Manali is one of the popular hill stations in India which is placed in Himachal Pradesh. Manali is known as the “Valley of Gods” since there are plenty of holy shrines in this area.
Trekking, river rafting, skiing, rappelling, paragliding, and rock climbing are some of the famous adventure sports in Manali. Other than this, you can get fresh and different type of apples, plum and pear found easily in this region. In addition, Manali has the reputation of being one of the top honeymoon destinations of India due to its pleasant climatic conditions.
This place can be visited in any season of year. However, Summers, Winters and monsoon are three main seasons of Manali. But in summers more people visits Manali because of summer holidays in other parts of country.
Summer season falls between March and June and records temperature from 10°C to 25°C. The weather is a little warm in the morning and starts to drop down towards the night. Therefore, Trekking, camping, and white river rafting are the popular activities to try in this season.
The monsoon season between July and September is not suitable to have a visit of Manali due to the risk of landslides. However, adventurers loves to see greenery of Manali visit during this season.
Winter starts from November to February. During this season, the temperature drops down to below 1°C. Snow lovers can have a great time in Manali in winter.
How to Reach Manali
Town is connected to different parts of India through air, rail and road. Let’s find out the modes of transport to Manali.
Bhuntar airport is the closest airport to Manali located at 50 km south from the town. Travelers can get flight from Delhi to Bhuntar. A taxi or bus will take you to Manali from Bhuntar airport. Airport code of Bhuntar airport is KUU. Ticket will cost INR 14000 to INR 20000.
Mostly state owned airline Air India operates flights to Kullu. There are chances that these flights may get cancelled/delayed because of bad weather or fog. Firstly, If your flight delays your carrier provides you food and hotel near Delhi airport. Secondly, In other case if flight get cancelled, your carrier provides you taxi to Manali. It takes 12 to 13 hours to reach Manali by taxi. On the other hand by air it take just 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Bhuntar to Manali taxi rates
Alto, Etios, Dzire or Any sedan cab – 800 INR to 1500 INR.
Toyota Innova or any SUV – 1500 INR to 2000 INR
Jogindernagar railway station is the nearest railway station to Manali but this is narrow gauge railways from starts from Panthakot. Not many people comes Manali through this narrow gauge railway.
Chandigarh and Ambala are main stations near Manali. These stations are connected to the main cities of India. After reaching these two railway station, you can hire a taxi or board a bus to reach your destination in Manali.
Chandigarh to Manali taxi rates
Alto, Etios, Dzire or any sedan cab – 6000 INR to 7000 INR.
Toyota Innova or any SUV – 8000 INR to 10000 INR
Manali has wonderful roadways and is well-connected to most of the north Indian cities. Both government buses and private buses operate regularly between Manali and other regions in India. Volvo buses are available from Kashmiri gate railways station at Delhi.
Private and Govt Volvo buses are available from Delhi to Manali. For the people travelling Manali from Chandigarh, they can catch buses runs from Delhi at Chandigarh. Only state owned HRTC buses comes to ISBT Chandigarh to board the passenger. Private Volvo buses has no stoppage at Chandigarh. Alternatively, Taxi option is also available for people travelling to Manali by road.
Delhi to Manali taxi rates
Alto, Etios, Dzire or any sedan cab – 7000 INR to 9000 INR.
Toyota Innova or any SUV – 10000 INR to 12000 INR
Alto, Etios, Dzire or any sedan cab – 15000 INR. for 5 days
Toyota Innova or any SUV – 21000 INR for 5 days
|Delhi||534 Kms||11 to 13 hours|
|Ambala||337 Kms||9 to 10 hours|
|Chandigarh||294 Kms||8 to 9 hours|
|Shimla||248 Kms||7 to 8 hours|
|Panthakot||310 Kms||10 to 11 hours|
|Kullu||40 Kms||2 to 3 hours|
Hadimba Temple ( 2 Kms)
Hadimba Temple is one of the most popular religious destinations in Manali. The temple is devoted to Hadimba goddess. This temple was constructed in 1553. The temple is placed in Dhungri Forest and is packed with beautiful pine trees. Temples feature pagoda-shaped architecture. It is open from 8 am to 6 pm on all days.
Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art (2 Kms)
Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Artexhibits the finest collection of antiques and relics like household objects, instruments, weapons, scale models, and many more. This museum is nearby Hadimba temple at Manali. History buffs can have a great time by visiting this museum. The museum opens by 8 am and closes by 8 pm on all days of a week.
Tibetan Monasteries ( 0.5 Km)
Tibetan population is more in Manali. GadhanThekchhoklingand Himalayan NyingmapaGompa are famous Monasteries in Manali. Plenty of religious travellers visit these monasteries every year. Tibetan craft items are displayed on the premises.
Manu Temple ( 3 Kms)
Manu Temple is another popular temple in Manali located at a distance of 3 km from the renowned Mall Road of Manali. The serene temple is devoted to Lord Manu. It is better to go to the temple by walk to enjoy the scenic surroundings of Manali on the way. The temple is open throughout the year from 5 am to 9 pm.
Vashisht Hot Water Springs ( 3 Kms)
Vashisht hot water springs is a divine destination located at 3 km away from Manali. It includes a temple which is pyramid shaped. The temple is dedicated to Sage Vashisht.
The water spring is considered holy and has medicinal property. By taking a dip in the water, the visitors can feel ultimate relaxation and tranquillity. The opening hours of the water spring is from7 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 10 pm.
Where to Stay
Manali has many hotels spread around Mall road, Hadimba road, Model Town, Hamta road, Dungri Hill, Old Manali, Rangri and Aleo. Every location has a very good view of mountains.
Best location to stay for Mountain View is Dungri, Aleo and Hamta road. Aleo is also an excellent location to stay over left bank of river Bias. People loves more activity around them can stay near to Mall road. Model town is good area behind Mall road of Manali. Mall road, Bus stand and Model town area is nearby to each other.
Explore the beauty of Manali and enjoy every inch of its captivating attractions and beautiful climate!!