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Manali Tourism Guide
Often referred to as the ‘honeymoon capital of India’, Manali is nested in the mountains of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh near the northern end of the Kullu Valley. A Manali tour package will take you to some of the best places here. Most Manali points of interest would be covered in such packages. Situated at a height of 6726 feet above sea level in the Beas River Valley, this Himalayan resort town has a reputation as a backpacking center and honeymoon destination. Manali tourism will take you through the best time of your life. This beautiful town is surrounded by snow clad mountains and woody forests making it one of the most visited tourist destinations in India. However, there are no flights to Manali; it is reachable only by train or road. This Manali travel guide will assist you to cover the most of the town and make your experience cherishable for the rest of your life! Make sure to find out the best time to visit Manali before booking your Manali tourism package.Tourism in Manali is not just limited to the picturesque views it offers. Manali also has a number of adventure activities one can indulge in. From rafting and skiing to paragliding and trekking, this resort town has adventure for everyone that visits. Beside adventure activities, there are plenty temples including Raghunath temple and Jagannathi Devi Temple being some of the most important ones tourists do give a visit. Manali has a huge number of tourist places. Rohtang Pass, being the best place to visit in Manali is toured by every second person travelling to the place. Rohtang Pass is a high mountain pass on the eastern Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas around 51 km from Manali. It connects the Kullu Valley with the Lahaul and Spiti Valleys of Himachal Pradesh, India. The place gives panoramic views of distant Himalayan snow capped peaks. The Manali Wildlife Sanctuary is also a great places to visit. Also, Solang Valley, another one of the very popular tourist attractions in Manali is a side valley at the top of the Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh. The place is famous for fun activities like zorbing and skating and for adventure sports parachuting and paragliding. Comprising giant slopes of lawn, Solang Valley becomes excellent ski-resort in winters.Manali offers some beautiful souvenirs in its local markets. From keychains to name plates, all are available to get customized to one’s own message and are surely worth buying as mementos. For hippies, Old Manali has some great Aladeen pants, psy-printed t-shirts and all similar clothing. For some really good places to eat at in Manali, the places that you need to must try include The Lazy Dog, RedHouse Cafe, Bob Dylan’s Cafe, Cafe m 1947, Blue Elephant Cafe and Johnson’s Bar and Cafe. Right from local cuisine to international cuisines like Italian and Chinese, most of them are available in many places in Manali
Want more in Manali? Visit this perfect hill resort and explore the other less crowded side Old Manali by taking the bridge and witness some stunning views from the place which stay hidden from New Manali. Moreover, you will find beautiful guesthouses and lodges for a very cheaper price than New Manali with better facilities. You would surely don’t want to leave Old Manali in a day or two!
We, with this Manali tour guide, will provide you with everything you need to know for a better vacation in Manali!
How To Reach Manali
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The nearest domestic airport to Manali is Kullu-Manali Airport (KUU) in Bhuntar, which is located at a distance of 50 km from Manali. Regular flights connect the airport to Delhi and Chandigarh. You can book a cab or a taxi to go to Manali from the airport which should take about 2 hours to reach your destination.For tourists coming from other countries, the nearest international airport to Manali is Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) in Delhi. You can then opt for another flight from Delhi to Kullu-Manali Airport and reach Manali similarly.
Manali does not have a railway station. To reach Manali by railways you have to get down at the nearest railway station to Manali which is Joginder Nagar Railway Station at a distance of 162.6 km from Manali.There is no direct rail connectivity of this station to major cities in India. You have to first take a train to Pathankot and then take another train from Pathankot to Joginder Nagar Railway Station. You can take a taxi from the railway station which will take around 4.5 to 5 hours for you to reach Manali.Also, there is an alternative if you are planning to come by train. Chandigarh Railway Station is at a distance of 315 km from Manali. You can take a train till Chandigarh Railway Station and then opt for a cab or a bus from there. It is a better option as there are a number of trains going to Chandigarh Railway Station connecting a number of major Indian cities such as Delhi, Jaipur, Indore, Kolkata, Madurai, Lucknow and many more. The journey from the station to Manali will take about 8 to 8.5 hours.
Since Manali is a very popular hill station, the roads connecting to this place are very pleasant. It should be a beautiful journey if you are travelling by road with scenic views of the mountains and the river. You can opt to self drive or hire a taxi. Make sure the driver knows how to drive on hills as there are some sharp cuts en-route. Moreover, there are a number of state buses as well as private buses plying to Manali. Semi-sleeper Volvo buses are very common going to Manali and are easily available.
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FAQ's of Manali
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Snowfall in Manali in December, especially around Christmas and New Year's Eve, is common. It is rare to see snowfall in Manali in November or October.
Manali has quite a few markets that have very specific items that you can buy. At Manu Market near Mall Road, woollens are available for sale and are quite nice and quaint. There is also the Old Market that has a lot of souvenir items for sale. The Tibetan Market is a place for Tibetan handicrafts and jewellery. You could also pick up a jar of apple pickle, as it is local and delicious.
The local language spoken in Manali is a dialect of the Pahari language called Mandiali. However, Hindi works everywhere in Manali as well and most of the locals do understand and speak English as well.
The best time to visit Manali is between October-February, during the winter season, when the whole town is covered in snowfall. This is also the ideal time for honeymooners. Summer is also ideal for trekkers as some of the higher trek points become inaccessible in winter.
If you want to travel by air, the nearest airport is the Kullu-Manali airport at Bhuntar. You can get a taxi from there to take you to Manali. However, due to the climate, it's not the most reliable route to Manali. There are several buses from New Delhi and Chandigarh. There is also an option to drive there which goes through a very scenic route.
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