Manali India
Best Session
January - December
Ideal Duration
Chandigarh (300 Km)
Major Airports
Bhuntar (40 Km)
10.68 ° C
Weather Type


Attractions in Manali

Rohtang Pass

Solang Valley

Adventure Activities in Manali

Beas Kund Trekking

Manali located at an altitude of 1829 M in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh. Manali is one of the popular hill station of Himalayan range. Most popular way to reach Manali is by road or by air. The nearest airport is at a distance of 52 KM Bhuntar. Manali is 570 KM from Delhi and you can reach Manali through National Highway number 21.

How to Reach Manali By Railways: The Nearest Railhead is Chandigarh 245 km away. Chandigarh is well connected by rest of India.

How to Reach Manali by Road: Kullu – Manali is well connected to major parts of the country by a network of roads. There are regular bus services for Kullu and Manali from Delhi, Shimla, and Chandigarh.

How to Reach Manali by Airways: Bhuntar at near about 50 km is the closest airport. Cabs and taxis can be hired to reach the Manali city, a cheaper option is to take buses run by HPTDC. It takes about two hours to reach Manali by road from Bhuntar. Jagson Airlines operates flights from Delhi, Shimla, and Chandigarh for Bhuntar. Bhuntar is also connected to Delhi by daily flights by King Fisher airline (Air Deccan). Jagson also connects the airport thrice a week with Dharamshala and Shimla. Extra flights run during the main summer season.

Driving Direction
Manali is an enchanting hill station situated at an altitude of 6860 feet. It is the first premier hill station in the Kullu valley, Himachal Pradesh, North India. The Castle, Beas Kund, Chandra Khani Pass, Rohtang Pass and Solang valley are the well famed attractions of the region which can be visited by the travelers while on a tour to Manali. Bhuntar airport is the nearest airport located 43 Kms from Manali. The Gaggal airport is also amongst the nearest airport located 103 Kms from Manali in Dharamshala. The Indira Gandhi International Airport is nestled 401 Kms away fro Manali and it takes 6-7 hours to reach Indira Gandhi International airport in Delhi. The Joginder Nagar railway station is nearly 50 Kms away from Manali. This rail head don’t provide good services on which the travelers can rely upon. The NH 21 highway is the best alternative road link by picking which the travelers can reach Manali. The NH 21 is well connected with Manikaran, Bhuntar, Keylang and Mandi.
Every day is a festival in Manali. The people are very lively and belong to various cultures. A blend of different cultures is seen in Manali. The celebrations in Manali last almost the entire year. Some event or festival takes place every month. Some of the festivals celebrated in the valley are: 

Dussehra is the most widely celebrated festival of India. The festival is celebrated with great pomp and splendor to mark the victory of good over evil. On this day effigies of the Ravana are burnt to pay homage to Lord Rama`s victory. The festival has an added flavor in the Manali valley. The festival is celebrated for a week. A fusion of the cultural attributes and religious fervor can be seen in the weeklong festival. The festival is celebrated in the month of October.

The festival begins by Goddess Hadimba’s idol being brought to Kullu. The idol of Lord Rama is placed next to Goddess Hadimba in a beautifully decorated chariot and is pulled up the hill. At the same time, almost hundreds of gods and goddesses are placed on colorful palanquins and taken around in a procession. On the sixth day, the gods get together for the Devta Durbar. On a ninth day the royal procession reaches the Beas River and a pile of thorn bushes is set afire to depict the burning of Lanka. Finally, the palanquin reaches its original spot and this signifies the zenith of Dussehra. 

Pipal Jatra or the Vasantotsava
Pipal Jatra or the Vasantotsava commences on the 16th day of Baisakh (April), The carnival is celebrated at the fairgrounds of Kullu`s Dhalpur. During the carnival songs and dance, shows are performed. The colorful stalls add to the enjoyment quotient. 

The Bhuntar Mela (fair)
It is a three-day-long social event celebrated in the small town of Bhuntar. It is said that the festival is celebrated to thank the generous divinities for their blessings, due to which a prosperous harvest is obtained.

