For Budget Travellers
If you are a budget traveller, There is a good news for you, Manali Peak Tourist season is roughly only 4 Months ( April - July, Dec-Jan) and New years. Rest of the year for approx 7 months you can enjoy manali at a discounted prices. Manali Off season packages are roughly at 50% discounts
For Snow Lovers
If you love snow or have not seen snow before, the best time to visit Manali is from last week of December till February. Snow line is near to manali so in these 3 months, you have a good chance to experience snowfall in Manali.
For Families specially with Kids, No Doubt April, May, June, July are the best times to Visit Manali. Kids have after exam vacations and summer vacations. You can enjoy time in manali with Kids.
Reach Manali By Bus
Manali is about 550 km from Delhi, the capital of India, and there are buses connecting the Manali town with Delhi, Shimla, Dharamsala and Leh.
From where to catch Volvo for Manali
For Volvo and Other Bus service from Delhi to Manali, tickets and reservations can be made at the ISBT Delhi Inter State Bus Terminus well as at the Himachal Tourism office on Safdar Hashmi Marg near Mandi House in New Delhi.
Volvo Bus Timings
Volvo Buses for Manali depart at around 5PM and reach at 09-10 AM next day—are available from Delhi and is the best option in terms of comfort and value for money to reach Manali but you need to book these in advance.
Caution for the Volvo Travellers to Manali
As the windows do not open outward on the Volvo buses, passengers suffering from Vehicle sickness or Altitude sickness are advised to carry anti vomiting medicines and avoid eating just before/after boarding the bus.
Reaching Manali By Taxi- Prepaid Taxis are available for Manali all year round from all major North Indian locations as well as from Delhi, Chandigarh. Holiday Travel can also arrange for the luxury taxi at very affordable rates.
Caution for Taxi Hiring to Manali
Holiday travel always advises its customers to go for Registered Taxi services ( Yellow Number Plate) for Manali and Himachal vacations. You must never hire private taxis ( White Number Plate) for Himachal Vacations due to security reasons.If you are forced to hire a private taxi, ensure that the driver has experience driving in hilly regions and does not have the habit of drinking alcohol.
You must intimate the Plate Number of taxi, Driver Name, License Number etc to the Police Station and Hotel in front of Driver.So that Driver knows that he is tracked and information regarding him is floated.
In the past, there are many crimes committed by Private Taxi drivers specially to women travellers, hence Holiday Travel advises you to take full precautions.
Also make sure the driver has experince of hill driving Also make sure that the driver is used to drive for long hours. If you are going to Manali through Chandigarh-Ropar-Kiratpur-Mandi highway, then your driver would need to drive on hilly roads for at least 6 hours.
Reaching Manali By Train- The nearest Broad gauge station is Kiratpur Sahib in Punjab near the city of Nangal. It lies in Ropar district of Punjab. The station lies on the Ambala Cantt - Una Himachal route of Indian Railways. From here you can easily get buses for Manali.You can come to Kiratpur from Delhi via Himachal Express or Jan Shatabdi Express, then either board a taxi or take a bus to Manali.
Reach Manali By Air-The nearest airport to Manali is Bhuntar ( Kullu ) Airport (Tel: 01902-265037, 265603), 50 km from Manali, 10 km from Kullu, about two hours away. Indian Airlines operate flights to Kullu from Delhi and Chandigarh.
From the airport the best option to go to Manali is by Pre Paid taxi which is easily available there. The taxi stand is 100m from the airport. They have written prices with minimum Rs. 1200 to Manali. Alternatively just go to Kullu and take a frequent public bus service.
Places to Visit In Manali
Rohtang Pass - One of the prime attraction for tourists is Rohtang la ( pass).Rohtang Pass is located at an altitude of 13,054 ft, 53 kms away from Manali on Manali -Leh highway in Northern India.It serves as the gateway to Lahaul and Spiti valleys in Himachal Pradesh.The name Rohtang is derived from Tibetan language meaning ‘a heap of dead bodies’ due to the number of people who lost their lives trying to cross it in the past. The Rohtang Pass is situated on the Pir Panjal Mountain Range of the Himalayas.Besides Lahaul and Spiti, Rohtang Pass also serves as the gateway to Pangi and Ladakh region. Like the Zojila Pass, Rohtang also serves as the gateway to Ladakh.
