North India is that part of India which has some of the greatest hill stations, hands down. Out of those, Manali is a name that even a child has heard. Located in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Manali is known as “Lover’s Paradise” and “India’s Honeymoon Capital”. Yes, most of the honeymoon couples visit Manali for the view it allows you to enjoy and the ambiance. Even if you are not married and want to explore a place for an adventure trip with friends, Manali is the right place. One of the pet places for people from Delhi and NCR regularly visit the city as a part of their weekend getaway regime. It is one of the most visited places in the list of weekend getaways from Delhi.
Situated between the slopes of Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges, one will always remember their trip to this hill station. The mountains are covered in snow and offers a view that your sore eyes will love. The roads are clean, and the valley is green. What more can one ask when on a family trip? You won’t believe that there are almost 25 lakh visitors in Manali every year, in 2016 alone, Manali witnessed over 36 lakh visitors in which over 1 lakh were foreigners. This tells you easily about the popularity of this hill station.
Manali is not too far from other hill stations round. The distance between McLeod Ganj and Manali is 224 kilometers while the distance from Kullu is 40 kilometers approximately. Kasol is also in Himachal Pradesh and if you wish to be there, the city is only 75 kilometers from Manali. Delhi is at a distance of 537 kilometers. Hence, people from Delhi and the nearby cities ensure that they go on a weekend trip during summer and winter.
Being one of the most visited hill stations in India, the minimum budget can be on the higher side. Be ready to spend at least Rs 7000 for two nights in Manali excluding travel. If you like to choose a luxurious resort, you can increase the budget at least to Rs 10,000 for two nights stay. What is your budget? Are you travelling with friends or family or in a group of travelers from different parts of the country? Even solo trips to Manali are recommended.
Things to do and see in Manali
Manali is that hill station which is worth the money and time you invest. There are many places and activities that you can experience. You may not have felt the way you feel while in Manali. Let us explore the popular places of Manali.
1. Solang Valley
If you know of the snow point of Manali, Solang Valley won’t be new to you. The snow-covered mountains are wonderful to watch. It is located between the popular Beas kund and Solang village. A lot of adventure activities can be experienced here if you are on an adventure trip. Camping and trekking are the activities that people mostly take when visiting this place.
2. Rohtang Pass
The connecting point of Manali and Himachal is the Rohtang Pass (also called Rohtang La). The stretch is absolutely beautiful and can make everyone mesmerized no matter it’s the 1st time you are visiting or the 10th. The snow desert is vast and a popular site of visit among travelers. Those who are on a family trip plan to visit Rohtang Pass.
3. Beas Kund Trek
One of the most popular treks in Manali is the Beas Kund Trek. The amalgamation of Beas river with that of the green Pir Panjal mountains is what will top up your trekking experience. Most people on their weekend getaway trip to Manali plan for this trek. You will be hypnotized by the Beas Kund Glacial lake.
4. Temples in Manali
Not always do people go for adventure trip to Manali, there are also people who like to kill two birds with one stone. While enjoying their adventure activities, families especially elder ones like to have some religious tour at the same time. Temples like Vashisht Bath, Hadimba temple, Manikaran, Manu Temple, Gayatri Temple, Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa Monastery are a few names out of many that you can visit.
5. Hampta Pass Trek
Not all trekking adventures are convenient to cover. Hampta Pass Trek on the other hand is one of the best treks that everyone can cross conveniently with a beautiful view around. The pine forest will enrich your experience. If you don’t believe, try it and have the best time of your life. Your adventure trip will be a memorable one.
When in Manali, how can you miss out on Kullu? Two names always go hand in hand. Just a few kilometers away from Manali, this city is laden with beautiful sites and activities that will enhance your experience in the hill station. It is also known as the hub of adventure activities that one must visit.
7. Manali Sanctuary
If you are animal lover and like to see different species of them at one place, Manali Sanctuary is where you need to go. The road that has mountains on one side makes it a road that is pretty. Birds and animals of all kinds are found here. A few of the animals are Musk Deer, Snow Leopard and Brown Bear.
8. Skiing in Manali
Being a place that is covered with snow almost every season, you will love skiing here. Children especially on their family trips make it a point to enjoy skiing and click photos that will be embossed in their book of memory lane. Do you love skiing? Manali will definitely entertain you with more than you expect.
9. Manali Waterfalls
Jana waterfalls and Jogini waterfalls are two popular waterfalls that you must visit when in Manali. Adventure lovers love to sit beside the waterfall and have some relaxing time with friends. You can’t ignore these waterfalls when you are on any trip; especially adventure trip with friends.
There are more places that you can visit and activities such as sight-seeing and shopping that you can try in the hill station.
How to Reach Manali?
Bus services are not many but if you are travelling from Dehradun, Shimla, Chandigarh or Leh, you can easily find buses to Manali. Most people prefer travelling by a car to experience road trips at its best. The scenic beauty is to die for. You can find buses to Manali from Delhi and nearby places as well, however, the bus ride will be between 14 to 16 hours.
The nearest railway station is Ambala Cantt or Chandigarh. After reaching any of these stations, one can take a commercial taxi or a bus to Manali.
If you wish to travel by flight, you need to fly to Kulu Airport. The distance from Kulu to Manali is just over 50 kilometers which can be covered in one hour.
Best Time to Visit Manali
People usually like to visit Manali when it is too hot in other parts of India, i.e., Summers, however, Winters in Manali are equal fun, especially if you wish to witness snow or snowfall if you are lucky. The preferred time of the year is from October and all the way till June. There are people though who like to experience snowfall and the feeling it brings in. Those people like to visit during snowfall which happens from December to February.
When do you plan to visit Manali and with whom? Have the best adventure trip with friends or family!