Best Time To Visit Manali, Himachal
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Best time to visit
Oct - Jun
- Ideal for friends
- Family Tour
- Ideal for couples
Weather in Manali
Wed, Oct 17 2018
-8.27ºC | -14.14ºC
Snow from morning to night
Thu, Oct 18 2018
-8.69ºC | -16.35ºC
Snow from morning to night
Fri, Oct 19 2018
-9.94ºC | -17.19ºC
Snow from morning to night
Sat, Oct 20 2018
-10.07ºC | -27.56ºC
Clear 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.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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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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