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Old Manali

📍 Old Manali, Himachal PradeshView map ›

🗓 Best Time To Visit:March to June (Spring-Summer), December to February for snow

⏰ Open Hours:Open all day, all year round

🏞 Things To Do:Visit ancient temples, explore cafes, trekking, shopping, photography, experience snowfall

💰 Budget:Accommodation ranges from budget guesthouses to luxury resorts. Food and activities are reasonably priced

🧳 Traveller Types:Solo travellers, Families, Couples, Adventure enthusiasts, Photographers

📍 Known For:Old Manali Bridge, Manu Temple, Himalayan Nyinmapa Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, Riverside Cafes, Handicrafts, Hippie Culture

🚄 Distances:From Bhuntar Airport: 52km, From Joginder Nagar Railway Station: 165km, From Shimla: 250km

👝 Shopping:Handicrafts, Woolen Clothes, Jams, Pickles, Tibetan Artifacts

🍽 Cuisine:Tibetan, Indian, Continental available at local cafes and restaurants

🧭 Tips:Carry warm clothes even in summer. Be respectful to local culture and traditions

🏔 Unique:Ideal for experiencing Himalayan village life amidst apple orchards, deodar forests and the River Beas

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Old Manali: A Guide to the Hidden Gem of Himachal Pradesh

Are you looking for a destination that will take you away from the hustle and bustle of the city life and transport you to a world of peace and tranquility? Do you want to experience the traditional culture and natural beauty of Himachal Pradesh in a charming and cosy village? If yes, then Old Manali is the place for you.

Old Manali is a hidden gem of Himachal Pradesh that offers a perfect blend of nature, culture, adventure, and relaxation. It is located 3 km uphill from the main town of Manali, across the Manalsu River. It is famous for its apple orchards, quaint guesthouses, and cosy cafes that offer a variety of cuisines and live music.

In this article, we will explore the best places to visit, things to do, and experiences to have in Old Manali. We will also give you some tips and recommendations on how to plan your trip to this amazing destination. So, let’s get started!

How to Reach Old Manali

Old Manali is easily accessible by road, air, or rail from various parts of India. Here are some of the ways you can reach Old Manali:

By Air:

The nearest airport to Old Manali is Bhuntar Airport, which is about 50 km away. You can take a flight from Delhi, Chandigarh, or other major cities to Bhuntar Airport. From there, you can take a taxi or a bus to reach Old Manali. The taxi fare is around Rs. 1500-2000 and the bus fare is around Rs. 100-150.

By Rail:

The nearest railway station to Old Manali is Joginder Nagar Railway Station, which is about 160 km away. You can take a train from Delhi, Chandigarh, or other major cities to Joginder Nagar Railway Station. From there, you can take a taxi or a bus to reach Old Manali. The taxi fare is around Rs. 2000-3000 and the bus fare is around Rs. 200-300.

By Road:

You can also drive to Old Manali by taking the National Highway 3 from Delhi or Chandigarh. The road is well-maintained and scenic, but it can be crowded and prone to landslides during peak season. The distance from Delhi to Old Manali is about 540 km and the distance from Chandigarh to Old Manali is about 300 km. You can also take a bus from Delhi or Chandigarh to Manali town and then take a local taxi or auto-rickshaw to reach Old Manali.

Where to Stay in Old Manali

Old Manali has a range of accommodation options for different budgets and preferences. You can choose from homestays, guesthouses, hostels, hotels, resorts, or campsites. Here are some of the popular places to stay in Old Manali:

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Drifter’s Inn:

This is a backpacker’s paradise that offers dorms, private rooms, and cottages with stunning views of the mountains and the river. It also has a cafe, a library, a rooftop terrace, and a bonfire area. The price range is Rs. 300-1500 per night.

To book a stay at Drifter's Inn click here.

Zostel Manali, Vashisht:

Situated in Bashist, within 3.7 km of Hidimba Devi Temple and 2.6 km of Circuit House, Zostel Manali, Vashisht features accommodation with a shared lounge and free WiFi throughout the property. The property is set 2.7 km from Tibetan Monastery, 4.3 km from Manu Temple and 12 km from Solang Valley.

