Manali is one of the most popular hill stations in HIMACHAL PRADESH. Its natural beauty makes feel special a large number of tourists to come and enjoy the holidays in this beautiful place Manali is a popular backpacking and honeymoon destination in India’s northern state of Himachal Pradesh. Set on the banks of the Beas River, it is gateway to adventure activities in Solang, Gulaba, and Kothi. But there is much more to the town and its popular tourists spots than adventure.
How To Reach in Manali
- BY AIR
- BY BUS
- BY CAR
AIR-(There are no regular flights for Manali). The nearest airport serving this beautiful hill station is situated at bhuntar(call by kullu manalI ). Manali distance from this airport is 50 kilometer. If you are going by plane you have to take a cab or taxi for your further travelling distance. The cities such as Delhi(IGI AIRPORT) Chandigarh, Mumbai, Bangalore, and other big cities where the facility of a domestic or international airport is available. If you are coming from abroad to visit Manali then there is no regular flight from your city or country, you have to reach first to domestic or international airports in India.)
BUS- ( 2 ways to reach in Manali which one u best for u you can choose and go)There are regular buses from Delhi, Chandigarh to Manali. Mostly you have come to Chandigarh for traveling to Manali. road-A road journey to Manali is very awesome if you are coming from abroad and you get bored from air traveling you can enjoy the excellent neighboring cities like Chandigarh. Delhi to Shimla by car would be a fantastic idea if you are not interested in driving the second option by bus services or uber you must to go through (NH22 road) Chandigarh, zirakpur , kalka parwanoo, solan, Shimla.
CAR- Chandigarh to Manali distance is 289 kms 8 to 9 hours driving from Chandigarh city.you can see nature views.
Best time to visit Manali-
December to February– This is the time you can experience snowfall. You will experience a heavy crowd with rates touching the sky. Moreover, you will experience heavy traffic but the weather conditions are so favorable(cool) that you will experience a never forgettable moment. At this time you can also see the local cultural events of Manali(Jan 2-Jan 6).
May to July– This is time for summer holidays in India and people visit Manali to enjoy their holidays.This is the best time to visit but due to traffic jams you can stuck in 15-20 km jams. The weather is warm and pleasant. Hills and mountains are covered with greenery. You can also enjoy river rafting, paragliding, bungee jumping, trekking and other adventurous sports which are not possible in winters.
August to November-This is the most favorable time if you are planning a low budget trip as hotel prices are less( Rs. 500 per room). There are less traffic and not much crowd. The Dussehra festival in the month of October/November has a lot of local significance and legend and hence the region becomes colorful and lively during this period. Moreover, the climate condition is very favorable at this time.
Places to visit in Manali
- Akhara Bazaar
- Bijali Mahadev Mandir
- Club House
- Great Himalayan National Park
- Gauri Shankar Temple
- Manikaran Sahib
- Manu Temple
- Mata Hadimba Mandir
- Nagar Castle
- old Manali
- Pin valley national park
- Roerich Art Gallery
- Rama Mandir
- Rohtang pass
- spiti valley
- Siyali Mahadev Mandir
- Urusvati Himalayan folk and art museum
- Van Vihar National Park
- Vashisht Temple
- Tibetan Monastery
One of the most popular bazaars and shopping areas of Kullu, Akhara Bazaar has numerous shops selling Kullu caps, shawls, Pattoos, gudmas, puhlas, rugs and other woolen items.
Bijli Mahadev Mandir
There is the number of wonderful temples of Lord Shiva in India. The one is found in the Kullu in Himachal Pradesh It is present on a high mountain near the confluence of Beas and Parvati river in Kullu city. The complete history of the temple is connected to Mahadev. The most secret or mysterious thing about this temple is-It is believed that this valley is a form of a giant snake in entire Kullu Valley. This snake was slaughtered by Lord Shiva. At the place where the temple is, there is a terrible celestial power falling in every twelve years on Shivaling.Shivaling of temple broken by falling of electricity (Bijli). Here, another secret is that Lord Shiva come in the dream of Priest and tell him about where the fragments of Shivaling fall. After a dream, they collect the pieces of broken Shivaling. Here the Priest collects pieces of fragment Shivaling and joined them with butter.
The Club House Manali is located in the center of the city near the Mall road. This place design for children’s facilities that include a roller skating rink, an auditorium, billiards rooms, a library, a bar, and a restaurant. The place is one of the most favorite attractions in Manali for kids, who can play video games, enjoy Go carting etc. available here. you can see the prices written on the board of each activity.
