Manali Tourism
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Manali Tourism

Manali Info

  • State: Himachal Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • Altitude: 1950 m
  • Pincode: 175131
  • District: Kullu
  • Language: Hindi
  • STD code: 01902
  • Weather: Summer 23 to 36°C, Winter -1 to 18°C

Manali is located in the district of Kullu in Himachal Pradesh. Situated at an altitude of about 1950 m above sea level, it is about 250 km away from the state capital of Shimla. 

History of Manali

Manali has been named after Brahmas’s appointed lawgiver Manu, who is said to have arrived in this region to begin the seventh cycle of creation and destruction. The region is also said to be the home of the seven great sages of the Hindu religion.

Things to do in Manali

As an important hill station and tourist destination of India, Manali offers much in terms of natural beauty such as panoramic views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains, flower gardens and orchards with green and red apples; places such as Solang Valley known as a winter sports location; the Nehru Kund, which is a clear water spring; the Kothi Village, offering views of a deep gorge through which River Beas flows; and the Rahalla Falls. 

Apart from being a hill station, there are also several other attractions that are an integral part of Manali tourism. The Hadimba Temple built in 1533 AD is dedicated to Hadimba, the wife of Bhima who was one of the Pandavas. The Manu Temple dedicated to the sage and lawgiver Manu is located in old Manali. The Vasishta Temple dedicated to Lord Rama and Sage Vasishta is known for its hot springs. The nearby town of Jagatsukh is home to a few old temples dedicated to Shiva and Sandhya Gayatri.

Manali is a haven for adventure sports enthusiasts. The hill station offers ample opportunities for tourists to participate in activities like skiing, paragliding, trekking, river rafting and fishing. Many Manali holiday packages also include the above sightseeing attractions and activities. 

Food & shopping in Manali

Manali has a mix of popular roadside eateries, cafes and restaurants. Both in Old Manali and the city market, shops selling chaats, north Indian fare, sweets as well hot momos, are a common sight. As for shopping, tourists can buy woolens; local produce like jams and preserves, baked goodies and souvenirs.  

Travelling to Manali

Manali is easily accessible from Delhi, Shimla, Chandigarh and Ambala. To reach Manali, tourists can also take flights that connect many cities to the nearest airport located at Bhunter, which is 50 km away from Manali. The best time to visit Manali is between May and October.

Accommodation options in Manali

Tourists can avail services from the numerous hotels in Manali. Apart from 5 star hotels and resorts, Manali also has many homestays tourists can choose from to experience the local flavour of this hill station. 


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Abhishek Chouhan
  • Abhishek Chouhan
  • Lives in Baroda
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  • 5 Reviews

"Ultimate place to spend a great time" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Good green landscape trees during the way. Lot of pictures we have clicked over there with help of our driver. Great day along with heavy rains and post to this went to local market and sightseeing. Lot of masti with full of daring fun activities in Beas River. We did river rafting too.
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Shah Dhara
  • Shah Dhara
  • Lives in Surat
  • 1 Review

"Beauty of Himachal and an excellent place to visit" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
We went to Manali in March end. Superb weather this time of the year. You feel being with nature. Such good place as Solang Valley gives pleasure of being in snow surrounded by trees and also good place for adventure sports in snow. Special attraction for me was way to Rohtang Pass, not the destination but all the way to reach there. Happened to meet some great local people, who made me want to go there again. If anyone planning to go there, I suggest at least four days to stay.
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Anshul Sethiya
  • Anshul Sethiya
  • Lives in Nagpur
  • 3 Reviews

"Perfect place for honeymooners" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
It was really awesome, we actually reached at the right time when there was a snowfall. We did paragliding, skiing, river rafting and all the fun we could. Red wine was the special attraction.
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Manoj  Sharma
  • Manoj Sharma
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 7 Reviews

"Refreshing and joyful journey and break from hectic routine" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
I had visited Manali almost 10 times. Every time I visit, I feel different. From Delhi to Manali it takes me around 17 hours with one stay in the route. Dhabas from Delhi to Manali are mouthwatering. Moreover, road through the highway is good instead of Bilaspur.

Route is like Delhi-Ambala-Chandigarh-Ropar-Kiratpur-Bilaspur-Mandi-Kullu-Manali.

One can also go via Chintpurni-Jawala ji-Kangra-Palampur and then to Mandi.

The journey from Mandi to Manali is very beautiful as from Mandi, river Beas starts with your journey and takes you to Manali. If you are going by bus you must take the seat on the side of Driver as when you cross Mandi (Pandoh Dam) the river will be on your side.

Mountains and river makes Manali very heart touching. You can stop anywhere on the bank of river and enjoy with family.

In Manali, there is Monesty market, Solang Valley, Nagar Castle, Club House and a road to Rohtang Pass which is just 45 km from Manali.

Food is also good and you will find all types of food in Manali, 24 hours. Even if you want to have omelette at mid night, you can approach Manali Bus Stand where all night omelette vendors are there.

Hence, Manali trip in a year can refresh you from the hectic routine of city.
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Sachin
  • Sachin
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 Reviews

"Cool environment and amazing mountain trip" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Good trip, enjoyed cool environment with river, rain shower and spiritual environment. Trekking experience and crowd of followers of Mata with jaykare of Mata. Enjoyed a lot live snowfall. Mountain trip was amazing.
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Komal Kiran
  • Komal Kiran
  • Lives in Chennai
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"The best place for all the adventure loving travellers" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
One of the best place for all the adventure loving travellers. It's a must place to visit. What a view!!! Mesmerizing!!! Beauty all around!!!

