A delightful vacation with a relaxing stay is all we need to de-stress our minds and rejuvenate our inner souls. And this is exactly what Manali promises to offer to all its tourists, whether you’re planning to be here just for the weekend or a complete week.
Nestled against the backdrop of the mighty Himalayas, Manali is one of the beautiful hill stations in India that is widely known for its abundant lush greenery, natural bounty, verdant valleys, snow-covered mountains, and tranquil environment that hypnotizes people of all age groups and quench their thirst of traveling.
The magical atmosphere and serene setting of this destination makes it the top-most choice for tourists wanting to spend some quality time with their loved ones in the serenity of nature and the pleasant atmosphere all around the year encourages people to enjoy an escapade far away from the scorching heat their city is battling with. It is a lovely paradise for honeymooners looking to kick-start their new journey together after their wedding and can also be visited by families with children.
Often referred to as India’s honeymoon capital, Manali presents a fine blend of old-world heritage with modernization and is blessed with numerous ancient sites, cascading waterfalls, lakes, gardens, religious temples, quaint villages, and cafes, all of which are worth exploring. Surrounded by the dense forests of deodar, oak, pine, and fir trees, this hidden gem offers mind-blowing views of the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges and bestows a kind of weather that enables you to flock to this place time and time again.
Visit the Old Manali town for an ideal natural retreat. Tucked away in the lap of nature, this town is a perfect spot for people wanting to get close to Mother Nature and soak in the vibes soulfully. A short stroll away from Manali center lies the Jogini Waterfall where you can enjoy a trek to witness the water falling from a height of 160 feet.
The Rahala Falls is another picturesque waterfall that draws the attention of nature lovers and photographers from different corners of the world every year due to its mesmerizing backdrop and is also famous among the locals as a picnic spot for a half-day excursion. The other two popular waterfalls in Manali are Jana Waterfall and Rozy Waterfalls.
Here you can also enjoy a stroll to the villages like Kothi, Keylong, Malana, Naggar, and Bhunter to seek some peace of mind away from the overcrowded sightseeing places in Manali. Then there is a Hadimba Temple that is a must-visit for everyone traveling to Manali. Dedicated to Hidimba Devi, the Hadimba Temple or Dhungri Temple is a unique shrine constructed in Pagoda style.
Manu Temple is a great spot for all who wish to be spiritually enlightened on their Manali tour and Vashisht Temple features Vashisht baths where you can take a dip in the holy water to get rid of skin diseases and infections (if there are any).
Don’t forget to stop at the breathtaking mountains passes and valleys like Rohtang Pass, Solang Valley, Parvati Valley, Hampta Pass, Sethan Valley, and Chandrakhani Pass as you will get plenty of opportunities to engage yourself in a diverse range of adventurous activities such as paragliding, skiing, zorbing, mountain biking, camping, river rafting, sledding, and many more.
Van Vihar National Park, The Great Himalayan National Park, Manali Sanctuary, and the Museum of Himachal Culture & Folk Art are a few of the other famous sites in Manali that deserve your attention at least once for sure. In addition to these tourist attractions, one can also plan to explore the Arjun Gufa, Atal Tunnel, Sissu, Bhrigu Lake, Kullu, Himalaya Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple, Baralacha Lake, Nehru Kund, etc., on their Manali tour if time permits.
For shopaholics, Manali provides a home to several shopping markets and these are named as the Mall Road, Tibetan Market, Manu Market, Bhuttico, and Himachal Emporium. From woolen items like stoles, mufflers, gloves, sweaters, and cardigans to jewelry, handicrafts, handlooms, home décor products, and a plethora of spices, you can shop anything you want. Make sure to bargain as some of the vendors offer a few things at more than reasonable prices. There are also many eateries where you relish your taste buds with dishes like Momos, Trout, Sidu, Khatta, Babru, Bhelpuri, Chana madra, etc.
To reach Manali, you can choose to travel either via airways, railways, or roadways. The Kullu-Manali Airport in Bhuntar is the nearest airport and it is approximately 50 km away from the center of the town. From the airport, hire a taxi from the list of top car rental companies in Manali to get to your destination, or simply opt to take a bus that goes on this route.
Another convenient way is via train. One can board a train to Joginder Nagar Railway Station, Chandigarh Station, or Ambala Cantt Railway Station to experience a hassle-free train journey to Manali. Last but not the least, the HRTC department also operates frequent bus services from the metro cities of India to Manali on a regular basis. So, if this suits you, you can surely go ahead with us. Make sure to get the bookings of an AC bus done in advance in case you’re planning to travel through a luxury bus.
If you need any help with your Manali trip, you can get in touch with us. We at Manali Tourism, a division of Holidays DNA, present different kinds of Manali tour packages to cater to everyone’s varied holiday needs. Depending on your budget and duration, our travel packages can also be altered to suit your requirements. We strive hard to bring a smile to your happy face and hence, offer the best of our services so that you can have the best time of your life. To know more about our packages and ongoing travel deals, we request you to fill out the Contact Us form.