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Old Manali, Manali Overview

Located 6589 feet above sea level and 3 km uphill from Manali, Himachal Pradesh, lies the town of Old Manali, a quiet settlement that lays beneath a valley with a vast coverage of apple orchards. Manali is divided into Old Manali and New Manali by the Manalsu River. Old Manali is led by a bridge over the river.

In comparison to New Manali, it is cleaner and less crowded, thereby inducing a lot of travellers to visit this place more often than New Manali.

The serenity of Old Manali is perhaps unique. The swaying eucalyptus, gently winding roads, gushing waters of the Kullu river and beautiful hills of this destination make it the perfect natural retreat. Indulge in some delicious continental food at low prices here, and shop for knick-knacks from the local markets here.

The sunrise and sunsets here are intoxicating, and you will surely love the energy of this place. Old Manali is most famous for its Hidimba temple. Tucked away in the lap of quiet nature, this destination is the perfect place to experience the pure beauty of Himachal Pradesh.

Must Know Before You Visit Old Manali

Note :

  • Enjoy manali to its best by hiring a two-wheeler
  • The minimum age criteria is 18 years. 
  • NR 100/ hour is chargeable if the vehicle is not returned on time.
  • Price ranges 900 onwards per vehicle. 
  • Drop-off time: 9:00 AM

Old Manali Highlights

1. Hidimba Temple, Manali

Hidimba Temple, Manali
Located amidst the snow-covered hills of Manali, the Hadimba Temple is a unique shrine dedicated to Hidimba Devi, who was the wife of Bhima and mother of Ghatothkach. Surrounded by gorgeous cedar fore (Read More)sts, this beautiful shrine is built on a rock which is believed to be in the image of goddess Hidimba herself.

Timings : 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Time Required : 1-2 hrs

Entry Fee : No entry fee

2. Naggar Castle, Naggar

Naggar Castle, Naggar
The Castle in Naggar is a medieval mansion of wood and stone that overlooks the beautiful valley of Kullu. Built-in 1460 A.D, the castle is a unique blend of the Western and Himalayan style of ar (Read More)chitecture. This property of Raja Sidh Singh was converted into a heritage hotel by the government in 1978. 

Timings : 7:00 AM-10:00 PM

Time Required : 1-2 hours

Entry Fee : INR 15 per person, Camera fee- INR 25

3. Old Manali Market

Shopping in Old Manali Market is a very different experience than shopping in other parts of Manali. Away from the busy lanes of the Mall Road, the market is full of little outlets that are crowded wi (Read More)th people. With a variety of shops selling Music CDs, funky T-Shirts, beads and jewellery, this market also comes across hidden lanes of the shops that sell fruit jams, jellies and pickles.

4. Jogini Waterfall, Manali

Jogini Waterfall, Manali
Jogini Waterfall is located in the beautiful Valley of Manali, about 3 kilometres away from the bustling town and around 2 kilometres away from the famous Vashisht Temple. A complete treat for nature (Read More)lovers and adventure seekers, the Jogini Waterfall must be visited when exploring the breathtaking valley of Manali.

5. Vashisht Temple

Named after Rishi Vashisht, who was known as King Vishwamitra in his previous birth, it has a very long history. The temple is more than 4000 years old and has a hot spring which is the main attractio (Read More)n of the temple. The hot spring is believed to have medicinal properties as well. The Vashisht Temple is open from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM and the bath is open from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM and then 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM on all the days.

6. Old Manali Cafes

The ever gorgeous Manali also has some equally gorgeous cafes to give you that Instagram-worthy views.Here's a list of so many delightful stops to make on your journey - pick one and unwind.

(Read More)/>However, bear in mind a few things:
  • Check with the cafe for the timings because some of them remain closed during off-seasons.
  • Always carry extra cash as some of the cafes may not accept cards/e-wallets.
  • Roads stay crowded in the daytime in the peak seasons.
  • Check the reviews before entering a cafe to avoid disappointments.

Happy hogging!

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How to Reach Old Manali from Manali

Old Manali is approachable by foot which takes 15-20 minutes to reach by trekking uphill from New Manali as the distance between them is 3 km. One can also take an auto rickshaw or taxi from New Manali which are available in plenty.

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