I visited Manali with a group of friends in April and it was one of the best. Paragliding in Solang Valley and Rafting in Vyas river are the must things to do here.

Food is costly here. Need to bargain for each and everything.

Do look into the weather condition before planning your trip. Solang Valley and Rohtang Pass won't be accessible, if it rains heavily.
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Rahul jain
  • Rahul jain
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 Reviews

"Solang Valley is the only place worth visiting" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Solang Valley is the only place to visit else it is not worth. Do not spend more than 2 days in Manali. Kullu and Shimla are not at all worth. Also there are not much activities to do here. Carry your iPad to watch movies in case you do not find anything to do or stay in a hotel where there are more amenities.
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Binay Mohanty
  • Binay Mohanty
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews

"Simply mesmerizing but a costly journey" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Manali! What a place! Absolute delight and the prolific views would mesmerise everyone for sure, I bet. The beauty of the place would hardly fade from one's memory for years.

We 3 couples, all friends, flew from Bangalore on 1st April 2015 & reached Chandigarh by 12:30 pm. The cab driver (GOZO cabs) fooled us for hours together. He did not turn up and the agency on calling confirmed that the next cab can be availed after 1 more hour. Frustrated with this, we boarded another cab after getting a costlier deal from the Airport parking lot folks. Yes, they will loot you, so better get a cab ready in advance. We had paid 7000 to reach Manali by an Innova. Starting from airport, we went through Chandigarh, indeed the best planned city I had ever seen. The roads are clean and well maintained, along with gardens at every cross. We had our so called lunch, too late, by 4:00 pm at a road side large restaurant named Haveli. Food was good and not that costly. We resumed our journey towards Manali thereafter.

Believe me the roads, after we crossed the toll gate, are so horrible and pathetic, one will have his toughest road trip ever due to the road condition. Reason, the cement factory near Manali which employs too many trucks for ferrying. Well after so much frequent breaks we reached Manali by 1:00 pm, yes, you read it right. The distance of 360 km will take 8-9 hours due to the road condition. Although we hired an Innova, we still felt uncomfortable.

Any ways, we reached Manali somehow and the cottage (Tree Hill Cottage) was too good one as we had hired one facing the snow topped mountain chains. The morning views would stun you for sure. We observed rainfall for the 1st 2 days. So, day 1 was spent for local sight views - Hidimba temple, Lord Shiva temple (beautiful temple), shopping at the Manali Weavier Association shop, you would get fair deals and a good variety of Pashmina shawls, sweaters, etc.

Day 2, we had been to Solang Valley, the rainfall disrupted our early hours but later it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Yes, we viewed the snowfall. Lovely experience altogether. We had to hire rented clothes to avoid the cold for Rs. 200 per set. We had to go for the available snacks at Solang valley, a bit costly priced. The best option is to go for Maggie noodles as per hygiene, as rest food items will be days old and just heated fresh. The rope way was closed due to rain but skying was on. We took an alternate road as the primary road was closed due to landslide to our luck due to the rain.

Rain stopped on Day 3 and we were compelled to visit Solang Valley again as we could not enjoy it on day 1 due to rain. But to our luck we got stuck in the road jam due to more visitors that day as weather was good, sunny, half shady. Views were awesome throughout the road. This time we did not rent clothes as weather was comfortable. We had a great time playing on the snow filled valley. Took some nice clicks.

Day 4, we did local shopping program on Mall Road. Trust me, do not have the food ever over there, especially 2 hotels named Sher-e-Punjab and Shan-e-Punjab who actually leave no stone unturned to defame Punjab delicacies. Pathetic food and too costly. A masala papad was matching one's palm and charged Rs. 30/-.

Better to have the food provided by the cottage, they will prepare better, as per our experience. And there is no point of going Kullu and Shimla, as you won't find anything over there. We could not visit Rohtang Pass as it was closed and scheduled to open in May. But you would not get disappointed as Solang Valley will provide you abundant snow.

Altogether, it was a pleasant journey, of course a bit costly. April 1st to 6th, 2015 was spent in a great way.
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Dinesh Jain
  • Dinesh Jain
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 4 Reviews

"An amazing place" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Superb, Amazing, You Should Try To. Can't explain my experience in words, believe me it was a wonderful journey of my life.

When we entered Manali, my eye lashes stopped flipping, the view, the sceneries, the environment was amazing. But you should keep on bargaining for each and every thing, be it hotel, taxi, food, shopping and etc.
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Akit kumar
  • Akit kumar
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews

"Manali - Must visit destination" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Awesome weather and destination. Started from Delhi by Volvo.Curved roads and scenic terrains makes it amazing.

Places to visit:

Mall road market, local manali tour.
Solang valley, Rafting in Vyas river,Manikaran - a must visit as drivers use to divert you from going to this place if you drop this from your plan then your whole tour is of no use.

We stayed at Hotel Himgiri near to Mall road.
Food was ok but as it is near to Mall road their you find Punjabi rasoi with very tasty veg food.

Activities
Skating, Horse riding, Snow bike, Rafting

Advice
Be ready for Bargaining.
When visiting to Solang, take package 2k for a couple and for pics ask guide to Rs30 they will ask Rs50. Rest depends on you.
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