Nestled between the snow-capped Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges, with thick forests and meadows of the Beas Valley carpeted by wild florals, Manali is blessed with a breathtaking scenic beauty.
From temples to museums; quaint hippie villages to crowded upscale streets; trekking trails to river adventures, the hill station is a tourist magnet all year round.
Owing to its pristine beauty and pleasant weather, Manali can be visited throughout the year. The summer months from March to June are extremely pleasant. While the rich sunshine warms up the town during the daytime, the evenings are balmy.
The winters are the ideal time to enjoy the snowfall. However, if you plan to drive up to the Rohtang Pass in the winter time, visit between September – November.
What to Pack while Visiting Manali?
If you are visiting during the summer and autumn months, pack your summer clothes and essentials. However, the temperature drops down in the evenings, so light woolens and windcheaters are recommended. If you are visiting during the winters, pack your woolens and warmers to save yourself from the cold. Besides clothing, pack comfortable walking shoes, trekking boots, sunscreen, raingears and a camera to capture all the special moments during your holiday
Places to Visit in Manali
Manali has ample ancient monuments, Tibetan monasteries, natural wonders and other key attractions. No wonder it occupies the top spot in every traveler lover’s list.
(i) A half hour drive from Manali is the glacial Solang Valley offering the most stunning view. Owing to its fine slopes, the valley is a popular ski destination during the winters. In summers, it turns into a paragliding paradise. Sports like zorbing and horse-riding are also available in the valley.
(ii) Connecting the Kullu and Lahaul Valleys, the Rohtang Pass is undoubtedly one of the most popular scenic spots of the Manali. Famous among adventure seekers, nature lovers and photographers, the drive to the Pass is an equally exhilarating experience as is exploring it. Enjoy skiing or mountain biking here while snow-capped peaks and glaciers surround you.
The best time to visit the pass is between May-June and October-November.
(iii) Surrounded by dense foliage of pine trees are the Vashist Baths and Hot Water Springs. Located in the famous Vashist Temple, these natural sulphur springs are believed to be medicinal.
(iv) Located on the Mall Road, the Van Vihar National Park is a popular nature sanctuary. The park is populated by dense deodar and pine forests. A small pond in the park confines is the perfect picnic spot. You can enjoy boating in the waters of the pond or take a pleasant stroll through the park.