Manali

 Manali – Best Honeymoon & Winter Destination

Manali is blessed with unparalleled beauty and a charming hill station in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Known as the “Lovers’ Paradise”, this destination is situated on the banks of the Beas River in the Kullu Valley. Its altitude is about 2,050 meters above sea level. According to “Hindu Vedic Puranas”, it is believed that Maharishi Manu started human life from this valley and named it “Manu-Alay”. Later this name was changed to “Manali”. The place is blessed with natural beauty and is a hub for adventures, including camping, river rafting and paragliding. Every year, lakhs of tourists visit to explore the beauty and participate in these exciting adventures.

History of Manali

The history of Manali (Manu-Alaya) is as interesting and spiritual as its beauty. According to Hindu mythology, it is said that this place was the abode of Maharishi Manu, who laid the foundation of human creation. Manali has also always been known as the “Valley of the Gods”. Located at a distance of 2.4 km from Manali, Manu Temple is dedicated to Maharishi Manu near the main market of Old Manali. According to legends, it was here that Maharishi Manu composed the Manusmriti.

Places to visit in Manali

Manali boasts many beautiful places to visit around it. And this makes Manali an even more attractive option for tourists. Some of the famous places here are:-

The Mall Road, Manali

1. Mall Road: The Mall Road, the heart of Manali, is a significant pedestrian hub and tourist shopping centre. This road is about 500 meters long, from the bus stand to the model town of Manali. It is a small market which houses many hotels, cafes, restaurants and clothing shops. The famous pashmina shawls, saffron, apple and hill peach are the popular items every tourist wants to buy here.

  • Entry Type: Free
  • Market Timing: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Hadimba Devi Temple, Near Beas River, Kullu Valley

2. Hadimba Temple: Hadimba Temple is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Manali, which Raja Bahadur Singh built in the 16th century. Hidimba was the wife of Bhima, the most powerful brother of the Pandavas, who meditated at this place. This place is mainly filled with tourists in the summers when people from all over the country come to worship it. 

  • Best time to Visit: March – June
  • Entry Type: Free entry for Hindus
Rohtang Pass Road

3. Rohtang Pass: The most famous tourist destination in Manali, Rohtang Pass is a tourist hub, just 51 km away from Manali. The place remains covered with snow even in summer, which is the reason people visit here. To a large extent, this place offers a Ladakh-like experience to every biker and tourist.  Situated at an altitude of about 3,978 meters, this place offers a beautiful view of waterfalls and snow-falling scenes.

  • Entry Fee:  Green Card & Rs.500
Solang Valley | Winter Sports Center

4. Solang Valley: Being situated between Solang village and Beas river, it is called Solang Valley. Situated at a distance of 13 km from Manali. It is the top part of the Kullu Valley, laden with heavy snow, especially in winter. This place is the center of ski adventure activity in winter, where many activities like paragliding, ice horse riding, ice jet skiing, and snowboarding are done; many adventurers participate in adventure activities here and enjoy winter sports with snow.

  • Best time to Visit: November to March
  • Entry Fee: Free
Jogini Waterfall

5. Jogini Waterfall: Jogini Falls, located at a distance of 6 km from Manali, is the main attraction for tourists. If any tourist coming to Manali is fond of trekking, he must visit this place. The robust stream of water emanating from a height of 160 feet looks like white milk, which keeps flowing fast with the help of the wind. 

There is a famous 3 km trek from Vashisht village near Jogini falls offers spectacular views of the waterfall and himalayan mountains covered with snow.

  • Best time to Visit:  June to September
Manu Temple, Manali

6. Manu Temple: Dedicated to Maharishi Manu, this temple is located in Old Manali, 3 km from central Manali city. Spiritually, this place is very energetic and a living example of life creation. According to mythology, it is believed that at the time of the creation of human life, Maharishi Manu meditated here for many years and accumulated the Kundalini energy in the form of the human body. If you want to partake in the spiritual process of life during your visit to Manali, you must visit this holy place once.

  •  Best time to Visit: October to March
  • Entry Type:  Free entry for Hindus

Activities to do in Manali

Although Manali is famous all over the world due to its natural beauty, it is also renowned for many such actions, which make Manali even more thrilling and adventurous:-

Camping in Manali

1. Camping: There is far better accommodation in Manali than camping, hotels, and resorts. Which not only gives us a chance to live but also gives us a chance to see the beauty of nature up close. 

