Here’s how you can experience India’s most favorite hill station Manali

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Here’s how you can experience India’s most favorite hill station Manali

For the uninitiated, tourism in Manali started booming only in the early 20th century, because of its natural beauty and wholesome climate. Once a sleepy village soon became a backpacking capital of India. Manali in its true form suits the needs of every traveler. Breath-taking view from Manali to Kullu has now become a part of a popular hippie trail. Often coined as backpacker’s paradise is now crowded with tourists thronging to Kullu and Manali.

It is a most visited destination or family looking for some bonding time, a couple for some peace, solo travelers, a group of friends seeking an adventure. Tranquillity and peace of Manali can easily mesmerism any person. There are a whole bunch of things you can do in and around Manali.

Visit the Rohtang Pass

How can you come to Manali and not see amazingly beautiful Rohtang Paas. It is a must to reserve a day of your trip to Manali for the Rohtang Pass. Get ready to be bowled over by the lush greens, snowy paths. The snow never melts. This clearly means you can hold snow in your hand and smash it on your loved one’s face. Relive the moment, be a child once again and enjoy every moment of it. Tourists can also enjoy adventure activities like paragliding, skiing, trekking and much more.

Sing along with Beas River

The glacial water of Beas river flows through Manali and most certainly it will play as a perfect canvas for your stay in Manali. You can enjoy tea and just set yourself loose as the gushing river sings for you along with nature’s best accompanied birds. Or pack your bags and have some rafting action.

Hadimba Temple

On one of your stays in Manali walk up to the Hidimba temple also known as Dhungri temple. The temple dates back to the 16th century. It’s a simple walk through some amazing scenery. This beautiful forest walk connects old Manali to the Manali market.

The Manali Gompa

This Buddhists monastery welcomes you with bright colours. A large Buddha statue is placed at the entrance with neatly mowed lawns and colourful murals imprinted in the wall depicting Buddha’s life. The monastery was built in the early 1960’s.

Where to stay?

The most important tip is to stay away from the hustle and bustle of Mall road and the market. Nagger Road has a lot of good options for a comfortable and quiet stay in Manali. In case you are visiting Manali with your family or large group of friends it’s best to stay in a vacation home instead of a hotel.

Places to eat

Enjoy traditional food of Manali like Sidu and other variants. There is an Antique Tibetan store in Old Manali where you will find the best Sidu place called Fouji Tea Stall. For meat eaters you can enjoy good trout, it is a sweet water fish. Try a Kitschy restaurant near Cafe Kathmandu on Manu temple road. Casa Bella Vista is a cosy café where you can enjoy lip-smacking Spanish and Italian food. Khyber, a multi-cuisine restaurant, serves delectable Chinese, Continental, Indian and Mughlai cuisines.

When to Go
Best time to visit – March to August

How to Reach
By Air – The nearest airport is at Bhuntar, located approximately 50 kilometres away from Manali. Domestic flights connect Bhuntar with Delhi and Chandigarh. One can also take a pre-paid taxi to Manali.

By Bus – Manali is well-connected to Leh, Shimla, Kullu, Dharamshala and New Delhi which. It is run by both state and private buses. The bus journey from Delhi to Manali is 550 kilometres.

By Road – The drive up to Manali is simply gorgeous! You can submerge yourself in the scenic glimpses of mountains and valleys. A lot of tourists prefer a self-drive up to Manali, however it is advisable to hire a taxi in case you are not comfortable with driving in mountainous regions.

Happy Traveling 🙂 🙂

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