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
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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.
It is a place of great religious value to the Hindus and Sikhs because it houses the historical Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara. The high point of this Gurudwara is, that it is situated on the banks of River Parvati. You can literally sense the tempestuous rage of the Parvati while standing atop the bridge connecting the Gurudwara.
Solang should always make it to the top of your places to visit when in Manali list. The valley presents one with some stunning views of snow covered mountains, glaciers and dense forests. If you are game for some adventure sports then please try paragliding or skiing when you are here. If you decide to bring along the kids, they can indulge in horse riding or zorbing to keep themselves busy here. The place is filled with spots that are ideal for picnics, so one should pack a basket and go on one. Solang is dotted with shops that sell delicious local food to satiate the hunger pangs.
One of the most beautiful hill stations of India, Shimla is situated in the Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh. The city is in the northern ends of the beautiful Kullu Valley. There are a number of attractions to see in and around this place. Some of the most popular places are the Gulaba Camp known for its scenic beauty, the Nehru Kund is a clear water spring which has been named after the Late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. This is on the very famous Keylong Road. The Vashishth Village is then a very popular place especially for hot water springs. The Arjun Gufa, Kothi, Jagatsukh Temple, Rohtang Pass and Old Manali are other attractions to visit around.
This road is famous is for the Hotel Castle Naggar. This is a beautiful castle turned into a holiday resort and is a prime place for holidayers. This is also a place where a number of Bollywood Movies have been shot. The huge rooms and luxurious treatment by the staff here make you feel like you are having the best time of your life here. The rooms give way to views of the Kullu Valley, Beas River and other beautiful locations. The food and facilities here are also A- class.
This spectacle of a lake sits tucked away towards the east of Rohtang Pass in Kullu Valley. The lake is named after the famous sage Maharshi Bhrigu, who meditated at this high altitude lake at 14,100ft above sea level. In the present days, it is a choicest destination for trekkers who wish to explore the pleasing isolated corners of the Himalayas.Check out the Team Trek Trails's journey to Bhrigu Lake.
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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.
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.
Manali to Jispa
An early morning start takes us to Jispa, a 6 hour ride away. We are camping in Jispa in beautiful Swiss tents surrounded by mountains on all sides. The Bhaga River flowing by calls for a small picnic in the late afternoon. Stay: Camps site. Swiss Tents with attached toilets Inclusions: Breakfast | Dinner | Picnic Experiences: Swiss Tent stay, River side Picnic
Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa Monastery
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.
Born Free Cafe | Coworking | Hostel
Sachin Aggarwal, the brains behind Born Free Cafe, wanted to work, but not in the drab, boring way that most of us are used to. He wanted to build something “where work does not feel like work”. And thus came to life the Born Free Coworking, where for Rs 700 a day, you can get away from your cubicles from anywhere between a week to a month.Located around 40 metres from the Old Manali bridge, the cafe is located in the central part of town. The building houses a hostel on the first floor and a co-working space and cafe on the ground floor.Born Free Cafe opened its doors in May 2016. At the basic rate of Rs 300, this co-working space has a nice working space with wooden tables, good internet speed, wireless speakers, a printer and two cups of coffee. If you're looking to stay at the property for a few nights, then you can grab a bunk bed at Rs 500 a night, including breakfast.For more information, get in touch here.3. The Pankhasari Retreat, in Darjeeling
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.