Great Himalayan National Park
Spread over a region of 754 sq. km, the Great Himalayan National Park is the freshest expansion to the rundown of India’s most stunning national parks. Worked in the year 1984, the recreation center lies at an elevation of 1500 to 6000 meters. The flawless area and picturesque surroundings of this park are featured with Deodar and Oak trees. The recreation center has numerous vital natural life species local toward the Western Himalayas, similar to Musk Deer, Brown Bear, Goral, Thar, Leopard, Snow panther, Bharal, Serow, Monal, Kalij, Koklas, Cheer, Tragopan, Snow chicken and so on. Numerous individuals visit this astonishing park to encounter trekking and outdoors in the elevated fields of the Kully district. The best seasons to visit this park are summer and pre-winter.
Gauri Shankar Temple
The temple of Gauri Shankar is situated immediately below the Naggar Castle in Naggar. Dating back to 12th century AD, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is believed to be the last monument of the Gurjara-Pratihara traditions. This Shiva temple is a protected monument. At a distance of 20 km from Manali Bus Stand and 22 km from Kullu Bus Stand, The Gauri Shankar Temple is located near Naggar Bus Stand. The temple is famous for its splendid Shikhara Style architecture. The temple features a dome-shaped top while the base is present in a square shape. It has simple Shikhara having nine storeys and decorated with ardharatna motifs and ornamentations.
Gauri Shankar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and famous for stone carvings. The idols of Gauri and Shankar are set up on the pedestal, seated over Nandi. The garbagriha is decorated with beautiful carvings of images of Lord Ganesh, various people playing different musical instruments and also with the carvings of dancing girls.
Timings: 8 am to 7 pm.
Manikaran Gurudwara, located in the small town of Manikaran, is one of the most prominent places of worship for Sikhs. Also known as Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurudwara, this shrine was built at the site where Guru Nanak Dev Ji came with his disciple Bhai Mardana for the welfare of the people. On his arrival, Bhai Mardana arranged some pulses and flour from the local people for langar. However, he could not arrange fire to cook the food. It was then that Guru Nanak Dev Ji asked him to remove a stone from the spot where he was sitting. The disciple did the same and was amazed to see an eruption of a spring of hot water. Guruji advised him to take the name of Almighty and donate prasada (food) he prepared from this hot water among the people.
To pay homage to Guruji and seek spiritual rejuvenation, this shrine is thronged by countless devotees every year. On a visit to this holy site, do not forget to savour the sacred langar and take dips in the pious hot water springs, which are famed for their healing properties.
- Opening Closing Time 05:00 am – 12:00 pm
04:00 pm – 09:00 pm
Open all days
This magnificent temple is dedicated to the sage Manu, who is said to be the creator of the world and the writer of Manusmriti. The Manu Temple is located in old Manali, at a distance of three kilometers from the main market. Though this area is quite congested, the presence of the River Beas adds to its attraction. The temple is one of the prime attractions in Manali and is believed to be the same place where sage Manu meditated after stepping on earth. This place has a distinct historical background that appeals to most of the people who visit Manali. The popularity of this majestic temple lies in the fact that it is the only temple dedicated to Manu; so whoever visits Manali makes it a point to visit this temple. The travelers are advised to wear dresses covering the knees and shoulders, while inside the temple.
If you are in or around Manali, you must definitely add it to your schedule to visit the Hidimba Devi Temple. Although it is only for religious people if you love to see a nicely built temple, you will not be disappointed.
Location: It is located in the circuit house road in Manali and there are transportation facilities available which can take you there easily.
Highlight: The temple is an ode to goddess Hidimba Devi which the people of Manali worship. She was the wife of Bheem, from Mahabharata. It has a pagoda style roof which many people appreciate. Also, it is highly revered for the historical and archaeological importance that the temple has. There are several other beautiful places to Visit in Manali near this temple.
Best time to visit: The temple is open on all days but the timings of the temple are from 8 am to 6 pm. So make sure to visit it at the time when it is open and plan your trip accordingly.
The Castle was converted into a rest house, a hundred year back and in 1978 this ancient building was handed over to HPTDC to run as a heritage hotel. This medieval Castle was built by Raja Sidh Singh of Kullu around 1460 A.D. The hotel overlooks the Kullu Valley and apart from the spectacular view and superb location, this has a flavor of authentic western Himalayan architecture. Here, a gallery houses the paintings of the Russian artist Nicholas Roerich. Naggar also has three other old shrines. Hotel Castle is a unique medieval stone and wood mansion, once the home to the Raja of Kullu and now an HPTDC Heritage Hotel.
Located 2.5 km above the Mall, Old Manali still maintains that feel of a mountain village and has many old wood and stone homes. Apart from that, there is also the Manu Maharishi Temple which is dedicated to Manu, the founder of Manali.
