Top 15 Places to visit in Manali

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Best things to do in Manali and sightseeing in Manali

The land from where once an ancient trade route to China would be embarked on, Manali is an abode for modern creativity now as much as it for withdrawal and adventure in the majestic mountains. From offering hostels, hotels, co-working spaces to the cave where once Arjun, the Pandava king had supposedly meditated (Arjun Gufa), Manali is no less than a global village. The mighty Himalayas have inspired many foreign settlements here, giving rise to popular European and Israeli cafes, restaurants and hostels, providing one a consortium of around the world cultures. This town is a true haven for adventure junkies who can indulge in river rafting, paragliding, camping, rock climbing, rappelling, zorbing at Solang Valley and Aleo. Manali has an array of breathtaking treks and sights for its nature lovers, for instance the Patalsu Peak, the Deo Tibba basecamp, Jogini Falls and the Rahala Falls. For all the solo riders out there, cruise your way through the snowy alley of Rohtang Pass while those who wish to travel back in time, can indulge in the exquisite display of culture and heritage at the Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art. Restaurants and cafes such as the Khyber Pass, Johnson's Cafe, La Plage, Drifters' Inn, The Hangout attract foodies for their culinary justice to everything from Thai to European cuisines and even some live music. If all this is too over the top for you, then reconnect with simplicity at Naggar Village, which is home to waterfalls, a beautiful castle, an art gallery and locals which have many stories to share and a cultural heritage to take pride in.

Old Manali - Manali

Also called the hippie hub, Old Manali is known as a global village where foreigners from many countries come to experience the atmosphere and excitement. The place is extremely charming and it is no wonder that many choose this place as their honeymoon destination. Old Manali is famous for its riverside café by the name of River Music. It is also called Moondance and serves up a hearty menu of soups, momos, pasta, sandwiches and much more that go well with ginger and honey flavoured teas. There are a number of shops that sell drapes here, the most famous being a shop called No Problem International.
Stay at the paradise guest house
Dharmesh Patel

216 Followers, 7 Reviews


The many cafes and good vibes - with amazing weather Things to do: 1) Rohtang Pass 2) Solang Valley 3) Bhrigu Lake trek More details here: https://sidrsharma.wordpress.com/2015/12/16/manali-vashist-things-to-do/ (Copy-paste the link in your browser)
Siddharth R. Sharma

136 Followers, 6 Reviews


Old Manali is a beatiful place in Himachal Pradesh, near to the mall road of Manali but far away from hustle bustle of New Manali. The night life in old manali calming and soothing with cafe's serving amazing food and several live performance. The streets are lively even at night with the sound of the Beas flowing along the street of Old Manali.
Mayank Negi

152 Followers, 22 Reviews


Best time to visit
If you wish to avoid the cold, try not to visit this place during the winter months.
Things to do
Trekking and bird watching is organized and one should make use of the opportunity.
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
A number of pocket-friendly hotel provides reasonable and comfortable lodging within the range of INR 500 to INR 1000.00

Hidimba Devi Temple - Manali

Located in the Old Manali region of Manali, this is the first temple dedicated to Hidimbi Devi. She is worshipped here in the form of Devi Shakti and this is a very popular temple of Himachal. The temple was built by Maharaja Bahadur Singh in the 16th Century to give respect to the wife of Bhima, the Pandava. It is said that Hidimbi, the brother of Hidimba agreed to marry anyone who could overpower her brother. Hidimba was known to be the strongest of all. Another legend says that once there was a fight between the Pandavas and Hidimba, in which Bhima, the strongest Pandava defeated and killed Hidimba who was from the demon clan. After this Hidimbi married Bhima and they had a son named Ghatotkach. When the Pandavas were returning from their exile, Hidimbi decided to stay back and start her meditation to gain ultimate power and get the position of a Goddess. The cave in which we find the temple today is said to be the same in which she had meditated. After her meditation she became an incarnation of Goddess Shakti. The specialty of this temple is its pagoda styled 4-tiered roof and its beautiful wood carvings. The main festivals celebrated here are the Dusshera and Navaratri. There is another fair which is organized here during the month of May.
This is a temple dedicated to the female demon, Hidimba also the wife of the Pandav, Bheem and the mother to Lord Ghatotkach.
Sanjana Mohapatra

192 Followers, 8 Reviews


An ancient cave temple dedicated to Hadimba Devi, sister of Hidimb, who was a character in the Indian epic, Mahabharata. The temple is surrounded by a cedar forest at the foot of the Himalayas. The Hadimba Devi Temple has intricately carved wooden doors and a 24 meters tall wooden “shikhar” or tower above the sanctuary. The tower consists of three square roofs covered with timber tiles and a fourth brass cone-shaped roof at the top. The earth goddess Durga forms the theme of the main door carvings. The temple is also known for a fair held every year in Hindi month of Sravan in the memory of Raja Bahadur Singh, who built the temple.
Sagnik Basu