Rohtang is an adventure tourist site where it can be cold even on a summer day. It is the highest point on the Manali-Keylong road and provides a wide panoramic view of mountains rising far above clouds, which is truly breath taking. Close by is a small lake called Dassaur Lake. Beas Kund, the source of river Beas, is also nearby..............More
In winter, the road to Rothang Pass is closed.
If you are driving up, be prepared for the rough broken roads at many places, sheer blind turns and tight hairpin bends, which can be exhilarating depending on the state of your nerves. If you are hiring a vehicle then better rent a four wheel drive vehicle from Manali.
Manali Rohtang keylong Road has featured in the History Channel’s “Most Dangerous Roads” Program where ice road truckers navigated and were surprised to see the toughest roads on earth.
Beas Kund ( Rohtang Pass)
It is an igloo shaped temple near Rohtang pass, on top has a spring which is the origin of River Beas.
Hidimba Temple Manali is an ancient cave temple dedicated to Hidimba Devi, who was a character in the Indian epic, Mahabharata. The temple is surrounded by a cedar forest at the foot of the Himalayas. The sanctuary is built over a huge rock jutting out of the ground, which was worshiped as an image of the deity. The structure was built in the year 1553.............More
Maa Sharvari Temple is represented as KULDEVI of the kings of Kullu in early times and is worshipped as a manifestation of Durga, and image of the goddess is also enshrined here. The divinity is popularly worshipped throughout the region during the festivals and the Goddess is transported to Kullu to visit the Lord Raghunathji during Dussehra festival. This temple is on the top of above the Shaminallah village, which is around 5 Kms from Manali, across the Beas river on the left bank on the way to Naggar Castle
Vashist Hot Water Springs ( Sulphur Springs) and Temple- Around 3 km from Manali, across the Beas river is Vashist, a small village with natural sulphur springs. Modern bathhouses, with Turkish-style showers, have the hot water piped into them for the convenience of the visitors who come here to benefit from the medicinal properties.
Vaishisht, also boasts a pair of old stone temples, opposite each other above the main square. Dedicated to the local patron saint Vashista, the smaller of the two opens on to a partially covered courtyard, and is adorned with elaborate woodcarvings. Those lining the interior of the shrine, blackened by years of oil-lamp and incense smoke, are particularly fine.
The temple tanks are underground hot-water/sulfur springs.
Cautions for Vashista temple Visitors
Be wary of hanging up your trousers or bags on the hooks provided, pickpocketing is a daily occurrence. Hand over your wallet to a trusted person for safekeeping before you enter the springs for a bath.
Solang Valley is a beautiful valley with enchanting views of snow capped mountains, thick conifer forest, lush green meadows and a meandering river. It is host to a spectrum of adventure activities. The valley is also blessed with a natural ice Shivling which forms in winter and remains till late summer at Anjani Mahadev. The winter skiing festival is organised here as well as training in skiing is imparted at this place.
Solang Valley is also known as Snow Point, is 13 km northwest of Manali and famous for its 300-meter ski lift.
The Ski Lift ticket is Rs. 400 per head. It is a picturesque spot and offers splendid views of glaciers and the snow-capped mountains.
Rahala waterfalls ( Before the Rohtang pass Climb) is an aftereffect of the dribbling of water from precipitous rocks and imposing glaciers. It exhibits the exceptional beauty of the environment around. The entire area is bounded with the thick deodar forest, and lofty birch trees, which creates an unspoiled and pungent atmosphere. The amazing spectacle of a cascade in the backdrop of magnificent snow clad mountain peaks is really worthy for a watch and offers a wonderful experience that one cannot forget for a lifetime.
Rozy Falls ( Enroute to Rohtang pass) On the way to Rohtang amazing water fall worth seeing. this water fall looks amazing between the high hills.
