Manali is situated in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 2,051 m above sea level. The capital Shimla lies at a distance of 251 km. This is a very old town. Manali is surrounded by snowy peaks. Manali received its name from Indian mythological character ‘Manu’ who was appointed by lord Vishnu to recreate human life after natural calamity. Manali has strong religious background. Sages and pilgrims count Manali as a sacred place. The scenic beauty of Manali is breathtaking. Manali is very popular among the backpackers. Manali receives cold weather from the mighty Himalayas. Manali witnesses snowfall during the winter. Heavy woolen clothes are required to fight the winter cold. The monsoon season causes many landslide troubles. The wide valleys and orchards really the soothe the visitors eyes. The town is blessed with so many religious places. Manali acts as a famous vacation spot with so many exciting activities in the package. There are opportunities to explore the valley and indulge in hot momos and buy local jams and preserves and woolen stuffs. Adventure sport is also an important facet of Manali, sports like river rafting, skiing paragliding etc.
Places to Visit
Gauri Shankar Temple – This 12th century temple is based at the Dashal village. There are apple orchards and water stream in the vicinity of this temple.
Beas Kund– This is an ancient temple with the shape of an igloo. It rests in the origination point of Beas River.
Hidimba Temple– Hidimba Devi is a mythological character from the Mahabharat. In this cave temple the big natural rock is worshipped as the temple deity.
Fun Park – This Park is situated near Hidimba temple. You can go there to sit and relax.
Rahala Waterfalls – Rahala Waterfalls is located at an altitude of 2,500 m. The beauty of this waterfall is amazing. Distance from Manali is 16 km.
Rohtang Pass – Rohtang Pass is the hub for many adventure activities. You need to trek to reach this place. It is situated at an elevation of 3,970 m above sea level. Known as the highest peak here, it remains covered in snow all around the year.
Solang Valley– Solang valley is often called as ‘Snow Point’. This spot is popular for 3, 00 m ski elevation. This is the best skiing slope of Himachal Pradesh.
Rafting – Rafting is a great challenging adventure sport. You can push your physical limit and learn about team work by participating in this sport. The Beas River of Kullu Valley is Ideal for white water rafting along with Canoeing and Kayaking.
Skiing – Manali has a reputation of having few of the best slopes around the world. Skiing season remains throughout the year in Manali. Some slopes like Kothi, Marhi, Solang Nullah, Patalsu, and Rohtang are wonderful to enjoy skiing. National level skiing competitions are held during winters.
Paragliding -Paragliding is a very adrenaline pushing sport. Here one has to run down hill with the help of parachute. You can hire required equipments and gear from private organizations. Proper guidance and precaution are needed for this activity. The slopes of Solang Nullah are bet for summer paragliding indulgence
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Manali is from May to October. Tourists from around the globe gather at this time.
How to Reach
The nearby airport for Kullu- Manali is Bhuntar, at a distance of 51 km. Taxi cabs are available for hiring to go to Manali.
The nearby railway station is at Joginder Nagar at a distance of 90 km. regular trains ply to major cities of India.
Manali is connected by roads through Kullu. You can enjoy the scenic beauty of Kullu on the way to Manali