One of the most popular hill stations in North India, Manali has something for everyone. The tranquility that prevails here is sure to refresh your mind and levitate your senses. Fairy-tale surrounds, ample sightseeing options, enchanting pine forests, exciting jungle trails and more await you here. Come, book your holiday to this magical land and create memories which would last a lifetime.
- Volvo Bus tickets from chandigarh or Delhi
- Accommodation for 2 Nights 3 Days in a deluxe room in respective hotel.
- Welcome drink (non-alcoholic) on arrival
- Cookies once in the room during stay
- Daily Bed Tea /Coffee
- 10% discount on additional food bills.
- Pick-up & Drop to resort/Hotel
- One day visit to Rohtang Pass.
No holiday in India is complete without a trip to Manali. Tucked away in the shade of dense pinewoods and snowy mountains, there is something about Kulu Valley’s premier hill station, that will make you recall childhood fairytales. The earth almost meets the sky all around, the meandering Beas River winds its way through the valley mysteriously, and between the imposing peaks of the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges, hundreds flock to experience how it must be to live in Paradise.
Known famously for its lush green valleys, this beautiful hill station in the lower Himalayas is closely connected to Indian mythology as the legendary King Manu is said to have lived here. It is believed that the ark of Manu was found here after the great flood. Today, the name Manali is almost forgotten for what it truly stands forthe Abode of Manu or the Abode of the Gods. And needless to say, this is precisely why everyone heads to the hills every year: to ski down the icy slopes of the Himalayas, where the gods once lived.
Are you an adventure enthusiast? Give in to the fragrance of the deodar forests, apple orchards and gentle winds. The serene ambience of Manali is tailored for the perfect vacation, no matter what kind of a break you are looking for. Blessed with natural greenery, there are plenty of amazing activities in store in Manali. Through the year, Manali offers a plethora of opportunities for those who love mountaineering, trekking and skiing.
Look no further than Manali for the perfect getaway any time of the year. Take the unexplored hilly trails through the Kulu Valley and rediscover the crown gem of the state; and you will know why your search for paradise ends here.
Places to see
Manali can leave you wide-eyed in wonder. From temple ruins to enormous white rabbits, the mountainside is filled with surprises. Visit the Hadimba Temple dedicated to the wife of Bheema, one of the Padavas, the legendary heroes in Hindu mythology. Hadimba, Bheema’s wife, is believed to have meditated here. There is no idol in the temple to worship, instead just a footprint set on stone. The temple is surprisingly built in a pagoda style and is an impressive sight.
The Manu Rishi Temple beckons you to stop and linger. The temple, set in pagoda architecture, is dedicated to King Manu, who is believed to have been the creator of the human race. Interestingly, Manali was named after Manu. The Manali Gompa, though fairly new, is an important site for Buddhists in the Himachal region. The Gompa houses a large Buddha and has spectacular wall paintings.
Vashist, a tiny hamlet perched atop the River Beas, is a popular haunt for those who want to dip in the curative hot springs here that are one of the best kept secrets in the valley. Now regulated by the government, you can even try a Turkish bath here in the midst of lush green.
White water rafting is perhaps the most sought-after activity among those who visit Manali. The Grade 2 and 3 rapids provide just the twist for the perfect rafting expedition. Amateurs could take it easy on the slower Grade 1 rapids at Manikaran.
Things to do
Heli-skiing and Yak skiing are two of the most unique activities in Manali. Yak skiing is an intriguing way to ski; the yak is tethered to a rope while the skier is wound by a pulley. The yak then charges downhill while the skier gets pulled up the slope. This is truly mindboggling! If that calls for courage, get transported to a remote slope on the Rohtang Pass and feel the adrenalin rush of skiing downhill on a slope with unknown twists and turns!
High-altitude mountaineering, trekking and rock climbing tours are offered by the Manali Mountaineering Institute. On bright summer days, enjoy a day riding horseback or mountain biking through Manali’s lush forests. Go fishing in the gushing Beas or dive into its spine-tingling freshness while challenging the rapids downstream. Shop for goodies all afternoon on Manali’s Mall Road, and give in to the seductive aroma of fresh cardamom tea while watching the world outside later.
Yoga trekking is a one-of-a-kind experience while in Manali. Health and wellness buffs can infuse some spiritualism in their holiday by coupling their high-altitude climb with Himalayan yoga. Foot massages and reflexology techniques will leave you fresh and energised. The Himalayan Outdoor Centre organises yoga treks for interested groups.
There are plenty of activities for adventurists and wildlife enthusiasts in Manali. The Beas River is a popular spot for white water rafting and fishing. Get excellent views of the valley from the sky with a helicopter safari. Few helicopter flights happen during April to June, so book well ahead!
Places to eat
The rich multicultural nature of Manali has lent its cuisine much character. Plums and apples are almost a staple diet, freshly plucked from the sprawling orchards that fill the valley. Home grown country vegetables and fruits are popular in the morning market and preferred to produce from other regions. So it is inevitable that you find yourself eating favourites like plums, apricots and apples around town. Dhabas make for popular stops on the hillside, and serve lovely rotis and curry which fire your senses in the chill. Beware of drinking regular water and always make sure you have plenty of bottled water wherever you intend to go. Tibetan food is delightful and distinct here, as there are plenty of refugees living in town. Local wine from barley and red rice, known as Chakti and Lugri, are pleasant to taste.
The Mall Road, which houses the main market, is often crowded, but has quite a few places to eat. The Himcoop Juice Bar, a tiny hole-in-the-wall corner shop is known to serve its customers freshly squeezed fruit drinks since 1972. Want to refresh yourself after a long day out? This is where you need to make a stop. You even get fresh Apple Cider here.
And for a hearty Tibetan fare, Chopsticks Restaurant is the place. The German Bakeryhas lovely baked goodies like Cinnamon Rolls and Banana Cakes. Peters Cafe, near the German Bakery, is legendary as a hippie haunt and the best breakfast place in town. Bob Dylan’s Cafe set in the heart of Old Manali, is for drifters and poets. Cookies, sandwiches, coffee and conversation are always on the table here. The Moondance Garden, right opposite, has thick soups for chilly nights and an interesting multi-cuisine menu. Khyber is a great place to grab a drink.
The Mall Road is a great place to shop for souvenirs and other keepsakes when in Manali.
Shawls, tweed jackets, natural oils, nuts, silver jewellery and bamboo products are on top of every shopper’s list. Vashist village is known for a gem store that deals with lovely silver ornaments and semi-precious stones. Bargaining is the key to good buys here as most items are overpriced keeping tourism in mind.
There are quite a few shops that sell Tibetan and Kashmiri handicrafts, but bear in mind, the prices might be sky-high. However, buy small curios, prayer wheels and Tibetan amulets if you can, they make for sweet keepsakes.
- The best part about planning your travels to Manali is that you can plan it anytime of the year except in rainy season (July-September).
- Stay clear of strangers who ask for favours. It’s seen they try to use tourists as delivery agent to supply drugs.