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Ideal duration: 2-4 days

Best time: Oct-Jun (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Chandigarh (Check Flights)

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Manali Tourism

Nestled in between the snow-capped slopes of the Pir Panjal and the Dhauladhar ranges, Manali is one of the most popular hill stations in the country. With jaw-dropping views, lush green forests, sprawling meadows carpeted with flowers, gushing blue streams, a perpetual fairy-tale like mist lingering in the air, and a persistent fragrance of pines and freshness -  Manali has been blessed with extraordinary scenic beauty. From museums to temples, from quaint little hippie villages to bustling upscale streets, river adventures to trekking trails, Manali has every reason to be the tourist magnet it is, all year round.

Clean roads, swaying eucalyptus trees, endearing little eateries, small kitschy local market places, and cafes which serve delicious local food at unbelievable prices, Old Manali is a serene, tranquil place, whose lingering silence is broken only by the twittering of the birds and the sound of the roaring waters of the Kullu river.

Solang Valley is the of the most visited places in Manali, with the drive up to Solang being as picturesque as the valley itself. Not only does Solang Valley offer some breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape, but its slopes are also a very popular skiing destination, especially during the winters. In summers, the place turns into a paragliding haven. If you're an adventure enthusiast, Solang Valley has adrenaline-pumping activities such as zorbing and horse-riding available.

With more than 25 lakh visitors every year, Rohtang Pass easily stands out as one of the most popular scenic spots to visit in Manali. Connecting the Lahaul and Kullu valleys, the Rohtang Pass is famous among nature lovers, photographers and adventure seekers alike. Mountain biking or skiing whilst surrounded by the awe-inspiring glaciers and snow-capped peaks on all sides is an exhilarating experience.

Manali is also home to a tiny slice of history, in the form of the Naggar castle. Located among the breathtaking forests in Naggar town, the Naggar Castle is a stunning historical edifice. Once used as the residence of Raja Sidh Singh of Kullu, the castle is a fine blend of traditional Himalayan and European architecture. With majestic fireplaces, beautifully built staircases, and meticulous wood and stone works, the Naggar Castle is a must-visit when you're in Manali.

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Budget for Manali

  • Backpacker Budget

    ₹ 6,302 onwards

  • Mid Range Budget

    ₹ 12,245 onwards

  • Luxury Budget

    ₹ 20,481 onwards

Includes 2 nights stay, on twin-sharing basis.

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After reading through the rocky Himalayas all day, Manali offers some of the best ways to enjoy a tranquil nightlife. From the relaxing aromas of Cafes to groovy Bars and Lounges, this beautiful hill station is full of vigour and energy. Dine, party and enjoy away the night time with your friends in exotic stations such as Johnson's bar and restaurant or Zing Zing Bar. If you want to spend some downtime with your partner in low laid Discotheques, The Chelsea club and Buzz are some of the top choices. The local markets and sidewalks are also excellent spots for catching a glimpse of traditional night routines of locals, stargazing around the circuit street parks is also a serenading experience.

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Manali is a hill station glittering with amazing restaurants, cafes and bars, that an take care of any need, desires or cravings that its visitors may have. You will find countless restaurants with a rich variety and some of the most delicious food on their menus. You can find Italian, Chinese, Korean, Continental, Indian, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese cuisines here along with the popular Tibetan Momos
The cafes with a parallel culture of their own, cater to younger crowds. These cafes serve pizzas, momos, banana pancakes and apple pies throughout the day and you can also try Yak's cheese here. Along with these do relish the street food there with Samosas, Aloo tikki, Bread Pakoras, Paav Bhaji, Gulab Jamun and more filling the streets with colors and fragrances. Other than these, the city has an equally rich platter of local Himachal food.

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Day 1 - Reach Manali by morning. Have breakfast and relax for a while. After freshening up, you can start your tour with the Hadimba Temple. After this, you can head out to the Mall road for some grub and a little bit of shopping. The main market is bustling with activity and you will find a number of items from woollen clothes, shawls, local handicrafts and everything you need.
Day 2 - You should head off to Rohtang Pass. It remains open from April to November. It is a two-hour road journey from Manali and you need to set off early in the morning around 4:00 in order to avoid the traffic. The entry passes are available in Manali and you need to get it a day in advance. While returning, you should stop over at Solang Valley.
Day 3 - You can also go to Vashisht hot springs. Soak yourself in the hot water springs in the winters and it feels magical. After this, you can head to Old Manali for shopping and a scrumptious lunch.
Day 4 -While returning, stopover at Bhuntar and you can go for rafting in the season. Otherwise, you can also explore Kullu's market and temples. There are a number of things you can do, depending on your mood and the season.

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Manali Reviews

1 week ago by Atul Kumar Sao

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1 month ago by Lokesh Babbar

Thank you for this informative article, These are the many places for a trip in this summer vacations, but Manali is my choice to travel because of many places like Manali Mall Road, Gulaba Marhi, Kothi Gorge, Solang Valley and Rohtang Pass. Last vacations, I went Manali with family and we enjoyed a lot and do so much fun. We book a Tempo Traveller for a journey from the transport agency in Delhi, they provide excellent services and facilities. "Link Hidden"

2 months ago by Joyti Sharma

Great! Thanks for providing updates and useful information on the best destination in india.

2 months ago by AKSHOBHYA ABHIGYAN

Manali, as they call it the honeymoon capital of India, is a beautiful destination in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Be it backpackers, college friends, couples or families, Manali has the right mix for everyone. A 12-hrs bus journey(or self-drive) from New Delhi (the capital city of India) will take you to Manali. You could be spoilt for choices for accommodations-budget hotels, hostels, homestays, luxury resorts. But do remember to book in advance. Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley are the two must-visit attractions in Manali. You can try different activities like paragliding, skiing, ATVs etc at these two places. Also, given that you visit during winters(late Nov-Feb), you certainly experience snowfall.

2 months ago by Besto Baby

Awesome place in the lap of the nature. Really a wonderful experience in the snow covered mountain ranges. But expenses are little high. Every where sounds of the bargaining can be heard clearly. This is really an exotic destination



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  What's Great?

Very beautiful. Snows through most of January and February. Can be visited throughout the year. Snow sports, paragliding and other adventure sports available. Starting point for drives to Spiti valley and Ladakh.

  What's not so Great?

Can be crowded during peak seasons. Slightly difficult to access as it's 8 hours from nearest major airport.

For Whom

Great for someone looking to experience snow in winters. Perfect for couples, adventure enthusiasts, family holidays. Ideal for people in North India, but Manali sees tourists from all over the country and also for foreigners.

Hotels in Manali

Top Hotels in Manali

  • Baragarh Villa

    INR 6,300 /night onwards

  • Kalista Resort

    INR 1,645 /night onwards

  • Ramgarh Heritage Villa

    INR 4,300 /night onwards


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How to Reach Manali

The nearest railway station from Manali is in Joginder Nagar which is 50 km away. However, this is a narrow gauge railway station and hence is not connected to all the major cities in the country. ... (Read More)

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