Manali would be the nearest airport to Manali, located in Bhuntar, approximately 50 kilometres away from Manali. Direct flights you can catch from Delhi and Chandigarh. Taxis are always available outside the airport to reach the spotted location.
Chandigarh International Airport is also one of the nearest airports to Manali which takes 6 to 9 hours to reach Manali by car. Major operating airlines in this airport would be IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, AirAsia India GoAir, Air India, and Vistara.
● By Bus- Tourists can also avail the option of bus, nowadays a wide and more enhanced road network we have, Manali is quite well connected to the cities like New Delhi, Shimla, Kullu, and Leh. Delhi to Manali distance covers approximately 534 kilometres whereas Chandigarh to Manali distance would be around 304 kilometres.
Here you will experience a breathtaking and twisting experience through winding uphill roads. You can admire a view of mountain ranges, sparkling waterfalls, and green valleys off the road. Government buses can easily transfer you to the main town but Volvo buses are more preferred to travel more comfortably. You can take your vehicle as well.
● By Train- Joginder Nagar Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Manali and also connects to some important cities of the state. However, the option of Ambala and Chandigarh are also available to reach the destination by train. And from the railway station, you can go to the destination by bus or taxi at a reasonable cost. Apart from this Kalka Railway Station, a terminal at the foot of the Himalayas connects Manali to major cities like New Delhi, Kolkata, Jammu, Mumbai, Amritsar, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Chennai.
Manali hotels have a wide range of variety, however, some of the 5 Star hotels are really good option is to stay such as Anantmaya resort, which is just 4 to 5 Kilometres away from most visiting places Tibetan Monastery and Hadimba Temple, Resort gives you the services of spa, free parking, free WIFI and tourists can enjoy a meal at the Restaurants.
Shivadya A Boutique Hotel located in Karjan near Manali, offers you barbecue and sun terrace, spa centre and hot tub services are available. Baragarh Resort and Spa, Centrally Heated Mountain Side Resort are a little far approximately 17 kilometres away from Hadimba Temple and 16 kilometres away from Tibetan Monastery is another good option known for cleanliness along with the other services.