Manali is an extremely popular destination specially during the summer months. It is a beautiful town nestled in the northern end of the Kullu valley surrounded by the snow-capped Himalayas. With its beautiful locales and numerous sight-seeing options, Manali is extremely popular with couples, families, students, trekkers, campers, nature lovers and honeymoon couples. Ancient temples, Tibetan Gompas, vibrant marketplaces, numerous restaurants, Pine forests, hiking trails, snow covered peaks, high majestic passes, the gurgling Beas, magical castles, art galleries and a rich cultural heritage make it a travelers delight. A minimum of 4 days is required and recommended to explore the gorgeous region.
Tourists can shop for Apricot, peach, blueberry jams and crushes freshly grown in farms around or fresh honey. Enjoy fresh Himalayan fruit juices from the local bottling factories. The adventurous can go hiking or indulge in the many adventure activities conducted around the valley. The entire valley is blessed with stunning landscapes. You can just sit around with a hot cuppa, Sing or play your guitar around a blazing bonfire, or simply stare at the pristine pine covered slopes breathing in the fresh mountain air. It is a sure shot way to feel rejuvenated and eject the stress out of your system.
How to Reach Manali
1) Travel by Road to Manali
Delhi to Manali by road is a distance of 556 kilometers and takes around 14 hours depending on the road condition, traffic and food breaks taken on the way.
There are three options for road travel: 1) By Bus 2) By cab/taxi 3)By self-drive car.
Both HPTDC (Himachal Tourism) and private buses ply daily and connect Manali to major cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, Dharamshala, Amritsar and Shimla. HPTDC Delhi-Manali Buses depart from Delhi every hour between 6 pm – 9 pm. Buses depart from Manali between 3 pm – 7 pm. Tickets can be booked online from The HPTDC website : Click Here.
2) Travel By Flight: Daily flights operate from Delhi and Chandigarh to Bhuntar Airport near Kullu (10 kms from Kullu and 60 kms from Manali). Kullu airport has a taxi service counter. Alternately you can take a cab from the taxi-stand outside the airport or have your hotel arrange for a pickup.
Route and Road conditions from Delhi-Manali
Once you exit Delhi and get on NH1, the 6 lane expressway till Chandigarh gives you a smooth ride except for a few diversions near Kurukshetra and Shahbad. Take the Ambala-Kharar road (Chandigarh by-pass). In this section, its a single road but in good condition and you can easily maintain speeds of 60-80 kmph.
The Kharar intersection is a little crowded and you continue towards Ropar (Rupnagar) which again is a 2 way road. During summers, in this section, the road is lined up with heaps of oranges and you can get 1 kilo for as low as Rs.20/-. The road is 4-way and excellent from Ropar to Kiratpur Sahib where you take the flyover and turn right towards Swarghat. The ghat section begins around 5 kms from Kiratpur (Rs. 30/- toll here) to Swarghat-Bilaspur-Sundernagar and the roads are in quite a bad condition right upto Mandi.
Once you move from Mandi, towards Pandoh (the dam and waters are very beautiful), the road condition get much better and is very scenic. Take the famous Aut tunnel (4 kms long) and move towards Bhuntar. This section is prone to landslides, so one must be alert and drive with extreme care. The Beas flows on your right throughout till Manali. Snow capped mountains come into sight and take the travelers breath away. From Bhuntar, it takes 30 minutes to reach Kullu. Take the Kullu by-pass and move on towards Manali. The road upto Manali is good. 6 kms after Kullu, Babeli to Raison is the popular rafting area. All rafting activities are conducted here. From Raison, the 30 km drive to Manali takes about 40 minutes. Drive Safe.
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कुल्लू मनाली जाने से पहले इस वीडियो को देखे – कुल्लू मनाली के रोड / कुल्लू मनाली के रास्ते / कुल्लू मनाली की अदभुत् हाईवे – कुल्लू मनाली के रोड देख रूह कांप जाएगी / कुल्लू मनाली हाईवे देखकर उड़ जाएंगे होश – हिमाचल का सबसे खतरनाक रोड / कुल्लू मनाली २०१८ / | हिमाचल प्रदेश के दर्शनीय स्थल ||
Places to Visit in Manali
Hadimba Devi Temple: This is a beautiful ancient temple is built in the pagoda style of architecture. The temple is dedicated to the demon goddess Hadimba Devi, who was Bhima’s wife and Gatotgacha’s mother. It is located in the Dhungri Van Vihar forest.
