Manali is a small town, located in the mountains of the Himachal Pradesh near the northern end of the Kullu Valley. It is at an altitude of 2,050 m (6,726 ft) in the Beas River Valley and is located in the Kullu district. The small town has a population of 8,096 and is the beginning of an ancient trade route to ladakh. It is a popular tourist destination in himachal pradesh as well as india and it also serves as the gateway to Lahaul and Spiti district as well as Leh.
It is located at about 40 km north of Kullu town and ranges in elevation from 1,800 m to 2,000 m in the uppermost Old Manali section.
Before other people started visiting here, India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru favoured this as a holiday destination in the mountains.
Places to visit :-
It is an ancient cave temple and is dedicated to Hidimbi Devi, a character in the Indian epic, Mahabharata. The temple is surrounded by a beautiful cedar forest (Dhungri Van Vihar) and is located at the foot of the Himalayas.
Maa Sharvari Temple
This temple is located on the top of the Shaminallah village, 5km away from Manali, accross the left bank of the Beas rive and represents KULDEVI of the kings of Kullu in early times The image of the goddess is also enshrined here and is worshipped as a manifestation of Durga.
It is popularly known as Snow Point is famous for its 300m ski lift is 13 km northwest of Manali. It is a picture perfect spot and offers beautifull views of glaciers and the snow-capped mountains. Solang valley also offers attractions like paragliding, snorkeling etc.
On the way to Rohtang Pass , this water fall is situated and looks amazing between the high hills.
• Rahala waterfalls
It is situated about 16km away from Manali at the start of the climb to the Rohtang Pass, at an altitude of 2,501m. It is a perfect picnic spot and amazing views of snow-clad Himalayan ranges can be seen from here.
Manali Nature Park
It provides a stroll through the thick cedar trees in Manali Nature Park, bordering the Beas River between Manali town and Old Manali. The towering trees provide a dense shield giving the park a magical, mystical feel. There is another similar park in manali known as Van Vihar Park, with the entry adjacent to Manali town.
It is a popular day trip which is 2-3 hours drive from town. It connects the Kullu Valley with the Lahaul and Spiti valleys of Himachal Pradesh. Due to its high elevation of around 4,000 meters (13,000 feet), it’s often subject to bad weather. The main attraction of Rohtang Pass is snow as it is the main snow point of kullu manali. The number of vehicles is restricted and it’s necessary to obtain a permit at least a day in advance (you can apply online here).
Arjuna Cave is located near Prini Village 20 km away from manali. The cave and the nearby temple have become a popular tourist destination as the Pandava Arjuna meditated here to earn the powers of Pashupati Astra from Lord Indra.
Naggar Village is another beautiful destination that nature lovers must visit.It is situated on the left bank of River Beas and is just 19km away from manali. It provides amazing views of the Beas Valley and the attraction is the famous Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery where paintings of some of the magnificent Himalayan Views have been showcased.
Gulaba is an alternate destination to visit during the months of November – May when Rohtang Pass is inaccessible due to heavy snowfall. It is less crowded than the valleys of Rohtang & Solang and provides better experiences of the snow activities and is just 16 km away from manali.
Jogini Falls, located towards the Vashisht Village provuides melodious sounds of nature, stunning views, and some sumptuous authentic Himachali delicacies and is a perfect place for the nature lovers.
It is located on the Leh National Highway and is a natural spring of cold water which is believed to have come from the Bhrigu Lake. Its named after the first prime minister of india as Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, used to drink water from the spring during his stay in Manali.
Manu Temple: The abode of Lord Manu
It is situated nearly about 3 km away from the Mall Road of Manali and is dedicated to Lord Manu. A sense of peace and serenity is offered to the devotees walking in by the temple’s premises. One can take a trek to the temple to enjoy greenery and natural beauty of the region.
How to reach manali ?
The nearest airport to reach here is Bhuntar Airport is at Bhuntar town and is about 50km away of Manali and 10 km away of Kullu town. This airport is also known as Kullu-Manali airport and has more than a kilometre long runway.
One can reach here from all over india by road and it is the best way of reaching from delhi, chandigarh etc. The road distance from Chandigarh is 310 km, and the total distance from Delhi is 570 km. It is best for the people who loves road trips as you can enjoy a lot in that trip as it takes a long time to reach. There are many buses (including Volvos) who usually ply overnight on this route and are available from all major bus terminals.
There is no close railway staion available close to Manali.
Manali market is key place for eatables.One can find everything from chat to Indian (veg/nonveg) to international cuisine like Italian/Chinese in the main market which is just opposite the Manali Bus stand. The mall road also has a variety of eating options from stalls and dhabas to fancy restaurants.
The weather in Manali is usually very cold during winter and moderately cool during summer. The average temperature during summer is between 10 °C and 26 °C, and between −15 °C and 12 °C in the winter.
Best time to visit Manali
- solo – January, March, December
- couple – March, April, May
- family and Friends – April, May, June