To book a stay at Zostel click here.

Johnson Lodge & Spa:

This is a luxury 3-star resort that offers deluxe rooms, suites, and cottages with wooden interiors and modern amenities. It also has a restaurant, a bar, a spa, and a garden that overlooks the valley . The price range is Rs. 4000-10000 per night.

To book a stay at Johnson Lodge & Spa click here.

What to Eat & Where in Old Manali

Old Manali is a foodie’s heaven that offers a variety of cuisines and dishes to suit every palate. You can find local delicacies such as siddu (steamed bread stuffed with nuts), thukpa (noodle soup), momos (dumplings), trout fish (fried or grilled), etc.

You can also find international cuisines such as Italian, Israeli, Tibetan, Chinese, Mexican, etc., in the many cafes and restaurants that line the streets of Old Manali. Here are some of the popular places to eat in Old Manali:

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Cafe 1947:

This is one of the oldest and most famous cafes in Old Manali that offers Italian food such as pizzas, pastas, salads, etc. It also has live music, board games, books, and a riverside seating area . The price range is Rs. 300-800 per person.

Lazy Dog Lounge:

This is a cosy and comfortable lounge that offers continental food such as burgers, sandwiches, steaks, etc. It also has a bar, a fireplace, a pool table, and a garden that faces the river . The price range is Rs. 400-1000 per person.

Dylan’s Toasted and Roasted Coffee House:

This is a quaint and quirky coffee house that offers freshly roasted coffee beans and delicious desserts such as brownies, cakes, pies, etc. It also has art works, souvenirs, and a rooftop terrace . The price range is Rs. 200-500 per person.

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What to Do in Old Manali

Old Manali has something for everyone who loves nature, culture, adventure, or relaxation. You can do various activities such as trekking, camping, rafting, paragliding, skiing, etc., in the surrounding areas of Old Manali. You can also visit some of the attractions that are located in or near Old Manali such as:

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Hidimba Temple:

This is an ancient temple dedicated to Hidimba Devi, who was the wife of Bhima, one of the Pandavas from the epic Mahabharata. The temple has a unique pagoda-style architecture with a cone-shaped roof and intricately carved wooden walls and doors. It is surrounded by a cedar forest and offers a serene atmosphere for worship and meditation. The temple is open from 8 am to 6 pm and the entry is free.

Naggar Castle:

This is a medieval mansion that was built by Raja Sidh Singh of Kullu in 1460 A.D. It is a blend of Western and Himalayan style of architecture, with stone and wood as the main materials. It overlooks the scenic valley of Kullu and has a museum, an art gallery, and a heritage hotel inside it. The castle is open from 7 am to 10 pm and the entry fee is Rs. 15 per person.

Old Manali Market:

This is a vibrant market that sells local handicrafts, souvenirs, clothes, jewellery, and other items. You can find some unique and colourful products here, such as woolen shawls, Tibetan prayer flags, wooden masks, and apple products. You can also bargain with the vendors and get some good deals. The market is open from 10 am to 8 pm and the entry is free.

Jogini Waterfall:

This is a stunning waterfall that cascades down from a height of about 150 feet. It is located about 2 km away from Vashisht Temple, which is another attraction that you can visit in Old Manali. The waterfall is considered sacred by the locals and offers a refreshing sight for the visitors. You can reach the waterfall by trekking through a scenic trail that passes through apple orchards and pine forests. The trek takes about an hour and the entry is free.

Vashisht Temple:

This is a temple dedicated to Sage Vashisht, who was the guru of Lord Rama. It is situated on the banks of the Beas River and has a natural hot spring inside it. The water of the spring is believed to have medicinal properties and can cure various ailments. The temple also has beautiful carvings and paintings on its walls. The temple is open from 7 am to 9 pm and the entry is free.