Gadhan Thekchoking Monastery: This Tibetan Gompa was built by Tibetan refugees in the 1960’s. The monastery walls are adorned with bright fresco’s. It houses Thangka paintings and scripts. It enshrines a statue of Lord Buddha. It is located at the lower end of the mall.
Van Vihar: A beautiful picnic spot in a Deodar forest with swings and slides for kids and adults alike. A small artificial pond on a lower level offers paddle boating facility.
Vashisht Temple and Hot Springs: Dedicated to Vashisht Muni, the temple is located around 3 kms from Manali in the village of Vashisht. The village is popular for the natural hot sulphur spring which has medicinal value. Apart from the Vashisth temple, there is another temple dedicated to Lord Rama. Vashisth is characterized by typical Himachali timber houses built along both sides of a narrow road, small cafes and shops selling Kashmiri handicrafts. Vashishth is also the starting point for the popular Jogini Falls Trek.
Old Manali: Old Manali is situated along a steep narrow motorable road. The road is dotted with colorful shops, restaurants and guesthouses. Old Manali is very popular with foreign tourists who prefer to stay in this area in Manali. Paid Car Park is available opposite Difters Inn restaurant in the upper end of old Manali area but the road is extremely narrow and a big challenge for two-way traffic. It is advisable to park vehicles near the bridge or at the clubhouse which is on the right after crossing the bridge. Woolens, jackets made from local shawls, handmade jewellery and comfy bottoms are a must buy. Discover More.
Manu Temple: Located in old Manali, Manu Temple is dedicated to the sage Manu, who meditated in these very forests. Manali is named after Manu Rishi.
Club House: Located near the bridge in Old Manali, the club house is basically a play zone for kids. Entry fee of is Rs 30/- per person. Tourists can spend half an hour walking around and down to the river. River crossing activities are popularly conducted here. There is a small amusement park, few shops and restaurant. Paid Parking is available within the club house premises.
Mall Road: The epicenter of all activities in Manali is at the Mall road. The vibrant shopping area is daily buzzing with tourists and locals alike. the mall road is a no vehicle zone and only pedestrians are allowed. Shops are lined on both sides of the mall road and a few narrow lanes lead to the interior local markets.
Nehru Kund: Located 6 kms from Manali on the Rohtang road, Nehru Kund is a fresh cold water spring flowing out from a crack in the rocks. It is named after Shri Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister as he used to source drinking water from this spring. There is a small temple here.
Kothi (12kms): This is the last village on the route to Rohtang. Located at an altitude of 1980m, Kothi offers spectacular views of the snow-capped peaks, melting glaciers and a steep gorge overlooking the River Beas. The Beas falls into a breathtaking 60 m chasm here. There is a PWD rest house in Kothi.
Rahala Falls (16kms): Beautiful waterfall located a little ahead of Kothi at an altitude of 2500m.
Rohtang Pass (52kms): A high mountain pass at 4112m on the Manali-Leh highway. The Pass is covered by snow through the year and is closed to traffic during the winter months from November to May. Tourists visiting the pass are treated to brilliant views of the Pir Panjal peaks and miles of snow capped mountains. Adventure sports activities are conducted here like snow scooters, skiing etc. Discover More.
Solang Valley (14kms): A popular picnic spot during summers and skiing point during winters, Solan is a beautiful valley. It is located an altitude of 2760m. There is a cable car (Rs.660/- per person) which will take you up another 300m to the viewing gallery. Tourists can sip hot tea/coffee at the cafe on top and enjoy spectacular views of the snow-capped Himalayan ranges from here.
Skiing courses and activities are conducted in Solang valley by the Mountaineering and Allied Sports Institute during January-March every year. Interested persons can enroll online. Discover More.
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Gulaba Snow Point (20kms): It is a Beautiful picnic spot on the Rohtang road. Tourists are allowed only upto Gulaba during the winter months to enjoy snow and snow activities. There is a check-post at Gulaba and a permit is required to go beyond to Rohtang pass, Lahaul, Spiti or Ladakh. Discover more.
Naggar (16 kms): Located at an elevation of 1760m, Naggar is an extremely picturesque village offering spectacular view of the Kullu-Manali valley, snow capped Himalayas and the River Beas. Naggar was the Capital of Kullu District till the year 1460 before being shifted to Kullu.Places to Visit in Naggar:
- Naggar Castle: This magnificent castle is a standing example of the glorious past of this valley. The castle premises offer spectacular views of the Kullu-Manali valley, snow-capped peaks and the River Beas. HPTDC runs the castle as a heritage hotel now and travelers can stay at the castle to get a feel of the royal heritage, enjoy great views and Himachali food.