The Solang Valley, Old Manali and the upper reaches of the Kullu Valley are excellent camping sites in Manali. You can also enjoy camping with rafting in Manali, which will give you the best experience of adventure combination.

River Rafting in Beas River, Manali

2. River Rafting: Another adventurous activity here is river rafting. White Water Rafting, organized in the Beas River, is a great adventure activity located in Kullu Manali, covering a distance of 14 km, 10 km, and 7 km through grade I to V rapids on the river (Read more).

The gushing waves of the Beas River and the calm waters makes you love the rafting sport.

Location: Beas River, Kullu

Paragliding in Solang Valley

3. Paragliding: Manali is a paragliding center between the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges. The sky-Touching flight offers spectacular sky views of beautiful places like Manali city, Jogini waterfall, Vashisht village, and the Himalayas Mountains. If you are also fond of adventure sports, try paragliding in Manali. A long flight of 15 to 25 minutes and a short flight of 7 to 15 minutes will surely add a thrilling feeling to your trip to Manali.

Location: Dhobi Village

Ice Skiing in Manali | Best Things to do in Manali

4. Skiing:  Manali, in winters, seems like a “sport in heaven” for every adventurer, as it promotes many adventurous winter sports. Covered with a white blanket of snow, Manali is also the site of winter adventure sports like skiing. Skiing in Manali, is one of those sports that every newbie wants to try. The slippery Solang valley makes every skier feel a thrilling coolness. This game offers a sample of adventure with a pleasurable experience.

Ropeway Ride in Manali

5. Ropeway Ride: Ropeway ride in Manali is just another attraction, this ropeway is located in Solang Valley at a distance of 13 km from Manali. This ropeway runs from Solang Valley to Mt-Phatru. It covers a distance of 1.3 km and offers beautiful views of the Kullu Valley, Manali, and the Himalayas.

Location: Solang Valley

Manali Bike Trip

6. Mountain Biking: Mountain biking gives every adventurer a chance to ride a bike on the mountains. Every adventure biker’s dream is to take a bike trip in the lush green mountains of Manali, which gives him a chance to test himself in challenging situations. The bike route from Manali to Rohtang Pass is the nearest famous mountain biking route to Manali. It completes the famous Leh Ladakh Mountain Route.

Trekking in Manali

 Beas Kund Trek, Solang Valley Trek, Hampta Pass Trek, Bijli Mahadev Trek, Lama Dough Trek, and Bhrigu Trek are the famous nearby treks of Manali:-

Beas Kund Trek

1. Beas Kund Trek: Famous Beas Kund Trek, as the origin of the Beas River in the Pir Panjal ranges of the Himalayas, is one of the best treks in Manali. This trek is situated at an altitude of 24 km from Manali at an altitude of about 12000 feet.

This trek connects Manali to Jagini, Nehru Kund, Solang, Barwa, and Beas Kund.

Best time to Visit: May to October

Trek to kheerganga

2. Kheerganga Trek: Kheerganga is one of the best treks in Himachal. This trek is immersed in the beauty of nature and the magical atmosphere of the Himalayan mountains. Situated at an altitude of about 2950 meters, this trek explores the valley of Parvati Mountain and its surroundings. In Hindu mythology, this place is associated with the abode of Lord Shiva (Read more).

Best time to Visit: April to June

Hampta Pass Trek

3. Hampta Pass Trek: The Hampta Pass Trek, where no vegetation is present, surrounded by barren land and light green grass, is one of the most dangerous and adventurous treks in the Himalayas. Hampta Pass has located 15 km from Manali at an altitude of 14039 feet. This trek comes under the Himalayan Pir Panjal ranges, the most extended range in Manali.

Best time to Visit: June to October

Bijli Mahadev Trek

4. Bijli Mahadev Trek: Bijli Mahadev Trek, named after the temple of Lord Shiva. This trek is situated on top of the famous Mathan hills in Kullu valley, known as the “Valley of the Gods.” At 53 km from Manali, this trek starts with a steep climb and ends at a gentle and soothing level. The total distance of this trek is spread between 7 to 10 km.

Best time to Visit: march to September

Triund Trek

5. Triund Trek: Triund Trek is a great trek located in the Pir Panchal ranges at 2828 meters above sea level. This trek offers a panoramic view of the Kangra Valley and Par-Panchal ranges of the Himalayas. The best time to go for Triund Trek is from March to June, with temperatures hovering around 15℃ to 26℃.

