Why To Go

Cradled in the laps of the Himalayan Mountains, a city on the banks of the river Beas; picturesque valleys and forests decorating the landscape… Welcome to Manali. Located in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Manali is as much known for the great natural beauty of the place as well as the history and culture. The region has seen the amalgamation of a lot of different customs, the most recent contribution coming from the English during the British period. The planning and architecture of the place still show the influence of that period.

Often referred to as the ‘Lover’s Paradise’, Manali is blessed with spectacular scenic beauties. Lush greeneries, extending meadows, colourful blossoms added with effusing streams – Manali is just like a town in fairy tale.

Manali is actually a collection of three adjacent hills. Each hill has a village and an old temple dominating it, Old Manali, Vashishtha and Dhungri temple.

Manali offers that haunting beauty to which hill stations in the lower Himalayan ranges can only aspire.

Travel Tips

With temperature being cool fluctuating anywhere around 10-25 degree Centigrade and flowers in full bloom, the best time to go to Manali is in between October and June. If you are travelling during the winter months pack warm cloths as winter is very chilly in these regions. It is not advisable to make a trip during monsoon as there may be landslides.

Things To Do

Manali is a place to go to if you are tired of the grey cityscape and wish to give your eyes a refreshing break. The hill station at Manali is known for its green forest coverings and mountain roads that wind all the way along. The Rohtang Pass, situated at a height of around 3000 m from the sea level is one of the popular tourist locations. You may take on paragliding, skiing or enjoy ropeway at Solang valley. Rafting or trekking is yet another adventurous experience that you may try. There you can also visit the Beas Kund, the spring from which River Beas originates. There is also an igloo shaped temple there. The Hidimba Temple and the Sharvari Temple, both worth a visit. You may also visit Kalath Hot Water Spring or Vashist Hot Water Spring. Jogini Waterfalls is quite nearby and presents a beautiful sight as the water crashes on the bedrock below from a great height. If you love wild life don’t forget to visit Manali Wildlife sanctuary. Also, do not forget to make a trip to the Manali Gompa. It is an important monastery of the Buddhists and is known for its statues and wall paintings.

Getting Around

Manali is quite well developed and getting around is fairly easy. The public transport system is quite good. There are plenty of buses. You can also move about by renting a car. In fact, having a private vehicle at your disposal is the best way to get around and explore Manali.

How To Reach


The nearest airport is at Bhuntar Airport which is 50 km from Manali. The Bhuntar Airport is well connected to Delhi. From there, you can either take a taxi or a bus to reach Manali. TRAIN The broad gauge railway stations near to Manali are Chandigarh at a distance of 310 km and Ambala, 300 km.


The rail station at Chandigarh is connected to the station in Delhi and the other stations across Himachal Pradesh. However, there is a narrow gauge railway station at Jogindar Nagar, at a distance of 50 km ; and as such not connected to major cities.


Volvo buses and public buses are available from all prominent places near Manali such as Delhi, Dharamshala, Kullu, Shimla and Leh and you can enjoy outstanding beauties of nature. The distance from Delhi to Manali is around 530 km. You can also hire private cabs or drive your car to Manali for a more comfortable journey.

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Surrounding Attractions

There are a number of other things that you can do while visiting Manali. If you are into adventure sports, you can go for paragliding in the Solang valley which is a beautiful green stretch, 13km from Manali where most of the areas adventure activity is centred. Himalayan Caravan Adventure will take you on a trekking tour and is quite popular amongst the tourists. Also, do not forget to taste the local cuisines; Manali is famous for its food. The 51km climb up to the 13400 foot high Rohtang Pass is formidable. Rohtang means pile of corpses in Tibetan. Many of these corpses belonged to the hapless residents of the Lahaul Valley beyond which the pass connects to Manali and the rest of India for a few months of the year.
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