Buddhist Monasteries- Manali is known for its shiny gompas or Buddhist monasteries. It is maintained by donations from the local community and by sale of hand-woven carpets in the temple workshop.
Old Manali- At a distance of 3 km northwest of Manali is Old Manali, famous for its orchards and old guesthouses. There is ruined fort here by the name of Manaligarh. There is also the Manu Maharishi Temple, dedicated to sage Manu.
Gauri Shankar Temple at DASHAL village(700 mtrs. from Sarsai )on the main left bank Kullu Manali Highway.It is a 12th century protected monument.Also see lush green apple orchards,play with water stream out there
Naggar is also an important Destination near Manali, Naggar is famous for The Castle, Roerich House and Art gallery are places to see.
Moonlight dinner on the balcony of Hotel Castle restaurant is worth experiencing, with the lovely sight of twinkling lights below in the Beas valley. Bijli Mahadev temple, about 20 kms from Naggar, is also worth visiting.
Zana Falls- 15 Kms from Naggar and 35 Kms from Manali, at Zana Village, Zana beautiful Water Fall is worth visiting. The valley provides amazing views. There is one water fall on the road side and two other water falls which are not much explored by tourists and are amazing. Moreover Traditional Himachali food is available here at small hut like shops.
The Manali Gompa was built in 1960. It is one of the most important places for Buddhists. Buddhists come to this place from Ladakh, Tibet, Spiti, Lahaul and Kinnaur. Manali Gompa is world famous for a large statue of Buddha and for its wall paintings.
Kothi is located at the bottom of Rohtang Pass. It is a beautiful and photographic village where tourists can capture different thrilling views of the deep gorge through which the Beas swiftly runs. This is an amazing place to experience the natural beauty of high altitude mountain. It's an idyllic village, which boasts of a superb view of the deep gorge, and the Beas river rushing through it. Sixteen kms from Manali, at an altitude of 2500 m, Kothi is the last village towards Rohtang Pass.
Nehru Kund is located at the distance of around 6 km from Manali. It is one of the natural springs of natural water in India. Nehru Kund is named after the late Prime Minister Jawar Lal Nehru. Nehru used to drink water from this Kund, while his journey to Manali.
Nehru Kund is on the Manali-Keylong road, about 6 kms from Manali. It is understood that a landslide has wiped out this spring.
What Activities can be done In Manali
Manali is also known as the adventure sports capital of Himachal Pradesh, and all sorts of outdoor activities can be organised through Holidaytravel.co in Manali Town
Fishing in Manali
The rivers of the Kullu and Parvati Valleys are rich in trout and mahseer. The season runs from March to June and October to November, rods and tackle can be hired. Daily fishing licences from HPTDC cost Rs100.
Top fishing spots include the upper tributaries of the Beas and Parvati Rivers at Kasol.
Jeep Safaris in Manali
Jeep safaris can be arranged to Ladakh, Lahaul and Spiti for around 2600 per day, On jeef safari you can be visiting monasteries, mountain passes and glacial lakes, with accommodation in tents or village guesthouses.
Mountain Biking in Manali
Though you may think that the steep slopes around Manali would have some prime mountain biking, you’ll probably have to take a car to most tracks that are worth riding. Agencies offer bike here for 450 to 850 per day (and can give current info on routes) or you can organise tours to Ladakh, Spiti and Lahaul.
One audacious day trip is the descent from the Rohtang La – buses and taxis can transport you and your bike to the pass, then you can freewheel down. On all high-altitude routes, take time to acclimatize.
Rafting in Manali
White-water rafting trips on the Beas River can be arranged in Manali, start for Rafting is from Pirdi,3km down river from Kullu. There is 14km of Grade II and III white water between Pirdi and the take-out point at Jhiri; trips cost around Rs 600 per person. Book through Holiday Travel or directly at Pirdi.
Rock Climbing in Manali
The cliffs at Solang, Aleo and Vashisht have a good range of bolted and traditional routes ranging from French 6a to 6c (British 5a to 6a).
Himalayan Extreme Center in Vashisht offers day trips for 1500/900 per full-/half-day, including all equipment. Independent climbers should bring a selection of slings, nuts and cams (particularly in the smaller sizes) and a 30m or 60m rope.
