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Manali : The perfect Family Holiday Destination

Enough of trekking and adventure, its for some family time. And nothing can beat manali when it comes to family holiday destination. I have been to Manali twice and it just made my love grow for the place. I went to Manali with my family, uncle and cousins both the times.

The best time to visit Manali would be around winters as their will be plenty of snowfall and Manali is one place famous for snow.

Photos of Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India 1/1 by Nikhil Aggarwal

The best way to reach manali is by Volvo Bus if you reside somewhere north in India like I do in Delhi. The moment you step out of the bus for the first time in Manali, you can feel the freshness in its air. The cool breeze will vanish your overnight bus strain. You can easily get a lot of hotels according to your budget. Being with family we stayed in a cottage - WOOD VALLEY COTTAGE. The place is adequate if you are travelling with a group of 8-12 people. We got our own chef and a helper that can arrange almost everything including in-house bonfire.

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Manali is a mixed bag of adventure and comfort. Here are few places you should visit -

Hidimba Devi Temple is among the popular spots in Manali. It is famous for its history and is dedicated to Hidimba Devi (wife of Bhim). 

The next temple is one of my favourite. Vashisth Temple is located 3km from Manali and must be on your list. It has a hot water spring that is believed to heal skin problems. We used to visit the temple every morning for a quick bath. 

Photos of Vashisht Temple, Vashisht, Old Manali, Vashist, Himachal Pradesh, India 1/1 by Nikhil Aggarwal

Gurudwara Sahib Manikaran is located in parvati valley around 35km from Manali. The Gurudwara is huge and has a hot water source where you can bath in. The place looks stunning as its made  on the edge of river parvati. For adventure lovers, Manali also offers River Rafting on the way to Manikaran which is not too dangerous and one can enjoy it with family. 

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The next place is Solang Valley, the valley is beautiful and on top of Kullu. We stayed one night here in Solang Valley resort and we were lucky enough to witness snowfall. Solang valley also holds activities like zorbing, paragliding, skiing etc.

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You just can't miss this place if you are at Manali. I am talking of Rohtang Pass, located at elevation of 3800m. This place has amazing scenery and it will be a treat to eyes. Photographers will love to be hear. But don't visit it from Nov-May as this place is closed due to heavy snowfall.

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