Bandhu or ghost dance
The festival is celebrated in the month of January in the morning hours. This festival is celebrated by males only. During the wee morning hours, the males dance to ward off the evils. 

Horn Dance
The festival is also performed in the month of January but during the nights. This is a ten-day festival. The traditional dance is performed by six people dressed as deer, clowns, and women. 

Winter Carnival
Winter carnival is the most awaited event in the valley. The carnival is celebrated in Manu Kala Kendra in Manali. It is attended by students of various colleges across India. The festival is celebrated for 5 days during which several cultural competitions like Indian classical music, folk songs, dances, plays and personality competitions are organized.
Apart from the various snow-covered peaks and beautiful apple orchard, there are a lot of tourist attractions in Manali. These tourist attractions can keep you occupied for three to four days. 

Hadimba Temple
Manali boasts many places of tourist interest but the main and the center of the attraction is the Dhoongri Temple. This temple is both historically and archeologically important. This temple is dedicated to the goddess Hadimba or Hadimba Devi. The epic of Mahabharata has a description of Hadimba. It is belived that Hidamba was the wife of Bhim the strongest of five Pandava brothers.

This wooden temple is beautifully designed in a Pagoda style. The carving works done on the walls and main entrance door of the temple are very beautiful. There is a long queue for the darshan in peak tourist seasons (summer). 

Manu Temple
Manu is believed to be the re-creator of the human race after the Maha Pralay or the great flood. Manu is also known as the ancient lawmaker according to the Hindu Scriptures. This is considered as the only temple of Manu Rishi in India. 

Tibetan Monasteries
There are 3 newly constructed colorful monasteries in Manali. The Tibetans living around these monasteries in Manali offer a wide range of Tibetan handicrafts and carpets. Two of these monasteries are located in the main downtown of Manali and the third monastery is in Aleo. Aloe is located in Manali on the Left Bank of River Beas. 

Vashist Hot Water Springs and Temple
Vashist, a small village that is located on the left bank of River Beas in Manali towards Rohtang pass. The Vashist is well known for its Hot Water Springs and Temples. Nearby to the spring is the Pyramidal stone temple, which is dedicated to Vashist Muni. In the spring there are two separate bathing tanks for gents and ladies respectably. 

Club House
Club House in Manali is at 2 kms. walking distance from downtown. Club House is located on the Left Bank of Manalsu Nallah, which further flows down to River Beas. The Club House has indoor games facilities. Club House and its surroundings have been developed into beautiful picnic spots. 

Solang Valley
Solang Valley in Manali is located at a distance of 13 km. It is a beautiful valley between Solang village and Beas Kund. Solang valley offers the view of glaciers and snow-capped mountains and peaks. Solang Valley is world-famous for its fine ski slopes. The Mountaineering Institute of Manali has installed a ski lift for training purpose. During the winter the skiing festival is organized here as well as training in skiing is imparted at this place. 

Nehru Kund
It is a natural spring of clean and cold water. It was named after the late Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru. He used to drink the water from this spring whenever he used to stay in Manali. It is located on the Manali-Keylong road. This spring is believed to be coming from `Bhrigu Lake.

The Mall
Like most of the hill stations, Manali has a market known as ‘The Mall’. It is basically a long street, lined with shops that sell various traditional Tibetan, Himachali and Kashmiri handicrafts. Apart from Chinese clothes and shoes, prayer wheels, amulets, masks, musical instruments, and jewelry are amongst the most popular items here.

Nearby Places & Excursions

Rohtang Pass
Rohtang pass is located on the highway heading towards Keylong at an altitude of 4,112. A widespread panorama of mountain scenery can be viewed from the Pass. The valley offers a view of steep cliffs, huge glaciers and piled moraine, and deep ravines. Almost directly opposite is the well-defined Sonepani glacier; slightly to the left are the twin peaks of the Geylang, jagged pyramids of rock, snow-streaked and snow-crowned. 