What to Experience in Old Manali

Old Manali is not just a place to visit, but a place to experience. You can immerse yourself in the local culture, lifestyle, and traditions of Old Manali by interacting with the friendly and hospitable people who live there. You can also experience the festivals and events that are celebrated in Old Manali such as:

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Hadimba Devi Festival:

This is an annual festival that is held in May to commemorate the birthday of Hidimba Devi. It involves a fair, a procession, a dance, and a sacrifice at the Hidimba Temple. You can witness the colourful costumes, rituals, and performances of the locals during this festival.

Winter Carnival:

This is an annual carnival that is held in January to showcase the cultural and artistic diversity of Himachal Pradesh. It involves various competitions, performances, exhibitions, and parades in Manali town. You can see the talent and creativity of the people from different regions of Himachal Pradesh during this carnival.


This is an annual festival that is held in October to celebrate the victory of good over evil. It involves burning effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna, and Meghnad at various places in Manali town. You can join the festivities and enjoy the fireworks and music during this festival.

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Old Manali is a hidden gem of Himachal Pradesh that offers a perfect blend of nature, culture, adventure, and relaxation. It is a place where you can escape the chaos of the city life and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. If you are looking for a destination that will give you unforgettable memories and experiences, then Old Manali is the place for you.

We hope this article helps you plan your trip to Old Manali. If you have any questions or feedback for us, please let us know in the comments section below. Thank you for reading and happy travels!