Skiing & Snowboarding in Manali
From January to March, the village of Solang Nullah transforms into Himachal’s main ski and snowboarding resort. Skiing and showboarding equipment can be hired through tour operators in Manali or accommodation places in Solang Nullah for Rs 1000/- per day. Year round high-altitude skiing expeditions can be arranged on virgin powder (experienced skiers only) through Himalayan Extreme Center for around 2500 per day (trips last three to five days).
Walking & Trekking in Manali
Manali is a popular starting point for organised mountain treks. Most Popular Trek options include Beas Kund (three days), the Pin-Parvati Trek from the Parvati Valley to Spiti (eight days) and the Hamta Pass (4270m) to Lahaul (five days).
Plenty of shorter walks are possible from Manali, though the usual rules on safe trekking apply – tell someone where you are going and never walk alone. The 13km hike up the western side of the Beas River to Solang Nullah is a pleasing alternative to the bus, or you can trek 6km to the snow line above Lama Dugh meadow along the Manalsu Nala stream.
Zorbing in Manali
During summer, the ski slope at Solang Nullah is a popular place for zorbing – basically, rolling downhill inside a giant inflatable ball. You can make arrangements in Manali or in Solang Nullah – expect to pay Rs 500 for a roll down the hill.
Other Activities in Manali ( Quad Biking, Hot Air Balloon)
Other activities available in the area include horse riding (900 per day) and cannoning (2400 per day). Quad bike rides around Solang Nullah cost Rs 500 for a quick 4km round or 1500 per hour. Short hot-air balloon rides are sometimes organised from Solang Nullah during summer.
Paragliding in Manali
It is quite popular in Manali, especially in the peak season. The scene is located at Solang Valley. There are multiple levels, starting from the basic 1 minute flying for Rs. 450 (the most common), progressing to a more fun 5 minute flight for Rs. 1500. But the ultimate is the half an hour flight for Rs. 2500, for which they take you up almost halfway to rohtang, and bring you back to solang all the way by paragliding.
In such a long flight, wind plays a big role, and sometimes it is not possible to fly all the way to Solang, something to keep in mind while going for it. Generally, later in the day you go for it, better are the chances you will do the whole flight.
Books Buying in Manali
If interested in books, there is a bookshop in the main town near the Post Office called Bookworm. It has a decent selection of books.
Famous Treks Around Manali
What to Buy in Manali
Keychains, name plates, etc which are customized to ones own message are worth buying as mementos.
Many small shops offer the unique Name carved/written on a single grain of rice.
Woolen stuff like sweaters, pull overs, shawls, blankets, etc. Hippie clothes/ jewellery
Fruit products, honey and apricot oil at Himcoop Juice Bar Manali are also something local produced in the valley.Jam from Him- coop shops taste like real fruit due to high contents of fruit pulp and apricot oil is good for joint pains and also general massage.
Chingu. Local shops are aplenty selling chingus ( a type of blanket) claiming to be warm in winters and cold in summers.
Cautions for Shopping in Manali
Where to have excellent food in Manali
Bob Dylan's Cafe (in the heart of old Manali) :- Serves the most delicious cookies and sandwiches. Has extremely good menu and very low price, it is one of the most popular destinations for food and meals in manali. Also, at no extra cost you have a very comfortable movie theater where you can choose among some 100 movie titles and watch as you munch on those delicious cookies. And yes, they do play Bob Dylan's songs. It is a Must visit Eating Joint.
Pizza Olive has the best pizza in town and is worth the trek to Old Manali. Also try the fabulous tiramisu.
Green Forest café :- Lying on the Hadimba-temple old manali road, only a few hundred meters from the temple, is also a very popular destination for both locals and foreigners. It is famous for Tibetean soups, veggie dumplings and other sandwiches and snacks.
Drifters' Inn and Cafe Situated in Old Manali :- serves great food, wi-fi internet and friendly atmosphere.
Dawat Restaurent :- Left Bank Aleo New Manali (left bank aleo), A well decorated in house multi cuisine restaurant that offers Indian, Mughlai and Chinese delicacies.
