Best Time To Visit Manali, Himachal
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Best time to visit
Sep - Jun
Ideal for friends
Ideal for couples
Weather in Manali
Sun, Dec 15 2019
4.52ºC | -2.28ºC
Clouds in morning and afternoon and clear from evening to night
Mon, Dec 16 2019
5.73ºC | -2.58ºC
Clear from morning to night
Tue, Dec 17 2019
6.74ºC | -2.17ºC
Clouds in morning , afternoon and night and clear in evening
Wed, Dec 18 2019
8.67ºC | 1.16ºC
Clouds in morning , afternoon and night and snow in evening
Thu, Dec 19 2019
9.52ºC | 2.87ºC
Clouds in morning , afternoon and evening and snow in night
Fri, Dec 20 2019
2.58ºC | 2.58ºC
Snow from morning to night
Best Time To Visit Manali
Plan your trip during best season to experience the best of this stunning destination
The best time to visit Manali is either the busy summer season (April through June) or the popular winter season (December through February). Manali is India’s one of the most beautiful hill station who gets its tourists throughout the year. This hill resort is very popular among honeymooners making it a ‘lover’s paradise’. Since Manali offers something for everyone in every season, one can expect all sorts of tourists here, from backpackers to families. Snowfall in Manali occurs between December and February. These months are the best time to visit Kullu and Manali for honeymoon.
Month-wise Weather Details of Manali
March to June (10°c to 25°c): Summer season in Manali is from March to June, which is the best time to visit Manali especially with friends and family. The temperature during these months remains pleasant, just perfect for all sorts of outdoor activities like river rafting, trekking, camping, etc. Weather in Manali during May is perfect to visit all the sightseeing places with children during their summer holidays.
September to February(7°c to 23°c): Winter season in Manali lasts from September to February. This is an ideal time to visit Manali for those who want to enjoy snowfall. The weather remains cool and chilly and Manali is all covered with a white sheet of snow. Manali weather in December is ideal for honeymooners to spend some cozy moments.
Festivals Celebrated in Manali
Hadimba Devi Fair: This is one of the most important festivals in Manali. The Hadimba Devi Temple is dedicated to the wife of Bhima and the temple is all lit and come to life during the Hadimba Devi Fair. Devotees from all over the world come here to attend this festival during the springtime i.e around April or May.
Doongri Forest Festival: The best part about this festival is that it is solely organized and volunteered by the women. The festival is celebrated at the Van Vihar National Park. The local women dress themselves up in traditional attires and sing cultural songs as a tribute to Hadimba Devi.
Winter Carnival: The best month to visit Manali is during the month of February when Manali is all covered in snow and various winter festivities are in full bloom for the entertainment of the tourists. Cafes and restaurants offer great offers during the winter carnival and various adventurous activities like skiing and trekking.
However, the best season to visit Manali is summers as the weather is quite pleasant and people from nearby states like Haryana and Punjab can be found in abundance who visit the place to escape the scorching heat. Another good time to visit Manali is from November to March as the temperature is very low making an ideal time for honeymooners to visit. Depending on your budget and interest, find the season-wise best time to visit Manali below:
Climate in Manali
Summer Season in Manali
Summer in Manali is considered to be the best time to visit this hill station. It is the best time to visit Manali if you're looking for outdoor activities like trekking, paragliding, and rafting. Unlike other parts of the country, the weather is Manali is very pleasant and ideal for indulging in adventure activities like rafting, paragliding, zorbing and mountain activities. Also, the flowers are in full bloom at this time of the year making it perfect for nature enthusiasts.
Manali is touched by a festive mood in the summers. One can experience the festival of Basantotsav in the summer month of April. This fair has been declared a state festival by the Himachal Pradesh government. As it marks the beginning of the spring season (and also the tourist season) in the valley, it is also known as Spring Festival.
The temperature in the summers ranges between 10 Degrees Celsius to 25 Degrees Celsius in Manali.
Monsoon Season in Manali
Monsoon is not an ideal time for people to visit Manali. The place receives heavy rainfall throughout this time. Visiting Manali this time of the year can affect plans as heavy rainfalls can make tourists stay in their hotels the whole time. Weather in Manali during monsoon season can be really unpredictable. Nearby places located at higher elevations are prone to thunderstorms and incessant rainfall. Moreover, there are huge chances of landslides during monsoons in Manali. Landslides can lead to damage to vehicles and blocked roads. But if you are looking for a trip with a short budget, this off-season will offer great discounts on hotel room tariffs.