The Beas River rises near the crest of Rohtang from a block of Mica-Schist. The pass normally opens for traffic after mid-June and officially closes in November. 

To its left, 200 meters higher, is the little lake of Sarkund (Dashair) visited by a number of people, the general belief is that a bath in these waters effects a cure of all bodily ailments-real or imaginary. 

Kullu the valley of gods is just 32 km from Manali. The Kullu Valley valley is considered to be the most enchanting region in the western Himalayas. More 

It is one of the biggest villages in Kullu district. The village is famous for its ancient Shiva temple, which is built-in "shikhara" style and nearby is the old and interesting Devi Sharvati temple. The original name of this was Nast it remained the ancient capital of Kullu for about 10 generations. 

Arjun Gufa
On the left bank of the Beas, near the village of Perini is the Arjuna cave. It is said that Arjuna wanted the (Pashupata Ashtra) weapon from the king of the Gods Indra and he chose this place to meditate and please Indra to acquire the weapon. The place offers a charming panoramic view of the hills and the mountains around. 

Naggar is located on the left bank of river Beas. A beautiful view of the valley from here is worth witnessing. It is also known for its castle and the Nicholas Roerich`s Museum. The paintings of late Nicholas Roerich are kept on a display at the Roerich Museum. Naggar Castle was built in the sixteenth century and is a huge building. Naggar also has a number of temples; Gaurishankra temple, Vishnu temple, and Krishna temple. 

Beas Kund
At Rohtang Pass, the source of Beas River is known as Beas Kund. The tiny round igloo-like stone hut actually shelters the Kund. Water flows at the source of the river like a spring, so clear and icy cold that it almost numbs the fingers. All around is the rocky terrain with very little vegetation. A few mules graze around while all and sundry try to brave the wind on a clear sunny day.

It is said that great Rishi Vyas meditated here, the place is still hollowed by a celestial light. It is because of this the river got the present name of Beas. 

A quiet but picturesque spot is situated at the foothill of Rohtang pass. It offers a magnificent view of snow-capped mountains and glaciers. The Beas River flows through a very deep and narrow gorge at this point. Kothi used to be a camping site when Rohtang pass had to be climbed on foot. The site of the bridge provides an interesting historical episode in the early records of Kullu. 

10 km before Rohtang is the barren-landscape of Marhi which hums with activity during summer and autumn months because almost everyone stops here for refreshments.

It offers extensive views of the valley and the mountains. It lies on the Manali-Leh road. It is one of the most picturesque places in the Manali region. Marhi is a mountain plateau surrounded by lush green grazing land patterned with innumerable wildflowers. The place remains a stopover for transit visitors and tourists during the summer and autumn seasons. It is also a transit place for the people to wait for the ferocious weather to improve at Rohtang Pass to cross over to Lahaul and Spiti valley, during the winter months. 

Rahla Falls
It lies on the way to the Rohtang pass. Here the river Beas hurtles down from a height of about 50 meters. If one goes to Marhi on foot from Kothi from the old road, the sight of the falls is fascinating. It is a good picnic spot as well. 

Manali Sanctuary
A bridle path from the Manali log huts goes past the Dhoongri Temple and wanders into the dense deodar, kail, horse chestnut, walnut and maple forest which is a part of this sanctuary. Camping overnight in tents at Lambadug or Galiani Thatch is possible.
Lush green alpine pastures and glaciers lie beyond Galiani Thatch. Musk deer, monal and brown bear are often spotted. For those who venture still further into the glacier zone in summer, there are herds of ibex. 

This place lies on the way to Manali. It is famous due to the apple orchards, a fruit research station and trout hatchery. It is also known for the beekeeping and Govt. trout farm at Patilkulh. Accommodation is available in Hotels of HPTDC.