Satyam Restaurant (Restaurant in Manali), Mall Road Manali (Next to Shri Heera Medical Store), :- Just 200 Mtrs away from main Manali Bus stand with sitting capacity of 75 persons at a time on 2 Floors. Serve all type of Punjabi, Gujrati, South Indian and continental Food
Chawlas Square (Chawla Chicken), Rangri NH21 (2 kms from mall road, towards kullu),. Delicious north indian and mughlai food. A great place for adventure too.
Martins' (Himalayan Sports Club), (shanag, about 10km north of Kullu, close to nheru kund bridge). If you miss european food, that's the place to be. Delicious austrian cooking at its best. Usually opened only at weekends.
Shiva Paradise Cafe (Non-veg Food), (Old manali just on the bridge),. Delicious Non Veg Food specially kolapuri chicken and Trout Fish .
Local Himachali Dish-Sidu is right at the tea shop behind bus stand in municipal market. One can eat Sidu (which is like filled Idli or filled rice baked bun) with Chutney to experience a slice of Himachali Cuisine in Manali with tea/black tea/coffee. This is the only 1 there is visible yet hidden but worth a gem before leaving Himachal.
Cafe Bella Vista, Hadimba Temple Road (10 Minutes walk up from the mall road). A small spanish style cafe with 2 small & 2 cottage rooms available for stay. Serves amazingly fresh, brick oven Pizzas & italian. Great service & very nice people.
Lazy Dog (in Old Manali) :- it has an extensive multi cuisine menu. The food is quite good and the ambience is great.
Moondance Restaurant :- is right opposite the Dylan's cafe. It also has a multi-cuisine menu, and the food and ambience are all good.
Apple Blossoms at Manali Heights Resort (near log huts area):- Serves the best of local Himachali menu as well as delectable Indian, european, oriental cuisines.
Johnson's Bar and cafe :- located 5 minutes walk up from the mall road, it is a great place to hangout in the evening. The food and service is quite good, and is thus a very popular place.
Chopsticks (opposite the bus stand) :- serves excellent Tibetan food at throwaway price.
Madras mess :- is a popular mess which serves south Indian meals Unlimited meals Rs:80
Forno, (below the Hadimba Temple, in direction of New Manali) :- Original Italian pizzas prepared by an Italian cook. Prices higher than Indian average but still cheap for Italian pizza..
Cafe Zeppelinn, Kothi village (13km from Manali, on the way to Rohtang Pass). Serve good pizzas, pastas,sandwiches and momos. They also play excellent ROCK music from the 60s and 70s. Most paragliders will land at their Cafe and should enjoy they services while waiting for their friends or families to pick them up. Very reasonable.
Shere Punjab Restaurant :-Serves Great butter chicken with butter naan & off course chilled Beer ( Not mentioned in menu).
Cafe m 1947, Old Manali :- The 1st Music Cafe in Old Manali(near the Bridge), located on the banks of the River Manalsu. It has cuisines from all around the globe and known for its dishes like the "Burger Of Bodom", "UFO", and "The Terminator".
Blue Elephant Café :- is a small eatery with good Indian and Western spread at very reasonable rates close to the bridge on Beas river. You get the option of sitting and enjoying the food right next to the river gushing by. Specialty include freshly made parathas, bruschettas, omelettes and traditional Indian tea.
Drinking in Manali
The locals drink two kinds of alcoholic beverages: Lugdi (plains) or Chang (Himalayan), a kind of crude beer made from fermented rice or barley and Sharab (plains) or Arak (Himalayan), an alcoholic drink distilled from Lugdi/chang. Arak can also be made from jaggery or apples or any other fruit.
It might be an interesting experience to visit a local home when the ladies make arak (quite regularly). You can sit in the fields where the ladies make it, have hot water from the distilling to wash with and "test" the product at frequent intervals.
Because there are apple orchards all around Manali, it's often possible to find apple cider. Besides this, there is alcohol available in bars, larger restaurants and the larger hotels.