Winter Season in Manali
Winters are a great time to visit the Manali. Visiting this time of the year is usually preferred by honeymooners from all over the world as the place is very chilly. If you want to witness snowfall, then winters are the best time to visit the place. You will get spectacular views of the snow capped mountains in winters.Also, you can be a part of the most awaited festival of the year in the valley i.e. the Winter Carnival. There is a massive participation by cultural groups and students from various colleges of India. The festival is held at 'Manu Kala Kendra' in Manali. This festival surely gives a five-day feast to the visitors.Snowfall in Manali is common between December and February. During snowfall season in Manali, the hotel rates are higher. It is also the best time to visit Manali for honeymoon. The temperature in the winters can go below 0 Degree Celsius, so some good woollens are recommended. All in all, the best time to visit Manali is the time ‘you’ visit the place!
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Zeeshanur's 5 days trip to ManaliIt was an awesome experience as there was heavy snowfall in kufri as well as Manali which is unlikely to happen in march. Travel co-ordinator Vinay was of great help throughout the trip. Driver Sunil has a great knowledge abt the area which proved quite helpful. Live snowfall in kufri and stay at kufri resort
Manoj's 7 days trip to ManaliVery good service, skilled driver and trip cordination was very good. thanks guys keep up the god work.
Arun's 8 days trip to ManaliThe trip was really good. I would like to thank Aruna from Country Travel Point, she was very kind and supportive throughout the trip. And also would like to thank Nageshver Tiwari from Travel Triangle who was supportive for the trip plan.
Hiteshprangoliya's 7 days trip to ManaliBest trip forever and I suggest that if u want to plan trip u contact Heena Verma which is best and helpful forever ,also she give us best package also which more important that she guide and all time support for our best trip , so i recommend contact heena verma for plan best trip..
Shradha's 9 days trip to ManaliWe really enjoyed the tour. The tour was well planned. Our Car pilot was very polite, experienced and guide us throughout the tour. He deserves a speical mention here. Speical shout for Hotel Holiday Heaven at Manali. If you are visiting Manali try to get Hotel Holiday Heaven, the food is very tasty (veg only) and location is the best (very near to mall road). Finally the tour was only possible because of Devanuj Goel, who always manage our tour to his level best. Avoid Sky heaven resort at Dharamshala. Snow at Solang Valley at Manali.
Dilip's 6 days trip to ManaliBest travel agency in sikkim. Mr. Ajay completely make my trip memorable. Well behaved person. Kalapatthar temi tea garden and char dham
Pramod's 5 days trip to ManaliThe Cab booked and the driver was awesome over all it was a good Trip, I mentioning Pros Corns below 1. Hotel which was booked in Manalli the "Woodlands" was a good one but the food was bad. 2. Hotel which was booked in Shimla the "Nature Vile" was not a good one but Service and food were good. 3.The Shift Desire Cab driver Vicky was gentlemen and nice CAB maintenance and driving. 4. The Places mentioned were very Limited.
Sudatta's 8 days trip to ManaliOverall, the trip was good. However driver assigned was not professional. At certain places there were rash drivings. Coming to the accommodation, the hotels were well chosen. Especially the one for manali and dalhousie were the best with mesmerising scenic views. However for the hotel in dharmashala, the room was not provided as agreed before the trip and we had to face a lot of issues. Overall, the trip was memorable. However, would suggest improvements in terms of assigning good drivers, since thats also an essential part of the trip. Accommodation for manali and dalhousie was too good. Solang valley visit was memorable.
Debarghya's 6 days trip to Manalinot up to the mark..foods are really not that good (non-veg lovers think twice, had only one day at dinner during the tour) for those hotels at Shimla it's just a flat type. committed fuit basket was not there on that candle light dinner.tour was at cheap but not that satisfactory.
Siddhartha's 6 days trip to ManaliHad a Honeymoon memories which had give by tanu and GR travels, cab driver was awesome...looking forward for the next visit. Thank u Tanu for ur co-operation.
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FAQ's of Manali
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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