1k+ Followers, 132 Reviews


While the term Mandir might put off a few, this quaint little temple is not just for the religious. There is a sudden drop in the temperature as you enter the premises of the temple and slowly descend downwards. Ancient deodar trees shudder behind the cold mist and the pagoda style roof the temple emerges behind them. The temple made entirely out of wood has the skulls of various animals adorning its walls, adding to its rustic appeal. The sanctum sanctorum is a cave and the pujaris here don’t greet you with a sugary smile but a solemn glance. An excellent place to unwind, Hidimba Mandir is a place you must not miss while visiting Manali.
Gayatri Manu

503 Followers, 30 Reviews


Best time to visit
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Things to do
worship
Open Hours
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Budget
Free

Prini - Manali

Prini is a rapidly developing village opposite of Manali town. Beautiful small village with wide open view of mountains, many hotel & resorts are there. Very shortly it will be called NEW MANALI.
Sonali Gurung

104 Followers, 65 Reviews


From kasol our next stop was manali. So we had booked our hotel here(6 seasons).The perks of going off season is you get awesome hotels for lesser price.The place is a little away from manali on the manali-naggar road .So if you prefer a little solitude with a nice view of the mountains this side is definitely good for you. Adding to it there is a nice trek up the mountians from here through villages. That's worth your time again. But the bad side is you don't have have a lot of hotels or activity in this side of the town.All the pubs,restaurants in the manali main town.
Rohan Mudaliar

210 Followers, 112 Reviews


Manali Bus Depot - Manali

Its the official bus stand in Manali operated by Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC). Its located near by NH21, Simsa Village, Manali.
Ohh ya how can I forget this place. After all I got down from the bus after 16 hours of my journey, which started from Delhi. Huh it was a bit painful, though I enjoyed it for the very first time.
mayur saikia

14 Followers, 21 Reviews


In the evening we headed to the Bus depot for our overnight bus journey to Delhi. Here do not forget to pick up the local himachali dish Sidu from the tea shop in the Municipal market, it is just behind the bus stand.
Samantha Mascarenhas

268 Followers, 36 Reviews


Best time to visit
Whenever one is in Manali.
Things to do
Get a bus from Manli.
Open Hours
24 Hrs.
Budget
N/A

Leh Manali Highway - Manali

A highway in Northern India, it connects Leh in the Ladakh region of the state of Jammu and Kasmir with Manali in Himachal Pradesh. The highway remains open only for around four months during summer when the snow gets cleared and there is no fear of landslides. Again when winter arrives and there is snow all around, the highway remains no more motorable. At this time a part of the highway connects Zanskar in Ladakh to Lahaul and Spiti Valley in the Himachal Pradesh.
The most dangerous road in India and one of the World’s deadliest road, Leh Manali Highway connects Leh in Ladakh to Manali through the most beautiful Lahaul and Spiti valley. Manali to Leh highway is 490 km long, with an elevation of more than 4,000 m (13,000 feet) along with highest at Tanglang La mountain pass, a stunning view of mountain ranges.
Mayank Raj

237 Followers, 57 Reviews


The most spectacular natural landscape that my eyes have ever seen. In Delhi, sitting on a rooftop as a neophyte, I heard several guru backpackers talking about this place. A phrase led me to make the trip: “It’s like being on the moon.” Really: if something looks like being on the moon on this planet Earth is this place. Oh well, also to be on Mars. The landscape is constantly changing and it’s SURREAL. I always sleep on buses or trains, but here I made every effort to stay awake during the 20 hours of journey (split in two days) because every 10 minutes the landscape changes. I took many photos, but the truth is that none of them do justice to it. I guess there are not cameras designed by humans that can capture such beauty. The cons: it is not only the second highest road in the world (5328m above sea level), but one of the most dangerous. There are parts that are not even a road anymore but muddy rivers that cross it. Many times there is only one lane and curves are so narrow, that suddenly you see in front of you an army truck. With cliffs on the other side, in such a case, good that heaven doesn’t seem to be far away from here…
Andrea Aguilar-Calderón

348 Followers, 37 Reviews


Best time to visit
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Things to do
Communication
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Budget
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Himalayan Regency - Manali

Himalayan Regency is a budget hotel in Manali, near circuit House, Hadimba Road.
The most young mountain range and the most beautiful mountain range of our beloved globe is our home Himalayas. In the month of February, Manali was frozen everywhere. The evergreens were coloured deep green and snow fall for every moment till two days made me romantic with the nature. At Manali, you can get all range of hotels to stay. There are several options at Manali and at old Manali. I was at Manali in the month of February 2015 and I discovered the hotel named Himalayan Regency.
Dipankar Ghosh

69 Followers, 2 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
Book a room for stay.
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