Kiomoi Must-Dos while you are in Manali

Ballooning: Having a view of the whole valley from a height is worth witnessing. The hot air balloons are chained with a rope at the ground and are left free in the sky.
Jeep Safaris: Exploring the untouched nature, far from the hustle-bustle of the city.
Mountain biking: A freewheeling down the slope is definitely a thrilling experience for not only the avid bikers.
Mountaineering & Climbing: The allure of Himalayas is enticing for the mountaineers, as they are the greatest range of mountains on earth.
Paragliding: It is all about flying free in the sky. Manali is a preferred location of the paragliders.
Rafting: Manali is one of Asia`s finest sites for rafting. You don`t need to be an ace swimmer to experience the thrill of rafting.
Walking: You can opt for long walks to various temples, monasteries, waterfalls and beautiful hills.
Trekking: Trekking on the steep mountains of the Himalayas is a dream of the trekkers worldwide. Don`t miss the chance.
Zorbing: Rolling down the hill in a ball is a thrill to hear itself. How exciting it would be to try it out.
Photography: A click in the traditional colorful dress of Manali with a white rabbit or yak cost just rupees 50.
Making Snowman: Snow point is closest to Manali with ample snow, here you can build a snowman or pound your friends with snowballs.
Horse riding: Follow Shepard`s trail, here you may not find anyone other than your soul and some sheep.
Shopping: Shop here for a wide range of woolens, world-famous Himachali jams, chutneys, pickles, handlooms, and the famous Pashmina shawls and carpets.
Take a Bath: A bath in the spiritual and the medicinal Vashisht Spring is considered highly beneficial.
Camping: Camping is a much sought after activity at Manali.
There are various restaurants and eating joints, which cater to the tourists having a wide range in budget and taste. The restaurants serve a variety of Indian and international cuisine, serving vegetarian and non - vegetarian delicacies. A tourist further has a choice of having the vegetarian fast food. There are bakeries and ice cream parlors in Manali which are known to satisfy the sweet-toothed. One can try the Manali food on Saturdays at the Club House in Old Manali.

The Tibetan delicacies can be tried at Little Tibet. The German Bakery located near the Mall road is famous amongst the tourist for the carrot cake, banana chocolate cake, cookies, brownies, croissants, and homemade cheddar and yak cheese, etc. German bakery has its branches in Haridwar and Bangalore also. The Pastas and the shakes at German bakery are simply irresistible. The Green Forest Café and Manu Café located near the Manu Temple offer a variety of delicacies, including a delectable range of sandwiches. Café Manalsu is located in the Manalsu River, serves a variety of Indian and continental food. The Chopsticks on the Mall road is known for its Chinese and Japanese servings. 

Local Foods
Fruits and vegetables are included in the food of Manali. During celebrations and festivities, Vada, Bhatora, and Patrodu are served at the eating joints. Milk and milk-based recipes are mainly included in the food habit of Manali people. Homemade wine Chakti and Lugri, which is made of barley and red rice are a preferred Drink amongst locals and tourists. The traditional Manali food includes rice, curry or cooked beaten curd, a curd based dish, pulses, raita made of dry fruits, and sweet rice. The food is traditionally served on pattal (leaf plates).
The mall is the main market place in Manali. You can spend your evenings out here after visiting the tourist destination. The shops on the mall road sell mostly woolens. Manali is home to people from different cultures and places i.e. Kullu, Ladakhis, Tibetans, Kashmiris, and Nepalese. Due to this difference in culture a tourist gets a variety of things to buy. 

Manali is known for its great bargains that one can pick up. The valley is best known for its woolen shawls and Tibetan carpets, fur caps and mufflers. On the way to Manali from Kullu, there is a cooperative shop selling various types of woolen materials at a very attractive price. This shop is known as the Kullu shawl factory. 

Tibetan artifacts
Tibetan arts and jewelry made of silver and turquoise is available at the Tibetan Bazaar. Also, the shops, which sell Tibetan antiques, are interesting and popular among foreign tourists. 

