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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 Brahmasís 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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Isha Darling

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"The best place I have ever seen" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted Yesterday
Amazed to see services of hotel and tours. I like the way people dressed. Also liked markets and sightseeing spot. A good place with mountains, rivers. Rafting was good. Peop;e were well-behaved. It was good to see developed India and children educated and well-behaved.
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Imran Khan

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"A good Destination" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Manali is the best place to visit in lifetime. The river that starts from Rohtang & goes till Shimla is awesome. Beautiful place for capturing pictures. Enjoyable moments.

I would suggest Manali is the best place in Northern India with beautiful mountains, Dam, Greenery & Of Course the maggi. Paragliding is one of the best. River crossing was amazing.
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Sanjeev Singh

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"Perfect destination for relaxation" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Good place surrounded with natural beauty combining Beas river, Mountains, Rohtang and lots of ancient religious monuments. The scenic view every where has a calming influence all the time.
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"Beautiful destination for adventure travellers" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
I was in Manali from 16th June 2015 to 19th June 2015. I stayed in the hotel near to mall road which is centre of Manali. The weather was hot, this period was a season there. Food is not a problem in Manali we can get every type of food on mall road. The special food I would like to suggest will be the Paratha's and the yummy momos.

Shopping can be done in Mall road (bargain while shopping there is huge margin). Local sightseeing can be done in half day and if including Solang Valley it may take little more time (full day tour). Local sightseeing might cost you less then 2000 Rs in Etios car (Rs. 1700). Keep one day for Rohtang Pass. We paid 800 Rs/person in private traveller. Its better opt for private vehicle. As I saw at Rohtang Pass the HPTDC buses waits long back on the road and then the passengers has to travel by walking long distance. I would like to make one note (the oxygen level up there is less which may cause heavy breathing and head may start paining) so solution that might help you is carry camphor which we use in pooja. Leave for Rohtang Pass early in the morning around 4 or 5 am. So you can enjoy the most. At this time traffic will be less and while coming back it will be easy for you. This was about Manali in all.

The things I didn't like was :
Manali has lost his recognition of being nature destination. Now it has become like a city. All surrounded with hotels and heavy traffic jams.

Tip:
If you are in Manali and your returning flight is from Chandigarh, leave from Manali one day before because heavy traffic jams and bad roads may not allow you to reach in time. Leave from Manali and stay one night in Bilaspur which is in between. And then leave in the morning for Chandigarh according to your timing. I stayed in hotel Sagar view which is best hotel with nice service and rooms. Room rent were 1500/- and 2500/-.

Do try fruit juice in HPMC factory. It's awesome and has original taste. Its in the way between Kullu and Bilaspur.
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Mahesh Saini

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"An awesome place to view mountains covered with snow" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
It was good in Manali but Rohtang Pass will make your day. Ice skating and play will make you feel marvellous and fresh. Must visit Manali and Rohtang Pass. Mall road is good for shopping and delicious food. A good place for people who want to see mountains covered with snow.
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"Manali- Enjoyed thoroughly, best destination" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
The Kullu-Manali trip from Shimla always remains a tourist's delight. The greenery, the noise of Beas River, the Hadimba Temple, The Mall of Manali are all unforgettable. The routine can be given a rest by being at Manali and to be with the Nature, at least for some time - 3 to 4 days, a year. The entire family can take a break. Summer time remains the best to be at Manali.
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"A no-frantic holiday with a blend of mountains" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
If you are the kinds who prefers a no-frantic holiday with a blend of mountains and water, the River Beas that rises from the Himalayas, HP to Punjab is a perfect backdrop for you. Travellers visiting the Manali belt usually include Dharamshala/Chambal in their itineraries. However just stationing yourself at Manali even for one whole week is a very good idea.

The usual suspects like Mall road, Rohtang Pass and White Water Rafting at Kullu are a must. It may be advisable to go for rafting closer to Kullu (30 km from Manali) as the rapids are much more adventurous and hence better. While you on your way or returning back you will see beside you how River Beas lures you into spending time with it. You could find a spot to lay your picnic sheet, take the drinks that amuse you and place it in a nice corner of the river to make it a chilled drink. You could read your book, or incessantly take selfies. You could lay out your food goodies and prepare to spend the entire day, day after day and you will never have enough. It is advisable though to keep some warm clothes (rain wear) handy. En route you will spot a lot of fruit sellers, DO NOT MISS the Rhododendron juice. Though it's in a bottled form and loses it's charm in comparison to the natural juice it is still the most refreshing drink in Manali.

There are other places to go off Manali - the Naggar Castle (21 km from Manali) includes a beautiful drive and a 500 year old castle which is now a residential hotel as well. It is a treat to see full log pieces with ancient stone architecture, even better is to watch Kullu boys fight against Manali boys in a game of Kabaddi. 85 km from Manali (via Bhunter) is a winding ghat drive up to the hot springs of Manikaran. Solang valley is for all the adventure lovers where you could do skiing & snowboarding, take a gondola ride, do paragliding, horse riding, quad rides, snowmobiling, zorbing, camping and trekking.

For shopping Mall road is very busy so a drop by in the oldtime loom factories for hand woven clothes is a great idea to collect gifts, road side dhabas are good to stop by and eat and the Van Vihar park near Mall road calls for a very romantic walk.

You could view the Kangra valley and it's snow caps from any point at Manali or could flood your vacation with things to do, but Manali is for you to find your reason to love it and it offers plenty.
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"Awesome place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
When I first visited this place for Honeymoon I decided to come here every year at least for a week as Manali is too far from Mumbai, economy travelling from Mumbai to Manali is to take a train. We booked our tickets in the Rajdhani express to Delhi and from Delhi take a bus. My trip was excellent.
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"Full masti and great fun" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I had really good experience in Manali. It was a nice place with awesome climate. It was an exciting trip, nice snowfall at solang Valley. Full masti and great fun. Manali is a hill station. The temperature was 2 degree celsius. We liked every bit of it.
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"Heaven on earth" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
The snow clad mountains and the beas river flowing all through the route we travelled made us experience that we are close to the nature and the snow and the serenity make us feel that the place is heaven on earth. The snow points, temples and the mall road is a must visit place. North Indian food is available and one andhra hotel is available at the mall road. Buying woolen as well as certain punjabi suits is worth as the cost is reasonable. Playing with the snow, staring at the wonderful mountains make us feel fortunate enough.
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