MANALI TRAVEL GUIDE
Kullu Manali in Himachal Pradesh is a valley surrounded by huge snow peaked mountains and pine forests near the north of Kullu District near River Beas. Kullu Manali is popular for its breath taking Snow Peaked mountains. It is located around 270 kms from the Capital of Himachal Pradesh " Shimla", 320 North East of Chandigah and around 570 north east of Delhi, the national capital. Manali is the main hill station in Kullu Manali which is 50 kms ahead Kullu. You can go through the complete Manali Travel Guide to know more about Kullu Manali, Manali tourist places, attractions in Manali, Hotels in Manali, etc.
Manali Tourism is popular for two seasons, The Summer holidays and second is the Wedding season from Nov to Feb. Summer holidays is specific for families where they schools of the children are closed and they plan for Manali tour Packages in May and June. Nov to Feb is favourite for Manali honeymoon packages.
How to reach Manali
Get the details about tourist places to visit in and around Manali. Some of the most popular tourist spots are :-
Rohtang Pass - Located around 50 kms from Manali and is the most famous among all tourists. No one wants to go back without visiting Rohtang Pass.
Hadimba temple and Ancient temple famous of Goddess Hadimba (mother of GAtotkach) situated half a km from Manali Mall road in between the deodar trees forest.
Amusement Parkis the new Hub in Manali where kids can enjoy adventure activities like Rock Climbing, Rappeling. Families can enjoy boating, DJ Dance, plays on culture of Manali and lots more.
Manikaran Gurudwara - One of the most famous Gurudwara in Himachal Pradesh located 90 kms from Manali and 35 kms from Kullu. Known for its unique Hot Sulpher Water place near Ram Mandir.
Travel to Manali
How to reach Manali from Delhi, Chandigarh, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and various other destinations. One has to reach Delhi, Chandigarh or Shimla to reach Manali which is the most appropriate to travel. From Delhi to Manali Volvo buses are running on daily basis at 5/6 pm. It takes 12 hours minimum to reach Manali from Delhi. From Chandigarh there is no seperate bus but one can take a pick up from same bus which departs from Delhi and passes chandigarh.
By Car is the other best option to travel from any of the destinations mentioned above. Hiring a car for Manali and further tour is most conveient way to enjoy the Himachal tour by Car.
By Road route to Manali from Delhi is as follows :-
Delhi > Panipat > Amabala > Chandigarh > Ropar > Swarghat > Bilaspur > Sunder Nagar > Mandi > Kullu > Manali
Stopover in Kullu Manali
Manali is the stop over for the tourists who plans for Leh Ladakh tours. Leh tours generally starts in Jul and lasts till Dec. Bike Expeditions are held from Kullu Manali only. Bikers plan leh Ladakh tours from Delhi, Mumbai via Manali. Manali packages now also includes Leh tours in some itineraries. There are some popular treks in and near Manali namely Malana Trek, Bhrigu lake Trek, Kheer Ganga Trek, etc.
Best time to Visit Manali
From last few years Kullu Manali is not a seasonal tourist destination. It was long back when travellers checks the season to visit Manali and then plan their tours. But even then, there are still some particular preferences to enjoy the natural beauty of Manali.
If you want to enjoy the snow the best time to visit Manal is anytime between November to April. You can enjoy all snow based adventure acvities like Skiing, Snow biking, Sledging, Tyre slope etc. All tourist places in Manali can be enjoyed in this perios except Rohtang Pass which itself covered with snow and roads are blocked to reach there.
If you want to enjoy the fresh greenery in between clouds all over Aug to Oct is the best time to visit Kullu Manali. After rains Manali looks like a Green Hill Station. Waterfalls are at best in this time. River rafting with best rapids you can enjoy in this particular period. All tourist places can be covered in this date band.
April to June is the main peak season best for everyone to visit, specially Familities (due to holidays in school). All tourist attractions in Manali are open in this period.
Weather in Manali
Manali is not same like as it was 5 years back. Kullu Manali is a travelling place for through out the year. All it depends on for what purpose you are approaching Kullu Manali Hill Station. Nov to Feb / Mar is the peak time for Snow Lovers. One can enjoy plenty of snow all over and enjoy Snow activities like skiing, snow bikings, sledings, etc. Apr to June is main high season with old snow and moderate climate. Jul and Aug as well known famous for monsoon with landslides sometimes on the way from Mandi to Kullu (Specialy near Aut). Sep and Oct is the most pleast atmosphere in Manali to enjoy the actual greenry after rainfall.
Adventure Sports in Manali
Here will let you know about the adventure sports in Manali that is adding the thrill to your tour. The Valley of Gods, Manali is a slop hill station with superb atmopshere, mountain, warm hot sulpher water springs, and much more. The lovely green valley pulls in drifters to hand out in radical towns, families to feel the cool air and explorers to various types of games. To promote the mountaineering and partnered sports the Mountaineering Institute second of its kind in the nation was built up at Chidhyari close to hot springs of Vashisht temple in September 1961. High altitute trekking was likewaise begun in 1970 and from that point so as to lead enterprise and rock climbing, particular courses were presented. Now it is in Alep left bank of Manali well known as Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports. Other famous seasonal and through out the year sports are skiing, paragliding, zorbing, sledging, rafting, river corssing, etc.
Best Place to Eat in Manali
Taste of Manal is somewhat same as Punjab and food is the best way to know about the culture of Manali which has lots of eat outs options at Mall road during your trip to Manali. From traditional small dhabas to chinese cuisines are there providing variety of food items to tourists. Special momos being the specialty of Manali is served at lots of places. Ice creams bars with variety of ice creams having 2 in one to 6 in one cones and cups for children and all age groups. Some of the famous Restaurants are Chopsticks, Khyber, Mayur Restaurant, German Bakery, etc