Handicrafts and Shawls
Apart from the Tibetan jewelry, a tourist can’t also afford to miss the Kashmir Handicraft Co-operation, which is near the Bus Stand. Here you can find a wide range of Pashmina shawls and Kashmiri mementos. Bhutto and Himbunkar in Kullu on mall road are famous for handicrafts, which are typical to the region. They also sell Kinnauri shawls. Sultanpur Market in Kullu is a place where you can find the traditional jewelry of tribes of Manali. At Vashisht close to mall road there are a number of shops selling the idols of gods and goddesses and antiques.

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Trip programme for Manali with friends(inluded girls as well) suggest decent hotels in Manali.

Asked on 2019-05-30 11:46

Dear sir,

Thanks for your query, below i would like to suggest you decent Hotels in Manali.

Highland Park, Manali

Orchard Greens, Manali

Quality Inn River Country Resort, Manali

These are the very decent hotels in Manali, for hotel booking and confirmation kindly contact  Kiomoi Team, you can mail us at or call us on 9958891364 OR 91-120-4666444, our travel expert would be happy to assist you.

Very soon you will get another answer of your query.

Good Day!!!!

Replied on 2019-05-30 11:46

i m desperate 2 do river rafting in manali but i m overweight . my weight is 87 kgs .will i be allowed to do rafting ???

Asked on 2019-05-30 08:03

my only query is about the volvo buses from DElhi to manali, where can i catch these buses from Delhi.

Asked on 2019-05-28 17:17

Hi Singhvi,

There are different types of busses and most of them start from the Chanderlok Building, Janpath, and New Delhi.

Buses starts from Delhi around 18.30 and arrives at Manali at 10.00 AM (add some delay of one or two hours), There are some buses from Delhi after 18.30 also.

On return buses starts from Manali around 1.30 PM and continues till 5.00 PM and arrive at Delhi early morning.


Replied on 2019-05-28 17:17

Dear Sir,

Thanks for  your query,

Good romantic places around Manali are Rohatng Pass, Solang valley, Naggar castle and Manikaran valley.

Good Day.

Asked on 2019-05-25 11:08

Holiday programme with my wife suggest decent romanitc places to visit in Manali.

Asked on 2019-05-24 11:05

I am keen in doing white water rafting. How much does this cost? Also i am keen in doing paragliding in sohlang valley. How much we have to pay for that?

Asked on 2019-05-21 19:59

hi Amey

You can do white water rafting in piridi in kullu, its 14 or 7 km. routs the cost of 14 km is 400 to 600Rs. per person and for 7km is 200 t0 300Rs. per person. paragliding there is cost Rs 600 to 1200 Rs..

Regards, Sudershan thakur

Replied on 2019-05-21 19:59

Dear Anant,

Thanks for your query,

In case you are driving in your  car than there is

entry fee to Manali known as green tax.For small car it is Rs. 200/-
and is valid for your 7 days stay. Other places where entry fee is
to be paid are Van Vihar and Roerich Art gallery at Naggar.
                 With best wishes,

Asked on 2019-05-17 11:09

Dear Sir,
Details are as under
Varanasi to Delhi
Delhi to shimla
shimla to manali
manali to Delhi
Delhi to  Jaipur.
You can travel by bus or by cab as per your budget and no of person.
If you required our assistance please feel free to mail us you details.

Good Day.

Asked on 2019-05-16 13:58

Which places have entry fees in Manali ?

Asked on 2019-05-16 13:08

Dear Sir,

The reply to your query is as under -


There is only one entry tax called Green Tax which is collected before entering Manali.

Good Day.

Replied on 2019-05-16 13:08

Dear Sir,

The reply to your query is as under -


You can travel by train from Varanassi to Delhi and then either take a train to Kalka/toy train to Shimla or catch a ordinary/deluxe/volvo bus direct for Shimla.
From Shimla to Manali you can either hire a taxi or travel by bus to Manali. For going to Jaipur you have to go back to Delhi and take a suitable mode of transport.

Good Day.

Asked on 2019-05-16 12:43

I want to travel from Varanasi to Shimla & Manali then Jaipur in November 2010 please let me know thanks.

Asked on 2019-05-14 17:15
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