Vashisht is a little town situated around 3 km from Manali over the River Beas. This wonderful town is renowned for its sulfurous heated water springs and Vashisht sanctuary, assembled only beside the springs. The water from this spring is accepted to have extraordinary recuperating powers, which can fix many skin maladies and different diseases. There are Turkish-style shower houses accessible here that contain the high temp water from the springs, which are utilized to clean up and appreciate the glow of the place in security. There are discrete showers for the two people, fitted with showers.
Vashisht additionally houses numerous sanctuaries that are committed to a neighborhood holy person Vashisht and Lord Rama. This place has a reviving climate that enables one to enjoy extraordinary showers while looking for gift from the managing divinity of the sanctuary.
Best time to visit: Although the temple is open on all the days, you can visit the temple from 7 am in the morning to 9 pm in the night. For taking a bath, the place is open from 7 am to 1 pm and then from 2 pm to 9 pm.
Van Vihar National Park
Van Vihar National Park is one of the most frequented attractions in Manali. Located favorably on the Mall Road, this park is populated with many deodar trees that provide shade to the whole area. For the convenience of visitors, the park is provided with concrete as well as wooden benches. It is an ideal place for enjoying picnics and spending moments of repose with your loved ones. Its well-laid paths are perfect for a long and refreshing stroll amid lush greenery. In addition to these, visitors can indulge in boat rides in the park’s small pond.
- Opening Closing Time08:00 am – 07:00 pm (Summer)
08:00 am – 05:00 pm (Winter)
- Photo Opp
Set amid green environs, the beautiful Van Vihar National Park is a favorite hangout place for both locals and tourists. Click candid photos of your family and friends enjoying different activities. Also, capture the serene surroundings abound with natural beauty.
- For Kids
Children can indulge in games or enjoy riding the swings. A boat ride would certainly be exciting for them.
- Entrance Fee Rs. 30 for Boating (15 minutes)
The Tibetan Monastery in Manali is one of the major tourist attractions of the place. Many residents in the place make amazingly beautiful handicrafts by which they try and lure more customers with. People love buying this at attractive prices and take it as a memory from this place.
Location: There are two local Tibetan Monasteries in Manali. One is located near the mall in the city and the other one is at Pangran, which is around 8 KM from Patlikuhl.
Highlight: This monastery is quite famous for weaving unique and colourful carpets. Most of the local people contribute to the handmade art and craft that is sold through the monasteries. You will surely love to buy them after seeing how beautiful they are. Also, you can head on for some adventurous sports near it after the visit of this monastery.
Best time to visit: As such, there is no specific best time to visit the monastery. But if you are planning a trip to Manali, it would be best to avoid the rainy season as you wouldn’t be able to enjoy everything here.
Hike to The Beas Kund
For people who love to trek, Beas Kund Trek is one of the most amazing places for it. If you are planning for trekking in Manali, add this place to your list, it will surely bring you closer to nature. If you always wanted to enjoy the Himalayan trek, this is the shortest and ideal trek.
Location: It is quite close to some of the most popular locales of Manali. Solang Valley is at a distance of 14 km from the place which will take you around 8-9 hours to reach there.
Highlights: Beas Kund is located at a spectacular place and it gives a great view of the Pir Panjal ranges. After a while of climbing on to the place, you reach the origin of Beas lake which truly feels magical because it is a glacial lake with melting snow.
Best time to visit: Avoiding the rainy season, you can visit the place any time of the year you desire.
Solang valley is otherwise called the ‘Snow Valley,’ which is well known for facilitating different winter experience sports like skiing, parachuting, paragliding, trekking, and mountaineering. This stunning valley is a standout amongst the most beautiful sights in Manali and is situated at a normal elevation of 2,560 meters above ocean level. It is a standout amongst the most loved trekking hotspots of the sightseers, holidaying in Manali. Solang Valley is situated between the Solang town and Beas Kund and offers lofty perspectives of icy masses and snow-topped mountain. The Mountaineering Institute of Manali has introduced a ski lift for preparing reason and there are a little cottage and a visitor house that has a place with the Mountaineering and Allied Sports Institute. The winter skiing celebration is likewise sorted out in Solang consistently and the exercises like Zorbing, Horse riding and Snow Motor Bikes riding are offered for the amusement of vacationers.
