Manali is one of the most popular and wonderful hill stations. If you are planning for a family, friends, or a honeymoon trip then you can think to visit Manali. It is one of the most visited tourist places in India. It is so a beautiful place not less than Heaven.
Best time to visit
By the way in Manali, there is always cold and pleasant weather. But still, their weather is so unpredictable. Manali weather changes without any prior signal, you can see rain or snowfall with rain anytime. That’s why it is full of fun and adventure.
However, if you are an adventurous person or planning a honeymoon trip you could travel there from late November to February because there is a winter season in Manali and also you can enjoy a huge snowfall there due to which there is very less crowd and you will see many lovebirds there and some adventures people.
Still, if you are planning to visit Manali from March to August you will get very pleasant weather there as it’s a combo of rainy and summer seasons. In the evening you can get a sunbath and at night and morning, you have to face the chilled wind and cold weather so, it is better to carry some winter clothes with you.
And from September to November, there is a rainy season in Manali. Thus, you can have a good time with rain and snowfall also. Along with this, you could enjoy an apple garden full of hanging apples.
How to Reach?
Now, the most often question is how to reach Delhi to Manali?
So, the answer is you can reach there by air, by road or by train.
But traveling by flight or train makes no sense because there is no airport or railway station in Manali and the nearest airport is Kullu Manali Airport which is 50km and 1.30 hrs away from Manali similarly the nearest railway station you can get through is in Chandigarh that’s why this route is also useless.
Therefore you are left with only one option which is by Road and by road there is 570 km from Delhi to Manali which takes approximately 12 to 15 hrs depending on traffic and your driving style.
By road you have two conveyances:-
Delhi to Manali by Bus
The happy news is that there are hundreds of Buses on this route. In Delhi, there are mainly two bus stopes through which you can easily get your bus.
One is in Kashmiri gate and another one is in Majnu ka Tila. The only difference between them is that the Kashmiri gate bus station is for government buses and the Majnu ka Tila bus station is for private buses. You can get through any of the buses but In my opinion, you should opt for government buses. The benefits of this are that they are more reliable always run on time and they drop you at the mall road in Manali. On the other hand, some people choose private buses because they are cheaper but the drawback is that they drop you 2 km outside of the city.
So now if you can travel by bus you can choose any of these buses according to your comfort, convenience, and pocket. Which are as follows –
For more details or to book the bus, you can visit the Himachal roadway bus.
To check the prices of the bus you can go through the PayTm bus booking portal.
Delhi to Manali by Car
Traveling through a cab or self-drive is a commonly used way to reach Manali from Delhi. If anyone unaware of the routes of Delhi to Manali mostly uses Google map and they do the very right thing to use it because it is the most trustworthy map but still in my opinion you can take NH44 between Delhi and Chandigarh. If you want to visit Manali by cab you can book it online also through Ola and Uber.
Now it is up to you how many days to want to spend exploring Manali but still, 5 to 6 days are sufficient for your whole trip if and only if you are traveling Manali for enjoyment and outing purposes otherwise Manali is so beautiful place that if someone gets attached to this place then definitely it will be very tough to leave that place.
Hotels and Resorts
So when you reach Manali, first of all, you require to book a room in a good hotel or resort and for that, you have a very large number of options as there are a huge amount of hotels, resorts, cottages, etc. because it is one of the famous and visited tourist place.
When you reach nearby the Manali you will see a lot of places to stay yourself.
But I suggest you stay nearby to the Manali ( like nearby 2km ). So you will not have to face any inconvenience. If you want to stay in mall road in Manali it is very good but on very seasonal days it became difficult to get a place on Mall road and it is also a little costly according to other places.
So if you are searching for a pocket-friendly shelter within 2 km of the center of Manali you can go through these places –
- Old Manali
Otherwise, you can find any cheap Oyo which you will find out easily on your way.
Manali is full of adventures games, rides, and places to have a lot of fun like –
Hidimba Devi Temple, Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, Manu Temple, Manali Sanctuary, Mall Road, Old Manali, Van Vihar National Park, Jogini Falls, Nehru Kund, Arjun Gufa, Cafe 1947, The Castle Manali, Rahalla Falls, Beas River, Jagatsukh and Many More…
But here I am going to tell you only the most popular and must-do adventures sports which are as follows –
Hidimba Devi Temple
This is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Manali. As it is an ancient 15th-century temple. It is a temple of Goddess Hidimba who was the wife of Bheem, one of the Pandavas.
Location: Hadimba Temple Rd, Old Manali, Manali, Himachal Pradesh 175131
Distance from Manali Bus Stand: 3.5 Kms
Best time: After the monsoons (mid-September) or the pleasant summer months of March-June
Entry Fee: There is no entry fee.
Solang Valley is the most famous tourist place in Manali. With its beauty, it is also famous for its stunning adventurous sports activities. Which includes skiing, paragliding, zorbing, camping, quad biking, snowmobiling, and much more….
In winter, it is fully covered with white snow, which makes its beauty much more attractive.
Location: Northwest of Manali, Between the Beas Kund and Solang Village.
Distance from Manali: 13 km away from Manali
Entry fee: Approx 500/-
Rohtang Pass is quite much famous place. It is 13,000 feet above the ground and it is part of the Proud Pir Panjal Range. So, you can imagine how cold it is but also become scary sometimes because of its unpredictable climate yet its fabulous beauty makes adventure seekers’ tour mind-blowing.
Location: Eastern end of pir panjal range
Distance from Manali: 51 km from Manali
Entry fees: PAID you need a special permit to cross it.
Mall Road is a fascinating market, probably all the visitors have always visited here. This road is lined up with hundreds of local shops, giving you the idea of their local flavor, sight, taste, culture, religion, etc.
Location: Main Manali Street
Distance from Manali: 1.1 km away
This 160 feet tall and marvelous Waterfall is a landmark as well as a famous attraction for tourists. The naturally surrounding beauty around it and the sound of falling water attract and loved visitors a lot. They sit nearby it for hours and enjoy the beauty of nature with a hot cup of tea and tasty Maggie.
Location: Vashisht Village
Distance from Manali: 4.8 km ahead
Best Time: After the Monsoon (mid-September) or in the pleasant summer months of March-June.
Food & Cuisines
Some Popular Places to Eat are recommended by tourists.
- Johnson’s Cafe, Circuit House Road.
- Cafe 1947, Near Nehru Kund, Bahang.
- People Art Cafe &Lounge, Manu Temple Road, Old Manali.
- Chopsticks, Mall Road.
- Drifter’s Cafe, Manu Temple Road, Old Manali.
- Cafe Nirvana, Old Manali.
- Lazy Dog, Manu Temple Road, Old Manali
Nearby Road Trips From Manali
|Manali to Naggar||23 km||35 mins|
|Manali to Kullu||41 km||1 hour|
|Manali to Kasol||76 km||2 hours|
|Manali to Bir||158 km||5 hours|
|Manali to Mandi||108 km||3 hours|
|Manali to Tirthan Valley||106 km||3 hours|
|Manali to Shimla||249 km||7 hours|
|Manali to Chandigarh||307 km||8 hours|
|Manali to Leh||426 km||11 hours|
Tips for traveling to Manali
- Before visiting check their weather as it is so unpredictable.
- While traveling during the Holidays season, try to book hotels and conveyance in advance.
- If you traveling in summer days still take some of your winter cloth as it is pleasant wheater in the afternoon and cold in the evening.
- For tracking or nearby tours book a local guide.
- If you are driving on your own and do not have a good experience in driving please avoid driving on mountains at night, it is too risky.
- Always follow safety guidelines if you are playing any adventurous sports.
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