Location: Kangra Valley

Bhrigu Lake Trek

6. Bhrigu Trek: Bhrigu Lake Trek is situated at a distance of 20 km North of Manali. This trek is famous for the Bugyal grasslands of the Himalayas, where Bhrigu Lake is also present. This trek of about 9 to 12 km can be seen as a spectacular view of the eastern part of the Himalayas, spreading orange and yellow light along with the sun’s rays.

Best time to Visit: June to September

Best Time To Visit:

Although Manali looks beautiful in every season, but the best time to visit Manali is between October and March. Snowfall starts in most places during this time, making it a tourist center.

Manali Weather:

Summer: Being a hill station, Manali is an ideal destination for many summer tourists. The heat is at its peak in summer, so many tourists reach here to get rid of the heat. The average temperature ranges from 23°C to 25°C, an excellent season to visit.

Monsoon: Monsoon is the off-season of Manali. The mountain roads become dangerous due to heavy rains and landslides. The average temperature ranges from 15°C to 20°C, an excellent season to visit, but it remains unsuitable due to hail and Rain.

Winter: Winter is the best season for Manali. Due to snowfall, many places are packed with tourists. At this time, the temperature drops below -3 ° C.

How To Reach:

Manali is located in Himachal Pradesh, approximately 536 Km from Delhi, 310 Km from Chandigarh, and 252 Km from Shimla. There are several ways to reach here:-

By Train: The nearest railway station to Manali is Joginder Nagar Railway Station, which is about 164 km from here. You can also reach here through Chandigarh Railway Station, Ambala Railway Station, Pathankot Railway Station and Kalka Railway Stations. You can book a taxi or bus from the bus stand and reach Manali directly at a distance of 2 km from Joginder Nagar Railway Station.

By Air: The nearest airport to Manali is Kullu-Manali (Bhuntar) Airport, which is located 50 km from here. This airport is well-connected to almost all the major airports in India. You can book any taxi or local cab from this airport to reach Manali.

By Road: Manali is 540 km away from Delhi, where you can book a direct bus from Kashmere Gate, Delhi (ISBT). Manali is 302 km away from Chandigarh; If you are coming from Chandigarh, you can reach Manali from Chandigarh Bus Stand (ISBT) via Shimla (248 km). Also, Manali is far from Jalandhar (364 km), Ludhiana (332 km), Jammu (417 km), Patiala (338 km) and Amritsar (394 km). Direct buses are available from all these cities to here by catching which you can easily reach here.

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FAQs about Manali Tourism:

Manali, famous as a winter destination, got famed from all over the world due to its spectacular mountain beauty. It is a small town located in the Manali district of Himachal Pradesh state of northern India.

Situated in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Manali is one of the best winter destinations in India. The best time to visit Manali is from December to March. There is heavy snowfall here during these months, which becomes the center of tourist attraction. Along with this, winter sports are also organized here for tourists.

From Mid-December to February, Manali experiences heavy snowfall. As the cold Himalayan winds move from the high-pressure area in the northwest to the low-pressure area in the southeast.

Manali is located in the Pir Panjal ranges of the Himalayas and comes under the Kullu Valley. The climate here is more towards low dry temperatures, which makes it an ideal destination for honeymoon couples in winter. Along with this, this place is also famous for its natural mountain beauty, adventure sports, and scenic places.

Apart from honeymoon couples, Manali is also a perfect family destination for families. Where you can try skiing, go shopping on Mall Road, visit Hadimba Devi Temple, and enjoy group picnics at beautiful trek spots with your family.

Manali is situated at a distance of 540 km from Delhi.

Yes! You can also reach Manali by air travel. The nearest airport is Kullu, which is only 41 km from here, and you can get from any airport. After reaching Kullu, you can book any local taxi and reach Manali.

The Mall Road, Hadimba Devi Temple, Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, Jogini Waterfall, Manu Temple, Agastya Village, and Kullu Valley are some of the best places to visit in Manali.

Yes! Manali is an ideal place for trekking, from where you can go for many beautiful and adventurous treks like Beas Kund Trek, Solang Valley Trek, Humpta Pass Trek, Bijli Mahadev Trek, Petals Peak Trek and Bhrigu Trek.