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Summers can be crazy. The hot climate and rising temperatures can be very tiring. Well, it is also the perfect time for a quick getaway to experience the bliss of snow and serene climate and rejuvenate yourself.

And what better place than Manali (also known as Kullu Manali). It is a go-to hill station and the best way to beat the summers.

Manali is a small town in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is a high altitude town or popularly known as a hill station and one of the most sought after places for family holidays, trekking adventures or solo trips.

Amidst the beauty of Himalayas, it is nestled at the bottom of snowcapped mountains along the Beas river that originates from the famous Rohtang pass and joins the Sutlej river.

Once an unnoticed village, It today is always the first choice of people wanting to escape the scorching heat of summers in the mainland and experience the enchanting bliss of Himalayas

How to reach Manali?

Airways:

The nearest airport Bhuntar is 50 kilometres away. Buses and cabs are readily available at the Airport.

Cheap Flights to Kullu

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Raipur

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Mumbai

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Roadways:

If you wish to enjoy every scenic beauty on the way to Manali, roadways are the best option for you. It is very well connected to multiple cities like Delhi, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Haridwar, and Shimla.

You can book AC and semi AC buses from these cities and comfortably reach here.

Railways:

The nearest railway station to Manali is the Jogindernagar Railway station. One can also board down at cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, and Ambala and take the buses to reach here.

Best Things to Do at Manali

1.Rohtang pass

Rohtang La, or popularly known as Rohtang Pass, is a high altitude pass (3,980m above sea level) on the eastern Pir Panjal Range of Himalayas. It is about 51 kilometers from Manali and is an important traditional route that connects Kullu Valley with Lahaul and Spiti valley in Himachal Pradesh.

Rohtang pass possesses the beauty of nature in its purest form. Acclaimed movies such ‘Jab we met’ and ‘Yeh Jawani hai Deewani’ have been shot here will surely give you the proof of Rohtang’s picturesque locations.

As you scale the height towards Rohtang, the changing white landscape, snow-kissed mountains and a breathtaking view of this paradise will definitely leave you stunned.

2.Solang valley

14 kilometers from Manali, this small valley of Solang is a famous tourist spot located just on the outskirts. During summers, Solang Valley bustles with tourists awaiting to enjoy various adventurous activities such as skiing, zorbing, paragliding, quad-bike rides, and ropeway rides.

Solang Valley also serves as the base camp for mountaineering expeditions such as Anjani Mahadev and Patalsu peak.

3.Hidimba Devi temple

Holding historical importance, the Hidimba Devi temple is built around a cave where the goddess used to meditate. In the Hindu epic Mahabharata, Hidimba was the wife of Bhima, the second in the Pandavas lineage.

The temple is built in a four-tier pagoda-like structure and is surrounded by high rise deodar trees. Manali is probably the only place in India where Hidimba is worshipped as a goddess.

4.Old Manali

About 3 kilometers away from the modern town of Manali, it has a charm of its own. With funky cafes, old restaurants, boho shops, and bars unlock an entirely different world for travel enthusiasts, trekkers, and backpackers. Old Manali, showcasing its rustic beauty is a must-visit 

5.Mall road

The bustling part of the town. Mall road is an unavoidable place to visit. One of the best places to devour sizzling momos and mouth-watering local cuisine and to buy woolen clothes and pashmina shawls, the best place for shopping in Manali has to be its mall road.

6.Manikaran Gurudwara

The Manikaran sahib gurudwara is yet another holy place to visit here. With regular religious tourists, this holy shrine s a famous destination of Sikh and Hindu pilgrimage. Visit this place to experience spirituality amidst majestic mountains and mesmerizing meadows.

7.Naggar Castle

Once a residence of Raja Sindh of Kullu, The Naggar Castle today is a museum and heritage hotel run by Himachal Pradesh tourism. 22 kilometers away from the city, this castle is the displays a beautiful blend of history with the local culture.

The castle is a symbol of amalgamation of European and Himalayan architecture with wood carvings, stone and metal crafts, and fireplaces giving it a vintage touch.

8.Manu temple

3 kilometers away from the bustling town, Manu temple is the place oozing serenity and peace. Instead of driving, one can take a mini trek to the temple and witness the pure beauty of nature on its way. Manu temple is a frequently visited place by religious and foreign tourists.

9.Kullu village

Amidst the soaring Himalayas, Kullu valley is cocooned between towering trees, snow-covered mountains, and the soothing Beas river. With multiple picturesque villages, this valley allows you to immerse yourself in the warmth and love of the local culture.

10.Vashishta hot water springs

To let go of all the weariness from your travel, Vashishta temple is the place you should visit. A temple dedicated to sage Vashishta, this temple consists of natural hot water springs that are said to have medicinal properties. Take a dip in the bath to relax your mind and body and experience spirituality surrounding this holy temple. 

11.Jogini waterfall

Located 2 kilometers beyond Vashishtha hot water springs, Jogini falls captures you with its breathtaking scenery that cascades from a height of 160 feet. The trek to Jogini falls amidst high rise pine trees and orchards assures a spectacular experience. 

12.Tibetan monasteries

A place to find peace within the Tibetan monasteries of Manali is something that you shouldn’t miss. Famous Himalayan monasteries such as Nyingmapa Gompa and Gadha Tekhchhokling Gompa attract a large number of tourists, specifically for its shopping spot of unique Tibetan handicrafts.

Best Time to Visit Manali

The best time to visit here is from February to June and September to October. During summers the temperature is fairly chilly ranging from 3°C to 24°C.

Frequently Asked Questions About Manali

Q) Where is Manali?

A) Manali is a high altitude resort town in the northern end of Himachal Pradesh. 

Q)Which is the nearest city to Manali?

A) Major cities connected to Manali are Chandigarh(289km), Dehradun(449km), Ambala(331 km) and Delhi(530km). One can easily find buses from these cities to Manali

Q) Are Kullu and Manali the same?

A) Kullu is a separate valley and Manali is located at the northern end of Kullu. Due to its proximity, they are often referred to as one place.

Q) What are the backpack essentials?

A) Since Manali is a hill station it is necessary to carry essentials

If you’re going in winters (October-march) heavy woolen clothing, waterproof jackets, power bank, appropriate and sturdy shoes, creams, and moisturizing lotions(if needed) are necessary.

If you’re going in summers(April-May)light woolen clothing, sports shoes are necessary

Q) When can I see snow in Manali?

A) A healthy amount of Snow prevails in higher altitudes in Manali from November to June. one can visit Rohtang Pass to enjoy the scenic beauty of snow-capped mountains.

Q) Where can I go for paragliding in Manali?

A) It is in Solang Valley, Manali. It is located 20km from Kullu. Short fly will last for 5 – 7 minutes depending on weather conditions.

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By Abhishek Saraswat

Abhishek (@himalayan_gypsy) is a travel photographer and blogger known as Himalayan Gypsy over the internet. Academically from an engineering background and born the Himalayan valley of Dehradun, he found himself in love with nature and ever since he has been on a journey to travel India and showcase the beauty of the country through his pictures, motivating and encouraging people on the go to feel the same and also take responsibilities to conserve our rich heritage, culture and environment. He is a Certified Digital Marketer and a Travel Influencer who is efficient to create visually appealing content for Travel Brands, Property Owners, Cafes and other Product Shoots. He also specializes in running Facebook & Instagram Ad Campaigns for Brand Awareness, Brand Promotion and Online Reputation Management.

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