Old Manali Reviews

This is not a travelogue of an experienced traveler. This is an expression of an amateur adventurer who left on an overnight Volvo to a surreal valley in Himachal, Old Manali. My fellow travellers were numbered, we were three females from the country’s capital looking for a week long escape into a world without concrete, without pollution and most importantly – low network services. Being a small group of female travelers, the rituals during the days leading up to our trip were rather strenuous. Societal norms, our overly possessive parents and our in-built pessimistic fear of what’s to come coupled with the fact that neither of us had travelled without our male friends or family members seemed to cross our minds now and then. But we were determined, as determined as young adults looking to tread along their own path are. And that’s a whole lot of determination put together when there’s three adrenaline seeking, life loving, enthused individuals going on a trip together. We ended up discovering a lot more than the place. 25th March, 7 PM, the streets running past the Kashmere Gate metro station in Delhi are bustling. After a 45 minute journey to our bus station across the road, we caught a glance of our chariot. The Himalayan Nomad. The next 15.5 hours were spent streaming Wild Wild Country on Netflix, listening to the neighbors’ snores and munching on our goodies. We even rationed our water intake for the fear of an untrustworthy bladder. I barely had shut eye for more than 3-4 hours, the giddy feeling in my stomach was trying to signal an adventure. And we were more than ready for it. We reached the Private Bus Parking at 10 AM, and took a cab to our Bag packing hostel called ‘YOLO Bagpackers’ located in Old Manali. At the hostel, the people were friendly to the extent of not being over bearing. That’s the beauty about the humans in Manali, they will be warm to you because of their own personal contentment. They care little about business, little about worldly treasures, and more about actually living the life us city kids always yearn to have. The man with all the tricks up his sleeves, he cooked and cleaned for the entire hostel – our man Ajju, escorted us to the room. We also had the sweetest furry friends to welcome us, Bhaalu (he sure looked like one) and Ludo. I would recommend the hostel to anyone who isn’t too fussy about their bedding, is looking for cheap accommodation, a party at 10 Am and overflowing Ginger lemon honey tea. Our hostel was a haven to retire at each day.
Like every other traveler out there, going on a mountain vacation is quintessential in the month of June. However, we had our doubts because of tourists raiding mountains in high volumes during the vacation season. After hours of research and planning, my sister, my husband and I decided to go for a trek and enjoy a few days in nature's lap. Our trek was to Beas Kund, a frozen lake, 12,700 feet above Manali, a heaven away from city's buzz. Our trek was to start from the morning of 29thJuneso we decided to flutter in and around old Manali for a day. We started our journey from Delhi at 10:00 PM via HRTC Volvo and reached Manali by 11:00 AM. (We were lucky enough to not have met traffic jams). After reaching Manali bus stop, we took a cab to Old Manali (when in Manali for only a day, you cannot miss to visit Old Manali) and checked in to our accommodation - a quaint serene property giving you good happy vibes. Ours was Madpackers Hostel with warm amazing staff and cozy rooms. (and it didn't dig a hole in our pockets). We visited Hadima Temple, took a walk in pine forests and enjoyed delicious and local food in the cafes of the town. Pro tip: Have small portions in each cafe to enjoy varied cuisines offered there. Don't burn up your appetite by just sitting at one cafe for hours. My personal favorite- Bean and Gone which offers Great coffee and amazing waffles!!
We started our day by going up toJana Falls. It is an amazing fall located at Jana Village from where the falls got the name "Jana". The view of the road journey to falls is really breathtaking. Falls has got nothing special about it but the serenity is just amazing and calm. You can try local food thali especially the rajma with red rice. You can just walk around, trek or sit and enjoy the fresh air of Jana. The best part, try downhill cycling here if you really are willing to try some adventure then this is just the perfct thing for you. Our hotel arranged for cycles and 2 people from the activity team of the hotel accompanied us. We completed halfway till the Naggar Haveli but after that couldn’t continue as it stared drizzling. And now our visit toOld Manali, located 3 kms uphill from the bustling town of Manali. This place is easily approachable from Manali by foot. Old Manali is a lot less crowded and has plenty of foreign backpackers and travellers who stay up there for weeks. The vibe at Old Manali post sun down is something words can’t describe; one has to be there to experience it. This place is surely worth checking out even if you have to make a long uphill walk from New Manali because if you haven’t been to Old Manali then you have surely missed out on the best parts of Manali.
I took a Taxi to Old Manali, which cost me ₹100. I pre-booked my hotel room from Make My Trip(as Usual). Unfortunately the room I booked was an Oyo room and the hotel had some dispute with the Oyo. They refused to accommodate me based on my online booking and the Direct booking was 5 times more expensive so there was no chance I am going to go for that considering my budget. So I called Make My Trip Customer service team and they requested me for some time. They responded back in 15 minutes and apologized for the inconvenience( it was not their fault either). So as a resolution they requested me to book another non Oyo hotel, refunded my money and compensated me with some digital cash for my next booking. Here is a tip for hotel booking:- If you are solo, try to book only for a single day, the rates will be much cheaper most of the time you get the same hotel at the same price or at minimal difference, else the hassle is worth the money it saves. The above incident might seems unfortunate but it was one of the most fortunate thing that happened on my trip. The next hotel that I booked " Spring House Manali",for me it was the best and I am very very glad that the previous hotel refused to accommodate.
Old Manali : Old Manali is place for you if you don't want crowd. This places is less crowded so that you can find peace. This place is more clean and beautiful so whenever you are in Manali, this should be your stop. ACTIVITIES Trekking Skiing River-Rafting WHAT TO EAT You will get every variety of Indian food. Tea, Maggies are available everywhere on the hills. Gulab Jamun Momos Bread Omelette Bombay Bhelpuri Samosas Khatta Trout Patande Tudkiya Bhat Chha Gosht Cantonese Noodles WHAT TO WEAR Wear warm clothes, gloves, shoes, cap. ABOUT THE AUTHOR : Author-Yasmin Mirza Tripto Profile- https://www.tripoto.com/profile/yasminmirza Instagram-travelwithmirza Youtube- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNxm9dNc1bvc6rEh3jWCTYA?view_as=subscriber Also check Mussoorie : https://www.tripoto.com/trip/mussoorie-queen-of-hills-5b863bc92981f Jim Corbett : https://www.tripoto.com/trip/jim-corbett-jungle-safari-weekend-gateway-from-delhi-5baa4295e9bff Lansdowne : https://www.tripoto.com/trip/lansdowne-5bfbbfa76cbe3Frequent Searches Leading To This Page:- manali tour packages for couple from delhi, manali tour package for couple from mumbai, manali tour package for couple from chandigarh, manali tour package for couple from bangalore, manali tour package for couple from hyderabad, manali tour package for couple from kerala
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