Are you planning to take some rest from your usual hectic schedule? And if the answer is “YES” then traveling is the best option. If you are planning to travel across India then Manali is the best option for you. Manali has tourist point of interest. The first thing comes to your mind when you listen to the word Manali is that “mountains covered with snow”. Oh, that scenery !!!
“LIFE IS SHORT AND THE WORLD IS WIDE”
Manali is the valley situated in the mountains of state Himachal Pradesh. It is at distance of 270KM from state capital Shimla, 309KM from Chandigarh and 544KM from the country capital Delhi.
The climate of Manali is usually cold during winter and effectively cool during summer. The temperature range is about 40C to 260C throughout the year. Manali experiences snowfall in the month of December and in the beginning of March. Highest snowfall is in the month of January.
Best Season to Visit
Ideally, the best season to visit Manali is after an overview of Monsoon. In the month of September and October temperature dwells between 10 to 200C. Just after the monsoon, the place turns out to be amazing trekking destination. The Spring followed by summer, just after winter in the month of March to June offers a pleasant atmosphere where one can spread love and hence many couples celebrate their honeymoon in this period of the year. So you can visit Manali in any season but avoid monsoon if you are carrying children or old people because of the safety issue.
Places You Should Not Miss
Mall road is the special attraction of Manali. It often refers as the heart of town. This road is the focal point of this popular hill destination. Mall road is full of shops, hotels, restaurants, and bars. This road has something for everyone from Kashmiri shawl, rugs, wooden caps, wooden furniture, jewelry, books and much more. Mall road explains three things around here – Eat, Sleep and Shop.
Mostly covered with snow in winter Hidimba temple symbolize Hidimba Devi who was the wife of Bhima and mother of Ghatothkach. Temple is surrounded by forest and rocks which is believed to be the image of a goddess. The construction of the temple is different from any kind of temple, it consists of wooden doors walls and cone shape unique roof. The temple is situated at 2 KM distance from main town of Manali you can reach there by taxi, bus or by foot itself.
It is the valley between Beas kind and Solang village tend to be famous for tourist as well as for locality. It is also known as snow point. This point is famous for many other adventures activities. The best part about Solang Valley is that it is an all season place.
While planning for Manali you can’t miss Rohtang Pass. It is just 51 KM away from the main town and can be reached only by road. The pass is located at a massive height of 3978 meters. This way up high is to treat to eyes. Rohtang pass is famous in the point of view of film directors many blockbusters from Yeh Jawani Hai Diwani to Jab We Met are shot here. In order to travel to or beyond Rohtang Pass, you need to have Rohtang Pass permit. You need to show the confirmation proof of your hotel booking at one of your destination. The pass cost INR 500 per head.
Pir Pangal Mountain Range
Pir Pangal is the group of mountains situated in inner Himalaya region. The view of this mountain range is breath-taking. It is connected to Manali through Rohtang Pass.Besides these mountains the sunset view is mesmerizing.
Things You Must Try in Manali
Among many adventures, activity paragliding is most pursue the activity. In this sport, you are supposed to jump from a higher altitude such that a parachute opens up and allows to cover some horizontal distance as well. There are a lot of arrangements so that both fresher and experienced Paragliders can enjoy this activity. The time slot for paragliding is 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This activity is usually shut down during monsoon due to bad climate. Although many tourist visits during monsoon for experiencing trill.
Skiing is activity in which you are allowed slide down a slope with snow cover with proper gear and supervision. During winter the Solang Valley is cover with snow and this is the best time to enjoy skiing there. There are various training institute and trainers present near valley to supervise skiers and train beginners.
As the snow melts, skiing replaces activity known as Zorbing. Another popular attraction of the valley, taking advantage of the slopes of the valley, you are likely to spot a huge transparent ball with mostly two people inside it rolling down the slope during summers and it is as much fun as it looks like. Zorbing is being pursued as cost INR 500 per head.
How to reach there?
As it is famous tourist point so reaching there is not an issue because it connects the town with all the mediums of transport.
Bhuntar is the nearest airport. Situated at about 50KM from south Manali. Many domestic flights are there to connect you with Delhi and Chandigarh. Once you reach airport you can hire a taxi to Manali. But due to changing climate condition flights are not a most reliable option to getting to Manali.
There is no close railhead available close to Manali. The nearest railhead available is at Una 250KM away. So railways cannot be better option to head towards Manali. Instead, try other mediums for traveling.
Manali well connects tourist places like Shimla, Leh, Kullu, Dharmashala, Delhi with state transport as well as a private bus network. It is advisable if you are taking bus journey from Delhi book your tickets for Volvo buses as they are more comfortable than normal buses as it is going to be 550KM distance. If you are planning to visit by Self Drive then you will enjoy the Manali at its best, it is breath-taking. You can catch the glimpses of mountains and valleys around every turn of your road. Though it is advisable to hire the taxi if you are not comfortable with driving in the mountain area.
So what are you waiting for book your tickets and spend some quality time with your family because
“IF WE WERE MEANT TO STAY IN ONE PLACE, WE WOULD HAVE ROOTS INSTEAD OF FEETS”