MANALI TRAVEL GUIDE
Ideal Trip Duration: 3 Full Days
Base Station: Manali
Nearest City to Manali: Shimla (255 Kms), Chandigarh (295 Kms)
Best Time to Visit Manali: September to May
Peak Season: April to May
State: Himachal Pradesh | District: Kullu
Manali Weather: Summer: Maximum - 25°C and Minimum - 12°C
Winter: Maximum - 10°C and Minimum - Minus 5°C
At a distance of 40 km from Kullu, 255 km from Shimla, 545 km from Delhi and 295 km from Chandigarh, Manali is a breathtakingly beautiful hill station nestled in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh near the northern end of the Kullu Valley. It is located at an altitude of 2050 meters and is spread along the banks of the river Beas. Kullu Manali is one of the top hill stations in India and also the most beautiful hill station in Himachal Pradesh and also one of the top tourist places to experince Himachal Pradesh tourism.
Manali is renowned for its snow-covered mountains, scenic beauty, history and culture. It is often referred to as the 'Valley of the Gods'. Manali is named after the Hindu lawgiver Manu. The word Manali is derived from Manavalaya meaning the abode of Manu or 'Home of Manu'. According to the legend, sage Manu stepped off his ark in Manali to recreate human life after a great flood had overwhelmed the world. The Old Manali village has an ancient temple dedicated to sage Manu.
Manali is famous as a Honeymoon destination among Indian tourists. Manali is also famous for adventure sports like skiing, hiking, mountaineering, Paragliding, rafting, kayaking, and mountain biking. Paragliding in Manali is an unforgettable experience.
Some of the famous tourist places in Manali are Solang valley, Rohtang Pass, Hidimba Temple, Bhrigu Lake, Vashist Temple, Manu temple and Great Himalayan National Park. Manali also has many Buddhist monasteries that are worth visiting. Enfield point, Manali Gompa, Manu Temple, Naggar Castle, Nehru Kund and Zana Waterfalls are the other attractions in Manali. Most of the adventure sports are conducted during June to September period. September to March is the best time to visit Manali.
Dussehra and Hidimba Devi Festival (May) are the two major festivals in Manali that are celebrated with great pomp and passion. People from different parts of the state especially come during the celebration of this festival and to take part in the big colorful fair which is conducted within the temple complex.
Winter carnival (Jan/Feb) is the most famous event in the valley. Massive participation by culture groups and students from various colleges of India marks the success of winter carnival. Spring festival (28-30th Apr), also known as Basantotsava or Pipal Jatra is also a colorful event celebrated here. Baisakhi is Himachal's most important harvest festival celebrated with fun and devotion. Doongri Forest festival (May/June) is the basis festival of Manali organized by the women folks.