“India’s Honeymoon Capital”
Manali, situated at a height of 6260 feet above sea level, Manali is one of the most popular and beautiful hill stations in India. It is located in the kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, India and very well connected from Shimla, Chandigarh and Delhi.
Surrounded by majestic hills and forests, the charm of Manali has captured attention of travellers and has become most visited tourist destination of India. The river Beas flows right through the town and creates a mesmerising view. Over the years Manali has attained a position of perfect location not only for Adventure lovers but also for families looking for a relaxing fun filled holidays in Manali.
Manali is popular hill station in India offering something for all kinds of tourists travelling to this town. It has adventure activities like Trekking, Paragliding, Skiing, Zorbing, White Water rafting etc. Manali has a lot of temples to satisfy the devotee in you but out of all the most famous temple and tourist spot is Hidamba Temple. Manali is also used as base location for bikers and other Himalayan expedition travellers going to Leh via Manali – Leh highway.
Things to do in Manali
People with varied taste come to small town of Manali for different reasons, some come to enjoy the nature while others come to take blessings from popular temples of Manalli and some visit Manali to satisfy their adventure side. Here is the list of popular places to visit in Manali.
Temples in Manali
Hidamba Temple – Is the most popular tourist attraction of Manali. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Hidamba, who was wife of Bheem, the mightiest of five Pandavas. Also known as Dhoongri Temple, it is one of the popular Hindu Shrines in Manali. The place also attracts equal number of local devotees throughout the year.
Manu Maharaj Temple – Dedicated to the sage Manu, who is said to be the creator of world and writer of Manusmriti. The Magnificent temple is located in Old Manali, and is considered to be the same place where Sage Manu meditated after stepping on earth. The popularity of lies in the fact that it is the only temple dedicated to Manu, so all tourists coming to Manali ensure they must visit this temple.
The other famous temples in Manali are Vashisht Temple, Jagatsukh temple and SyaliMahadev Temple.
Places to Visit in Manali
Sollang Valley – Located 14 Km to the northwest of the main town of Manali, it’s a must visit attraction in Manali. Every year the valley welcomes huge numbers of tourists, a favourite attractions of Manali for Adventure enthusiasts. Sollang Valley offers a lots of adventure activities like Paragliding, Skiing, Zorbing etc.
Bhrigu Lake – Located at an elevation of around 4300 meters, it is named after Maharishi Bhrigu. Legend has it that the sage used to meditate near the lake and hence it has been rendered sacred. The locals believe that due to this the lake never freezes completely.
Rohtang Pass – Planning a trip to Manali, a visit to Rohtang is the most ultimate and essential part of Manali trip. Located at a distance of 51 Kilometres from the main town, Rohtang pass can only be reached by road. The journey to Rohtang pass is a treat to the eyes, as your vehicle climbs higher on Manali – Keylong road, the Mountain View and landscape will leave you awestruck. The Pass is open from May to November, and requires a permit from Himachal Pradesh government.
Great Himalayan National Park – The Great Himalayan national park is habitat to numerous flora and fauna species. The great Himalayan national park is now added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
How to Reach Manali
Travel Options for Manali
By Air - The nearest airport is located approximately 50 Kilometres away in Bhuntar. Delhi and Chandigarh are well connected with Bhuntar via Domestic flights. Once you reachd the airport you can take a pre-paid taxi to Manali. Weather conditions make air travel to Manali not very reliable solution.
By Bus – Manali is very well connected to major cities like Delhi and other important tourist’s destination like Leh, Shimla, Dharamshala. State Owned and Private Volvo buses both run onDelhi Manali route on daily basis. Distance between Delhi to Manali is around 540 kilometres by road, it is advisable to book your Volvo tickets for Manali in advance as Volvo coaches are more comfortable then the sate run buses.
By Car – The drive up to Manali is simply breath taking, you can enjoy the scenic glimpses of mountains and valleys at every turn. A lot of adventure lovers and people fond of driving would always prefer to self-drive their vehicles to Manali and further to Rohtang.
Distance from Major Cities to Manali
- Delhi to Manali by road is approximately 540 kilometres
- Chandigarh to Manali by road is approximately 300 kilometres
- Shimla to Manali by road is approximately 250 Kilometres
Climate in Manali
The Climate in Manali is predominantly cold in winters and moderately cool during summers. The temperature in Manali ranges between 4 °C and 26 °C. The average temperature during summer is between 10 °C and 26 °C and in winters -15 °C and 12 °C.