Kullu-Manali Valley is known as fruit bowl of India. Him- coop Juice Bar at The Mall Manali is one of the well know corner shop since 1972 selling 100% Natural Apple Juice and fruit drinks made from local fruits besides some syrups known as Fruit Crush to carry home to prepare fruit drinks after deluting with fresh water. Him-coop Juice Bar is located on the Main Mall as one of the corner shop next to Temple.
Best Bars and Pubs in Manali
If you are tired after the day long travelling and exploration in Manali and do not want to drink in your hotel Bar? You want to be in a happening place, A Real Down Town Bar or Pub in Manali,
Holiday Travel has shortlisted some of the best bars in Manali and just straight Head to one of the bars in Manali, and chill out in the cool night breeze of this serene hill town. These shorlisted and hand picked bars in Manali are most likely to give you an experience beyond your imagination, one very different from what you ever imagine...
Head on and get your spirits high!
Johnson’s Bar and Restaurant ( Best Bar in Manali)
Ideal for the romantic couples holidaying in Manali, this beautiful little restaurant serves excellent continental food to go with your drinks. The Bar is a hit with travellers both Indian and Foreign, this is one of the most happening, people-infested and buzzing places in Manali all day long. Soak up the sun on the open terrace restaurant on breezy afternoons, or warm up with yummy food and good drinks in the cozily lit indoors inside, this place is sure to attract you time and again.
Address: Jimmy Johnson Lodge
Circuit House Road
Manali, Distt. Kullu
Official Website: http://www.johnsonhotel.in/restaurant.html
The Lazy Dog
Great place to hang out with friends and relax while making great conversations over drinks, this resto-bar provides beauteous views of the gushing river Beas making it a treat for the eyes as well. The trout, lasagna, cheese chicken cutlets and the bruschetta served here are highly recommended to go with your drink. This restaurant, offering something for every way of perception makes a total spa for the senses.
Address: Manu Temple Road
Old Manali, Distt. Kullu
Set up like a Victorian restaurant, this is probably the classiest place to take a sip at in Manali. Offering a wide variety of liquor, cocktails and mocktails this bar houses the finest spirits from around the world.
Address: Kullu Manali Highway
Lugdi and Chang are two locally made drinks you may want to try. Made from fermented barley and rice, these drinks are a more crude form of beer. The distilled version of these drinks is called Arak. Walk into the terrace farms that surround Manali, observe the local ladies making these drinks and along the way and do sample some. Cheers!
|Manali at a Glance|
|Top 25 Quick facts About Manali|
|Manali Coordinates:||32.27°N 77.17°E|
|Manali is world famous for||Rohtang Pass+Solang Valley+Rohla Falls+Arjun Gufa +Nehru Kund +Tibetan Monastery|
|Manali main Culture/Religion||Hindu|
|Manali Elevation||2,050 m||(6,730 ft)|
|Manali Telephone code||01902||STD code|
|Mnali Vehicle registration|
|Manali Nearest Airport||Kullu (Bhuntar)||50 km|
|Manali 2nd Nearest Airport||Shimla|
|Manali Nearest Train Station||Joginder Nagar||50 km|
|Manali Nearest Main City||Kullu|
|Manali Distance from Delhi||585 km|
|Manali Lowest Temprature||-1 °C||October to February)|
|Manali Highest temperature||25°C||March to June|
|Manali Tourist Months||July to mid-September|
|Manali Main River||Beas River|
|Top 5 Attractions in Manali|
|Manali Main Attraction1||Arjun Gufa||4 km|
|Manali Main Attraction2||Club house||2 km|
|Manali Main Attraction3||Nehru kund||5 km|
|Manali Main Attraction4||Rohtang pass||51 km|
|Top 5 Accomodation in Manali||TA Rating|
|Hotel Highland Park, Manali||Hotel|
|Hotel Highland Manali||Hotel|
|The Orchard Greens Manali||Hotel|
|Top 5 Restaurants in Manali|
|Rock Manali resort|
|Apple Green Resort|
|Royal Park Resort Manali|
|Top 5 Personalities of Manali|
|Top 5 Events in Manali|
|Hadimba Devi Festival|