Manali is a top hill station of India. It is located in Kullu district in Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Which is around 270 km. away in the north of Shimla, around 309 km. away in the north-east of Chandigarh and approx. 544 km. in the north-east of national capital Delhi.
Manali is named after a Sanatan hindu lawgiver Manu. It is lying in the north of Kullu valley. which is also known as “Valley of Gods”. There was no apple tree grew in this area before the British people. They set-up first apple orchard in this area.
The climate of Manali is cold during winter and slight cool during Summer season. The average temperature during Winter ranges from -7 degree celcius to 15 degree celcius whereas during summer it ranges between 10 degree to 30 degree celcius. The temperature normally ranges between -7 degree celcius to 30 degree celcius over the year.
Best time to visit Manali
Manali is a top hill station in India, and tourists visit here throughout the year.
But the best time to visit Manali is from October to June because during that period the climate is pleasant and the temperature ranges between 10 degree celcius to 25 degree celcius. If someone is willing to see snowfall, for them December to February is the best time to enjoy it. The temperature remains around Zero degree during that period. But July to August is a bit slow because of Monsoon season. When sometimes the problems like landslides and land blockage takes place.
How to reach Manali
The nearest airport is in Bhuntar. Which is known as Bhuntar airport or Kullu Manali aiport. It is situated on N.H. 21, around 50 km. away in the south of Manali and 10 km. away in the south of Kullu town. There are Air India flights available from Delhi to this airport on regular interval.
As such there is no good connectivity of rail available for Manali, however the nearest railway station from Manali is in Joginder nagar, which is narrow- gauge and is 50 km. away. The nearest broad gauge rail is at Una, which is 250 km. away, Chandigarh is around 310 km. and Pathankot is around 325 km. away from it.
Manali can also be reached by roads through National highways. One can go upto Ambala by N.H.-1, and from there by N.H.-22 to Chandigarh, and from there by N.H.-21 to Kullu town. The total distance by road from Delhi to Manali is around 570 km. and from Chandigarh it is around 310 km. Luxury buses including HRTC (Himachal road transport corporation) buses usually ply overnight on this route.
The government Charter agency Pawan Hans provides helicopter taxi service from Shimla to Chandigarh, Dharamshala and Kullu.
Places to visit in Manali
Rohtang pass is a popular scenic spot in Manali, where every year around more than 25 lakh visitors visit this place. It is 51 km.far from the main town. It can be reached by roads only. Rohtang pass is a favourite place for film directors as films like Yeh Jawani Hai Diwani and Jab We Met have been shot here. In Rohtang Pass mountain peaks are covered with snow and has magnificent views.
Solang valley is one amongst the most popular tourist destinations in Manali, Himachal Pradesh. It is situated on the way to Rohtang to Manali. During Winter season Rohtang valley is covered with snowmaking skiing is a popular sport. Every year a large number of tourists visit this valley. The skiing is taken over by Zorbing. when the snow starts to melt then the skiing is taken over by Zorbing.
Beas Kund Trek
One of the major tourist attractions in Manali is Beas Kund trek and it is facing the Pir Panjal range. It is situated at the bank of Beas river. A pefect place for skiing and hiking.
Paragliding in Manali
Manali is located at 2050 metres above sea level and is perfect place for paragliding . It provides ideal wind conditions for paragliding. With its beautiful green valleys, stark blue skies, and snow-capped mountain peaks it is one of the most famous destinations for both domestic and international tourists.
The Hadimba Temple
The Hadimba temple is dedicated to Hidimba Devi who was wife of Bhim and was mother of his son Ghatotkach. The epic Mahabharata ,has significance in this region. Also, the architectural value of this temple is immense.
Food in Manali
Manali is the top hill station in India and is the centre of attraction for domestic as well as international tourists. There are several restaurants which serves Italian, Chinese, Korean, Continental, Indian, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese cuisines here along with the popular Tibetan Momos.