The Lazy Dog Lounge - Manali

Food was good but expensive
Bidisha

365 Followers, 62 Reviews


The Himalayan - Manali

The Himalayan is a luxury resort & spa in Manali, near Hadimba Road. Overlooking the gushing waters of Parvati River, the Himalayan Village is a resort that can be found at the foothills of the Malana village near Manikaran. The resort has 6 cottages and 2 separate machans that have been built keeping the Kathkunia style in mind – no cement, just that the walls are plastered with mud and has much deodar wood work. The rooms are filled with teak furniture and come equipped with an electric blanket, a refrigerator and a dressing area as well. The resort offers free WiFi connection to its guests and some of the services provided here include a restaurant that serves Continental, Indian and Himachali food, a spa complete with a dry and steam sauna and Jacuzzi, massages and various therapies, outdoor activities like rappelling and rock climbing.
The Himalayan is built in high Victorian Gothic style. Manali's newest luxury hotel has eight plush rooms as well as eight cottages, conference facilities, a spa and a heated outdoor pool.
Anvi

459 Followers, 56 Reviews


Best time to visit
Whenever one is in Manali.
Things to do
Take a spa, enjoy site seeing. Indulge in therapies like keratherpay and acupressure at the spa here.
Open Hours
Monday to Saturday from 9:30 am to 11 pm while on Sunday 10:30 am to 7:30 pm
Budget
The resort authorities need to be contacted with regards to this.

Tibetan Monastery - Manali

It is a known fact that Manali is famous for the number of monasteries that have been established here. Two very beautiful monasteries that attract much tourist attention are the Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa that was built in the year 1969 and the Himalayan Nyingma Gompa. The former is located in Old Manali and has a statue of Lord Buddha along with its beautiful interiors. There is a small garden that surrounds this monastery. The second one is situated close to the market square in Manali. These monasteries are known for their brilliant handiwork. They make very beautiful carpets and paintings. When one enters these places, the low whisper of religious hymns being chanted along with the aroma of incense makes the place a peaceful abode.
A popular tourist attraction and a place for religious solace, the tibetan monastery is a very beautiful and elegant place to visit in Manali.
Nathan Fichardo

188 Followers, 9 Reviews


Best time to visit
Mark these spots on your list of places to visit in Manali and make sure to go there when one comes to this hill station.
Things to do
Just admire the place, its paintings and décor. Say a prayer when in this monastery.
Open Hours
6:00 am to 8:00 pm every day.
Budget
One does not have to pay any entry fee here.

Chichoga Holiday Inn - Manali

Chichoga Holiday Inn is one of the best places to stay in Manali.
Neha Dhiman

18 Followers, 5 Reviews


The Mall - Manali

The place is abuzz with activity all through the year and is the heart of the town of Shimla in Himachal Pradesh. While one may want to go shopping here, this place is home to some ver famous malls and shopping complexes like the Hong Kong Market. A number of restaurants and cafes dot the street and one can drop by any of them for a snack and drink. One is reminded of a carnival at The Mall, as the mood is full of fun, frolic, merry making and delicious food. A good thing here is that no vehicles are allowed to play here, so that one can stroll around peacefully without being honked at.
The Mall, unlike any hill stations is the center of attraction and the only commercial area in the plateau. the mall in Manali is no different from any other hill stations, but has spectacular view of the beas river, beautiful monasteries, the one that is seen in the movie jab we met and a temple in the midst of the the market. food in the mall is fabulous and mouth watering.
Amit Sarma

90 Followers, 5 Reviews


Best time to visit
When in Shimla City
Things to do
For items from the Kullu Valley, this is the place is where you will get them.
Open Hours
The road opens from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Budget
Budget for shopping

Il Forno - Manali

If you want to taste some awesome Italian delicacies in a location like this, Il Forno is the best option for you. Located in the Siyal Region and a part of the Hadimba Road, this is a very popular restaurant. The old world charm and lovely décor will instantly impress you. The best part is that they serve food which is Italian and which is authentically Italian. The prices are standard and the quantity of food is really good and enough for a starving soul.
Hanging precariously on a Cliffside, this Italian restaurant –popularised by the TV show Highway on My Plate (HOMP) happens to serve decent wood-fire, thin crust pizzas. Salty beers and bitter espressos can also accompany your piping hot Italian meal of Calzones, Pastas and Salad.
Gayatri Manu

503 Followers, 30 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
Eat out
Open Hours
Unable to verify
Budget
N/A

Moondance - Manali

Out of the world food!
Bidisha

365 Followers, 62 Reviews


Rock Top Cottage - Manali

Beautiful view
Bidisha

365 Followers, 62 Reviews


Vyas Vatika - Manali

Sitting by the riverside was best part....#Relaxing .. sit on the edge of river and enjoy the flow .. peaceful and beautiful views all around .
Navedita Rai

0 Followers, 1 Reviews


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