Manali: Isle of Natural Beauty and Adventure

    

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For all those who are on the lookout for adventure, Manali is the place you should go to! From trekking, river rafting to paragliding and many more enthralling activities the rush never ends. Beas river runs through the middle of the city making it look even more exquisite and the majestic hills with the woody forests add to its charm. Nestled at one end of the Kullu Valley, Manali is a popular hill station which is one of the main attractions of Himachal tourism.

Things to do in Manali:

Canyoning

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Manali offers a host of adventurous activities. An activity of rappelling down a waterfall is called canyoning. It is more of fun and adventure filled activity. Imagine you are rappelling down a mountain with all the safety measures in control and waterfall with gushed white water falling on you. Doesn’t that excite you?

Sidelined as an adventure sport, you can experience this underrated adventure sport in Manali and add good times to your Manali trip memories.

Paragliding

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With alpine forests and towering snow-capped Himalayas, this place is one of the most preferred locations for paragliding. How fascinating would it feel to fly in the majestic mountains and vivacious valleys! If the imagination of doing it thrills you, how would it feel doing it? You know the answer very well!

River Rafting

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Located near the river Beas, Manali has emerged as a hub for watersport activities, making a name for itself in rafting. Put on your life jackets, experience the ultimate challenge as the raft get's tossed from side to side and get hit by the waves.

Visit Hadimba Devi Temple

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Hadimba temple is located 2 km from Mall road in Manali. The temple is surrounded by the hills of Manali and is dedicated to Goddess Hidimba. This is one of the most crowded places in Manali, as a lot of people go there to offer their prayers. Visit this divine temple and you might seek what you have been looking for!

Trek to Jogini Falls

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Just 3 km from Vashisht Temple lies this breathtaking waterfall. It takes about 1 hour to reach these magnificent falls. Enjoy an energizing dip under these cascading falls and have your packed lunch while admiring the towering snow clad mountains all around.

Bath in Vashisht Kund at Vashisht Temple

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Rejuvenate your body and soul at this hot spring which acts as a natural spa center gifted by God to beat the cold as well as tiredness. Usually, people coming back from Jogini falls bath at this hot spring to relax their body after a tiring trekking session.

Shopping Hopping at Mall Road

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The famous Mall Road of Manali is a shopping hub of Manali which is lined with plenty of hotels, eateries and shopping opportunities. That explains the top three things you can do around here - eat, sleep and shop. Ranging from trinkets like key chains and keepsakes to the extortionately priced pashmina shawls, the Mall Road in Manali is the answer to all your shopping needs.

Visit Rohtang Pass

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If you are in Manali and you don't pay a visit to Rohtang Pass, your Manali trip is incomplete. Rohtang pass remains on the list of must-visit places in Manali of every traveler. The Pass is situated at 51 km away from Manali and connects the Kullu and Lahaul-Spiti valleys of Himachal. Beat the traffic and you'll get a scenic view of the Parvati valley. The snow covering the plains give us a great opportunity for various recreational activities. Feel the high of being at 4800m and enjoy the hot cup of tea and Maggi, sure it does taste different.

Gateway to Multiple Treks

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In every walk with nature, one experiences far more than he seeks. Manali is the place with scenic beauty and ideal for adventure, peace, and calm. The best way to experience the raw beauty of Manali is trekking which can lead you to an adventurous journey. Move closer to nature by taking a number of interesting trek routes promising breathtaking mountain vistas and endless action. Famous treks from Manali are Bhrigu Trek, Hampta Pass trek, Prashar Lake Trek, Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek.

Biking Across Manali

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Bike rentals are available at reasonable rates. You can get a good bargain if you rent for two or more days. Travelling by car around Manali can give you a headache as the roads are not that wide but with a bike, everything seems sorted. It’s the best way to explore the surroundings and the nearby Solang Valley. Moreover, many people who do the bike trip to Leh-Ladakh, hire the bike from Manali.

Visit Solang Valley

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Roughly 14 km from Manali, the drive up to Solang Valley is picturesque. Once you are there, try adventure activities like zorbing, paragliding, and even skiing(if snow is there) or eat Chinese food from the local roadside shacks.

Yak Cafe at Solang Valley is famous for its food as they use a self-made tandoori oven to make pizza as well as momos.

Hymn with the Buddhist monks at Tibetan Monasteries

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Built by the Tibetans and other followers of Buddhism, the monasteries are a great place where you can witness the Buddhist culture. Popular monasteries include the Manali Gompa, Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa and the Himalayan Nyingamapa Gompa.

Old Manali Excursion

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Old Manali is a small section of this beautiful paradise, sharing the fame with its own charm. Though only 10 to 15 minutes away from Manali, Old Manali hosts an entirely different environment. Manali is more of domestic tourist based and when we talk about Old Manali, things are up sided down. It has foreigners and backpackers follow up.

Quaint little cafes and street shops, bakery outlets with freshly baked cookies and pastries, homestays in the farms, all together add up to make this little town in the mountains the perfect retreat for the hippies. Go there, venture out the different avatars of the town of Manali.

How to reach Manali?

Route from Delhi: Manali can be reached from Delhi by NH 1 up to Ambala and from there NH 22 to Chandigarh and from there by NH 21 that passes through Bilaspur, Sundernagar, Mandi and Kullu towns.

By Bus: Board from Kashmiri Gate bus terminal or Himachal Bhawan(Delhi), it takes around 12-15 hours to reach Manali. Just sit, relax and admire the natural scenic beauty you get to see in the journey.

By Car: Find the right company and drive off for a 550 km ride while playing your favourite playlist and taking halts wherever you want.

Advice: If you are planning a road trip to Manali by personal car, take turns for driving so that one person doesn’t get exhausted driving for too long.

By Flight: The nearest airport is Bhuntur airport which also called Kullu-Manali airport. From Bhuntur, Manali is merely 50 km. You can take a cab or even bus to reach the beautiful paradise. Your comfort, your choice!

Approximate return bus fare(Delhi-Manali-Delhi):

Non-AC: INR 1600

AC: INR 2000

Where to Eat in Manali?

Johnson Bar and Restaurant: Great Ambience, awesome music, good service; visit it for the feel and some great chocolate cake. Food is good too.

Cost: Meal for two costs under Rs. 750*

Cafe 1947: A relaxing and fun place to unwind with a beer and sheesha; and great Italian food too.

Cost: Meal for two costs under Rs. 500*

Casa Bella Vista: Known for its Italian food, especially wood-fired pizzas, Casa Bella Vista sports a courteous staff and good service.

Cost: Meal for two costs Rs. 500*

Where to Stay in Manali?

Golden Apple Resort: The 3-star wonder provides guests with a luxurious accommodation and the best hospitality at an affordable price in Manali. The rooms in the hotel are well furnished and equipped with all necessary amenities such as Wi-Fi and hot water.

Vivaan: The Sunrise Resort: It is the place where guests are gods and service with a smile is devotion. The resort offers 18 spacious guestrooms, divided into two categories –Premium and Standard besides the two suites.

The Harmony Hotel: The hotel is enriched with luxury rooms, multi-cuisine restaurant, 24x7 room service and lush green lawn area. It is where you will leave behind the hustle and bustle of daily lives and simply revel and rejuvenate in the lap of unsullied nature.

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