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Manali is a hill station at the northern end of the Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh, situated at a height of 2050 m. . Manali is a part of the Kullu district in Himachal Pradesh. The small town was the beginning of an ancient trade route to Laddakh and, from there, over the Karakoram Pass on to Yarkand and Khotan in the Tarim Basin.
Tourist Places around Manali
Rohtang Pass: Rohtang Pass, at an altitude of 3979 m (13,050 ft) above sea level, is another adventure tourist site where it can be cold even on a summer day. It is the highest point on the Manali-Keylong road and provides a wide panoramic view of mountains rising far above clouds, which is truly breath taking. Close by is a small lake called Dassaur Lake. Beas Kund, the source of river Beas, is also nearby. In winter, the road of Rothang Pass is closed.
Beas Kund, an igloo shaped temple, on top has a spring which is the origin of River Beas.
Hidimba Temple: It is an ancient cave temple dedicated to Hidimbi Devi, who was a character in the Indian epic, Mahābhārata. The temple is surrounded by a cedar forest at the foot of the Himālayas. The sanctuary is built over a huge rock jutting out of the ground, which was worshiped as an image of the deity. The structure was built in the year 1553.
Vashist Hot Water Springs and Temple: Around 3 km from Manali, across the Beas river is Vashist, a small village with natural sulphur springs. Modern bathhouses, with Turkish-style showers, have the hot water piped into them for the convenience of the visitors who come here to benefit from the medicinal properties.
Solang Valley popularly known as Snow Point, is 13 km northwest of Manali and famous for its 300-meter ski lift. It is a picturesque spot and offers splendid views of glaciers and the snow-capped mountains. Jagatsukh, the former capital of Manali, is also an important spot.
Rahala waterfalls: About 16 km from Manali at the start of the climb to the Rohtang Pass, are the beautiful Rahalla Falls at an altitude of 2,501 m.
Rozy Falls: On the way to Rohtang amazing water fall worth seeing. this water fall looks amazing between the high hills.
Monasteries: Manali is known for its shiny gompas or Buddhist monasteries. It is maintained by donations from the local community and by sale of hand-woven carpets in the temple workshop.
Old Manali: At a distance of 3 km northwest of Manali is Old Manali, famous for its orchards and old guesthouses. There is ruined fort here by the name of Manaligarh. There is also the Manu Maharishi Temple, dedicated to sage Manu.
Naggar: The Castle, Roerich House and Art gallery are places to see. Moonlight dinner on the balcony of Hotel Castle restaurant is worth experiencing, with the lovely sight of twinkling lights below in the Beas valley. Bijli Mahadev temple, about 20 kms from Naggar, is also worth visiting.
Zana Falls: 15 Kms from Naggar and 35 Kms from Manali, at Zana Village, beautiful Water Fall is worth visiting. The valley provides amazing views. There is one water fall on the road side and two other water falls which are not much explored by tourists and are amazing. Moreover Traditional Himachali food is available here at small hut like shops.
Beautiful Log Hut Area and Club house: In fact both these places especially log hut area have some good hotels to stay.
The Manali Gompa: Manali Gompa was built in 1960. It is one of the most important places for Buddhists. Buddhists come to this place from Ladakh, Tibet, Spiti, Lahul and Kinnaur. Manali Gompa is world famous for a large statue of Buddha and for its wall paintings.
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How to reach Manali
By Bus: Manali is about 550 km from Delhi, the capital of India, and there are buses connecting the town with Delhi, Shimla (the capital of Himachal Pradesh), Chandigarh (Union Territory of India & Capital of two states - Haryana & Punjab), Dharamshala, Leh. Luxury Volvo buses are available from Chandigarh and Delhi. The approximate time from Delhi to Manali is 14 hours.
By Taxi: If you are planning to hire a private taxi, ensure that the driver has experience driving in hilly regions and make sure he does not drink alcohol while driving. If the driver has done the trip atleast once before then it will be a great as he knows all roads.
By Train: The main Broad Gauge Rail Head is Chandigarh and then you have to take Bus or Taxi for Manali. Manali is around 320 Kms from Chandigarh. The nearest Broad gauge station is Kiratpur Sahib in punjab near the city of Nangal. It lies in Ropar district of Punjab.
By Air: The nearest airport is Bhuntar Airport ( Kullu ). Bhuntar is 50 Km from Manali, 10 Km from Kullu. Only few airlines operate on this sector from Chandigarh and Delhi.
Day 01: Delhi - Manali
Arrive In Delhi By Air Or Train. After Reach In Delhi By Overnight Volvo Bus From Delhi To Manali.
Day 02: Manali
Arrive Manali in the morning , visit local places like H
adimbaDevi Temple, Manu Temple , Vashishth temple , Club house , Monestries . Evening free to visit Mall Road . Dinner & Overnight stay at hotel
Day 03: Manali
After Breakfast Visit Kothi Gorge, Gulaba, Marhi, RohtangPass (tourist spot in himalaya having snow all 12 months) is the most visited tourist spot..Back to Hotel . Dinner & Overnight stay at hotel
Day o4: Manali
After Breakfast Visit to Kullu & Manikaran .Dinner & Overnight At Hotel.
Day 05: Manali - Delhi
After breakfast, check-out from room at 12:00 pm or before. Can keep the luggage at reception & take a walk of village, enjoy beautiful scenic view or stroll to the mall Road, enjoy shopping. Return back to hotel at around 3:30 pm & take a cab for Volvo Bus Stand to reach at
- 03 nights stay in hotel on twin sharing basis.
- Morning Tea, 03 Breakfast, 03 Dinner or Lunch.
- Pickup & Drop From Manali Volvo Stand to Hotel
- Delhi - Manali - Delhi 02 Volvo Ticket AC video coach
- Half day local sight seeing around Manali
- One full day Rohtang pass / Snow Point tour
- One full day Kullu / Manikaran Sahib tour
- All Taxes Inclusive.
- Any entry fees , Monument entry fees
- Extra Food purchasing , Extra shoping
- Any other personal expenses like Laundry, Telephone, horse riding, paragliding etc.