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.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Manali is from March to June
How To Reach
Book a Package Tour
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.
Hidimba Devi Temple
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.
Leh Manali Highway
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 lake is situated at a height of 14100 feet. The time i reached the lake it was frozen and had more than 50ft of ice over it. Being said that, there was no disappointment on finding the lake frozen as the snowclad mountains were breathtaking and gave amazing scenic beauty. The snow made the climb a little difficult and strenous without proper equipments, but it was worth it.
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.
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.
I was fortunately accepted by many people at zostel. Being a part of a Solo journey , I was always travelling alone but actually the intrinsic thing was that I was never left alone at any place. Every place I visited in Himachal it gave me something new to see and someone new to proceed with.
By evening, my infatuation had grown multifold. I was finding ways to impress him, you know, try to be cute, do girly things, look naïve.. :) He was so different from the men I liked. All three days, he wore the same clothes. No, I mean literally same clothes, same blazer, shirt, denims, shoes and all I could think about was how handsome, kind and quiet he is (which is something all of us girls appreciate in a man).
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.
Casa Bella Vista
This is a holiday resort in the Old Manali Region and also one of the most beautiful you have ever been to. It is an awesome property with a expansive area and a 3- storey cottage with living areas, dining and drawing rooms along with all other facilties. Everything is designed here so elegantly and with an old world French charm here and there. They serve pure veg food and authentic Italian Cuisine too. The service is so good and the surroundings as well, this place has become an attraction in itself.
Day 4: Shea-Goru to Chatru and drive from Chatru to Manali
A leisure 4-hour walk downhill to the road head Chatru is scenic as you enter the barren Spiti valley. One can visit Chandratal in the afternoon and camp the night back at Chatru. Or one can drive back to Manali from Chatru.
Rent a Cottage: Vijayendra Singh of Nalagarh rents three fully equipped three-bedroom cottages from 5000 in Upper Manali. All have open fireplaces and wood paneling. Ahilya Akoi has a well-positioned three-bedroom cottage with mountain views above Old Manali, which comes with the use of two staff members.
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.
Manali Bike Rental
I got up in morning and thanked god for keeping me alive. We reached Manali by 7. We reached hotel got ready and left to BRM(Bike Rentals Manali) for taking our bikes. Thanks to Abhinav and Anurag for giving us test drives and tips on how to overcome AMS. Here is the facebook page of BRM(http://goo.gl/B9j53y) , do contact them in case you are planning a biking trip from Manali to Leh.
Keylinga Inn (Your Home in The Himalayas)
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.