Location from major metros & nearby cities
Delhi (570 kms), Shimla (260 kms)
Manali is an extremely popular hill station in Kullu Valley, Himachal Pradesh. It is a haven for honeymooners and a safe destination for those who have a fetish for sports and adventure.
Climate & the best time to visit
Manali experiences a pleasant climate. In summers, temperature ranges from 20 to 25° Celsius. However, in winters, temperature remains below 0° Celsius. During monsoons that start from late June, the level of rainfall is quite high.
April to October is the most suitable duration for visiting this hill station.
Manali is one of the most striking hill stations in northern India. It can be categorized by high peaks almost touching the sky, mountains laden with pure white snow, blossoming greenery of the dense forests, and bubbly lakes. Manali is also a gateway to other beautiful places such as Solang, Rohtang Pass, and Naggar. With all its beauty and romanticized scenario, Manali attracts a number of honeymooners from all over India and abroad.
Amidst this striking beauty, there also are some sacred places and temples of Hindus because Manali has a lot of mythological associations. It is believed that Manali is a place where Manu (a mythological character) took refuge for saving himself from the flood that drowned the rest of the world.
In terms of adventure, the hilly ranges of Manali give optimum opportunity for trekking, mountaineering, river rafting, skiing, paragliding, and other such adventurous activities. Rohtang Pass, Hanuman Tibba, Chanderkhani Pass and Deo Tibba are the major places where these activities are conducted.
Attractions in the city
Manali Wildlife Sanctuary : This sanctuary is home to a number of animal species, covering an area of 3,180 hectares. Founded in the year 1954, the sanctuary also proves to be the perfect habitat for various local and migratory birds. Manali Wildlife Sanctuary attracts a number of tourists and wildlife enthusiasts.br>
Hidimba Devi Temple : The temple is situated in the middle of a forest called the Dhungiri Van Vihar. One who visits Manali cannot miss a visit to the Hadimba or Dhungri temple, which is one of the most sacred temples of Manali. The temple is four storeys high and is made of wood. It is said that the wood used in its construction dates back to ancient period.
Temple of Manu : The legend of Manu, is quite popular in Manali and the name Manali itself is derived from the word Manu. It is obvious that the temple, which is dedicated to Manu, is held in high worship by the people. This temple is situated in an old village on the outskirts of Manali. The way to this temple is full of slippery stones and therefore is very difficult to access.
Mountaineering Institute : This institute offers mountaineering courses to beginners as well as professionals. The students come from all over India as well as abroad to polish their skills in mountain climbing. The institute also organizes various adventurous sports activities like minor mountaineering, high altitude trekking, skiing, rock-climbing, and high altitude save and relief courses. Sufficient accommodation and boarding facilities are available at this institute. Here, it may be mentioned that some nearby areas of Manali like are popular places for a number of adventure sport activities like skiing, rafting and paragliding.
Vashisht Village : This attractive village is located 3 Kms from Manali offering a striking view of lower landscape. There are a number of hot-water springs in the village, which are rich in Sulphur and are the major attractions for the tourists. This village is also characterized by the presence of traditional timber houses and modern concrete cubes together.
Other Places to Visit
Kullu : Kullu is another beautiful hill station located around 40 kms from Manali. However, it is situated lower than Manali on the Himalayan ranges. Similar to Manali, Kullu is also famous for the presence of a number of ancient temples such as Bijli Mahadev temple and Jagannathi Devi temple. A large number of apple orchards typify the hill station of Kullu.
Rohtang Pass : Rohtang Pass is located about 50-km from Manali town on the highway of Keylong. It is the highest point of the area and is sited at an altitude of 4,111 m. To the left of the Pass, there is a beautiful lake known as Dasohar Lake. The surrounding areas are always covered with snow, which makes it one of the popular places to have some fun in leisurely activities such as snow scooter rides. Located at a small distance from the Pass is the Sonapani glacier. Lahaul valley is accessible only through this pass.
The Rohtang Pass remains open from June to November every year.