Manali is a beautiful valley set on the Beas River in Himachal Pradesh. It’s a gateway for skiing in the Solang Valley and trekking in Parvati Valley. Manali is all about mountain adventure. Para gliding, mountaineering, rafting it is all fun in the mountain range of Pir Panjal which is the home to famous 4000m Rohtang Pass. And it is also a famous honeymoon destination. Lush green valleys, sky kissing mountains, flowing rivers and a lazy sun setting in the mountain ranges makes it a very picturesque location and also provide a very calm and romantic backdrop to the honeymooners. One can easily lie lazily on their beds talking for hours while peeking outside the window which opens straight to the beautiful valley only to get up late for sipping hot coffee or eating maggi at their terrace. Yes, welcome to Manali!
Neha and Debansh had their honeymoon at the lap of this queens of valleys Manali and it still lingers onto their minds.
The tourist attractions
The major attractions are the Beas Kund, Chandrakhani Pass, Rohtang Pass, Solang Valley, Parvati Valley and Vashisht village. With skyscraping mountains surrounded by deep snow fed streams and profound rocky ravines Manali becomes a different but perfect tourist destination for all. A trendy holiday destination, Manali offers exceptional chances in mountaineering, trekking and skiing. Manali also turns out to be an enchanting stopover for one who is driving up to the snowclad hues of Ladakh en route some of the highest mountain passes in India. The popular treks from Manali are – Chandrakhani – Malana trail, Beas Kund Trek and Bhrigu Lake Trek.
Places to visit
HADIMBA TEMPLE (1 km) : Built in 1553 with a superbly crafted four tiered pagoda roof, it is famous for its exquisitely carved doorway.
MANU TEMPLE (2 km) : This is dedicated to the sage Manu situated at old Manali.
VASHISTH (3 km) : Well known for its hot springs. There are old temples dedicated to the sage Vashisth and to Lord Rama.
MONASTERIES : There are three recently built Tibetan monasteries at Manali.
JAGATSUKH (6 km) : The one time capital of Kullu. Here are old temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and to Sandhya Gayatri. The Arjun caves are just ahead.
SOLANG VALLEY(14 km) : In a picturesque setting this has good ski slopes and picnic spots.
TOWARDS THE ROHTANG PASS : On the road to Keylong is the Nehru Kund (6km) which is a clear water spring scenic spot named after the Late Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. Kothi (12km) is a picturesque village and has a thrilling view of the deep gorge through which the Beas swiftly races. The beautiful Rahalla falls (16km) are at at altitude of 2500m. A crucial link on the old trade route and still the gateway to trans Himalayan Lahaul, the Rohtang Pass is at height of 3978 m.
When to Go
In winter, the temperature can drop to below freezing point when heavy woolens are required. Summer temperature are mild and light woolens / cottons are recommended.Manali tourism is fueled by two main seasons. The summer Holiday season when many people and families travel to this place on the second big push to Kullu Manali tourism comes from the wedding season with thousands of honeymoon couples heading to the region.
Dussehra and Hadimba Devi Festival are the two major festivals in Manali that are celebrated with great pomp and enthusiasm. The Dussehra festival in the month of October/November has a lot of local significance and legend and hence the region becomes colourful and lively during this period.
So you can plan your trip around this time for more fun.
Where to stay
There are no dearth of hotels, resorts and other accommodation in Manali it being a very popular tourist destination. All types of accommodation ranging from budget to a five star is available. The log huts and hamata cottages are among popular choices.
How to reach
One can drive from Kalka to Manali, which is approximately 285kms and if you are planning your trip from Delhi to Manali, then en route Chandigarh, drive to Manali is approximately 550kms and it takes approximately half a day to cover the distance by road. The State Highway 4 that connects the National Highway 21, en route Ambala and Chandigarh is the most reliable route. The distance from Chandigarh to Manali is approximately 310kms. One who is planning to hit the highway from Dehradun, should catch the National Highway 123 that connects to State Highway 1 followed by State Highway 10. Steer your wheels to National Highway 22, which connects to National Highway 21 en route State Highway 11. The approximate distance from Dehradun to Manali is 440kms.