Duration : 3 Days Cost
Per Person : Rs. 7000 (excluding flights from Mumbai)
Day 1 : Old Manali - Hidamba Temple - Vashisht Temple - Vashisht Hot Water Springs - Jogini Falls
Day 2 : Old Manali - Solang Valley - Rohtang Pass
Day 3 : Old Manali - Naggar Castle -Jana Falls - Mall Road Shopping
Manali, haven for backpackers, known for its laid back hippie vibes is a popular hill station situated at a height of 2050m (6398 ft) in the northern end of Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh. Situated on the Beas river, this beautiful place is divided into two parts, New Manali and Old Manali. New Manali is quite cramped up and touristy, whereas Old Manali is less crowded and a perfect place to stay. It's quite relaxing and serene surrounded by nature and only 3 kms from New Manali. Old Manali is what we would recommend if you want to experience the real Manali.
When to go :
Manali is an all season destination where the temperatures are between 15-20°C however winters in Dec, Jan and Feb tend to get quite chilly being the coldest months and the temperatures dropping to - 2 °C.
How to reach :
You can reach Manali from major hubs like Delhi, Chandigarh, Shimla, Leh, Kullu and Dharamshala via bus,train or flight however Buses are the most easiest and an economical way to reach Manali.
By Road : You can drive to Manali by car or bike which is located around 540 kms, 12 hours ride from Delhi and around 306 kms, 8 hours ride from Chandigarh. The roads are well maintained, so you can definitely make it a quick weekend getaway if you'd like.
By Bus: According to us, this has to be the most economical and quickest mode of transportation to reach Manali. One can get HRTC buses from the major hubs in Delhi (ISBT Kashmere Gate) and Chandigarh (ISBT Sector 43) which will take around 12-13 hours to reach Manali. There are a hearth of buses running post 9 pm which is the best to take as you will not miss daylight hours. The ticket price per person would range from Rs. 1200 to Rs. 1500 for a Volvo luxury bus, however an ordinary state bus will cost you merely Rs. 800 where you have to compromise a bit on your comfort level. You can book your bus tickets on HRTC website or through Red Bus.
By Flight : If you're coming from any other part of India, take a direct flight to Kullu Manali Airport (Bhuntar) which is the closest airport to Manali. Once at the airport you can book a pre-paid cab to get to your accommodation, since ride hailing apps like Ola, Uber don't work here. Alternatively, you simply fly to Delhi or Chandigarh and then take an overnight bus to Manali.
By Train : There's no direct train to Manali. So you can take the train till Shimla(SML) by booking through the IRCTC Website. You can opt for either state/private luxury buses or private/shared cabs from Shimla. The journey is around 246 km which is approximately 6 to 7 hours.
Where to Stay:
There are many options when it comes to staying in Manali, be it luxury or budget resorts, hostels and homestays. After a lot of searching in New and Old Manali, we ended up getting the best deal at Treebo Celebriti in Old Manali for just Rs. 700 per night including breakfast. This hotel had the best views of Manali overlooking the lush pine and deodar trees along with the sounds of the mighty gushing Beas river.