Fleeting time has never affected Manali's charm as a honeymoon destination. Situated in the Kullu district, Manali lies at an elevation of 2625 m. Serving as the perfect place to contact with snow, Manali is a fascinating hill town in the Himalayan region. Rushing past the Beas River, high trees bent down by apples and plums and the stunning sight of incessant snow on the Himalayas has made it a popular tourist destination in India. With skyscraping mountains enveloped by snowfalls and deep rock spread gorges, Manali presents a dream holiday spot.Vast expansion of meadows, gorgeous orchards and small settlements provide a spectacular look to the ambience of Manali.
In old times, the valley was populated by wandering hunters known as 'rakshas'. Shepherds from the Kangra Valley arrived after hunters. Earliest inhabitants included 'naur' or 'nar'. Apple trees and trout were introduced by the British here. Tourism in Manali got a boost after the rise of militancy in Kashmir in the late 1980s.
Major Tourist Attractions in Manali
Hidimba Devi Temple
This is a four-story structure that boasts of its exquisite woodcarvings. Held in high esteem by the Hindus, the temple is dedicated to Hidimba, a 'Rakshasi'. There is a Pagoda styled shrine amidst of a deep cedar forest. It also resembles to the Naggar Temple.
Manu Maharishi Temple
Lies in the Old Manali, it is a walk away from the main Mall. Built in a Pagoda style, the temple is dedicated to the Hindu sage Manu. It serves as the only temple of Manu in the country.
It is a good place for the wildlife lovers in Manali where they can see the wonderful wildlife. Different animals that you can come across in the sanctuary include Brown Bear, Musk Deer, Leopard, Monal and Snow Leopard.
Lies between Solang village and Beas Kund, this beautiful place offers the spectacular views of glaciers and snow-covered peaks. It is used for holding camps by trekking enthusiasts. The winter skiing festival is organised at this place.
Built in the Nagari style, the temple lies amidst a group of sculpted stone shrines. Overlooking the river, it offers stunning views. Lord Shiva has been depicted as the lord of the three worlds.
Other Places to See
Bijli Mahadev Temple
Lies at 10 km across the Beas River, this is a famous temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is named after a high road projecting out of the shrine. It is said to catch lightening from the sky and used to destroy them below the Shivlingam.
Arjuna Gufa, Malana Valley, Gulaba Camp, Vashisth Village, Nehru Kund, Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa are the other famous tourists spots.
Adventure in Manali
Think of any adventure and Manali will not disappoint you. Rafting, Trekking and Paragliding are the favourite activities that tourists can enjoy on their Manali tour.
Best Time to Visit
From May to October.
Manali has a mix of restaurants, cafes and roadside eateries. Sweets, hot momos and chaats are the favourite among tourists.
Wooden handicrafts are the favourite item for handicrafts. Embroidered woollen shawls and clothes and inlaid silver jewellery can also be features in your shopping cart in Manali. The Mall Road is the most popular shopping area. Local jams and baked goodies are good to buy.
Manali offers a variety of accommodation options including luxury resorts, deluxe hotels, river-side cottages and 3-star budget hotels.
How to Reach
Lies 10 km away from Manali, Bhuntar airport is the nearest airport. It is well-connected to Delhi, Chandigarh and Shimla by regular flights.
Chandigarh and Pathankot serve as the nearest rail heads.
Manali is well-linked by road with cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, Ambala, Dehradun, Haridwar, Dharamshala, Shimla, Chamba, Mandi, Ropar and Bilaspur.