About Manali, Himachal Pradesh:
Manali is situated at the northern end of Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh, India. While its scenic beauty is a popular tourist attraction, it also has some adventurous spots to it that attracts passionate trekkers and bike-riders. The local language here is Pahari, but the people also speak in both Hindi and English for business with national and international tourists.
Check out our shortlisted top 10 Things to do in Manali
- Paragliding at Solang valley
- Zorbing at Solang valley
- Skiing and bike skiing at Solang valley
- Ropeway crossing at Solang valley
- Yak and horse ride at solang valley
- Rock climbing
- River rafting
- River crossing
- Trekking at Rohtang pass
- Vashisht village
How to reach Manali?
One can reach the destination via road from the nearest cities of Shimla (255 Kms) and Chandigarh (295 Kms).
Also one can reach here through flight and train. The nearest airport is located at Bhuntar (Kullu Manali Airport) which is 52 kms away from Manali.
The nearest Railway stations to reach Manali are Joginder Nagar (175 kms) and Chandigarh (310 Kms).
When is the Best time to visit Manali?
The best time for tourists here is from September to May, so that one can capture the eye candy sceneries of Himalayas during winter. Even though for riders and trekkers, it is advisable to visit during April to May.
Here are the best places to visit in Manali
- Solang Valley for adventure sports and sightseeing
- Rohatang pass for trekking and road trips
- Hidimba Devi temple for sightseeing and pilgrimage
- Vashisht village for experiencing hot springs and pilgrimage
- River rafting at Beas river
Manali…. I first became aware of it in childhood, and had no clue where it is. My interest about this place was coupled by the fact that it served as a spot for scenes from my favorite Bollywood flicks.
On a fine winter evening, I decided to visit Manali along with two of my friends. We choose train as our mode of transport, since we can explore other places on the way from Bangalore to Chandigarh as well. We got down in Chandigarh railway station after covering 2883 KMs in 61 hours. We took a share taxi to Kalka railway station to catch the special vintage train to Shimla. It was a four-hour journey through the tunnels and bridges. From Shimla we took a taxi to reach Manali. We explored few viewpoints, river valleys and a dam on the way to Manali. We reached our dream destination by night. The taxi driver helped us to get a good accommodation at Hotel Manali Continental for an affordable price.
We woke up early in the morning witnessing snowfall for the first time ever in our life. After having breakfast, we started exploring Manali. We decided to visit Hidimba Devi Temple, since it was close at just 4 KMs distance to our lodging hotel. It is also situated in the midst of a gorgeous cedar forest. We interacted with an old pundit who was sitting near the shrine to know more about the temple. Firstly, he started explaining about Hidimba Devi, who is wife of Bhima. It is one and only Hidimba Devi temple in India, which is said to be built in 15th century. It has a unique architecture, even in comparison with temples all across India. The interesting fact about this temple which we came to know from Pundit was that during Navaratri, the people over Manali worship Hidimba Devi instead of Durga Devi.
It is a perfect spot for people who are interested in Indian history and culture. The visiting time to this temple is from 8 AM to 6 PM. The entry to this temple is free. It is also very popular among locals and tourists as a meditation spot.
From Hidimba Devi temple we left to Vashisht temple which is located at a distance of 2 KMs away. This place was the home residence of Guru Vashisht, who was Guru of Rama and Laxmana. The temple is situated at the bank of River Beas. We also found a hot spring situated next to it, and it is said to have medicinal value. We got into the water and started playing in it until we felt tired and hungry. From there we visited Rama temple which is situated near to Vashisht temple. Our next goal was to find a good restaurant, since everyone was hungry and we missed our lunch. Vashisht village has lot of good cafes because of the foreign crowd there. We had tasty delights and were in a great mood to further explore the beauty of that village. After the sunset view from there we returned to hotel.
We woke up excited as we had plans to visit Solang valley on that day. We enquired about that place to our hotel receptionist. He advised us to rent quality gears and accessories for snow sports. We did so on the way before we were welcomed by the stunning view of the snow-capped mountain peaks and alluring glaciers. Adventure sports such us Paragliding, Zorbing, Skiing, Ropeway were available. We decided to try all, and the prices were as follows: Rs. 1200 per head for paragliding, Rs. 800 per head for zorbing, Rs. 500 per head for ropeway (both side), Rs. 300 for skiing and Rs. 800 for bike skiing. We spent whole day playing all of that sport. Also one can try horse riding and yak ride at Rs. 200 per head. We all were tired by evening. So we decided to return back to hotel room after savoring on Masala omelette and Kadhi Chawal.
It is one of the best places in India to enjoy the snow-capped mountains and the awesome climate. This place is recommended for Adventure seekers, nature lovers and photographers. The visiting time of this place is from 10 AM to 6 PM.
It was a disappointing day for us. We missed few beautiful places in Manali because of the season we visited there. We missed the ride to Rohtang pass and river rafting at Beas river between Manali and Largi. So we decided to do shopping around Manali and explore the Emerald green valley and snow clad peaks all around. Later we returned back to hotel room and packed our bags.
One who wants to try river rafting should visit Manali in between mid-April to June end. The visiting time is from 10 AM to 5 PM.
The riders who wish to visit Rohtang pass should visit Manali in between June to October. Experience the ride at early mornings.