Kothi is an awe-inspiring destination, which is located at the foothills of Rohtang Pass, approximately 12 kilometers from Manali at an altitude of 2500 meters above sea level. This splendid village offers a magnificent view of snow capped mountains and glaciers and of the Beas River that flows through a very deep and narrow gorge at this point. Kothi is a perfect place for camping if one is planning to climb the Rohtang Pass valley on foot. The majestic locations of Kothi have been featured in many Bollywood movies and a lot of poets, writers, and painters have visited this beautiful sight to soak themselves in the magic of nature.
Manali Wildlife Sanctuary
The exquisite greenery and the presence of wild mountain animals make the Manali Wildlife Sanctuary one of the must-see destinations in Manali. This amazing sanctuary is located about two kilometers away from the main town and is spread over 3,180 hectares of land. Established in the year 1954, the Manali Wildlife Sanctuary includes animals like the Himalayan Black Bear, Musk Deer, Flying Fox, Stripped Hyena, Himalayan Tahr, Indian Hare, Barking Deer, Palm Civet, Serows, Himalayan Yellow Throated Martens, and Kashmir Flying Squirrels. Endangered animals like leopards, Brown Bears and Goral can also be seen here. The rich forest of this Manali sanctuary is covered with trees like Deodar, Horse Chestnut, Kail, Maple, and Walnut. The best time to visit this marvelous place is during winter when the surroundings are livelier and more enjoyable.
Tibetan Monasteries, Manali
Manali has several colorful monasteries that represent the rich culture and history of the Tibetan people settled in Kullu and Manali. There are two main monasteries in Manali that draw a large number of tourists-the Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa and the Himalayan Nyingamapa Gompa. These monasteries are surrounded by several small shops selling beautiful handicrafts and carpets, made by Tibetan people living nearby these monasteries. The Tibetan Monasteries also run a Thanks School of Arts and a Carpet-weaving Center to preserve ancient Tibetan art. The paintings inside these buildings depict events from Lord Buddha’s life and the Kalchakra, i.e., the wheel of life fixed on the wall of the monastery shows the human life cycle. The Buddhists believe that rotating these wheels gives you salvation.
Rohtang Pass Manali
Rohtang Pass- a gateway to Lahaul and Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh, remains one of the most spectacular destinations in the entire Kullu region. This picturesque pass is located around 51 kms away from Manali, at a height of 3980 meters, on Manali Keylong highway. This mountain slope is so beautiful that people from every corner of the country visit this place to take part in adventure sports such as skiing, ice-skating, paragliding, etc. The Rohtang Pass is open for tourist from April to October and the permission to travel on this highway is given by the Indian Army, once they clear the snow.
HighlightsThe Rohtang Pass is the same road, which connects to Leh Ladakh (State of Jammu & Kashmir) from Manali. It spots more than 25 lakh visitors every year, however, the routes here are completely covered in snow in winter and hardly anyone visits this place during the snowfall. In May, Rohtang becomes a place for nature enthusiast and adventure seekers, who can experience adventure sports such as skiing, skating, paragliding, snow scooter, and more.
Just beyond the stunning Rohtang pass is the Sonapani Glacier and the twin peak of Gayman, which is known for its panoramic view and peaceful atmosphere. People visit this spot to have some refreshing moments purely in the arms of mother nature. Some people also visit the famous Beas Kund, the source of the Beas River and a holy site for Hindus as the same is easily accessible from the Rohtang Pass. It is believed that the sage Vyas used to meditate at this site.
Other Important FactsThe name Rohtang means ‘ground of corpses’ due to the number of people who lost their lives while crossing this difficult mountain range. It is located on the Pir Panjal Mountain Range of the Himalayas and serves as the gateway to Pangi and the valley of Leh. The Rohtang Pass is a natural divide between the humid Kullu Valley, which has a predominantly Hindu culture and high altitude Lahaul and Spiti Calleys, which are predominantly Buddhist.
There is no option to stay at Rohtang Pass unless you have your own tent and set up camp by the roadside. However, Manali has many options and the tourists can easily stay here and relax in the midst of heaven that is Kullu and Manali.
Ma Sharvari Devi is one of the ancestral deities of the Kullu Kings and also a manifestation of the Goddess Durga. The picturesque location of this temple makes it one of the must-visit attractions in Kullu. The breathtaking views of the temple are marked with quiet and serene mountains that look absolutely amazing during winter when the entire region is covered with a blanket of snow. The best time to visit this unique temple is during the Hindu festival of Dussehra when the festivities are at their prime.
Hotels in Manali
- The Anantmaya Resort
- Larisa Resort
- Larisa Resor
- The Himalayan
- Span resorts and Spa
- Solang Valley Resort
- The Orchard Greens Resort and Spa
Hotel Beas View
- Hotel Renuka
- Seraj International
- Solang Hotel
- Hotel Woodlines