- Roerich Art Gallery: The residence of Nicholas Roerich and his sons has been converted into a museum displaying his work. The art gallery also has pictures of Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi’s visit to Naggar in the 1940s. An antique car is also displayed in the garage. Yesteryear actress Devika Rani who was married to Nicholas Roerich’s son also lived here for many years before moving to Bangalore. A must visit in Naggar.
- Tribal Museum: A museum dedicated to the tribal arts of the local villages is located up a steep slopes with steps leading up to it. A visit to the museum is covered in the entry fee for the Roerich Art Gallery.
- Tripura Sundari Temple: Ancient temple built in the traditional shikhara shape.
- Krishna Temple: An interesting hike up from the Roerich Art Gallery.
Jagatsukh Temple (6kms): Shikhara style temple built in the 8th century dedicated to Goddess Gayatri and Lord Shiva. There is also an ancient Devi Sharvati temple.
Arjuna Gufa (5kms): As per the Epic, Mahabharata, the Pandava brother Arjuna is said to have meditated in this cave to get the powerful Pashupata Astra from Lord Indra. The cave is located near the Prini village on the left bank of the Beas.
Manali sanctuary: Registered since 1954 under the Punjab Wild Animals Protection Act of 1933, this sanctuary is spread across 3180 hectares of forest land.
Beas Kund (50kms): This is the source of the River Beas and considered sacred. Legend goes that during the epic Mahabharata, the great sage Ved Vyas meditated here. Watch the Beas Kund trek – Click Here.
Kasol: A dreamy little town along the Parbati River surrounded by Pine, Fir and Oak forests. It is a perfect destination to relax in the lap of nature. Adventure activities like river crossing and zip line are conducted across the sparkling Parbati River. It is also a good base for exploring other areas in the Parvati Valley like Tosh, Pulga or to emabrk on the popular trek to the hot springs of Kheer Ganga (where Shiva is said to have meditated for 2000 yrs).
The village of Kasol is dotted with guest houses, bakeries, small restaurants and hotels. There is a small market selling colourful woollens, clothing and knick-knacks. Tourists can spend a day leisurely walking and hiking along the river side and pine forest.
Manikaran (86kms): Famous for the Manikaran Gurudwara and hot springs. Can be visited as a day trip. It is located 4 kms ahead of Kasol. Discover More.
Best Restaurants in Manali:
Chai in the Sky Cafe (@The Cider) : An amazing garden cafe in the apple orchards overlooking the Beas river with unrestricted snow-capped mountain views, It is located in Burwa near Nehrukund enroute to Solang valley. They serve excellent Indian, Chinese, Italian and Tibetan cuisine. All orders are freshly made with organic garden fresh ingredients. Discover more.
Dylan’s Cafe: Try the pancakes, chocolate chip cookies and coffee. Discover more.
Il Forno: Located on the left of the road enroute to Hadimba Temple. Bite into perfect wood fired pizza’s in a rustic Himachali cottage.
Valentinos: Located on the Manali-Naggar road, this restaurant is a must visit for great Italian and Mexican food. The tables offer a spectacular view of the Beautiful Beas valley.
Martin’s Cafe: Located in Burwa village, this rustic cafe is open only of Sunday afternoons. Their famous grilled chicken is available only on order so dont forget to call and place your order a day earlier. Their home made pastas, pizza and fresh seasonal fruit desserts are to die for!
Johnsons Bar and Restaurant: Nice ambience within walking distance from mall road. It has a bar and lounge.
Drifters Inn: Great Italian and continental food on the upper end of Old Manali.
Chopsticks: Authentic Tibetan and Chinese cuisine on mall road.
Cafe 1947: Great food and ambience. It is located right on the river next to the bridge in old Manali. Their new cafe is open now on the Manali-Solang road.
Johnson’s Cafe: Try the trout and pastas.
Casa Bella Vista: For thin crust wood fired pizzas.
Mayur Restaurant: Located in a lane off Mall road. Taste great vegetarian/non-vegetarian Punjabi and Chinese cuisine.
Sher-e-Punjab: Punjabi vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine on Mall road.
Chat Bhandar: A small chat shop at the upper circle of mall road. It has been popular since 1972 and a favourite haunt of yesteryear actors. Serves delicious chats, tikkas and rolls. A must visit in Manali.
German Bakery: Cafe on the upper end of Mall road for desserts and more. Try the apple pie, cakes, brownies.
Shop No. 9 bakery: Located in the shoes lane, this bakery offers yummy cupcakes, chocolate macaroons, veg. puffs and a horde of other bakery items.